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Stories for September 25, 2013

Maritime Industry Fights Back Against Barrio Logan Community Plan

Sept. 25
By Sandhya Dirks
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After the San Diego City Council passed a new community plan for Barrio Logan, the maritime industry said it will try to force a city wide referendum to block it.

Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

Sept. 25
Frank James / NPR
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ended his marathon Senate floor speech at noon when his appointed time ran out.

American Graduate Day 2013

Sept. 25
By Jennifer Robinson
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For the second year in a row, "American Graduate Day 2013" will premiere live on Saturday, September 28, 2013, on public media, marking a long term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion” for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

State Department Renews Global Terrorism Alert

Sept. 25
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The U.S. State Department has renewed its global terror alert, following the attack in Nairobi, Kenya, by a group claiming to be part of the Somalia-based al-Shabab.

Supervisors Receive McClellan-Palomar Airport Study

Sept. 25
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Supervisors received a study that concludes it would be feasible to extend the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad.

State Capitol Flags Lowered For Fallen California Soldier

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered flags above the State Capitol be lowered today in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Robert E. Thomas Jr. of Fontana. Thomas, 24, died September 13 at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas after suffering injuries in a "non-combat related incident" on April 21, 2013, in Afghanistan.

Every Move She Makes, Pundits Are Watching Hillary Clinton

Sept. 25
Mara Liasson / NPR
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When she left the Obama administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she just wanted to sleep late and walk her dog. But that hasn't happened.

A Tale Of Two Talks: Ted Cruz Outlasts Rand Paul By 8 Hours

Sept. 25
S.V. Date / NPR
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OK, so it wasn't a real filibuster, as no Senate action was actually blocked or delayed. But Texas Republican Ted Cruz's talk-fest did succeed in one key measure: duration.

Border Patrol Trucks To Get Dashboard Cams

Sept. 25
By Adrian Florido

The Associated Press reports that the Department of Homeland Security will begin testing the use of dashboard cameras in U.S. Border Patrol trucks.

Oracle Team USA Defeats New Zealand, Keeps The America's Cup

Sept. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Oracle Team USA has successfully defended the America's Cup, leaving challenger New Zealand in its wake off San Francisco after clawing back from a seven-race deficit in one of the most spectacular comebacks in yachting history.

Border Apprehensions Increase For Second Consecutive Year

Sept. 25
By Adrian Florido

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of apprehensions of people caught trying to illegally enter the United States has increased for the second straight year.

Border Patrol Trucks To Get Dashboard Cams

Sept. 25
By Adrian Florido

The move comes amid growing allegations about unnecessary use of force by Border Patrol agents.

Border Apprehensions Increase For Second Consecutive Year

Sept. 25
By Adrian Florido
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Federal data shows the number of people caught trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border increased for the second straight year.

The Monterey Shale, Fracking For Oil And San Diego Concerns

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
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California's second Gold Rush is underway as the oil industry converges on an area known as the Monterey Shale, but how that oil is being removed is causing debate. We take a look at hydraulic fracturing, why it's used and new legislation regulating the process.

Health Officials Report Record Number Of San Diegans Died During Last Flu Season

Sept. 25
City News Service

An all-time high of 65 people died during the last "flu season'' in San Diego County, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday.

New Phone App Reminds Users To Take Their Meds

Sept. 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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Remembering to take one's medications can be tough, especially for the elderly. Now there's a new phone app for that.

San Diego Teen Earns Top Prize at Google's Science Fair

Sept. 25
By David Wagner
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A San Diego high school senior researching new flu drugs can now add "Grand Prize Winner, Google Science Fair" to his college applications.

Same-Sex Spouses Begin Using Military Benefits (Video)

Sept. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe-Franqui proposed to his boyfriend Jonathan Beebe-Franqui at the 2012 San Diego LGBT Pride parade. The couple legally married in Maryland in January 2013, but it wasn't until this month that the Pentagon officially extended spousal and family benefits to same-sex spouses like Dwayne and Jonathan.

Mayor Dinkins: Leading New York 'Greatest Job There Is'

Sept. 25
NPR
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As New York City enters the final stretch of the latest mayoral campaign, Tell Me More host Michel Martin hears from a former Big Apple mayor who made history: David Dinkins.

Convoy District's Vision To Become San Diego's Next Great Neighborhood

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
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The inaugural San Diego Night Market will be held Saturday. The event is part of a larger strategy to draw San Diego's attention to Kearny Mesa's Convoy District.

Governor Signs Bill Hiking California Minimum Wage

Sept. 25
Midday Edition
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Gov. Jerry Brown has put his signature on a bill that will hike California's minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years.

ICYMI: There Were Two Interesting Elections Tuesday

Sept. 25
Adam Wollner / NPR
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Neither got much national attention, but two elections worth watching took place Tuesday: a House special election primary in southwest Alabama and a mayoral primary in Boston.

Ohio, Other States, Running Out Of Lethal Injection Drug

Sept. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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After Ohio death row inmate Harry Mitts, Jr. is executed on Wednesday, the state will officially run out of pentobarbital - the lethal injection drug.

Repeated Bone Scans Shed Little Light On Fracture Risk

Sept. 25
Nancy Shute / NPR

Many women have heard that they should be concerned about bone health as they age because there's a risk for crippling fractures.

Backlogged Calif. Unemployment Checks To Flow Again

Sept. 25
Associated Press

California's labor secretary has ordered the state's Employment Development Department to immediately begin distributing unemployment checks that have been delayed because of computer problems.

Gov. Brown To Sign Bill That Would Increase California's Minimum Wage

Sept. 25
City News Service

The new law will have a high impact on California, which is reported to have the nation's largest number of the so-called working poor.

Rooftop Farming Is Getting Off The Ground

Sept. 25
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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From vacant lots to vertical "pinkhouses," urban farmers are scouring cities for spaces to grow food. But their options vary widely from place to place.

San Diego City Council Unanimously Approves Committee System Overhaul

Sept. 25
City News Service

The proposal calls for six standing committees on various topics. If the reorganization is eventually approved by the full City Council, the new committee structure would take effect in December.

Drug Cartels Thrive on Ultimate Consumers: Addicts

Sept. 25
Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network
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Drug cartels are doing big business up and down the West Coast. When you travel by freeway, you’re driving a Silk Road of sorts for heroin, meth and cocaine.

Wildfire Gauge Could Save Future Homes From Fire

Sept. 25
Laurel Morales / Fronteras Desk
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Over the last decade wildfires have destroyed about 3,000 homes a year, according to the International Code Council, a safety advisory group.

LA Students Breach School iPads' Security

Sept. 25
Associated Press
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Los Angeles school officials have halted home use of iPads after nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High made quick work of hacking through security so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.

Oceanside Considers Puppy Pet Store Ban

Sept. 25
By Alison St John

Oceanside to consider banning the sale of puppies from pet stores.

Another Car, Another Watery Grave, Another Cold Case Solved?

Sept. 25
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Just one week after the discovery of two long-lost cars in an Oklahoma lake and what appear to be the remains of six long-lost people inside them, a 1960 Studebaker Lark has been recovered from a creek in South Dakota.

Wednesday Morning Political Mix -- Sept. 25, 2013

Sept. 25
Frank James / NPR
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It's Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, which puts us five days away from a possible federal-government shutdown that would begin Oct. 1 if Congress fails to pass a stop-gap spending bill.

Your Government Shutdown Questions, Answered

Sept. 25
NPR Staff / NPR
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The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government running only if the Affordable Care Act is defunded, and the Democratic-controlled Senate isn't likely to go along with that plan. If the two sides can't resolve their differences by Oct. 1, the U.S. government will shut down.

Head Games: NFL Should Share Records About Concussions

Sept. 25
Frank Deford / NPR

Football is unique in that most players participate in only half the game -- offense or defense.

Proposed Power Lines Tangle With Native American History

Sept. 25
Colin Fogarty / NPR
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Imagine running power lines through a cathedral. That's how archaeologists describe what the Bonneville Power Administration proposes doing in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state. The federal electricity provider is trying to string a new transmission line near a cave that contains ancient paintings, a site considered sacred by Native Americans.

Commander In Chief, Explainer-In-Chief Tout Health Care Law

Sept. 25
Scott Horsley / NPR
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President Obama's health care law has so far survived challenges in Congress and the courts. But its biggest test could begin next week. That's when the online marketplaces offering health care coverage to the uninsured are set to start signing people up. The question is, will they come?