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Stories for September 27, 2013

'American Graduate Day' Addresses Dropout Issue

Sept. 27
Associated Press

The nation's school dropout problem is the subject of a day of public TV programming.

Allegations Of Racial Profiling Plague Albuquerque Police Department

Sept. 27
Elaine Baumgartel / Fronteras Desk
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A jury acquitted a former city police officer this week of misdemeanor charges. Connor Rice was accused of beating a suspect after he surrendered. Some of the incident, including video of another officer putting his boot on the suspect's head, was recorded on the officer's lapel camera.

Bill Establishes Mattress Recycling Program In California

Sept. 27
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

California is establishing a statewide mattress-recycling program, but Gov. Jerry Brown wants it to be refined a bit.

Some School Districts Concerned But Optimistic About California's New Funding Requirements

Sept. 27
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

The new formula for local California school districts to receive state funding has some larger districts expressing concern over family income-documentation requirements.

Setback For San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan

Sept. 27
By John Rosman
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The California Coastal Commission staff has recommended a "denial" for the $520 million request to expand the San Diego Convention Center.

Scripps Researchers Have Role In And Back UN Climate-Change Report

Sept. 27
By Erik Anderson
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Two San Diego researchers say the latest U.N. report on climate change shows solid evidence that the climate is warming and humans are to blame.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

Sept. 27
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For Arnel Pineda, the past five years have been the stuff of dreams. Neal Schon, guitarist for the iconic rock band Journey, saw a YouTube video of the aspiring Filipino singer and flew him to San Francisco to audition for the band. The rest is history. But Pineda’s personal journey had just begun. He wasn’t prepared for the grueling physical and emotional strains that come with fronting a rock band on a whirlwind world tour. Can a man who has overcome many obstacles — orphaned at 12, living on the streets, no music training — deal with the demands of his newfound fame?

Countdown To Shutdown: Obama Says 'Gears Of Our Economy' At Risk

Sept. 27
Frank James / NPR

As expected, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed its own version of a short-term spending bill. It's the version the House approved last week, minus language that would defund Obamacare. That effectively tossed the ball back to the Republican-controlled House.

Genealogy Roadshow: Detroit

Sept. 27
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The GENEALOGY ROADSHOW team connects Detroit citizens to world events with ancestral findings at the Daley Rhea Mansion in “Motor City.” A Ford Motor Company’s first female design engineer learns details of her parents’ secret World War II activities and her father’s untimely death. A Mexican-American woman discovers the truth about her family’s groundbreaking presence in Michigan, and a Civil War-era ancestor charged with murder. A long-held question about a woman’s relation to Abraham Lincoln is answered.

What's Worse Government Shutdown Or Hitting The Debt Ceiling?

Sept. 27
By Deb Welsh

Top House Republican leaders have rejected the short-term spending plan expected to be passed by the Senate in coming days — increasing the possibility of a government shutdown next week. But that's not the only problem we're facing.

Ex-U.S. Army Sniper Instructor Nabbed In Thai 'Hit Squad' Sting

Sept. 27
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Two former U.S. Army sergeants are among those facing charges in connection with an alleged international hit squad after their extradition from Thailand in a case the prosecuting U.S. attorney says reads like a Tom Clancy novel.

Shutdown Politics, Bill Clinton-Style

Sept. 27
Adam Wollner / NPR
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If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be temporarily forced out of their jobs -- and we will almost certainly begin to hear a few of their stories soon after.

Red Flag Warning Puts San Diego County Fire Crews On High Alert

Sept. 27
By Tarryn Mento
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Local fire-fighting agencies are on high alert this weekend amid dry and windy conditions in San Diego County, CAL FIRE said Friday.

Army Doctors Aid Mortally Ill Pilot As Flight Makes Emergency Landing (Video)

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Army doctors from Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Madigan Army Medical Center were onboard United Flight 1603 from Houston to Seattle when the pilot suffered a heart attack. The doctors performed CPR on the pilot as the plane made an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho.

Record Label Picks A Fight Over Copyright With The Wrong Guy

Sept. 27
Laura Sydell / NPR
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An Australian record label may have picked a fight with the wrong guy. The label sent a standard takedown notice threatening to sue after YouTube computers spotted its music in a video.

Police Chief On Drug Cartel Payroll

Sept. 27
Elaine Baumgartel / Fronteras Desk

New details have emerged about local police involvement in Mexican drug cartel activity on the U.S. side of the border.

US Soldier Killed In Afghan Insider Attack ID'ed

Sept. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pentagon has identified the American soldier killed Thursday in an insider attack. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore, Jr., 31, lost his life when a man wearing an wearing a Afghan National Security uniform shot him to death.

Tech Week That Was: Online Comments, iPad Hacks And The ACC

Sept. 27
Elise Hu / NPR
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It's time for your NPR All Tech Week in Review! Here's a rundown, in case you missed any of the technology and culture coverage on the airwaves and around the interwebs this week.

Roundtable: Did Sunroad Pay To Play? Will Faulconer Mean Republican Comeback? Longer Runway For Palomar?

Sept. 27
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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What was behind that $100,000 Sunroad donation to Mayor Filner's pet causes? Will Kevin Faulconer's candidacy mean a comeback for local Republicans? And Palomar Airport in Carlsbad may get a runway extension — or not.

Report Shows San Diego County Faring Better Economically, But Still Some Areas Of Concern

Sept. 27
City News Service

The University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Institute of Real Estate's Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County rose slightly in August compared to the month before, marking the 12th straight increase but also highlighting areas of concern.

Study: Obama Got Bigger Bucks From Women Than Past Candidates

Sept. 27
Adam Wollner / NPR
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President Obama was more dependent on female campaign contributors in 2012 than any presidential candidate in recent history.

MARTHA BAKES: Devil's Food Cake

Sept. 27
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Devil’s food cake has never been so tempting as it is with Martha’s sinfully good adaptations. Learn to make “hi-hat” cupcakes — topped with a fluffy meringue frosting — irresistible fudgy brownies and more, all featuring the rich flavor of deep, dark chocolate.

Women Donors Helped Fuel Obama Campaign

Sept. 27
Adam Wollner / NPR
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President Obama was more dependent on female campaign contributors in 2012 than any presidential candidate in recent history.

The Competing Interests Behind Smokey Bear And The Crying Indian

Sept. 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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You might remember phrases like "only you can prevent forest fires," spoken by Smokey Bear or "take a bite outta crime," from McGruff the Crime Dog. But how much do you really know about the company behind these iconic campaigns? Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Wendy Melillo, author of the new book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns about some of the hidden messages within these ads.

Here We Go: Countdown Begins To Possible Government Shutdown

Sept. 27
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Passage in the Senate of a measure to keep the federal government running past Tuesday will set in motion a process that could end up accomplishing the opposite.

In Heart Of The Rim Fire, Regeneration Has Begun

Sept. 27
Associated Press
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In the midst of a foreboding canyon scorched bare by the Sierra Nevada's most destructive fire in centuries, tiny ferns unfurl along a spring, black oaks push through charred soil normally blanketed with pine needles and a hawk soars above towering dead and denuded trees.

This Law Wants To Save Teens' Reputations, But Probably Won't

Sept. 27
Emily Siner / NPR
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Starting in 2015, social networking sites must allow minors in California to delete their posts, according to a law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this week.

Review: 'I Am Divine'

Sept. 27
By Beth Accomando
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John Waters’ favorite star Divine is the subject of the new documentary “I am Divine,” which had its San Diego premiere in May as FilmOut’s closing night film. Now it returns for an engagement at the Digital Gym (playing September 28 and 29, and October 1 and 2).

Deaf Dancer Performs In Trolley Dances

Sept. 27
By Angela Carone
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Local woman Zahna Moss has been deaf since birth, but she still accomplished her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Friday Morning Political Mix

Sept. 27
Frank James / NPR
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Good morning, fellow political junkies. We're now only a little more than three days away from a federal government shutdown if Congress and President Obama don't reach an agreement on a stop-gap budget measure by Monday evening.

Health Officials Kick Off Flu Vaccination Season With Free Flu Shots

Sept. 27
City News Service
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Free flu shots will be given to adults in southeast San Diego Friday as local health officials kick off the flu vaccination season.

Three Leading Mayoral Candidates To Face Off In Luncheon Debate

Sept. 27
City News Service

Three of the leading mayoral candidates will debate issues facing the city and its neighborhoods today during the Family Health Centers of San Diego's "Spirit of the Barrio'' luncheon.

How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

Sept. 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.

Students Find Ways To Hack School-Issued iPads Within A Week

Sept. 27
Sam H. Sanders / NPR
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Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. The rollout is in the first of three phases, and ultimately, the goal is to distribute more than 600,000 devices.

Houston Gears Up For Obamacare, Despite GOP Opposition

Sept. 27
Carrie Feibel / NPR
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Two high-profile Texans are fighting the Affordable Care Act.

Dad To Son: 'I Was Not Going To Let You Drop'

Sept. 27
NPR Staff / NPR
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Josh Lampert started having psychotic episodes in college, when he was 19 and living in Seattle.