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Stories for September 3, 2013

Why Keep Athletes Eligible But Uneducated?

Sept. 3, 2013
NPR

Each football season brings exciting plays and game heroes, but Frank Deford says the real heroes are often overlooked.

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NCIS Investigates Fatal Shooting On Navy Security Boat In San Diego Bay

Sept. 3, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A Navy security boat moored on the eastern shore of San Diego Bay was the scene of a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon.

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Marine Veteran Gets Piggyback Ride From Wife - Photo Goes Viral (Video)

Sept. 3, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Jesse and Kelly Cottle are San Diego newlyweds with model good looks - but that's not why a recent photo taken of them has gone viral. The snapshot shows Kelly giving Jesse, a Marine veteran who lost both his legs in Afghanistan, a piggyback ride.

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Affordable Housing Bill Squeezes By California Senate

Sept. 3, 2013
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

California is an expensive place to live. But a measure aimed at creating more affordable housing options drew considerable debate in the state Senate today.

California Food Stamp Eligibility Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle

Sept. 3, 2013
Max Pringle, Capital Public Radio

A bill that would simplify eligibility for California’s food stamp program passed a legislative floor vote today. The bill would expand the rate of food stamp program participation in California, which has America’s lowest rate.

Back To School For San Diego Students

Sept. 3, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Schools will go through lots of big changes this year, but on the first day of class, San Diego students were thinking about seeing their friends.

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Advocate For Tijuana Deportees Dies At 67

Sept. 3, 2013
By Adrian Florido

Micaela Saucedo labored daily to improve the lives of people stranded in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S.

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Would You Want A Window Implanted Into Your Skull?

Sept. 3, 2013
By David Wagner

Researchers at UC Riverside have engineered an implant that offers a transparent view into the living brain. These skull skylights could help with recurring laser-based brain treatments.

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Red Cross Launches Disaster Preparedness Effort

Sept. 3, 2013
City News Service

The American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter, announced a four-year partnership today with government agencies and community groups to train residents to prepare for disasters.

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State Releases Millions To Schools For Common Core Standards

Sept. 3, 2013
City News Service

School districts around San Diego County will receive millions of dollars to help with the transition to the newly adopted Common Core Standards, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

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Fletcher, Faulconer To Battle In Mayor's Race; Gloria, DeMaio Out

Sept. 3, 2013
James R. Riffel / City News Service

The field for the November special election for mayor of San Diego cleared somewhat Tuesday, as three potential major candidates announced they would not run.

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U.S. Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Was Loving Brother (Video)

Sept. 3, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Bowden, 28, died August 31, in Ghazni, Afghanistan. He was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with gunfire while he was on dismounted patrol.

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How Should U.S. Respond To Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria?

Sept. 3, 2013
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Supporters of a U.S. strike against the Assad regime are working to convince a war weary Congress. What would a strike against Syria mean to opposition forces fighting the Assad regime? A San Diego man who just returned from Syria shares his perspective.

Facebook Chats Prompt At-Risk Minority Men To Get HIV Tests

Sept. 3, 2013
NPR

It didn't take long for people to figure out that Facebook could be a great place to connect with other people dealing with the same health problems. But public health officials have moved cautiously, lest their efforts backfire. Do you really want to "like" STDs?

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Covered California TV Campaign Uses 'Welcome' Message

Sept. 3, 2013
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio

New commercials start this week to promote California’s new marketplace for health insurance.

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San Diego-Based Ships In Red Sea As Syria Situation Heats Up

Sept. 3, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy has sent the San Diego-based destroyers USS Stockdale and USS William P. Lawrence, and the cruiser USS Princeton, to the Red Sea as the situation in Syria heats up.

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'Detained In The Desert' Opens At La Jolla Playhouse

Sept. 3, 2013
By Marissa Cabrera, Tom Fudge

'Detained in the Desert' parallels two very different people; a second-generation Latina and an anti-immigrant talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Arizona desert.

Boehner, Pelosi Unite Behind President On Syria

Sept. 3, 2013
NPR

President Obama's call for Congress to give him the go-ahead to strike targets in Syria has put House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the same side of an important issue for one of the few times in recent years.

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Crunch Time Begins For California Lawmakers

Sept. 3, 2013
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

The California Legislature enters its home stretch Tuesday. Lawmakers have just two weeks left to tackle hundreds of bills before they adjourn for the year – including some that are quite controversial.

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Art Helps Combat Veterans Work Through Emotions Of War

Sept. 3, 2013
By Dwane Brown

The exhibit features work by combat veterans who were taught how to turn their anxiety over war into a reflective, therapeutic experience to help them transition back into civilian life.

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Low Water Deliveries From Mexico Hurt Texas Farmers

Sept. 3, 2013
Monica Ortiz Uribe

The Rio Grande is the lifeblood of South Texas. Cities and farmers on both sides of its international border depend on its water.

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Containment Of Yosemite Fire Increases Overnight

Sept. 3, 2013
Associated Press

A massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park in California is now 75 percent contained.

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Norwegian Opens New Routes To California, Florida

Sept. 3, 2013
Associated Press

Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle says it will open new routes from Scandinavian countries to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando in the spring 2014.