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The Arizona Republic

A year later, investigation of officer-involved shooting death of Marine moves slowly

St. Patrick Catholic Community church in Scottsdale is a pretty sanctuary, all copper and mahogany and bright stained glass. Warren Prostrollo likes the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass. He typically sits in the same pew, and over the years has gotten to know those who sit around him.

“There’s no easy way to say this,” the detective started.

A year ago this Monday, Prostrollo was returning to his pew after Communion when his youngest son, Bryan, showed up. He asked his father to come out to the church foyer, where a detective was waiting.

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The Arizona Republic

Scottsdale family copes with UA student’s Las Vegas death

Five friends sat in the stands at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, distancing themselves from the thumping electronic beats and flashing bright lights of the Electric Daisy Carnival.

The group had moved there to get 22-year-old Emily McCaughan some fresh air.

Emily wanted to leave the concert because she thought someone was following her. A feeling, she told friends, which was probably linked to the Ecstasy she had taken earlier that night, her family members say.

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The Washington Post

Del Monte Fresh Produce fights back over charges of salmonella contamination

After three people fell ill from eating salmonella-tainted cantaloupe at a church dinner in Oregon in February, the state’s epidemiologist alerted Del Monte Fresh Produce.

Evidence that the company’s cantaloupe was the source of contamination was “overwhelming,” William E. Keene wrote in an e-mail to the company on March 19. “I think we need to move ahead with the common understanding that your cantaloupes caused this outbreak,” he added.

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Stateless in the Dominican Republic

High Numbers of Maternal Deaths Plague Dominican Republic Health System

Abraham’s mother was just 17 when she died. The same day that he came into this world was the day she left. Abraham was delivered by Cesarean section at Hospital Materno-Infantil San Lorenzo de Los Mina, a bustling public hospital in the Dominican capital city. His mother, Nana Charlie, died from excessive bleeding.

Maternal hemorrhaging is one of the main reasons for the Dominican Republic’s relatively high maternal mortality rate. But many come too late.

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Breaking News



Supervisor Dave Roberts Responds To Claims He Misused His Office

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts is accused in a legal claim filed by a former staff member of misusing taxpayer funds, inappropriately delegating campaign responsibilities to government employees and maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an employee

Diane Porter, a former aide who handled scheduling for Roberts, filed the complaint Wednesday with the county.

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San Diego Opera Settlement With Former Executives Tops $1 Million

The San Diego Opera paid its former general director Ian Campbell and his chief fundraiser Ann Spira Campbell more than $1 million in a privately negotiated employment settlement last July, according to tax documents released Friday.

The documents show Campbell received $276,000. Spira Campbell walked away with $812,521, which includes nearly $600,000 in executive retirement compensation and more than $17,000 in accrued vacation pay.

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San Diego City Council Staffer Suspended Without Pay After Shooting Comment

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf announced Friday that she suspended a staff member without pay for two weeks after the aide referred to demonstrators protesting police brutality as “idiots” and said “I wanted to shoot them.”

Her action came after KPBS published a story about the remarks made by community representative Shirley Owen.

In a statement, Zapf said the staffer “made a grossly inappropriate comment to a friend about individuals who were peacefully protesting” at the city’s inauguration Wednesday.

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Multimedia Features



Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Replica Helps Veterans, Families Heal

The first day Patty Lee returned to school in 1967 after her father was killed during the Vietnam War, a classmate approached her with a message.

“My parents said your dad deserved to die,” the classmate told 12-year-old Lee.

Now a 60-year-old grandmother, Lee said that experience taught her to stay silent about her father’s service in one of America’s most unpopular wars.

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Report Shows High Costs In San Diego Hurt Convention Business

On one of the hottest September days in downtown San Diego, buses, taxis and pedestrians clogged the entrance to the San Diego Convention Center. The National Safety Council was in town, its convention expected to draw 14,000 people.

It’s the largest gathering of workplace safety professionals in the country. Council spokeswoman Kathy Lane said that’s why the group chose San Diego.

“There’s really only a handful of convention centers in the United States that we’re even able to go to because we’re such a large show,” Lane said.

That’s why city leaders have argued the Convention Center needs to be even bigger.

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Telehealth Counseling Makes PTSD Treatment Accessible For Veterans

After an hour-long commute from Yuma, Ruben Moreno Garcia arrives at his El Centro apartment and immediately boots up his laptop. First thing: he checks his inbox for the two emails he receives every Monday.

One email is a reminder for his weekly counseling session; The Army veteran was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving three tours in combat. The other email has a username and password for that he needs in order to connect to those weekly counseling sessions.

He logs into Jabber, a Skype-like service, and inputs the newly-generated credentials. A few rings later and he’s connected to Kathryn Williams, a psychologist located more than 100 miles away at the San Diego VA.

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Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Cantaloupes in Guatemala

When an Albany, Ore., church group gathered for a dinner in February 2011, three people ate salmonella-tainted cantaloupe and fell ill.

They were the first confirmed victims of an outbreak involving a rare strain of salmonella that eventually reached 10 states — from California and Nevada to Pennsylvania and Maryland — and was linked to 20 illnesses this spring.

Federal and state officials traced the outbreak to a farm in Guatemala 2,800 miles away that grows cantaloupe for Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc.

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