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Stories for February 14, 2011

Reburial Reunites Raymond Chandler And His Wife

Feb. 14
By Angela Carone
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After more than 50 years of separation, detective novelist Raymond Chandler and his wife Cissy were reunited in a Valentine's Day reburial ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.

Insight: Grammy Award Winner James Moody, R.I.P.

Feb. 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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James Moody wasn't dying to win a Grammy Award, but that's what happened. The late, great San Diego musician won the Grammy for best jazz album on Sunday, two months after he died at the age of 85.

Open Enrollment For Kids Health Insurance Winding Down

Feb. 14
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

New state and federal laws guarantee health insurance for children…even kids with pre-existing conditions. But a critical enrollment period is winding down.

Lawmaker Proposes Bills To Better Protect Kids

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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On the anniversary of an Escondido teen's murder, a state lawmaker today unveiled three bills aimed at making the public aware when a convicted sex offender moves into a neighborhood and closing loopholes that might allow them to slip through the cracks.

SD Lawmaker Pushes For All-Mail Elections

Feb. 14
City News Service

Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, introduced legislation in the state Senate today to allow San Diego County to hold all- mail elections.

Less Than Half Of SD Teens Up To Date On Meningitis Vaccine

Feb. 14
City News Service

Less than half of teens and pre-teens in San Diego County are up-to-date on vaccinations for meningococcal meningitis, a disease that can be fatal, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star

Feb. 14
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"Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star" is an affectionate portrait of one of America’s most beloved entertainers, whose career spanned from Vaudeville and Broadway, to radio, film and television. The program is hosted by Les Brown, Jr., son of Hope’s bandleader of 49 years.

Vaccine Helper Boosts Immune System

Feb. 14
By Peggy Pico
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A newly made compound may boost the body’s immune response to vaccines.

Calif. Legislation Would Ban Shark Finning

Feb. 14
By Ed Joyce

California legislators have introduced a bill to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins used in a traditional soup.

San Diego Police Probe Taxi Crash Into Pedestrians

Feb. 14
Associated Press

Police are interviewing more than 60 people to determine why a San Diego taxi driver plowed through a crowded sidewalk, injuring more than 30 people during the weekend.

Police In Bahrain Disperse Rallies With Tear Gas

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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Bahrain's security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday at thousands of anti-government protesters heeding calls to unite in a major rally and bring the Arab reform wave to the Gulf for the first time.

NOVA: The Deadliest Plane Crash

Feb. 14
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NOVA presents a gripping investigation of what went wrong when two Boeing 747 airliners collided in thick fog on the runway at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands, killing 583 passengers and crew.

NOVA: Crash Of Flight 447

Feb. 14
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On June 1, 2009, Flight AF447, an Air France Airbus A330 flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 228 lives. How could a state-of-the-art airliner with elaborate electronic safety and navigation features and a faultless safety record simply vanish without a trace? NOVA assembles a team of seasoned pilots, engineers and safety experts to examine the evidence that emerged in the weeks following this horrific disaster.

Insight: High-Speed Rail Has A High-Profile Critic

Feb. 14
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Columnist Robert Samuelson has emerged as the nation's most prominent critic of high-speed rail. And today he had another in a series of stories on the subject that appeared in the Washington Post.

NOVA scienceNOW: Where Did We Come From?

Feb. 14
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In this episode of NOVA scienceNOW, journey back in time to the birth of our solar system to examine whether the key to our planet's existence might have been the explosive shockwave of an ancient supernova. And see how the head louse, a creepy critter that's been sucking our blood for millions of years, is offering clues about our evolution. Finally, meet neuroscientist André Fenton, who is looking into erasing painful memories with an injection.

'Justified' Off To A Gripping Start

Feb. 14

"Justified," the dramatic series starring Timothy Olyphant, is back for its second season on FX. Culture Lust contributor Pat Finn is very glad to see it and was blown away (pun intended) by the first episode.

Staying Happy And Healthy Into Your 90s

Feb. 14
These Days
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An inspiring new documentary looks at men and women who are living life to the fullest, well into their 90s. We'll talk with filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz and some nonagenarians, including a local artist and writer.

Raymond And Cissy Chandler Reunited Today

Feb. 14
These Days
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Today in San Diego, the last chapter in Raymond Chandler's real life love story with his wife Cissie will be played out. More than 50 years after their deaths, Cissie's ashes will be placed in Chandler's grave in a San Diego cemetery.

Project Aims To Help Women Vets Heal The Wounds Of War

Feb. 14
These Days
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Women veterans are now coming home having experienced the trauma of war in a way that they never have before. We'll hear about a support retreat for women veterans held in Oceanside last weekend by the Coming Home Project.

Obama Unveils $3.7 Trillion Budget For 2012

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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President Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.

'Crash Tax' Proves Unpopular And Unprofitable

Feb. 14
By Alison St John

Cash-strapped cities around California have adopted a new emergency response tax as a way to raise revenues. But the tax is not only unpopular, it is not raising as much money as expected.

High Tides And Sea Level Rise In San Diego

Feb. 14
By Ed Joyce
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Some of the highest tides of the year are expected along San Diego's coast this week. San Diego environmental groups plan to photograph high water marks. It's part of a statewide effort related to sea level rise.

San Diego Hosts World's Largest Meeting Of Orthopedic Surgeons

Feb. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

More knees are being replaced than ever before and younger people are the beneficiaries. That's one topic on tap at a huge gathering of orthopedic surgeons in San Diego this week.

San Diego Council Gets Full Menu Of Options

Feb. 14
By Katie Orr

There have been a lot of suggestion about how to deal with San Diego's budget problems. Now the City Council will consider them all at once.

Charreadas Grow In Popularity Despite Hurdles

Feb. 14
By Ruxandra Guidi
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There's a sport played by many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in a town near you, but you probably haven’t heard of it. Some people call it "Mexican Rodeo." But despite its popularity, it's increasingly hard for its colorful riders to find a place to practice their sport.