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Stories for February 28, 2011

Get a Taste of Australia in San Diego

Feb. 28
By Tim Grenda
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San Diego and Australia were practically separated at birth. Both locales enjoy near-perfect Mediterranean weather all year round, gorgeous seaside views, and an abundance of exciting outdoor activities and cultural offerings. If you recently returned from an Australian vacation and need to get your fix of Aussie fun here at home in San Diego, here’s a one-week walkabout tour itinerary of San Diego that may convince you that you’re back in the Land Down Under.

Photos: Opening Of Timken's Robert Wilson Exhibit

Feb. 28
By Angela Carone
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Last week I attended the opening of artist Robert Wilson's Video Portraits at the Timken Museum. I snapped a few photos to give you a feel for the exhibit and opening reception.

Council Approves $4 Billion In Redevelopment Projects

Feb. 28
By Katie Orr
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San Diego is not backing down in its fight to keep redevelopment money coming. The city is battling the state in an effort to maintain the status quo, but it not all City Council members are riding the redevelopment train.

Teen Found Dead From Hypothermia In San Diego County

Feb. 28
City News Service
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A male who appeared to be in his late teens was found dead from hypothermia in the Pine Valley area over the weekend, authorities said.

San Diego Glistens In Winter's Glow

Feb. 28
By Mark Sauer
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A rare visitor from the Arctic left a calling card of white across the mountains of East San Diego County over the weekend.

Public Media Deserves Federal Support

Feb. 28
By Tom Karlo
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With funding for public broadcasting under siege, KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo makes the case for support. He can't do it alone, so read more to learn how you can help.

Tiny Spy Planes Could Mimic Birds, Insects

Feb. 28
Associated Press
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You'll never look at hummingbirds the same again. The Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into the development of tiny drones inspired by biology, each equipped with video and audio equipment that can record sights and sounds.

A Coronado Connection to 'The King's Speech'?

Feb. 28
Randy Dotinga
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Culture Lust contributor Randy Dotinga unearths an old rumor about the Hotel Del Coronado, King Edward VIII and last night's Academy Award winning film. Unfortunately, this rumor of romance sparked at the historical hotel turns out to be false.

Flight Passengers Watch For Measles Symptoms

Feb. 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diego County health officials say they've contacted nearly all of the local passengers that were exposed to measles on a cross-country flight last week. Symptoms could start emerging over the next few days.

Open Enrollment Deadline Tuesday For Low-Cost Kids Health Insurance

Feb. 28
Ben Adler, California Capital Network
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The deadline for parents to enroll their kids with pre-existing medical conditions in low-cost health insurance is Tuesday.

Poway Teachers Protected From Budget Ax

Feb. 28
By Ana Tintocalis
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Poway teachers will be protected from the budget ax. The Poway Unified School District is one of a few school districts that will not issue layoff notices in March.

U.S. Military Repositioning Naval and Air Forces Near Libya

Feb. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Numerous news outlets are reporting that the United States military is repositioning forces near Libya. According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon is not being specific as to exactly what our forces might be preparing for.

San Diego Gas Prices Climb

Feb. 28
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since Sept. 17, 2008, increasing 2.5 cents to $3.773, one day after rising by 3 cents.

Teen Review: 'Hall Pass'

Feb. 28
Mireya Munoz, Teen Critic
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"Hall Pass" (opened February 25 throughout San Diego) is the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers.

Clinton: Gadhafi Using 'Mercenaries And Thugs'

Feb. 28
NPR and Wires
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of using "mercenaries and thugs" against his own people on Monday as rebels said they thwarted an attempted aerial bombing of an eastern city.

Project Aims For Nutrition While Keeping The Soul In Soulfood

Feb. 28
These Days
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Black history month is a perfect time to do a little re-examining of the link between the African-American diet and obesity. We'll hear about some small changes that can make soulfood, good for you.

Issa's Staff Tied To Organizations That Could Benefit From Investigations

Feb. 28
These Days
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San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa has built a staff with close ties to organizations that could benefit from the investigations conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to the Watchdog Institute. We speak to Watchdog Institute Executive Director Lorie Hearn about the ties Issa's staff has to billionaires Charles and David Koch, who made their fortunes in the oil and chemical business and are funders of a numerous conservative causes.

Australia: A Different World, But Not a World Away

Feb. 28
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There’s nothing like spending a week in Australia. From the gleaming metropolis of Sydney to the rugged outback, the lush rainforests of the Blue Mountains, and the crystal-clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has something to capture the imagination every traveler. The continent spans more than 2,485 miles and each one is filled with one-of-a-kind adventure and excitement that can only be found in the Land Down Under.

How Will Aztecs Recover From Tough Loss To BYU?

Feb. 28
These Days
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What now stands between the SDSU Aztecs and the NCAA basketball tournament? We talk to North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris about how SDSU's loss against BYU could impact their seeding in the NCAA tournament, and what regular season challenges remain for the 28-2 Aztecs.

Democrats, GOP Try To Be Pennywise And Political

Feb. 28
Scott Horsley, NPR
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Members of Congress come back to Washington this week, facing a tight deadline. They need to pass a stop-gap spending bill by this weekend to prevent large parts of the federal government from shutting down.

Baja California Mayors Desperate To Regain Investment & Tourism

Feb. 28
By Ruxandra Guidi
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After a few years of economic decline, mayors throughout Baja California, Mexico, have launched a campaign to convince Americans that their cities are safe, and open to foreign investment.

A Freed US Journalist Talks About Repression In Iran

Feb. 28
These Days
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One woman who has first hand experience of injustice and repression in the Middle East is former NPR Journalist Roxana Saberi. Two years ago, the West was riveted by the story of this young women who was arrested, tried and convicted of espionage in Iran. Her experiences in prison and her insights into the struggle for freedom are detailed in her new book "Between Two Worlds."

Free Training For Future Biofuel Workers

Feb. 28
By Peggy Pico
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Hands-on training and free classes are being offered for San Diegans who want jobs in the burgeoning bioenergy field.

$4 Billion Wish List For SD Could Move Forward

Feb. 28
By Katie Orr
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Negotiations continue over what to do about redevelopment in California. Specifically, Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to dissolve local redevelopment agencies and use the freed up property tax dollars elsewhere.