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Stories for February 1, 2012

Court Ruling, Facebook IPO Jolt California Budget

Feb. 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Some days you're the windshield, some days you're the bug. Right now, the California state budget might feel like both.

Marine Veteran Launches New Hot Sauce Business

Feb. 1
By Alison St John
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A San Diego veteran has launched his own business selling a new brand of hot sauce, based on his love of raw, edible plants.

City Attorney Says Legality Of Convention Center Fee Is Uncertain

Feb. 1
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A financing mechanism to raise money for expanding the San Diego Convention Center is on uncertain legal ground, the city attorney said today.

Panetta Says US to End Afghan Combat Operations by 2013

Feb. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today the United States is looking to end combat operations in Afghanistan by the second half of next year.

California Women Pummeled By Economy And State Budget Cuts

Feb. 1
By Erik Anderson
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A new report finds California women and children got financially pummeled in recent years, first by the economy, then by state budget cuts.

Steinberg: Senate Democrats Eye Supermajority

Feb. 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The Democratic leader of the California State Senate says he thinks his party can win enough seats this year to reach a two-thirds supermajority. That’s the margin required to raise taxes and place measures on ballots.

Antiques Roadshow: Houston, Texas - Hour Three

Feb. 1
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Something exciting is always happening at NASA, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In this final episode from Houston, Texas, host Mark L. Walberg experiences this excitement firsthand when he is joined by appraiser Gary Piattoni at the Houston Space Center for a briefing on NASA collectibles. Highlights include a magical collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustreware; a gold charm that once belonged to Lucille Ball; and a romantic English Regency rosewood settee that makes the appraiser swoon as he declares an estimated value of $9,500.

Second Snow Survey Shows Dry Conditions

Feb. 1
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The second California snow survey of the year found a little more snow on the ground—but not enough to make up for the dry conditions so far this season. Hydrologists are reporting some of the lowest snow measurements on record.

Antiques Roadshow: Eugene, Ore. - Hour Three

Feb. 1
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In Eugene, Oregon, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Kathleen Bailey head to the picturesque King Estate Winery to discuss what to look for in the pursuit of collecting wineglasses and decanters. Highlights include: a playful pair of beautifully preserved tin toys: a ca. 1938 Marx car and a battery powered dump truck; a circa 1861 Civil War cavalry guidon that may have been used in the Battle of Shiloh; and the “guardian of Venice,” a 1960 jeweled gold moretto valued at $40,000 to $60,000.

Memorial Wall Unveiled On Camp Pendleton

Feb. 1
By Alison St John
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A memorial wall was unveiled Wednesday on Camp Pendleton for Marines from the base who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Radioactive Leak At San Onofre Nuclear Plant Called 'Low Level' By NRC

Feb. 1
Midday Edition
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a tiny amount of radiation could have escaped into the atmosphere from the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a water leak prompted operators to shut down the reactor as a precaution.

Facebook Files For IPO, Hopes To Raise $5 Billion

Feb. 1
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Daisy Bates: First Lady Of Little Rock

Feb. 1
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As a black woman who was a feminist before the term was invented, Daisy Bates refused to accept her assigned place in society. This program tells the story of her life and public support of nine black students who registered to attend the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, which culminated in a constitutional crisis — pitting a president against a governor and a community against itself. Unconventional, revolutionary and egotistical, Bates reaped the rewards of instant fame, but paid dearly for it.

Dickens' Secret Lover

Feb. 1
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When 19th century British novelist Charles Dickens was 45 years old and married with nine children, he met Nelly Ternan, an 18-year-old actress with whom he fell hopelessly in love. Thus began an ongoing clandestine relationship that he kept secret for the rest of his life. This program reveals how this very public figure kept his private life secret via Byzantine financial arrangements, meticulously planned railway journeys, networks of safe-houses and the burning of personal papers and private letters. Ultimately, the strain of his double life resulted in a premature death for the highly gifted yet deeply troubled artist.

Biotech Impact Report: More Money And Jobs Coming

Feb. 1
By Peggy Pico
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For the first time, life science companies in southern California got a microscopic look at the financial impact they have on each other and the local economy.

San Diego Museum Offers Up Close And Personal Look At Black Holes

Feb. 1
Midday Edition
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A $5-million projection system recently installed at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s planetarium will allow visitors to view the skies as if they are in space. The center's director and an astrophysics expert explain the new system and its ability to bring black holes to life.

Liberty Quarry Faces Opposition

Feb. 1
Midday Edition
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A key hearing Monday may be the last phase in deciding whether a rock quarry north of San Diego can go forward. A supporter and opponent of the Liberty Quarry projects argue their sides.

San Diego School Board Plans For Worst Case Scenario Budget

Feb. 1
City News Service
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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education voted 3-2 to approve Superintendent Bill Kowba's preliminary recommendation to lay off more than 1,100 employees and increase class sizes.

Officials: Small Radiation Leak Possible At San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Feb. 1
Midday Edition
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A nuclear reactor at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station remained off-line today due to an equipment problem that sent a small, non-hazardous amount of radioactive gas into an auxiliary building and possibly into the atmosphere, authorities said.

Northrop Grumman Braces For Possible Cuts To Global Hawk Program

Feb. 1
By Alison St John
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Northrop Grumman is assessing the possible impact of Pentagon budget cuts to the Global Hawk, an unmanned surveillance plane developed in San Diego.

San Diego City Council Approves Backyard Chickens, Goats and Bees

Feb. 1
By Adrian Florido

The city has become the latest of many nationwide to pass land use laws meant to promote food production in urban areas.

Businesses Warned About Sale Of Illegal Designer Drugs

Feb. 1
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego police are cracking down on the illegal sale of bath salt and Spice.

San Diego Teachers 'Flipping' The Classroom Script

Feb. 1
By Kyla Calvert
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Could swapping homework problems for video lectures change the way schools work?