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Stories for February 6, 2012

Court Rules California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Feb. 6
Lisa Leff, Associated Press
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A federal appeals court has declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, paving the way for a likely U.S. Supreme Court showdown on the voter-approved law.

Students Demonstrate Robot They Designed In City Hall

Feb. 6
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High school students showed off their robot, Daisy Bell, at City Hall today. They will compete in the Sixth Annual FIRST Robotic Regional Championship, which is held annually in San Diego.

Judge Postpones Loughner Trial By Four Months

Feb. 6
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A federal judge in San Diego today gave prison doctors four more months to try to restore the mental competency of a man charged with fatally shooting six people and wounding then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others in Arizona last year.

Culture Lust's February Finds

Feb. 6
By Alex Morales
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In her second installment, Culture Lust contributor Alex explores 10 eclectic arts and culture picks for the month of February.

Two Possible Pension Reform Measures On June Ballot

Feb. 6
Evening Edition
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San Diego voters might have two pension reform ballot initiatives to choose between in June. Katie Orr, KPBS's metro reporter, explains the two plans.

JiAel Brownell

Black History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 6
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JiAel Brownell is a teacher at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. He also served in the U.S. Army as a translator in Korea and, with his background in linguistics and an appreciation for his country, he taught citizenship to recent emigrants. Brownell moved to Juvenile Hall to defend young people and help them succeed with the lessons he learned from his background in education, sports and fitness.

Roy Dixon

Black History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 6
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Bishop Roy Dixon is the church pastor at Faith Chapel, which he started in 1985 with only six members. Bishop Dixon understands that a congregation of faith must participate powerfully in community life, and he is committed to helping the poor. Under Bishop Dixon’s leadership and community activism, Faith Chapel has grown to influence not only San Diego, but all of California.

City Attorney Says Hotel Tax Validation Could Take At Least A Year

Feb. 6
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City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said a hotel tax to fund the Convention Center expansion without a public vote is not necessarily legal. He said validation of its legality would take—at the minimum—one year.

No Deal Yet For California And Nation's Largest Banks

Feb. 6
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It remains unclear whether California, one of the states with the highest numbers of foreclosure filings, will join with other states in a $25 billion deal to settle outstanding issues linked to the robo-signing mortgage scandal.

Legal Arguments Heard in Lawsuit Claiming SeaWorld Killer Whales Held As Slaves

Feb. 6
City News Service
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Judge promises a written ruling for PETA's SeaWorld lawsuit soon.

Family Releases Camp Pendleton Marine’s Final Letter

Feb. 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. William Stacey was killed January 31 by an IED while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. The Stacey family shared with the Seattle Times a letter he left for them in case he did not make it back from Afghanistan alive.

San Onofre Nuclear Plant In Complete Shutdown

Feb. 6
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The inspection process continues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. In the meantime, the entire plant is shutdown.

Inside Nature's Giants: Big Cats

Feb. 6
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The experts dissect a lion and a tiger. From the outside, the two look very different, but once their skins are removed, even the experts find it hard to tell them apart. Biologist Simon Watt comes face to face with a liger — a cross between a lion and a tiger — proof of the two species’ similarity. One of the most characteristic features of these magnificent animals — something that distinguishes them from the small cats — is their ability to roar. The team delves into the lion’s throat to find the voicebox and makes a discovery that helps explain the way the vocal apparatus works.

Latino Activist To Run In New City Council District, But Challenges Abound

Feb. 6
By Adrian Florido
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Latinos are a majority in the new 9th City Council District, but that raw numerical advantage is tempered by immigration status and a lack of political mobilization.

'Not In Our Town': How One Community Responded To Hate

Feb. 6
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We look at a hate crime that made national news and how that community responded. We also learn what's being done in San Diego to teach students about acceptance and respect of others.

SD Supervisor Ron Roberts Previews State Of The County

Feb. 6
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Roberts will deliver the State of The County Address on Wednesday, February 8. We'll hear a preview and ask Roberts, who was elected to chair the board of supervisors last month, about regional development and what role if any the County will play in building a new Chargers stadium.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 6
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The 22nd Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through February 19 with more than 40 of the best contemporary Jewish themed films from around the world.

NOVA: Separating Twins

Feb. 6
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This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins are ready for a series of delicate operations, which will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives.

Peta's Killer Whale Enslavement Lawsuit Goes To Court

Feb. 6
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Attorneys for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are scheduled to argue in federal court today against SeaWorld San Diego on behalf of some of the theme park's killer whales.

Stopping The 'Brain Drain' Of The U.S. Economy

Feb. 6
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Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Obama: US Has 'Very Good' Intelligence On Iran

Feb. 6
Julie Pace, Associated Press
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President Barack Obama said the U.S. has a "very good estimate" of when Iran could complete work on a nuclear weapon, but cautioned that there are still many unanswered questions about Tehran's inner workings.

Rants and Raves: 'Raiding the Lost Ark'

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando
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Once again George Lucas cannot leave well enough alone and we shall be assaulted by a 3D version of "The Phantom Menace" in theaters this weekend. But movie geek Jamie Benning has been toiling away on a series of fan-made documentaries that remind us why we fell in love with Lucas' films in the first place.

Liberty Quarry Could Get Deciding Vote Today

Feb. 6
By Alison St John
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The fate of a proposed quarry just north of the San Diego County line could be decided today. The Riverside Board of Supervisors will have the final say, after a seven year battle over the Liberty Quarry.

Interest High In Race For San Diego County Supervisor

Feb. 6
By Alison St John
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For the first time in 16 years, there is an open seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Two incumbents are running for fifth and sixth terms.

Councilman Alvarez Pushes 'Cap and Freeze' Pension Measure

Feb. 6
By Katie Orr
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San Diego voters will see at least one pension reform measure on the June ballot. But there's a possibility a second measure could make it on as well.