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Stories for February 13, 2012

Arizona Lawmakers Consider Funding Armed, Volunteer Militia

Feb. 13
By Devin Browne
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Arizona lawmakers will consider funding an armed state guard to help with border enforcement. This bill is the latest in a series which asserts the state’s right to deal with illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

City Council Passes Policies For Redevelopment 'Successor Agency'

Feb. 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A set of policies for the so-called "successor agency" for redevelopment, which puts the mayor's office in charge of winding down the function, were passed unanimously today by the San Diego City Council.

Democrats In 52nd Congressional Race Get No Party Endorsement Yet

Feb. 13
By Alison St John
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The 52nd Congressional District race threatens the Republican majority in San Diego’s congressional delegation. But the Democratic candidates running against Republican Brian Bilbray won’t have their party’s endorsement until after voters make their choice in June.

Pension Reform May Be Kept Off Ballot

Feb. 13
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s controversial pension reform initiative may not make it on the June ballot. The California Public Employment Relations Board will ask for a preliminary injunction against the measure while it reviews an unfair practices claim.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Feb. 13
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Extraordinary people risked their lives to help fugitive slaves escape via the clandestine Underground Railroad. Among them was William Still of Philadelphia, a free black man who accepted delivery of transported crates containing human “cargo.” This documentary reveals some of the dramatic, lesser-known stories behind this humanitarian enterprise, and explores key Canadian connections, including the surprising fate of former slaves who crossed the border to “Freedom’s Land.”

San Diego's Avocado Crown May Move North

Feb. 13
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County farmers produce more avocados each year than anywhere else in the United States. But that number one ranking could change by the end of the year, because the region’s avocado industry is facing pressures.

Moderate Earthquake Strikes Northern California

Feb. 13
KPBS News
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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California at 1:07 p.m. on Monday, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Pension Reform Ballot Measure Will Go To Court

Feb. 13
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The California Public Employee Relations Board ruled today that a pension reform initiative set for the June ballot in the city of San Diego amounts to an unfair labor practice.

Arizona Tribal Group Denounces Land Exchange Bill

Feb. 13
By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez
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Arizona tribal leaders were on Capitol Hill on Thursday, testifying against a bill that would allow copper mining on Native American land. Opponents say the deal goes against a federal mining ban already in place. Supporters say it’s an economic boon.

FRONTLINE: The Interrupters

Feb. 13
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During one weekend in Chicago in 2008, 37 people were shot, seven of them fatally. FRONTLINE follows a group of older former gang leaders trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their communities from the violence they once committed. The film follows the inner workings of CeaseFire, an innovative program in Chicago designed to prevent shootings, including weekly meetings where the interrupters report on the simmering disputes and the senseless shootings in their neighborhoods. From director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Stevie"), "The Interrupters" is a compelling observational journey into the stubborn, persistent violence that plagues our American cities.

Cash Mob Returns To San Diego

Feb. 13
Midday Edition
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A cash mob is like a flash mob only it exercises consumer power rather than dance moves. San Diego's first cash mob event was in December, tonight there will be a new one.

How The National Mortgage Settlement Could Benefit San Diego Homeowners

Feb. 13
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San Diego real estate experts explained how the national mortgage settlement will affect homeowners whose homes were foreclosed on or who are underwater.

American Experience: Tupperware!

Feb. 13
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This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware’s success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. "Tupperware!" charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.

US To Meet North Koreans In Beijing

Feb. 13
Associated Press
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A U.S. envoy will hold talks with North Korea on its nuclear program in Beijing next week, the first such negotiations since the death of the nation's longtime leader, Kim Jong Il.

Sewage Spill Closes Beaches Near Camp Pendleton

Feb. 13
City News Service
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Beaches north of Oceanside were closed today after an estimated 18,000 gallons of sewage spilled near the Santa Margarita River.

Democratic Convention In San Diego Fires Up The Base For November

Feb. 13
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A roundup of what happened at the weekend's gathering of California Democrats, including endorsements and speeches by the party's rising stars.

SD Council To Consider 'Successor Agency' For Redevelopment

Feb. 13
City News Service
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The City Council today will consider approving a list of policies for the so-called "successor agency'' for redevelopment.

Scientists Take Cautious Tack On Bird Flu Research

Feb. 13
Nell Greenfieldboyce
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The suspension of the research came in response to fears that researchers had created dangerous new germs that could cause a devastating pandemic in people if they ever escaped the lab or fell into the wrong hands.

Forecast Calls For Wet Week In San Diego County

Feb. 13
City News Service
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A pair of cold winter storms is expected in San Diego County this week. "Winter storms are poised to impact Southern California this week with periods of rain and mountain snow, gusty winds and cold weather,'' according to a National Weather Service advisory.

Obama's New Budget: Higher Taxes For The Wealthy

Feb. 13
Associated Press
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President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan on Monday that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but does little to restrain growth in the government's huge health benefit programs, a major cause of future deficits.

UC San Diego Researchers To Test New Treatment For Binge Eating

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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UC San Diego will launch a clinical trial to see if a novel treatment method can help people who binge eat.

Regulators To Delay Decision On SDG&E Uninsured Wildfire Reimbursement

Feb. 13
By Amita Sharma
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Ratepayers could be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars if SDG&E gets its way.

Interview: SDJFF Filmmakers Talk About The Festival Experience

Feb. 13
By Beth Accomando
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The 22nd Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicked off last week. On Sunday, I attended a brunch and spoke with filmmakers about the experience of showing their films at a festival.