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Stories for February 17, 2012

Bill Could Bolster Parks Revenue

Feb. 17
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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One state lawmaker is backing a bill that could bolster California state park revenues.

Brown Meets with Chinese VP, Announces Trade Offices

Feb. 17
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

Governor Jerry Brown says China will be home to two California trade offices within the next eight months. Brown made the announcement after meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Los Angeles Friday.

Fingerprint Requirement for Calif. Food Stamp Recipients

Feb. 17
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A Republican state lawmaker wants to require all California food stamp recipients to be fingerprinted. That would reverse a change signed into law just last year.

Foundation Joins With Athletes To Promote Organ Donation

Feb. 17
By Kaitlin Brooks

A San Diego foundation is partnering with athletes to launch a new campaign to create awareness about organ donations.

Local Veteran Assists Other Veterans With Disabilities

Feb. 17
By Peggy Pico
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Urban Miyares, a San Diego veteran, is helping others benefit from blindness in the business world. He is founder and president of the Disabled Business Person Association.

Downed Power Line Leaves 8,000 Without Power

Feb. 17
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A power outage left about 7,450 central San Diego homes and businesses without electrical service for nearly 90 minutes this afternoon.

Zoo Celebrates Orangutan's 50th Birthday

Feb. 17
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego Zoo celebrated the 50th birthday of a Bornean orangutan today, giving the primate a variety of treats to enjoy.

Martha Speaks: Cora! Cora! Cora!/Cora Encore! (Season Four Premiere)

Feb. 17
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The popular children’s series MARTHA SPEAKS kicks off its fourth season with Hollywood star power. Real-life couple and actors Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Jennifer Westfeldt ("Friends with Kids") guest-star alongside their German Shepherd mix, Cora, in an action-packed two-part episode premiering Monday, February 20, 2012. MARTHA SPEAKS is based on the best-selling books by Susan Meddaugh, and follows the adventures of Martha, a lovable dog whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech.

Behind The Scenes: 'Moby-Dick'

Feb. 17
Evening Edition
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The opera "Moby Dick" kicks off it's west coast premiere on February 18. I went backstage to talk with UCSD and Sledgehammer alumni Robert Brill to find out how one brings a whaling ship into the San Diego Civic Theater.

Roundtable: Troubles For Pension Reform, Food Stamps, Homeless Students

Feb. 17
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Could the pension reform initiative be kept off the ballot? Will San Diego County ever enroll all those who need food stamps? How do homeless students manage to get an education?

Mexico -- One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: From Lobster To Chocolate Clams: A Delicious Feast In Magdalena Bay

Feb. 17
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Rick and local guide Luis Garduno of REDTours venture out on a skiff to learn about sustainable fishing on Magdalena Bay. They catch up with local lobster fishermen and learn about sizing lobsters. Then they watch as clam divers haul up the local chocolate clams from the bottom of the bay. On the Isla de Magdalena shore, Rick and Chef Hubert turn the spiny lobsters into an impressive stuffed entrée and mouthwatering salad. Rick gets to tag and release a protected sea turtle while the stuffed clams roast on the grill.

Travelscope: Thailand - From Golden Triangle To White Sands

Feb. 17
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From vibrant Bangkok Joseph travels south for a bit of rest and relaxation in the turquoise waters and on the fashionable beaches of the Krabi Peninsula. There he observes the ongoing efforts to preserve nature, indigenous cultures and ancient customs in the face of widespread tourism. After the short respite he heads north to the border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos to continue his Thailand adventure in the infamous Golden Triangle. From a coffee, tea and macadamia nut plantation to a thriving elephant camp, he uncovers what Thais are doing to transform the Triangle’s ancient opium production to pursuits that will improve the lives of the area’s many Hill Tribe people.

Congress Sends Payroll Tax Cut Bill To Obama

Feb. 17
Alan Fram, Associated Press

Congress on Friday approved legislation renewing a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers and jobless benefits for millions more, backing the main items on President Barack Obama's jobs agenda in a rare burst of Washington bipartisanship.

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Time Machines

Feb. 17
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“Time Machines” explores how technology has preserved — and altered — the way we think about the great songs and singers of the past. On a coast-to-coast tour with stops in New York, Palm Springs, Kansas City, upstate New York and even the storied Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Michael Feinstein introduces viewers to soundies (the original music videos), the historic building where “jam sessions” were born (and still hosts after-hours gigs) and an eclectic array of performers and collectors who help keep the music alive, including avid collector and music-lover Hugh Hefner, who shares rare footage of cabaret legend Bobby Short, and the British crooner Al Bowlly.

Del Mar Fairgrounds Offers $5 Million Coastal Settlement

Feb. 17
Associated Press
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A San Diego County fairground has agreed to make $5 million in environmental improvements through 2015 to settle claims that it violated state coastal laws for more than a decade.

Immigration Agent Killed In Shootout At Long Beach Federal Building

Feb. 17
Associated Press

A federal immigration agent shot and seriously wounded a co-worker during a Thursday evening workplace confrontation before another agent pulled his weapon and shot the gunman to death inside a Southern California federal building, the FBI said.

White House And SuperPAC: How Close Is Too Close?

Feb. 17
Peter Overby, NPR
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President Obama's decision to have White House officials and Cabinet secretaries help raise money for a pro-Obama superPAC is raising questions.

School For Homeless Students In San Diego Breaks Ground On New Campus

Feb. 17
By Dwane Brown
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The Monarch School will soon undergo a major transformation, moving from a cramped downtown space on Cedar street, to a newly remodeled two-story building in Barrio Logan, just south of Petco Park.

Homeless Students Find Welcoming Community In Sherman Heights

Feb. 17
By Kyla Calvert
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Sherman Elementary is making gains while serving a large number of homeless students. This story is part three of a series on San Diego Unified's growing homeless student population.