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Stories for February 20, 2012

With Business Up, Owners Say Banks Lending Again

Feb. 20
John Ydstie, NPR

A big reason for the slow recovery has been that the nation's battered banks haven't been able or willing to lend. There are signs that's changing and that bank lending is helping to support stronger growth.

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NATURE: Ocean Giants: Voices Of The Sea

Feb. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Whales and dolphins remain a constant source of fascination. But how much do we really know about them? This three-part series provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. In the final hour, the extra sensory perceptions and communication skills of these extraordinary creatures are considered. Whales and dolphins use sound to hunt, to communicate with one another, and also to “see” and experience the world around them.

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NATURE: Ocean Giants: Deep Thinkers

Feb. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Whales and dolphins remain a constant source of fascination. But how much do we really know about them? This three-part series provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. The second part explores the cognitive and emotional lives of dolphins and whales, which have the largest brains of any animal. Like us, cetaceans have special brain cells called spindle cells that are associated with communication, emotion, and heightened social sensitivity. These cells were once thought to be unique to humans, yet research is showing that whales and dolphins have may have three times more spindle cells than we do.

Ballot Measure Would Regulate Heath Insurance Premiums in California

Feb. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

Consumer advocates are trying to get a measure on the fall ballot that would allow the state to regulate health insurance premiums.

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NATURE: Ocean Giants: Giant Lives

Feb. 20
By Jennifer Robinson

Whales and dolphins remain a constant source of fascination. But how much do we really know about them? This three-part series provides new insights into the lives of whales and dolphins in a visually powerful, engaging and entertaining format. In the first part, we examine the world of great whales, such as the blue whale and the bowhead, the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. Yet these mighty leviathans feed on tiny shrimp and sardines. “Giant Lives” discovers why size matters in the world of whales.

California-Based Bill Promoting Political Ad Transparency Unveiled

Feb. 20
City News Service

A pair of State Assembly members today unveiled a bill that would require greater transparency in disclosing to voters who paid for political advertisements.

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300 Miles To Freedom

Feb. 20

On June 4, 1844, John W. Jones and four of his companions headed north. They were fugitive slaves who escaped bondage in Leesburg, Virginia. "300 Miles To Freedom" chronicles John W. Jones' journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad and his remarkable life as a free man in Elmira, New York. The film celebrates the courage and tenacity of fugitive slaves like John W. Jones. The film also celebrates those who quietly stood up to injustice by helping slaves escape on the Underground Railroad and by fighting for their freedom through the Abolitionist Movement.

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SD County To Auction Delinquent Properties, But Buyer Beware

Feb. 20
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Claire Trageser

It turns out that it isn't just foreclosure that puts some struggling San Diegans at risk of losing their property.

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Oscar Preview

Feb. 20
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Hollywood's biggest night is coming up on Sunday. It's the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Will a silent film walk away with gold? Will Scorsese or Spielberg add another Oscar to their mantel? Will Billy Crystal be able to keep everyone awake for three hours? Let's talk Oscars.

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Arrest Made In San Diego City College Murder

Feb. 20
By City News Service, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A fugitive wanted since October, 2010 for the murder of his estranged wife on the campus of San Diego College was arrested Sunday in Tijuana.

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U.N. Nuclear Inspectors To Press Iran On Weapons

Feb. 20
Associated Press

U.N. nuclear inspectors starting a two-day visit to Tehran on Monday sought to meet Iranian nuclear scientists and visit a key military facility as they try to gauge allegations that Iran is pushing toward making an atomic weapon.

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Public Utilities Flush With Cash But Behind On Projects

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Patty Laneand Kelly Thornton and Kevin Crowe, Investigative Newsource

When San Diego city officials launched a series of utility-rate hikes in 2007, they expected to spend more than a billion dollars on projects to shore up aging water and sewer systems rife with leaks. But things have not gone as planned.

So How Do You Gather All Those Initiative Signatures?

Feb. 20
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

As the window to qualify a California initiative for the November ballot gets smaller by the day, we spoke with a political consultant about what it takes to make that happen in a very tight time frame.

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San Diego Gas Prices Continue To Climb Rapidly

Feb. 20
By Erik Anderson

San Diego gas prices have never been this high so early in the year. And to make matters worse, the price of fuel jumped dramatically in the past week.

Inaugural Class For SDSU Business Incubator Announced Today

Feb. 20
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State wants to turn on campus research into new local businesses.