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Stories for January 31, 2012

DeMaio, Fletcher Ahead In Mayoral Campaign Fundraising

Jan. 31
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Councilman Carl DeMaio and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, raised the most money among San Diego mayoral candidates who filed campaign finance reports today.

Romney Wins Florida Primary, Routing Gingrich

Jan. 31
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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NPR is projecting that Romney has won the Florida primary, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in second place. With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had just under 47 percent of the vote, while second-place finisher Newt Gingrich had nearly 32 percent.

A Deadline For Bills: What Made It, What Didn't

Jan. 31
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

A deadline has come and gone for bills introduced in the California legislature last year. They had to pass the house they were introduced Tuesday, to keep going through the rest of the two-year session.

Budget Cleanup: Cash Crunch, School Bus Funds

Jan. 31
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The Assembly Budget Committee has taken two actions intended to clean up parts of this year’s California spending plan.

Travelscope: Germany's Winter Carnival

Jan. 31
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Host Joseph Rosendo dons his jester’s cap and heads to the German state of Baden-Wüerttemberg for Fasnet –– Fasnacht –– Carnival. Each town may call it by a different name, but they all agree it’s a non-stop community party that celebrates local culture and chases away the winter blues. Some of the historic carnival characters, like the Narro, date back to the festival’s beginning 500 years ago while others are the products of lively modern-day imaginations.

Mexico - One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: Presenting: World-Class Wines Of Baja

Jan. 31
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Baja California Norte produces many world-class, gold medal-winning wines. Rick takes us on a tour of the region along with renowned winemaker and visionary Hugo d’Acosta, founder of La Escuelita, a nonprofit winemaking school. Hugo introduces Rick to his Casa de Piedra wines before taking Rick on a tour of the school where locals and chefs come to make their own wines. At L.A. Cetto, winemaker Camillo Magoni tells Rick about his 47-year career with one of the oldest wineries in Mexico. Rick cooks with Ludwig Hussong of San Rafael Winery in the Valle de Ojos Negros and they toast the wines of Mexico.

Digital Brain In Works At Qualcomm

Jan. 31
Helen Hawes
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It sounds like something out of a "Frankenstein" remake, but Qualcomm engineers are developing a digital brain, CEO Paul Jacobs says.

Essential Pépin: Fine Finishes

Jan. 31
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Never having tasted cheesecake with apricot-blueberry sauce until arriving in America, Jacques’ brother loved it! And this is the recipe that Jacques made for him on visits to the US. Jacques also prepares the classic and creamy flan a la vanille with caramel-cognac sauce and a simple but decadent chocolate mousse. Lastly, he makes a creamy and delicious bread and butter pudding.

Florida GOP Primary Lets Romney Show Skill In Political Knife Fight

Jan. 31
Frank James, NPR
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With virtually all polls giving him a solid lead among Florida's Republican voters, Mitt Romney is expected to handily win the Sunshine State's GOP primary Tuesday, putting him back on course for his party's presidential nomination.

How SuperPACs Are 'Gaming' The 2012 Campaign

Jan. 31
NPR
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If you thought the 2008 election cycle was full of negative ads, just wait until 2012's campaign gets fully under way.

Services Tonight For 13-year Old Killed In Tijuana

Jan. 31
By Marissa Cabrera

Services will be held Tuesday night for a 13-year old San Ysidro Middle School student shot and killed over the weekend in Tijuana. He was one of five males killed in what is being called an attack by organized crime.

Sweetwater District Decides Against Paying Legal Fees In Corruption Case

Jan. 31
City News Service

The Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Trustees decided today against paying legal fees for members under investigation for alleged corruption.

Council To Vote On Downtown Restrooms

Jan. 31
Helen Hawes

San Diego's City Council must approve -- for a second time -- a plan to provide secure public restrooms for the homeless downtown.

Advocates For Foster Children Recruit Volunteers

Jan. 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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There's a big push underway to recruit 360 more people to help San Diego County foster children by volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Redevelopment's Past And Future In San Diego

Jan. 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Today marks the end of redevelopment as we know it in the City of San Diego. We'll talk about the legacy of the Centre City Development Corporation and the Southeastern Development Corporation and find out if and when the city's $4 billion in redevelopment earmarks will proceed.

Festival News: SDBFF Gives Out Awards

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando
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The 10th Annual San Diego Black Film Festival just ended. Here is a list of their awards.

Kaiser Workers In San Diego Stage 24-Hour Strike

Jan. 31
Evening Edition

Unionized health care workers will stage a 24-hour strike in San Diego today as part of a work stoppage at 160 Kaiser Permanente facilities statewide.

San Diego School Board To Discuss Budget, Layoffs

Jan. 31
City News Service
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San Diego Unified School District financial staff will ask Board of Education members today to approve proposed layoffs to close a projected budget shortfall for the next school year that could hit $122 million.

The Golden Age: Florida Primary Centers On Seniors

Jan. 31
Greg Allen, NPR
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A survey conducted by AARP predicts that as many as 60 percent of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's Republican primary will be retirees.

Candidates Campaign Disclosure Deadline Today

Jan. 31
By Alison St John

Today is the deadline for candidates running in this year’s elections to disclose how much money they have raised, and where that money came from. But this information tells voters only part of the story.

Making The Pitch For A New Patent Office In California

Jan. 31
By Erik Anderson
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California's congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to locate one of its two new offices in the state. The San Diego congressional delegation backs the idea.

Clemency Urged For Woman Who Killed Pimp

Jan. 31
Midday Edition
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Sara Kruzan has spent more than half her life in a Calif. prison for killing her pimp. Kruzan’s San Diego relatives and local advocates are pressing Gov. Jerry Brown to grant her clemency.