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Stories for February 5, 2013

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It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

Feb. 5, 2013
Frank Deford / NPR

Since that devilish little morality saga with Linda Evans and Joan Collins left television in 1989, there have been no dynasties in our world outside of sports.

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3 San Diegans, 3 Tijuana Residents Killed In Tour Bus Crash

Feb. 5, 2013
CHANNEL 10 NEWS

The California Highway Patrol says a bus that careened out of control down a mountain before crashing and killing seven people --three of them from San Diego -- has been towed from the highway, nearly 24 hours after the accident.

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Mayor Filner Says Earth Fair Will Be At Traditional Balboa Park Location

Feb. 5, 2013
City News Service

Earth Fair 2013 will take place at its traditional location this spring following months of uncertainty stemming from a now-scuttled project to remove cars from the center of Balboa Park, Mayor Bob Filner announced today.

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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: Richard II With Derek Jacobi

Feb. 5, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Derek Jacobi returns to a role he played 30 years ago, coaches actors at the Globe in aspects of the play, reveals why it could have cost Shakespeare his life — and shares some of the extraordinary modern political parallels within the play that still resonate as dictators are deposed. Also featured are notable excerpts from the upcoming GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation starring Ben Whishaw and Patrick Stewart.

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Scripps Health To Begin Offering Hospice After San Diego Hospice Cutbacks

Feb. 5, 2013
City News Service

Scripps Health announced today that it will begin offering hospice services in the wake of San Diego Hospice's recent cutbacks and decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Preview: Media Storm

Feb. 5, 2013
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov and Amanda Guerrero

Protea Gallery is a new addition to the North Park Scene. KPBS Arts Reporter Beth Accomando stopped by to see the installation of the new exhibit Textscapes featuring a paper sculpture by Joyce Dallal.

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Governor Brown Calls Texas Ad Campaign A 'Big Nothing'

Feb. 5, 2013
Amy Quinton, Capitol Public Radio

California Governor Jerry Brown is downplaying Texas Governor Rick Perry’s effort to lure businesses to the Lone Star state.

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San Diego Supervisors Consider Ramona Solar Farm

Feb. 5, 2013
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County Supervisors will decide Wednesday on the fate of a solar project near Ramona.

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Sharp Hospice Officials Talk About Challenges

Feb. 5, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh

The leaders of Sharp Hospice talk about why more people are choosing hospice care and the challenges that growth creates.

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Viral Story About Free WiFi Spotlights Mostly Hidden Policy War

Feb. 5, 2013
Frank James / NPR

In Washington, there's always one kind of alleged war or another against some group or idea -- the war on women, the war on religion and the war on the Second Amendment come quickly to mind.

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California Supreme Court Hears Pot Shop Ban Case

Feb. 5, 2013
AP / Associated Press

Members of California's highest court expressed skepticism Tuesday over claims that the state's medical marijuana laws prohibit local governments from banning storefront pot shops.

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UC San Diego Ranked 13th For Producing Peace Corps Recruits

Feb. 5, 2013
City News Service

UC San Diego ranks fourth in California and 13th nationally for the number of undergraduate alumni that serves in the Peace Corps, according to a report released today.

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Why Is It So Hard To Make A 100 Percent American Hand Dryer?

Feb. 5, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

Fifteen years ago, Denis Gagnon bought a company that made a product nobody really liked: hand dryers. But he quickly managed to turn Massachusetts-based Excel Dryer into an innovator with the Xlerator -- a high-speed dryer that cut drying time from more than 30 seconds to less than 15.

States Propose Limiting Use Of Drones By Police

Feb. 5, 2013
AP / Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

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Cute But Deadly: Cats Kill By The Billions Each Year

Feb. 5, 2013

New research indicates that stray and feral cats are a real threat to other wildlife. San Diego's Humane Society and the Audubon Society weigh in on the new report.

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Stennis Strike Group Cmdr. Gives Video Update (Video)

Feb. 5, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The commander of the John C. Stennis Strike Group, which includes the San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay, posted a video update for Stennis families on the group's Facebook page.

Why Prostate Cancer Screening Is So Tricky

Feb. 5, 2013
Nancy Shute / NPR

Men can be forgiven for being confused over screening for prostate cancer. Doctors are confused, too.

In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions

Feb. 5, 2013
S. V. Date / NPR

Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly two-to-one margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.

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LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: B-Side Players And Maren Parusel

Feb. 5, 2013

Watch B-Side Players and Maren Parusel perform. San Diego is home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District.

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House Immigration Reform Hearings Kick Off In D.C.

Feb. 5, 2013
By David Martin Davies

The first hearing on fixing the immigration system will be held by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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First, Personalized Pez Dispensers. Next, Printed Food?

Feb. 5, 2013
Lydia Zuraw / NPR

The Pez dispenser is a cultural icon that has withstood the test of time, with Mickey Mouse, Yoda, even George Washington doling out little candy bricks through their plastic necks.

ICE Fines San Diego, Imperial County Businesses More Than $173,800

Feb. 5, 2013
By Adrian Florido, John Rosman

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fined 10 businesses in San Diego and Imperial counties more than $173,800 for hiring “unlawful” employees.

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Dog Advocate Nominated For Military Spouse Of The Year

Feb. 5, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy wife who helped create Dogs on Deployment, a non-profit that helps find temporary homes for the beloved canines of deployed troops, has been nominated as Military Spouse of the Year.

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A Quarter-Century Later, 1986 Amnesty Still Informs the Immigration Debate

Feb. 5, 2013
By Adrian Florido

In the 1980s, immigration reform was described as a three-legged stool: amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and border and workplace enforcement to prevent future ones.

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Calif. Attorney General Sues Standard & Poor's

Feb. 5, 2013
Associated Press

California's attorney general sued debt rating agency Standard & Poor's on Tuesday, claiming it inflated its ratings of certain investments, costing the state's public pension funds and other investors billions of dollars.

San Diego Researchers Discover Key Element Of Lupus

Feb. 5, 2013
City News Service / City News Service

LA JOLLA (CNS) - A team from The Scripps Research Institute found that the absence of a certain type of immune cell, or of a key signaling molecule within the cell, could protect against the debilitating auto-immune disease lupus that afflicts millions around the world, it was announced today.

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Where In The U.S. Should You Leave 3 Hours Early For A 30-Minute Drive?

Feb. 5, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

This news got our attention, and not just because The Two-Way's home office is in the nation's capital:

Arson Vandals Wreak $70K in Damage at Day-Care Center

Feb. 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 14-year-old boy was arrested today within hours of allegedly carrying out a fiery vandalism rampage that wreaked an estimated $70,000 worth of monetary losses at a Sorrento Valley day-care center, authorities reported.

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Board Approves USS Guardian Salvage Plan (Video)

Feb. 5, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The board in charge of protecting the Tubbataha Reef, where the USS Guardian ran aground last month, has approved a U.S. Navy plan to cut the ship into pieces in order to remove it safely from the area.

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U.S. Memo Cites Legal Basis For Drone Strike Against Former San Diego Cleric

Feb. 5, 2013
By Susan Murphy

A Justice Department memo written prior to a drone strike that killed former San Diego Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011 states the U.S. can lawfully kill an American citizen in a foreign country if it's determined that person is a high-ranking al-Qaeda operative.

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Lonely And Frustrated: These May Be The Worst Jobs In Politics

Feb. 5, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

It's the nature of the business that plenty of people have to work for highly demanding egomaniacs. Among elected officials, few relish having to spend big chunks of their time asking other people for money, one of the essential chores.

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Texas Coming After California Jobs

Feb. 5, 2013
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

They’re coming for our jobs. A new ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry hit the California airwaves this week.

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Broader Justification Emerges Of When U.S. Can Kill Americans Who Join Al-Qaida

Feb. 5, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

American citizens who become leaders in al-Qaida or other terrorist organizations overseas and pose "an imminent threat" to Americans may be killed with drone strikes even when there's no evidence that they have specific plans to attack Americans or U.S. interests, according to a Justice Department memo that surfaced Monday.

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When Does End Of Life Begin: Hospice Under Scrutiny

Feb. 5, 2013
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

With a growing number of people choosing to die at home, the federal government is questioning who's in hospice and for how long.

SD School Bribes, 1st Ld

Feb. 5, 2013

School Corruption Case to Stay in South County

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Dramatic End To Alabama Hostage Standoff Took Careful Planning

Feb. 5, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

As more becomes known about how authorities rescued an almost-6-year-old boy named Ethan from his nearly week-long captivity in an Alabama bunker with a gunman, some fascinating details are emerging.

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Retiring Police Chief Boyd Long Honored by City Council

Feb. 5, 2013
City News Service / City News Service

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Recently retired San Diego police Assistant Chief Boyd Long was lauded by the City Council today for his 28 years of service.

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FMLA Not Really Working For Many Employees

Feb. 5, 2013
Jennifer Ludden / NPR

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, workers' rights groups say many employees still must choose between their family or their job.

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One-Way Tickets To Florida: Puerto Ricans Escape Island Woes

Feb. 5, 2013
Greg Allen / NPR

Puerto Rico's population is dropping. Faced with a deteriorating economy, increased poverty and a swelling crime rate, many citizens are fleeing the island for the U.S. mainland. In a four-part series, Morning Edition explores this phenomenon, and how Puerto Rico's troubles are affecting its people and other Americans in unexpected ways.

Gun Violence Robs Chicago Mother Of Remaining Child

Feb. 5, 2013
Cheryl Corley / NPR

The gun violence that scars some Chicago neighborhoods has been a plague for one woman. Shirley Chambers first lost a child to gunfire in the mid 1990s. In 2000, a daughter and a son were shot to death just months apart. On Monday, Chambers buried her last child.