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Stories for February 15, 2013

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Behind The Scenes: 'Samson And Delilah'

Feb. 15, 2013
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

The San Diego Opera’s "Samson and Delilah" opens this weekend. Go behind the scenes to see what it takes to bring this Bible story to the stage.

Key Hearings On California Health Overhaul Bills Next Week

Feb. 15, 2013
Pauline Bartolone, California Capital Network

Health committees in both houses of the California legislature will hear bills this week that would codify key aspects of the Affordable Care Act into state law.

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San Diego Union Members Attend San Onofre Hearing For Costco Gift Cards

Feb. 15, 2013
By Amita Sharma

Union members told federal regulators they thought the plant is safe to operate again.

Honey Bee Shortage Could Sting Almond Growers

Feb. 15, 2013
Amy Quinton, California Capital Network

California almond growers may not have enough honey bees to pollinate this year’s crop.

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After Sandy, Not All Sand Dunes Are Created Equal

Feb. 15, 2013
Adam Cole / NPR

When Superstorm Sandy hit Island Beach State Park -- one of the last remnants of New Jersey's barrier island ecosystem -- it flattened the dunes, pushing all that sand hundreds of feet inland.

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Popular Workout Booster Draws Safety Scrutiny

Feb. 15, 2013
Rob Stein / NPR

Richard Kessinger loves to hit the gym. But some days he needs a little something to get him pumped up for his weightlifting routine.

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As Cruise Industry Grows, So Have Its Problems

Feb. 15, 2013
Scott Neuman / NPR

It's been a rough voyage for the cruise-line industry in the past few years.

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Roundtable: O'Connor Falls; Prop B Stumbles; Trolleys Unprotected; Sidewalks Crumbling

Feb. 15, 2013

Former San Diego Mayor O'Connor makes a sad court appearance. Pension reform may have to wait. Safety and protection on our trains and trolleys not a priority. When sidewalks fail, who pays?

Educators Killed At Sandy Hook School Honored At White House

Feb. 15, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

The six women killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a gunman who also murdered 20 children were honored with posthumous Presidential Citizens Medals today at the White House.

LA Cardinal To Be Deposed In Abuse Lawsuit

Feb. 15, 2013
AP / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, will be deposed this month for a clergy abuse lawsuit set for trial in April.

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Home Post Readers Pay Tribute To Hero Dog Gabe

Feb. 15, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post readers have been touched by the passing of Gabe the dog this week from cancer. Gabe was a retired military working dog who was recently named 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Gets Life Sentence For Killing Fellow Marine

Feb. 15, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

A military judge sentenced Lance Cpl. Darren Evans to life in prison on Thursday for the brutal murder of his roommate, Lance Cpl. Mario Arias, in 2011.

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Attorney Advocates For Poor As Immigration Debate Continues

Feb. 15, 2013
Marisa Peñaloza / NPR

As Washington debates changing the immigration system, the demand for immigration attorneys has already jumped, even without new laws in place.

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Puppy That Fell From Cliff Adopted By Marine, Will Become Therapy Dog (Video)

Feb. 15, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Clifford, the four-month-old Chihuahua puppy that survived an 80 foot fall from a cliff in San Diego last month, has a new home. It's with Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Szczepanowski.

Strong Winds Warning Issued For San Diego County

Feb. 15, 2013

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A trough of low pressure digging down on the west coast sent strong westerly winds sweeping across the mountains and deserts of San Diego County today.

Parents Of Dead Soldier Sue Diet Supplement Maker

Feb. 15, 2013
AP / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Parents of a soldier who died after taking a dietary supplement called Jack3d (pronounced 'jacked') have sued the makers and retailer for wrongful death.

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1,000 Injured By Blasts As Meteor Falls In Russia

Feb. 15, 2013
By Susan Murphy and Associated Press

With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

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Deadly Bus Crash In SoCal Spurs Crackdown On Tour Bus Operators

Feb. 15, 2013
By Susan Murphy

Federal regulators are cracking down on unsafe tour bus operators. The announcement comes on the heels of a deadly tour bus crash in Southern California.

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The 27th Victim: Nancy Lanza Is Subject Of 'Frontline' Documentary

Feb. 15, 2013
Padmananda Rama, Bill Chappell

The lives of the 26 people murdered by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December were eulogized and celebrated after the tragedy. But many discussions about Lanza's first victim, his mother, Nancy, were marked by both sympathy and suspicion, particularly as the news emerged that she had taken her son to shooting ranges.