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Stories for February 18, 2013

Head Of Balboa Park Centennial Stepping Down Due To Tourism Marketing District Issues

Feb. 18
By Claire Trageser
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The head of the nonprofit group responsible for producing the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park announced Monday he is stepping down.

'It Was A Beautiful Ending To A Beautiful Life'

Feb. 18
By Joanne Faryon
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A sad update on a story about a San Diego man profiled in our end of life series. LC Sallis, 89, died Sunday evening with his wife Betty by his side.

Palomar Health Unveils New Way Of Monitoring Patients

Feb. 18
By Kenny Goldberg
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Palomar Health will introduce a new patient monitoring system that looks like something out of Star Trek.

'The Book of Mormon' Coming To San Diego

Feb. 18
By Angela Carone
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Good news for theater-goers and fans of the television show "South Park." The hit musical "The Book of Mormon" is coming to San Diego.

The Path To Violence

Feb. 18
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Ever since the wake-up call that was Columbine, schools and law enforcement have developed multiple strategies to prevent attacks. Indeed, the horror of Newtown needs to be seen in a context that’s not defined by defeat. Remarkably, more than 120 school assaults have been thwarted in the past 10 years. But, while security hardware and physical barriers can play a deterrent role, it’s been psychologists — working hand-in-hand with law enforcement officers — who have come up with the most helpful tools to prevent violent attacks. This program tells the story of a powerfully effective Secret Service program — the Safe School Initiative — that’s helped schools detect problem behavior in advance.

San Diego County Sees Unwanted Beetlemania Arrive

Feb. 18
AP / Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- It's beetlemania in San Diego County. But there are no screams of joy.

NOVA: Mind Of A Rampage Killer

Feb. 18
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What makes a person walk into a theater or church or classroom and open fire? What combination of circumstances compels a human being to commit the most inhuman of crimes? As the nation tries to comprehend the tragic events in Newtown, NOVA correspondent Miles O’Brien investigates theories into what drives rampage killers. Could suicide — and the desire to go out in a media-fueled blaze of glory — be their main motivation? How much can science tell us about a brain at risk for violence? Most important, can we recognize dangerous minds in time to stop the next Newtown?

How New Jersey's High-Flying Sen. Menendez Ran Into Turbulence

Feb. 18
Peter Overby / NPR
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These should be good times for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez.

What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund

Feb. 18
Dan Bobkoff / NPR

If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up -- before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. This generates big, and fraudulent, refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Mumbai Massacre

Feb. 18
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Mumbai, November 26, 2008: What began as a typical day in a buzzing cosmopolitan city devolved into a nightmare of explosions, gunfire and death when terrorists attacked. The world watched in horror as the escalating violence was broadcast live across the globe. But within the walls of the besieged hotels, a social networking revolution was taking place. Told completely from the victims' perspective using their own words, voicemails, texts, and user-group postings, this program places viewers inside the deadly cat and mouse game as it played out.

Coronado Teen Finalist For Military Child Of The Year

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Operation Homefront announced its finalists for the 2013 Military Child of the Year® Award, and 14-year-old Jackson Seniff from Coronado has made the list.

Sequestration Fallout Looms Over San Diego

Feb. 18
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The debate continues over automatic spending cuts set to go into effect at the end of this month. Democratic Congressman Scott Peters, who just began his term representing San Diego's 52nd District, talks about what's needed to avoid the cuts.

Medical Facts Behind Gambling Addiction

Feb. 18
Midday Edition
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Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor's $1 billion gambling addiction was blamed on a tumor, but what are the medical facts behind problem gambling?

Ten More Service Dogs Graduate From Oceanside Program

Feb. 18
Khushbu Shah
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'Canine Companions' enter the workforce to assist injured veterans and others.

Free Income Tax Help For Military Extended

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Good news for troops looking for free help in filing their taxes. TurboTax just announced it is extending its free offer of TurboTax Military Edition until Tax Day 2013.

Legislature To Renew Debate Over Rural Fire Fee

Feb. 18
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An annual fire-prevention fee that is unpopular with some rural property owners is headed back before the state Legislature, as Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to expand its use and opponents try to kill it.

Adult Puppet Cabaret

Feb. 18
Midday Edition
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Adult Puppet Cabaret (Friday, February 22 at the Museum of Photographic Arts) serves up live performances and independent films all involving puppets. The San Diego-based hybrid puppet company Animal Cracker Conspiracy is pushing the boundaries of puppetry with what they are calling “fearless puppet performances for a fearless audience.”

WWII Soldier's Daughter Given His Medals 68 Years After His Death (Video)

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Hyla Merin's father was killed in World War II shortly before she was born. On Sunday, she finally received the military medals Army 2nd Lt. Hyman Markel earned for his service.

Jerry Buss, Lakers' flamboyant owner, dies at 80

Feb. 18
AP / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80.

San Diego Mountains To Get Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds

Feb. 18
City News Service
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A winter storm could drop snow in San Diego County mountain areas down to the 2,500 feet elevation starting Tuesday night, and snow could impact travelers on Interstate 8 between Alpine and Imperial County, forecasters said Sunday.

3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Returns To San Diego Today From Afghanistan

Feb. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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In what MCAS Miramar officials are calling the largest homecoming of the year, more than 220 Marines are slated to arrive at the base today after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Educator Conference Focuses On Supporting LGBT Students

Feb. 18
By Kyla Calvert

The fourth annual national conference for educators serving homosexual and queer youth was held in San Diego.

Somalis Raised In City Heights Consider Returning To Their Homeland

Feb. 18
By Megan Burks
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As Somalia rises from decades of civil war, Somali youth raised in the United States consider returning to their families’ homeland.

White House Outlines Plan To Give Illegal Immigrants Path To Citizenship

Feb. 18
Padmananda Rama / NPR
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The first details of an initial proposal by the White House to tackle the nation's immigration system include an eight-year path to legal residency for illegal immigrants.

Webcam Catches Women Harassing Seals At Children's Pool

Feb. 18
AP / Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A webcam set up to monitor a San Diego seal colony around the clock has captured two women harassing the animals.

Cancer Rehab Begins To Bridge A Gap To Reach Patients

Feb. 18
Rachel Gotbaum / NPR
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It was her own experience with debilitating side effects after cancer treatment that led Dr. Julie Silver to realize that there is a huge gap in care that keeps cancer patients from getting the rehabilitation services that could help them.

Government Slowly Changes Approach To Whistle-Blowers

Feb. 18
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The federal government once considered whistle-blowers a nuisance or worse. But over the past few years, that attitude has slowly started to change. More agencies have been reaching out for tips about fraud and abuse in and outside the government, even if digging through the stacks of complaints can present a challenge.

Growing Resistance, Oregon Hazelnuts Battle Blight

Feb. 18
Deena Prichep / NPR
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Although Oregon is known for many exports -- from timber to hipster irony -- few people are aware that it's actually the country's leading source of hazelnuts.

Targeted Cancer Drugs Keep Myeloma Patients Up And Running

Feb. 18
Richard Knox / NPR
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Don Wright got diagnosed with multiple myeloma at what turned out to be the right time. It was 10 years ago, when he was 62.

Farmer's Fight With Monsanto Reaches The Supreme Court

Feb. 18
Dan Charles / NPR

This week, the Supreme Court will take up a classic David-and-Goliath case. On one side, there's a 75-year-old farmer in Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman; on the other, the agribusiness giant Monsanto.

Hints Of Progress After Investigation At Guantanamo Court

Feb. 18
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR

The most dramatic moment of the week's hearing at Guantanamo Bay's military commissions was when a one-legged man stood up and began to berate the judge.

Protesters Call On Obama To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

Feb. 18
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out on the National Mall Sunday to encourage President Obama to make good on his commitment to act on climate change.

Al Roker On Being 'The Jolly Fat Person'

Feb. 18

This segment originally broadcast on Jan. 28, 2013.