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Stories for February 28, 2013

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

San Diego Hospice Needs $2 Million To Care For Dying Patients

Feb. 28
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

San Diego Hospice continues to care for 401 dying patients - despite being in bankruptcy court and winding down operations for good. But the care of those patients could be in jeopardy if the organization does not get an immediate two million dollar loan.

Obama Urges Supreme Court To Overturn California's Gay Marriage Ban

Obama Urges Supreme Court To Overturn California's Gay Marriage Ban

Feb. 28
JULIE PACE, Associated Press

In a historic argument for gay rights, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban.

Sierra Snowpack Below Normal; Driest Year on Record

Sierra Snowpack Below Normal; Driest Year on Record

Feb. 28
Amy Quinton, California Capital Network

California has officially shattered an all-time record for the driest January and February in the northern Sierra since record-keeping began in 1921.

University of California Will Lose Research Grants With Sequestration

University of California Will Lose Research Grants With Sequestration

Feb. 28
Amy Quinton, California Capital Network

The University of California could lose hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants if automatic federal budget cuts occur through sequestration.

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Two For One: Groupon Replaces CEO Mason With Board Members

Feb. 28
Bill Chappell / NPR

Groupon co-founder Andrew Mason has been fired as the daily-deal company's CEO, one day after Groupon posted financial results that showed it lost $67.4 million during 2012. Board chairmen Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonsis will jointly fill the CEO post on an interim basis.

Unleash The Power Of The Female Brain With Dr. Daniel Amen

Unleash The Power Of The Female Brain With Dr. Daniel Amen

Feb. 28

In this powerful presentation Dr. Amen shows how to strengthen, optimize and heal the most important part of females, their brains. Specifically you will learn how to harness the unique strengths of the female brain – intuition, multitasking, collaboration, empathy, self-control and a little worry -- and how to overcome some of its inherent vulnerabilities, such as anxiety, depression, taking on too much, and being unable to turn your brain off.

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Pete Rose: A Living Legend, Off The Record

Feb. 28
Tom Goldman / NPR

As baseball emerges from its winter hibernation, one of the game's greatest and most controversial figures, Pete Rose, is back in the news.

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Texas Study Points To A Longer Natural Gas Boom

Feb. 28
Wade Goodwyn / NPR

There are few things in life more joyful than discovering a giant oil or natural gas field in Texas. You're suddenly rich beyond your wildest dreams. When the scope and size of the natural gas reservoir in the Barnett Shale in North Texas first became apparent, there were predictions that the find would last 100 years.

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Change In Law May Spur Campus Action On Sexual Assaults

Feb. 28
Dana Farrington / NPR

Most cases of sexual assault or harassment on school campuses don't attract national attention.

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Some Political Lessons From The Violence Against Women Act Vote

Feb. 28
Frank James / NPR

The fight over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act is now behind us. But like much of what happens in Washington, the process wasn't pretty.

Justice Department Warns Of 'Pain' From Looming Cuts

Feb. 28
Carrie Johnson / NPR

President Obama minced no words when he talked about how the looming budget cuts known as sequestration could hurt the Justice Department.

A 60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo (My Music)

A 60s Pop Flashback: Hullabaloo (My Music)

Feb. 28

Hosted by Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, this special is the first-ever retrospective of the fondly remembered and highly influential 1965-66 NBC primetime series “Hullabaloo.” The top singers and groups of the hippest decade present their greatest hits, including the Byrds, Sonny & Cher, Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Mamas & the Papas, Nancy Sinatra, the Four Seasons and the Animals.

Shift Happens! Live An Inspired Life With Dr. Robert Holden

Shift Happens! Live An Inspired Life With Dr. Robert Holden

Feb. 28

Renowned British author, speaker and sought-after coach Dr. Robert Holden offers viewers a program of change and transformation, of hope and personal evolution, and a plan for making a shift to a more authentic, successful, joyful and happy life.

How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-of-Life Care

Feb. 28
Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

My father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we'd gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die?

Injured Marines To Compete In Marine Corp Trials

Injured Marines To Compete In Marine Corp Trials

Feb. 28
By Marissa Cabrera, Peggy Pico, Alison St John

Opening ceremonies for Marine Corp Trials will be held today at Camp Pendleton.

Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons

Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons

Feb. 28

In 2011, Chris Mann faced a make-or-break moment in his blind audition on NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” when he took the stage to perform Andrea Bocelli’s song, “Because We Believe.” Mann blew everyone away with his stunning classical voice and landed on a team coached by Christina Aguilera, who told him, “I feel the heavens open up when you sing.” Now Mann has found a home on PBS, singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites filmed live in concert with two very special guests – four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 14-time Grammy nominee Martina McBride and best-selling contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair.

Navy Divers Who Perished During Dive ID'ed

Navy Divers Who Perished During Dive ID'ed

Feb. 28
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy has identified the two Sailors who died Tuesday during a dive as Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris.

In Maui, Wild Chicken Spurs Power Outage At Airport, Surrounding Area

Feb. 28
Bill Chappell / NPR

A roaming chicken's close inspection of a transformer caused a power outage and brief delays at Maui's Kahului Airport this week. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon, when the bird wandered into a transformer at the airport's rental car area, leaving parts of the facility without power for more than an hour.

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Federal Gay Marriage Ban Hurts The Bottom Line, Businesses Argue

Feb. 28
Erica Ryan / NPR

After years of legal wrangling, the Defense of Marriage Act -- the law that prevents the federal government from recognizing marriage as anything but a "legal union between one man and one woman" -- comes before the Supreme Court next month.

$85 Billion Versus $42 Billion: The New Sequester Argument

Feb. 28
Alan Greenspan / NPR

Just how much will the sequester cut? It depends on who you ask.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Esperanza Spalding

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Esperanza Spalding

Feb. 28

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, ACL presents an hour with jazz/soul singer/bassist Esperanza Spalding in support of her LP "Radio Music Society."

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Job Applicants Are Wary Of Firms' Resume Sorting Software

Feb. 28
Annie Baxter / NPR

With unemployment still high, hiring managers continue to be inundated by job applications. Some big companies are coping with the deluge by using talent management software that winnows pools of job applicants before a human lays eyes on their resumes.

China Accuses U.S. Of Hacking Military Sites

Feb. 28
Scott Neuman / NPR

China's answer to accusations of cyber espionage against the U.S.? The Americans are doing it to us, too.

Restored Hotel Gives Lifeline To Mentally Disabled Adults At Risk O...

Restored Hotel Gives Lifeline To Mentally Disabled Adults At Risk Of Homelessness

Feb. 28
By Susan Murphy

A century-old hotel, destroyed by a fire in 2004, has been restored and is giving a new lifeline to low-income, mentally disabled adults who are at risk of homelessness.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduces Bill To Demote Drone Medal

Rep. Duncan Hunter Introduces Bill To Demote Drone Medal

Feb. 28
By Beth Ford Roth

Rep. Duncan Hunter of San Diego County has introduced a bill in Congress that would demote a controversial new military medal for drone pilots.

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How Washington Chose Not To Be Careful With Spending Cuts

Feb. 28
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Inconveniencing the public is part of the plan.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Skydiving Fall ID'ed

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Skydiving Fall ID'ed

Feb. 28
By Beth Ford Roth

The Marine Corps has released the name of the Camp Pendleton Marine killed Tuesday in a skydiving accident. He was Caleb Medley, 26, of Colorado.

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New York Medical School Widens Nontraditional Path For Admissions

Feb. 28
Sarah Zielinski / NPR

Should students who want to attend medical school have to slog through a year of physics, memorize the structures of dozens of cellular chemicals or spend months studying for the MCAT? Not necessarily.

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Milwaukee Finds Its Missing Link; 'Guido The Racing Italian Sausage' Turns Up

Feb. 28
Mark Memmott / NPR

Team mascots across the nation are heaving exaggerated sighs of relief this morning.

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The Meaning Of 'Regret': Journalist Bob Woodward, White House Disagree

Feb. 28
Scott Neuman / NPR

It all depends on how you interpret the phrase "you will regret doing this." That piece of advice coming from a parent might be taken far differently than it would as a line from a Joe Pesci movie.

Economists See Budget Cuts Putting The Recovery At Risk

Economists See Budget Cuts Putting The Recovery At Risk

Feb. 28
Marilyn Geewax, NPR

More than 95 percent of top U.S. economists believe growth is "likely to be negatively affected" by the automatic federal spending cuts that are scheduled to kick in Friday, according to the latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics. San Diego economists weigh in.

Rants And Raves: Drive-By Cinema

Rants And Raves: Drive-By Cinema

Feb. 28
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation recently rebranded itself as the Pacific Arts Movement. One of its experimental new projects is Drive By Cinema. Here's how they are bringing movies to the streets.

California County Jails House 1,100 Long-Term Inmates

Feb. 28
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California counties are housing more than 1,100 inmates on long-term sentences in jails designed for stays of a year or less.