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Stories for February 8, 2013

Veterans Gear Up For Wounded Warrior's San Diego Soldier Ride

Feb. 8
By Dwane Brown
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Wet weather didn't stop several dozen people with various injuries and disabilities from taking a 17-mile bike ride from National City to Coronado this morning.

Shakespeare Uncovered: Henry IV & Henry V With Jeremy Irons

Feb. 8
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Jeremy Irons (who stars as Henry IV in the upcoming new GREAT PERFORMANCES film adaptation) uncovers the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s “history plays,” from the facts of English history to the father-son drama that Shakespeare created. He discloses what Shakespeare’s sources were — and how he distorted them. He invites the viewer behind the scenes at the filming of some of the most important sequences in the new GREAT PERFORMANCES adaptations of both plays, starring Irons, with Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal.

California Considers New Flame Retardant Rules For Furniture

Feb. 8
By Erik Anderson
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California regulators are considering allowing furniture and baby product manufacturers to find alternatives to chemical flame retardants.

Mayor Won't Block Managed Competition

Feb. 8
LISA HALVERSTADT, Voice of San Diego
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Changes in city departments that have gone through the city of San Diego's competitive bidding process known as "managed competition'' can be implemented, according to a memorandum from Mayor Bob Filner made public today.

Replacement 'Kiss' Statue To Arrive In San Diego Monday

Feb. 8
City News Service
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The replacement "kiss'' statue, the sculptured replica of an iconic photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching at the end of World War II, is scheduled to arrive at the San Diego waterfront Monday.

Water Officials Hope Storm Boosts Snowpack Following Dry January

Feb. 8
By Susan Murphy
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Water officials hope the winter storm bearing down on California will give a boost to water supplies, after a record-dry January dramatically drained the Sierra Mountain snowpack and dampened optimistic outlooks.

NOVA: Earth From Space

Feb. 8
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This groundbreaking special reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of Earth. Produced in consultation with NASA scientists, “Earth From Space” takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms them into dazzling visual sequences, each one exposing the intricate web of forces that sustain life on earth. See the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.

NATURE: Cold Warriors: Wolves And Buffalo

Feb. 8
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For thousands of years, wolves hunted buffalo across the vast North American plains, until the westward settlement of the continent saw the virtual extinction of these vast herds and their eternal predators. However, this ancient relationship was not lost altogether and continues uninterrupted in only one location — the northern edge of Canada’s central plains in a place named Wood Buffalo National Park. Today, the descendants of those ancient buffalo and wolves still engage in the epic life-and-death dramas across this northern land. Their story is captured in thrilling cinematic glory by a lone filmmaker who has followed them for more than 20 years.

Padres Host Annual FanFest On Saturday

Feb. 8
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Padres will hold their annual FanFest today at Petco Park, giving fans the opportunity to meet players, manager Bud Black and the team's new owners; run the bases, participate in clinics, tour clubhouses and purchase tickets.

Growing University Highlights Connecticut's Water Woes

Feb. 8
Neenah Satija / NPR
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Lack of water supply isn't just an issue in hot spots like Texas, Colorado and the Mississippi; it has also become a problem in the Northeast, where rivers are drying out in the summers and infrastructure developments are competing more for resources.

6 Reasons Ashley Judd Is The Target Of An Attack Ad

Feb. 8
Frank James / NPR
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Some observers are wondering why American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-inspired superPAC, would bother to run a political attack ad against Hollywood star Ashley Judd, an outspoken supporter of President Obama who has said she's mulling a 2014 run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

When The Microbes Are Happy, The Brewer Is Happy

Feb. 8
Lydia Zuraw / NPR
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Yeast can be pretty demanding little buggers, despite being unicellular microscopic organisms. Brewers know they must appease them to get the beer they want.

Would A Storm By Any Other Name Be So Scary?

Feb. 8
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Can you really be afraid of a storm with the same name as a cartoon fish with a bum fin?

Replacement 'Kiss' Statue To Arrive In San Diego Monday

Feb. 8
City News Service / City News Service
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The replacement "kiss'' statue, the sculptured replica of an iconic photograph of a sailor and nurse smooching at the end of World War II, is scheduled to arrive at the San Diego waterfront Monday, three days earlier than first expected, according to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum.

Antiques Roadshow: Swindon

Feb. 8
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Fiona Bruce and the team continue their tour in search of treasures. This week they disembark at the Steam Museum in Swindon where objects attracting the expert eye include one of the rarest pieces of silver even seen on the show, a valuable painting once destined for a skip, and a small ring holds a big surprise for one owner.

Obama Team To Make Important, If Symbolic, Choice On Gay Marriage

Feb. 8
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The Obama administration faces tricky political and legal questions on the subject of gay marriage. By the end of this month, the federal government is expected to file not just one but two briefs in a pair of same-sex marriage cases at the U.S. Supreme Court.

'Alpha Dogs' Premieres Tonight. Will You Watch? (Video)

Feb. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The television program "Alpha Dogs" premieres tonight on Nat Geo Wild. The show gives an inside look on how military working dogs are trained to be combat-ready.

Feds Reject Mississippi's Plan For Insurance Exchange

Feb. 8
Jeffrey Hess / NPR
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Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who has been the driving force behind the creation of a state-based exchange, got his answer from the feds: Sure can't.

San Diego Cooks: Lobster Macaroni and Cheese

Feb. 8
By Monica Medina
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San Diego's best Macaroni and Cheese recipe revealed, which Chefs Deborah Scott and Mike Suttles were gracious enough to share!

Camp Pendleton To Host Warrior Games Trials

Feb. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Hundreds of injured military athletes will head to Camp Pendleton next month to compete in the the third annual Marine Corps Trials for the Wounded Warrior Games.

Roundtable: San Onofre; SD Schools' CFO; Path To Citizenship; Plaza de Panama; Meatball The Bear

Feb. 8
Midday Edition
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San Onofre's troubles continue. San Diego schools' CFO under fire for misinformation. The line for becoming a U.S. citizens may grow longer. Judge nixes plan for Balboa Park renovation. Meatball the Bear is living the good life in the East County.

Military Post Offices Not Affected By Saturday Mail Stop

Feb. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Postal Service's decision to stop delivering mail on Saturday will not affect military post offices.

Rain, Cool Temperatures Arrive To San Diego

Feb. 8
By Susan Murphy
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A cold low pressure system moved into San Diego County overnight, bringing light rain and gusty winds. The National Weather Service expected the system to intensify throughout the day.

Review: 'Identity Thief'

Feb. 8
By Nathan John
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Melissa McCarthy is spectacular amid a dull movie attempt by director, Seth Gordon. "Identity Thief" (opening February 8 throughout San Diego) is a mixed bag of a film.

Winter Storm Brings Rain, Snow, Strong Winds To San Diego County

Feb. 8
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A cold storm from the Gulf of Alaska brought deep snow to San Diego County mountains early today and a light dusting to the upper deserts and inland valleys.

SD Winds

Feb. 8
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Strong winds were expected to buffet the valleys and mountains of San Diego County today.

San Diego Surgeon Helps People With Paralysis Regain Movement

Feb. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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A unique type of neurosurgery offers hope to patients with spinal cord injuries.

Hunt For Ex-Cop Goes On Amid California Snowstorm

Feb. 8
KPBS News And Associated Press
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Law enforcement officers working in falling snow searched a Southern California mountain Friday for the former Los Angeles police officer accused of carrying out a killing spree because he felt he was unfairly fired from his job.

Even Without Earmarks, Tax Breaks And Special Deals Fill Bills

Feb. 8
Peter Overby / NPR
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Congress likes to say it no longer does earmarks, the provisions that direct federal dollars to serve local interests or campaign supporters. And though that may be true, it's also a fact that targeted provisions are still useful in moving legislation -- even critical legislation like the bill that pulled Washington back from the fiscal cliff last month.

Federal Aid For Religious Institutions In Murky Waters After Sandy

Feb. 8
Margot Adler / NPR
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More than 200 houses of worship damaged in Superstorm Sandy have applied for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But given the separation of church and state, it's unclear whether federal funds are available to them.

Puerto Rican Hip-Hop Icon Tego Calderon Mixes Prose And Politics

Feb. 8
Jasmine Garsd / NPR
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When the Morning Edition team arrived in Puerto Rico to report our series on the island's difficult situation, one of the first things we noticed was, strangely enough, the sound of the coquis -- tiny frogs whose mating chant goes on throughout the night.

Walking Enthusiasts To Retrace Steps Of 1963 Kennedy March

Feb. 8
Maggie Penman / NPR
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Fifty years ago this Saturday, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy went for a walk -- a 50-mile walk, to be exact -- trudging through snow and slush from just outside Washington, D.C., all the way to Harper's Ferry, W.Va.