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Stories for January 28, 2013

SDSU Alumnus Donates Science Fiction Treasure Trove

Jan. 28
By Tom Fudge
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A collection of science fiction books, letters and manuscripts, valued at more than $2 million, is now in the hands of the San Diego State University library.

Tiger Woods Wins Farmers Insurance Open At Torrey Pines

Jan. 28
City News Service
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Tiger Woods stumbled down the stretch but gained his 75th PGA Tour victory today, winning the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course for the seventh time.

NOVA: Who Killed Lindbergh's Baby?

Jan. 28
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In the aftermath of his 1927 solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous human being on earth. When he and his wife, Anne, had a son, Charlie, the press dubbed him Little Lindy. On March 1, 1932, kidnappers snatched Little Lindy from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Lindbergh’s baby — and why.

Judge Tentatively Rules Against Plaza De Panama Project

Jan. 28
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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A tentative court ruling could foreshadow trouble for the Plaza de Panama project in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Henry Ford

Jan. 28
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"Henry Ford" paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century. Ford’s Model T automobile and his five-dollar-a-day wage ushered in the modern world, earning Ford reverence from millions of Americans. Yet many of the changes he wrought deeply troubled the carmaker. In frustration, he lashed out at enemies, real and imagined, blamed Jews for the country’s problems, bullied those who worked for him and exhibited great cruelty to his only son, often, it seemed, wishing to retreat to an idyllic fantasy of the past.

Women In Combat: What Do Troops In Afghanistan Think?

Jan. 28
Sean Carberry / NPR
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The new U.S. military policy on women serving in combat roles was crafted in Washington, but it will play out in places like Afghanistan.

New City Council Committee Begins To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

Jan. 28
City News Service
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A new City Council committee charged with tackling San Diego's extensive backlog of maintenance and capital improvement projects held its first meeting today and passed a tentative work plan that calls for a thorough assessment of the city's infrastructure needs.

Army Dad Reunites With Baby Put Up For Adoption Without His Consent (Video)

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Army Sgt. Terry Achane has regained custody of his 22-month-old daughter Teleah, after a lengthy court battle. Achane's estranged wife put their child up for adoption shortly after her birth, without Achane's knowledge or consent.

Film Documents Renewal Of Ciudad Juarez

Jan. 28
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When filmmaker Charlie Minn began documenting the war between rival drug cartels in Juarez, Mexico, the city was on its way to becoming the murder capital of the world. His latest documentary, the New Juarez, tells a different story.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Superheroes

Jan. 28
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“Superheroes” crosses many eras: SUPERMAN in the 1950s, BATMAN in the ’60s, WONDER WOMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK in the ’70s and THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO in the ’80s. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others. It also includes comments from Robert Culp, about his show THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO, recorded just days before he passed away.

Boy Scouts Considering Retreat From No-Gays Policy

Jan. 28
Associated Press
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The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.

Midday Movies: 23rd Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Jan. 28
Midday Edition
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New York City has the second largest Jewish population of any city in the world and is bursting with great Jewish food, brilliant Jewish artists, and some quirky Jewish politicians. So, it's fitting that one focus of this year's San Diego Jewish Film Festival should be films about New York. The festival kicks off on February 7.

San Diego Homeless Count Work Continues

Jan. 28
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Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across San Diego County to survey the homeless population last Friday, but a lot of work still needs to be done to complete the annual survey.

Camp Pendleton Marine Awarded Bronze Star While Deployed At Sea

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine 1st Sgt. Bradley G. Simmons was awarded the Bronze Star on the flight deck of the San Diego-based USS Rushmore during the ship's deployment at sea.

Tsujihara named CEO of Warner Bros

Jan. 28
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kevin Tsujihara was named the next chief executive of the Warner Bros. studio, one of oldest and the largest producers of TV shows and movies in Hollywood. He'll take over from Barry Meyer on March 1.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Rises For 14th Consecutive Day

Jan. 28

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County recorded its largest daily decline since Nov. 10 today, dropping 1.7 cents to $3.952, its lowest amount since Feb. 2.

Mayor Filner Sets Course For Veterans Jobs

Jan. 28
Rick Rogers
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Mayor Bob Filner outlines push for getting jobs for San Diego veterans.

Can Online Anonymity Be A Good Thing?

Jan. 28
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Tell Me More's series, "Social Me," looks at how young people interact online - with a focus on online identities, privacy issues, and breakthroughs in Internet-based learning.

Military Spouse Club Offers Full Membership To Lesbian Wife

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses has finally offered Ashley Broadway, wife of a lesbian Army officer, full membership to its club. The group initially rejected membership for Broadway, then months later offered "guest" membership, which Broadway refused.

Barnes & Noble exec plans more store closings

Jan. 28
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Barnes & Noble reportedly plans to continue to shrink its store base.

Farmers And Advocates Want Guest Worker Reform

Jan. 28
By Adrian Florido
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As talk of immigration reform heats up, farmers want to streamline the guest worker program, while advocates generally oppose it.

USS Guardian Crew Returns To Homeport In Japan

Jan. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Crew members of the USS Guardian, which ran aground off the coast of the Philippines on January 17, have returned to their homeport of Sasebo, Japan.

Senators Reach Agreement On Immigration Reform

Jan. 28
Associated Press
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A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

List of San Diego District 4 Candidates Narrows

Jan. 28
By Katie Orr

The list of potential candidates for San Diego’s District 4 special election is getting smaller.

Alpine Schools Will Offer Bilingual Program

Jan. 28
By Kyla Calvert

Alpine Union Elementary School district will start its first bilingual program next fall.

Army Corps To Hear Public Comment On Gregory Canyon Landfill

Jan. 28
By Alison St John
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This week marks a milestone in the decades-long debate over whether to develop a new landfill in San Diego’s North County. The Army Corps of Engineers will hear public comment on its draft EIR for Gregory Canyon, one of very few new landfills in the pipeline for a permit in California.

Coastal Commission Concerned About Sea Level Rise And Convention Center Expansion

Jan. 28
By Amita Sharma
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A key question hovering over the Convention Center expansion is what role climate change will play.

Sotomayor Tells Of Personal Hardships And Life With The Law

Jan. 28
By Tom Fudge
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A Supreme Court Justice promoted her memoir and spoke to a sell-out crowd at the University of San Diego.

Beyond Portlandia: Subaru Drives For America's Heartland

Jan. 28
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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The car market in the U.S. is at its most competitive. Not only are big companies like General Motors and Toyota slugging it out, but in order to survive, small-niche players like Subaru also are trying to push into the mainstream.

Hemp Gets The Green Light In New Colorado Pot Measure

Jan. 28
Zachary Barr / NPR
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With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado, small-scale pot shops will open up soon in places like Denver and Boulder. But that's not the only business that could get a boost: Large-scale commercial farmers may also be in line to benefit.