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Stories for January 30, 2013

Project Homeless Connect Gives Health Services, Counseling, Haircuts to San Diego's Homeless

Jan. 30
By Dwane Brown
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The San Diego Housing Commission links resources with people in need. Today, they put on their seventh annual Project Homeless Connect.

Will Economic Contraction Affect Debate Over Sequester?

Jan. 30
Frank James / NPR
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There are some people who viewed the news that the economy shrank toward the end of the year as a bracing wake-up call, a gloomy foreshadowing of what could happen if even bigger automatic reductions start March 1. But don't count on it changing the dynamics of the current debate over the so-called sequester.

Antiques Roadshow: Boston, Mass. - Hour Two

Jan. 30
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits the Boston Public Library to explore sketches from the beloved children’s book "Make Way for Ducklings," which inspired the creation of Boston’s famous duckling sculptures. Boston guests sure can carry a tune, bringing in a 1950 Selmer alto saxophone, an impressive George Gershwin collection and 1970s Beatles memorabilia valued at $60,000.

Filner Kicks Off 'Pen And Paper' Sessions With Press

Jan. 30
By Katie Orr
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From the smell in La Jolla to the fight over Balboa Park, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner covered it all Wednesday in a meeting with the press.

State Says San Diego Can Have Horton Plaza Redevelopment Funds

Jan. 30
City News Service
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The state Department of Finance, reversing a previous decision, decided that San Diego can use leftover redevelopment funds to pay for a project at Horton Plaza, City Council President Todd Gloria said today.

New Webcam Streams Video Of Seals At Children's Pool

Jan. 30

LA JOLLA (CNS) - An Internet webcam installed atop the condemned lifeguard tower at the Children's Pool in La Jolla has been added to the mayor's website and will be streamed on CityTV, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced today.

Mayor, Police Chief To Announce Whether They'll Give Green Light On Red Light Cameras

Jan. 30

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner and police Chief William Lansdowne are scheduled to announce tomorrow whether they will maintain the city of San Diego's red light camera program.

2 Teenage Boys Accused Of Rape Sentenced To Long Prison Terms

Jan. 30

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two teenage boys who kidnapped and sexually assaulted two girls in a Rancho Penasquitos park were sentenced today to 58- and 50-year-to-life prison terms.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Simple & Satisfying Vegetable Mains

Jan. 30
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Man on the Street John “Doc” Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn about vegetarian cooking from Amanda Cohen at Dirt Candy. Back in the test kitchen, test cook Becky Hays shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a great Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorgonzola at home. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews his favorite vegetable cleavers in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Farmhouse Vegetable and Barley Soup.

Middle-Aged Breadwinners Become Part Of The 'Sandwich Generation'

Jan. 30
Brian De Los Santos / NPR

If you're the economic pillar for both your kids and your parents, you're not alone.

The Museum That Chuck Ambers Built

Black History Month: 2013 Honoree

Jan. 30
By Monica Medina
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Take a walk down Congress Street in Old Town and you’ll pass shops selling souvenirs, jewelry, and postcards. You may see a restaurant or two. But, walk too quickly and you’ll probably miss the little house near the corner of Congress and Conde Street.

LaPierre Fights To Stop The 'Nightmare' Of Background Checks

Jan. 30
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The halting testimony of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, gravely injured in a mass shooting two years ago, may have provided the most gripping moments of the Senate's first gun control hearing this session.

Unconcealed Guns Can Unsettle, But They're Often Legal

Jan. 30
Sandy Hausman / NPR
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In Charlottesville, Va., residents are buzzing about a gun incident -- but it wasn't a shooting. Sunday evening, a man walked into a supermarket with a loaded rifle. Shoppers called 911 and authorities rushed to the store, but police said they could not make an arrest: The man carrying the gun had not broken the law.

In Immigration Debate, 'Undocumented' vs. 'Illegal' Is More Than Just Semantics

Jan. 30
Gene Demby / NPR

On Monday, we pointed to how the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators mostly avoided the term "illegal immigrant" in the language of their immigration reform plan.

Atheist Billboard In San Diego To Tout 'Personal Relationship With Reality'

Jan. 30
By Claire Trageser
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Atheists groups are setting up a billboard in the College Area celebrating what they call "a personal relationship with reality."

Why Some Families Won't Qualify For Subsidized Health Insurance

Jan. 30
Julie Appleby / NPR
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Quite a few families with expensive job-based health insurance may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy cheaper coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the Internal Revenue Service.

Three People Burned In Midway Hotel Fire

Jan. 30
City News Service

Three people suffered burns today in a possible drug-lab explosion and resulting fire at a Midway-area hotel, authorities reported.

Bellevue Hospital's Slow Comeback After Superstorm Sandy

Jan. 30
Fred Mogul / NPR
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When a ferry crashed in lower Manhattan earlier this month, ambulances took dozens of people to hospitals around the island.

Sotomayor's Memoir Already A Bestseller

Jan. 30
Nina Totenberg / NPR

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir is riding high, topping the New York Times best seller list in its first week of sales.

Sales of million-dollar homes soar in California

Jan. 30
AP / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Sales of million-dollar homes in California hit a five-year high in 2012, with sales of multimillion-dollar homes showing even bigger gains, a research firm said Wednesday.

Lifting Boy Scout Ban On Gays: One Legal Perspective

Jan. 30
Liz Halloran / NPR

The Boy Scouts of America as early as next week may drop its ban against openly gay members and leaders, just a dozen years after it successfully took its fight to maintain the policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Boy Scouts' Repeal Of Gay Ban Mirrors Its Approach To Racial Integration

Jan. 30
Gene Demby / NPR

As Boy Scouts of America mull over whether to allow gay members to openly join, their approach might mirror the leave-it-to-the-locals tack the organization once took in deciding how to tackle the issue of desegregating its Scout troops.

The Big Banks: Truth, Trust In Short Supply

Jan. 30
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More than four years after the 2008 financial meltdown, the big banks that caused the crisis are behaving as before -- taking big risks and hiding the facts from investors and the public, says University of San Diego's Frank Partnoy.

Pentagon To Use Brain Scans To Recruit Military Dogs?

Jan. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense's research arm has proposed a new way to recruit military working dogs - by scanning the pups' brains.

Leading Expert Talks Overpopulation At SDSU

Jan. 30
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The Earth's population has nearly doubled in 100 years. William Ryerson of The Population Institute says overpopulation is real and offers solutions.

'The Bluest Eye' Focuses On Issues Of Beauty And Personal Identity

Jan. 30
Midday Edition
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Two San Diego theaters are collaborating on a production of the play adaptation of Toni Morrison's acclaimed first novel. "The Bluest Eye" tells the story of a young black girl struggling with her own personal identity in 1940s Ohio.

Flu Deaths Rise To 19 In San Diego County

Jan. 30
By Susan Murphy
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Five more people in San Diego County died from the flu last week, bringing the total to 19, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported today.

Something Ventured: Risk, Reward And The Original Venture Capitalists

Jan. 30
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Apple. Intel. Genentech. Cisco. ATARI. "Something Ventured" explores the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. The story is told by the venture capitalists who dared to make it happen, and includes interviews with a number of the country’s finest entrepreneurs, who share how they worked with these risk takers to grow some of the world’s most successful companies.

Task Force Rescues Girls Forced Into Prostitution

Jan. 30
AP / Associated Press

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) -- A two-day Southern California task force sweep has led to the rescue of two underage girls forced into prostitution.

Navy: USS Guardian Must Be Cut Into Pieces For Removal

Jan. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy officials say the USS Guardian must be cut into pieces in order for it to be removed from the coral reef where it ran aground January 17.

Hundreds of San Diego Homeless To Get Flu Shots, Hair Cuts, Dental Services

Jan. 30
City News Service
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An annual event that matches up San Diego's homeless with social and health services will be held today in downtown San Diego.

Defense Contractors Brace For Military Spending Cuts

Jan. 30
By Erik Anderson
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Hundreds of military contractors are gathered in San Diego for the largest trade show of its kind on the West Coast.

SD Homeless Event, 1st Ld

Jan. 30

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An annual event that matches up San Diego's homeless with social and health services served 1,150 people today, about 43 percent more than two years ago.

Del Mar Heights Elementary School Burglarized, Men With iPads Detained

Jan. 30
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Police say they have detained three men in connection to a burglary at a Del Mar elementary school Wednesday.

SD Church Fire, 1st Ld

Jan. 30

EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox church in Rancho San Diego pleaded not guilty today to charges of arson, vandalism of a church and burglary.

Missing F-16 Pilot Is From California (Video)

Jan. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Air Force has released the name of a F-16 pilot declared missing during a training mission over the Adriatic Sea on Monday. Capt. Lucas Gruenther grew up in California.

Disgraced Former Gov. Mark Sanford's Ready To Make Another Move

Jan. 30
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Can Mark Sanford make a comeback? Right now, it appears quite possible.

San Diego Firm Helps Identify People In Libya's Mass Graves

Jan. 30
By Erik Anderson
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A San Diego technology company will help Libyan officials identify the remains of an estimated 20,000 people discovered in mass graves. Life Technologies is providing equipment and know-how to make the project possible.

Second Snow Survey Shows Below Normal Conditions

Jan. 30
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

California snow surveyors reported Tuesday that water content in the state’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date.

Super Bowl Ads Setting Records

Jan. 30
By Katie Orr
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The Super Bowl is just a few days away, and while a lot of people tune in to see the game, a lot tune in to see the commercials too, and advertisers know it.

Legislators Push Short Sale Tax Relief

Jan. 30
Marianne Russ, Capital Public Radio

There’s a push in the California legislature to provide tax relief for struggling homeowners who are forced into short sales. The new legislation has bipartisan support.

Cell Tower Concerns Rattle School Community

Jan. 30
By Kyla Calvert
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Parents at an Encinitas school were alarmed to learn there are more than a dozen cell towers near to their kids’ classrooms.

NRA's LaPierre, Giffords' Husband Kelly To Lay Out Different Views On Gun Laws

Jan. 30
Mark Memmott / NPR

The national debate over gun laws that has taken on added urgency since last year's mass shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut and a movie theater in Colorado takes center stage on Capitol Hill today.

SD School Bribes, 1st Ld

Jan. 30

CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A February 2014 trial date was set today for 15 current and former South County school officials accused of accepting gifts in exchange for votes on construction contracts.

SD Flu Fatalities

Jan. 30

Eds.: The county's Jose A. Alvarez can be reached at (619) 515-6635.

Debate Over Rebuilding Beaches Post-Sandy Creates Waves

Jan. 30
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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For a half-century, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been in the beach business, dredging up new sand as shorelines wash away. Federal disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy could provide billions more for beach rebuilding, and that has revived an old debate: Is this an effective way to protect against storms, or a counterproductive waste of tax dollars?

History Joins The 49ers In Opposing Ray Lewis

Jan. 30
Frank Deford / NPR
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When Secretariat won what was certified to be his last race, I went down onto the track at Woodbine, and gauging where he had crossed the finish line, snatched up the last grass that perhaps the greatest thoroughbred ever had laid hooves to in his career.

Study: Nearly Half In U.S. Lack Financial Safety Net

Jan. 30
Pam Fessler / NPR

In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about a country where even "a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else." But in reality, that's not always the case. A new report finds that one of the biggest obstacles for many Americans is that they don't have the savings or assets they need to help them get ahead.

To Maximize Weight Loss, Eat Early in The Day, Not Late

Jan. 30
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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You've heard the dieting advice to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper? Well, there's mounting evidence that there's some truth to it.

Polling Firm Gallup Lands In Legal Hot Water

Jan. 30
Carrie Johnson / NPR

The Gallup Organization made its name with landmark public opinion polls. The company surveyed everything from presidential elections to religious preferences, branding itself as the most trusted name in polling.