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Stories for February 6, 2014

San Diego Woman Accused Of Michigan Escape Fights Extradition

Feb. 6
Associated Press
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A 60-year-old woman living in San Diego and accused of escaping from a Michigan prison 37 years ago is fighting her extradition to the state.

Community Raises Questions About Palomar Airport Master Plan Update

Feb. 6
By Alison St John
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A new master plan for Palomar Airport in Carlsbad is in the making, and this week the community had a chance to comment.

Encinitas Union School District Nominated For Green Schools Competition

Feb. 6
By City News Service

The Encinitas Union School District was nominated Thursday to compete in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program.

Gloria: San Diego Homeless Funding Should Be Redirected To Effective Programs

Feb. 6
By City News Service

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria on Thursday proposed redirecting $1.9 million in general fund money to programs proved effective in reducing homelessness in San Diego.

A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

Feb. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

UCSD Professor To Lead Community Panel On Decommissioning San Onofre

Feb. 6
By Erik Anderson
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Southern California Edison has picked a UC San Diego professor to lead a group focused on the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Rents Spike In Tech Hubs Like San Diego

Feb. 6
By David Wagner
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According to a new report, rents in cities with booming tech industries are climbing faster than in the rest of the country. San Diego has seen some of the steepest increases.

'Flex Alert' Issued For California Until 10 PM

Feb. 6
By City News Service

The California Independent System Operator called for residents in all parts of the state to reduce power and natural gas use until 10 p.m.

MARTHA BAKES: Cakes

Feb. 6
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Follow along as Martha shares her expertise on how to make three lovely celebration cakes, including a four-layer génoise cake with passion fruit buttercream, an orange-almond cake with Italian meringue buttercream piping, and an unforgettable chocolate-rum roulade.

Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

Feb. 6
Greg Allen / NPR
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They're events that took just several minutes, but in a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black teen.

Report: Second SDPD Officer Accused Of Sexual Assaulting Women On Duty

Feb. 6
10News.com
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KPBS media partner 10News has confirmed another San Diego police officer is accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.

As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head

Feb. 6
Mara Liasson / NPR
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Democrats and Republicans have exhausted themselves politically after failing to reach a grand bargain to reduce the debt. Now there's a new economic debate in Washington over economic growth, mobility and income inequality.

45 San Diego Gang Members Charged With Meth, Gun Crimes

Feb. 6
By Jill Replogle
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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments for methamphetamine and gun charges against 45 people involved with six criminal gangs in San Diego.

Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Feb. 6
Eliza Barclay / NPR
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Remember those ballot initiatives in California and Washington that aimed to get food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients?

Obamacare Thrives In San Francisco's Chinatown

Feb. 6
Sarah Varney / NPR
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San Francisco's Chinatown is a city within a city.

Mean Girls Online: Can We Draw A Line In Social Media?

Feb. 6
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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Last week, an article about online feminist activism set off a heated debate. The Nation's Michelle Goldberg examined criticism aimed at feminists by other feminists. "Is it good for the movement? And whose movement is it?" Goldberg asked.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Sarah Jarosz/The Milk Carton Kids

Feb. 6
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. This episode showcases new acoustic music with Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids. Multi-instrumentalist Jarosz highlights her album "Build Me Up From Bones"; the Milk Carton Kids play folk songs from their LP "The Ash & Clay."

Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Feb. 6
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith -- and, for some, relevance -- are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.

Another SAC Manager Found Guilty Of Insider Trading

Feb. 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager with SAC Capital Advisors, has been convicted of helping the hedge fund reap hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal trades based on inside information. His is the latest in a series of legal actions related to the firm owned by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.

26 Arrested In East County San Diego Meth-Sweep

Feb. 6
By City News Service

The sweep, dubbed "Operation Tip the Scale," has been conducted 15 times in the past five years, but Wednesday's arrests marked only the second time offenders ages 18 to 24 were the focus.

What's Happening Around San Diego In February?

Feb. 6
Midday Edition
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From a retro soul music show to a poetry reading and an unusual film screening, here's a preview to some of this month's top events happening around San Diego.

Jamul Indian Village Breaks Ground On Casino Amid Opposition, Legal Challenges

Feb. 6
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The town of Jamul is still fighting a local tribe's plan for an Indian casino, even as earth is being cleared to make way for it.

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference

Feb. 6
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week. It looks at how mindfulness can help with everything from pain and stress management to ADHD.

House Passes Water Delivery Act; Bill Expected To Die In Senate

Feb. 6
Steve Milne / Capitol Public Radio

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act would allow more water to be pumped out of the Delta and sent to farms. Critics say it favors farms over fish and environmental concerns.

Stolen Stradivarius Reportedly Found By Milwaukee Police

Feb. 6
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Police in Milwaukee have reportedly recovered "Lipinski" - a 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen last month from a concertmaster as he was walking to his car with the rare violin.

Brown Wants CalPERS Action Now On Rising Pension Costs

Feb. 6
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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Gov. Jerry Brown wants the California Public Employees Retirement System to start accounting for its retirees’ longer life spans, which are driving up pension costs.

Prospective San Diego City Council Candidates Begin Pulling Nomination Papers

Feb. 6
By City News Service
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Prospective candidates for City Council offices in the June 3 primary election began taking out nominating papers Thursday, including Myrtle Cole, who will be seeking reelection in District 4 in Southeast San Diego.

Soggy Morning, Windy Afternoon For San Diego County

Feb. 6
By City News Service
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A weakening low pressure system brought rain throughout most of San Diego County early Thursday, making for a soggy morning commute.

Chief: LA Officers In Dorner Manhunt Shooting Will Return

Feb. 6
Associated Press
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Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly riddled a pickup truck with bullets during a manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner last year will be allowed to return to the field after they get additional training.

Former San Diego Mayoral Candidate Aguirre Makes Right Turn, Endorsing Faulconer

Feb. 6
By Sandhya Dirks
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Controversial former City Attorney Mike Aguirre says the millions in union money backing fellow Democrat and San Diego mayoral candidate David Alvarez concern him.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates' Personal Finances

Feb. 6
By Claire Trageser and Brooke Williams, inewsource
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Mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer have very different financial situations. We dug deeper into their financial backgrounds.

It's Freezing, And Power's Out For Hundreds Of Thousands

Feb. 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Temperatures are going to stay below freezing for the next few days across the Northeast, and that's not good news for a half-million or so households and businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania. Many won't have electricity again until Friday or the weekend.

Senate Retreats Offer Chance To Bond, Plot Strategy

Feb. 6
Frank James / NPR
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It was annual Senate retreat time in Washington this week, a moment when senators get away from the U.S. Capitol, free themselves of their staffs and daily legislative, office and fundraising chores, and try to gain some fresh perspective.

Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit

Feb. 6
John Ydstie / NPR

The Congressional Budget Office earlier this week said this year's deficit is likely to be about a-third the size it was back in 2009 when the Great Recession bottomed out. A recovering economy is the main reason for the deficit's improvement, but moderating health care costs have also contributed.

Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Feb. 6
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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They were some of the largest, hairiest animals ever to walk the Earth, but new research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers.