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Stories for February 7, 2014

Review: 'The Monuments Men'

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando
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If you like George Clooney and friends in the “Ocean's” films then you will enjoy “The Monuments Men” (opened February 7 throughout San Diego). But if you liked the documentary “The Rape of Europa,” then this Hollywood fluff will leave you annoyed.

Third Of SD County Jail Population Would Have Been In State Prison Before Realignment

Feb. 7
Midday Edition
By Alison St John
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A new report tracks the effects of the state’s decision to transfer offenders from the state prison system to county jurisdiction. We take a look at how this is affecting San Diego County.

San Diego Mayor Vote Expected To Draw 50 Percent Of Registered Voters

Feb. 7
By City News Service

Both candidates plan to attend campaign events throughout the weekend like holding rallies and walking precincts. Kevin Faulconer generally has led by a small margin in previous surveys, but political observers expect a close election that will be determined by Tuesday's turnout.

Behind The Scenes: The Globe's 'The Winter's Tale'

Feb. 7
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Barry Edelstein assumed the artistic directorship of the Old Globe at the end of 2012. But tonight marks the opening of the first play he has directed for The Globe, Shakespeare’s"'The Winter’s Tale."

Trenton's Mayor Mack Found Guilty Of Bribery, Fraud Charges

Feb. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR

A federal jury has found Mayor Tony F. Mack of Trenton, N.J., guilty of six charges ranging from extortion and bribery to fraud. Mack's brother was also convicted of conspiracy and bribery charges in the case, which involved plans for a parking garage.

Weak US Jobs Report Also Offers Hints Of Optimism

Feb. 7
Associated Press

A second straight month of weak job growth renewed concerns Friday that the vigor displayed by the American economy late last year may be gone, at least for the moment.

Second Month of Weak Job Growth In 2014

Feb. 7
Associated Press

Second straight month of weak hiring renews economic concerns, but offers some cause for optimism.

San Diego Police To Equip Patrol Cars With Heart Defibulators

Feb. 7
By City News Service

Councilman Mark Kersey on Friday announced new funding to start placing automated external defibrillators in San Diego police patrol vehicles.

Abuse Allegations Revive Woody Allen's Trial By Media

Feb. 7
David Folkenflik / NPR
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The comedian and movie director Woody Allen responded vigorously late Friday to allegations that he had sexually abused his daughter more than two decades ago.

San Diego Padres Host Annual FanFest At Petco Park

Feb. 7
By Matt Hoffman

With baseball season right around the corner the San Diego Padres are gearing up for their annual FanFest event.

Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

Feb. 7
Scott Hensley / NPR
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Norovirus isn't just a problem for cruise ships.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Spies Of Mississippi

Feb. 7
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Over a decade, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. They were granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests and compel testimony. The program tracks the commission’s hidden role in important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the trial of Medgar Evers and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964.

Art Rescued By 'Monuments Men' At San Diego Museum of Art

Feb. 7
By Angela Carone
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"The Monuments Men," staring George Clooney, opens this weekend. The true story of how these men rescued artwork looted by the Nazis in World War II has a San Diego connection.

Flu Deaths Continue To Mount In California

Feb. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

The death toll from the flu continues to rise in California. Statewide so far this season, at least 202 people have died from the virus.

Amid Drought, California Government Cuts Water Use

Feb. 7
Associated Press

While the cuts are not mandatory, some state agencies already have proposed measures that could save billions of gallons of water this year.

'Pineapple Express' Is Bringing Rain To Northern California

Feb. 7
By David Wagner
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San Diego scientists say we shouldn't expect this weekend's "atmospheric river" to even come close to ending California's historic drought.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Detroit, Mich. - Hour Three

Feb. 7
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is in Detroit, Michigan, as host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Eric Silver travel to Saarinen House at Cranbrook Academy of Art to discuss renowned architect and designer Eliel Saarinen. Highlights include a Charles Schulz signed letter and drawing of his beloved “Peanuts” character Linus; letters from Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud discussing Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, found tucked inside a book; and two etchings, one by Edward Hopper and one by John Sloan.

Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Feb. 7
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Friday's unemployment report confirmed what many workers already had suspected: Five years after the job market plunged off a cliff, the climb back remains a tough slog.

Virginia Textbooks To Recognize S. Korea's 'East Sea' Claim

Feb. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Listen up, students of Virginia, this question could be on your next geography quiz: What is the name of the major body of water located between Japan and the Korean peninsula?

San Diego Housing Mark Showing Signs Of Slowdown

Feb. 7
By City News Service

The hot San Diego real estate market of early 2013, with large monthly increases in prices and homes sold, showed signs of cooling in the fall, and the SDAR figures showed that it continued into January.

CSU San Marcos President Wants No Students To Fall Through Cracks

Feb. 7
By Alison St John
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The president of Cal State San Marcos said her campus is a model of higher education that accurately reflects the diversity of the community.

Low On Natural Gas, California Told To Power Down

Feb. 7
Associated Press

Californians on Thursday were urged to voluntarily cut their electricity use after frigid weather across the U.S. and Canada caused a shortage of natural gas at Southern California power plants.

Roundtable: Tactics, Turnout And Money In San Diego Mayor's Race

Feb. 7
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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The San Diego mayoral run-off election is Tuesday. Do you know where your candidates are -- on the issues, on tactics, in the polls? What can their personal finances tell us about who they are and how they will govern? And how come the lowly referendum has become the tool of corporate interests?

Cell Phone 'Kill Switch' Bill Proposed By California Leaders

Feb. 7
Associated Press
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Officials in California on Friday were set to outline proposed state legislation requiring smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" that would render them inoperable if lost or stolen.

Ex-State Dept. Contractor Will Plead Guilty For Leaks To Fox News

Feb. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR

Stephen Kim, a former State Department contractor who leaked classified material to Fox News, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized disclosure of secret government information, his lawyer told U.S. District judge on Friday.

The Making Of A Lady

Feb. 7
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Based on the novel by celebrated writer Frances Hodgson Burnett ("The Secret Garden"), this is the story of the educated but penniless Emily (Lydia Wilson). During her duties as a lady’s companion for Lady Maria (Joanna Lumley), she meets her employer’s wealthy widower nephew, Lord James Walderhurst (Linus Roache). Accepting his practical if unromantic marriage proposal, Emily finds solace in the company of Walderhurst’s nephew Alec Osborn (James D’Arcy) and his glamorous wife, Hester (Hasina Haque), after Lord James leaves to rejoin his regiment. Emily, alone with the Osborns, increasingly comes under their control. She begins to fear for her life.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: French-Style Dutch Oven Dinners

Feb. 7
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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to French-Style Chicken and Stuffing in a Pot. Then, host Christopher Kimball answers cooking questions in Letters to the Editor. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make a French-Style Pork Stew at home.

Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh To Replace Sen. Max Baucus

Feb. 7
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, a Democrat, was appointed Friday to fill the unexpired term of longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who is leaving the Senate to serve as U.S. ambassador to China.

What If Hillary Clinton Doesn't Run?

Feb. 7
Frank James / NPR
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The groundwork being laid for a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016 overlooks a single, almost unthinkable scenario: What if she doesn't run?

A Much More Honest Version Of Those Facebook Anniversary Videos

Feb. 7
Elise Hu / NPR

This week, to coincide with Facebook's 10th anniversary, Facebook made all billion of its users a personalized look-back video. Using its sorta creepy algorithms, Facebook picked out 15 images and moments from each user's Facebook history to feature and set them to music. You can see your own by clicking this link.

USS Midway Museum Hosts Olympic Viewing Party

Feb. 7
By Susan Murphy
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San Diegans are invited to gather aboard the USS Midway Museum flight deck starting at 6:30 Friday night to watch the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony and to cheer on Team USA.

Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: As It Happened

Feb. 7
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The large-scale pageantry of the Winter Olympics will be on display Friday, when the Opening Ceremony is held at Sochi, Russia.

Ex-San Diego Cop Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Women Seeks New Trial

Feb. 7
By KPBS , City News Service

Currently serving an almost nine-year sentence for sexually assaulting women while on duty, former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos is reportedly seeking a new trial.

Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

Feb. 7
Mark Memmott / NPR
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An Illinois jury has returned a record verdict of nearly $17 million in the deaths of two teenagers and the traumatic entrapment of a third worker in a grain bin in 2010, NPR's Howard Berkes reports.

Asm GOP: Shift Gas Tax Revenues, High-Speed Rail Bonds to Road, Highway Projects

Feb. 7
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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The Assembly Republican caucus says billions of dollars in high-speed rail bonds and gas tax revenues would be better spent on infrastructure projects.

Their Candidate Under Attack, Labor Responds With Barrage Of Negative Ads In Mayor’s Race

Feb. 7
By Joe Yerardi
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If the business-backed Lincoln Club has a liberal foil this election, it’s Working Families for a Better San Diego, a committee established in September by organized labor.

Councilman Kersey Wants Defibrillators In Police Cars Service San Diego's Northeast

Feb. 7
By City News Service
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Councilman Mark Kersey is scheduled to announce Friday new funding to place automated external defibrillators in patrol vehicles serving the San Diego Police Department's Northeastern Division.

Much Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

Feb. 7
Scott Neuman / NPR
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California and Oregon, which experienced their driest year on record in 2013, are looking at more snow and rain over the weekend, with heavy accumulation expected in the Sierra Nevadas, the Cascades and the Great Basin. Colorado, which has seen the worst "snow drought" since the 1980s, is expecting significant accumulation in the western part of the state.

San Diego Unified's Problems Are Harvard Students' Laboratory

Feb. 7
By Kyla Calvert
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Harvard doctoral students will put their classroom lessons to work by finding solutions to the challenges facing San Diego's schools.

Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

Feb. 7
Mark Memmott / NPR
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He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats, but Vice President Joe Biden tells CNN that "there's no obvious reason" why he shouldn't seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination.

What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Feb. 7
Alan Yu / NPR
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Applying for a Rhodes Scholarship this year? A new rule means you won't be able to get any help writing or editing your application essay.

'Blazing Saddles,' The Best Interracial Buddy Comedy, Turns 40

Feb. 7
Nadya Faulx / NPR
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Mel Brooks' Western spoof Blazing Saddles turns 40 Friday, and along with its over-the-top jabs at racism and Hollywood, it set the gold standard for what is now an overused cinema trope: the interracial buddy comedy.

'Nervousness' About Economy Ahead Of Today's Jobs Report

Feb. 7
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As we wait for this morning's much-anticipated report about job growth and unemployment in January, here's a preview that draws from the conversation NPR's John Ydstie had today with Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other

Feb. 7
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities -- think Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.

Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

Feb. 7
Brian Naylor / NPR
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As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando
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The 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicked off Thursday night to a full house. Here's a preview of what's to come.