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Stories for February 14, 2014

Tenn. VW Workers Reject Move To Join Union

Feb. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Some 1,500 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have voted not to join the United Auto Workers union. The tally of the three-day vote follows days of political prodding from both sides of the issue.

Gregory Canyon Landfill Hits Another Hurdle

Feb. 14
By Alison St John
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Three major backers of the proposed Gregory Canyon landfill in North County have filed for bankruptcy protection.

Brown Administration Says Funding To Combat Overcrowded California Prisons In Place

Feb. 14
Capital Public Radio
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Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says it has the money needed to comply with the latest federal court ruling on California's overcrowded prison system.

East African San Diegans Get Health Care Screening In City Heights

Feb. 14
By Erik Anderson
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Health advocates and community activists provided health screening in City Heights on Friday for members of the East African community.

San Diego Opera's 'The Elixir Of Love'

Feb. 14
Evening Edition
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It’s Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, and San Diego Opera has love for sale with Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” (opening Saturday at the San Diego Civic Theater) American bass Kevin Burdette tells us all about l’amore.

'Good As Gold': Utah's Pikus-Pace Wins Silver In Sochi

Feb. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The path Noelle Pikus-Pace took to Sochi was far longer (eight years) and more tortuous (a broken leg, for starters) than the skeleton course at the Sanki Sliding Center at the Sochi Games. That could help explain how she tamed the course and finally won an Olympic medal, putting an exclamation point on a career that includes a world championship.

SDSU Basketball Regroups After 20-Game Winning Streak Snapped

Feb. 14
Associated Press

Coach Steve Fisher doesn't think it will be difficult to get back on track. He said the team is primed to start another run on Saturday.

Mystery Of 'Jelly Doughnut' Martian Rock Solved, NASA Says

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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Scientists have solved the mystery of the "jelly doughnut" rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere.

High School Student in San Diego Dies From Meningococcal Infection

Feb. 14
By City News Service

A student from Patrick Henry High School in the San Diego Unified School District died from a suspected meningococcal infection, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced.

Maybe It's The Suit: U.S. Speedskaters Want Change In Sochi

Feb. 14
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The American speedskating team has fallen short of its goals at the Sochi Winter Olympics, with favorites such as Shani Davis and Heather Richardson failing to win medals. Some athletes believe the new racing suits they were given for the Olympics may be slowing them down.

1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

Feb. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

When Not In Sochi, Order The Khatchapuri And Eat Like You Are

Feb. 14
Nancy Shute / NPR

We've got more snow here in Washington, D.C., than they have in Sochi, and it's colder. But still it's hard not to dream about being at the Winter Olympics, especially since reports from athletes and spectators say that the food in Sochi is beyond delicious.

David Alvarez Fined $2,000 By Ethics Commission For 'Fairly Routine' Violation

Feb. 14
By KPBS
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San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez was fined $2,000 fine for campaign violations stemming from the November San Diego mayor special election, according to the Ethics Commission.

Jamaican Woman Detained At ICE Facility In San Diego Dies Of Heart Failure

Feb. 14
By City News Service
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A Jamaican woman in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement died in a hospital this week after falling ill at an Otay Mesa-area jail, the federal agency reported Friday.

Drought Politics Grip California's Central Valley

Feb. 14
Nathan Rott / NPR
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In California's farm rich Central Valley, where President Obama meets Friday with farmers and others who are affected by the state's historic drought, Todd Allen nods towards a field of brown, baked dirt passing by the right side of his truck.

San Diego Mayor-Elect Faulconer Announces Transition Team

Feb. 14
By City News Service
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Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer on Friday introduced a committee that will help him make the transition from councilman to head of San Diego's municipal government.

Feds Clear Banks To Do Business With Budding Pot Industry

Feb. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The federal government on Friday issued guidelines for banks seeking to do business with the legal marijuana industry, stopping short of a blanket immunity for them, but strongly indicating that prosecutions for such crimes as money laundering would be unlikely.

Boehner Fights Back Against Tea Party, Again

Feb. 14
David Welna / NPR
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A high-stakes drama played out over the debt ceiling on Capitol Hill this week. It ended with President Obama getting exactly what he'd asked for -- an extension of the Treasury's borrowing authority with no strings attached -- and an even wider gulf between GOP congressional leaders and Tea Party-aligned conservatives.

Father Joe Coming Out Of Retirement For Namesake Charity

Feb. 14
By City News Service
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According to Father Joe's Villages, Father Carroll will mainly focus on fundraising and making appearances.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Baton Rouge, La. - Hour One

Feb. 14
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Highlights include a French Art Deco diamond and platinum ring, ca. 1930, purchased at auction for $30 as cubic zirconia and now valued at $25,000 to $35,000; a copy of the book "The History of Magic," with an inscription from the owner’s old college roommate — Jim Morrison of The Doors; and four Rembrandt and James McNeill Whistler etchings that were collected by the guest’s father from around 1940 to 1960 and are appraised for $100,000.

More Than 200 San Diego Couples Tie Knot On Valentine's Day

Feb. 14
By City News Service

Nearly 450 lovebirds have tied the knot on Valentine's Day at the four San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk's offices Friday.

Fed Govt Issues Roadmap To Banks On Marijuana Business

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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It's another step toward enabling a legalized marijuana industry to operate in the United States.

Roundtable: Faulconer's Win; Sex Crimes & SDPD; Surveillance in San Diego

Feb. 14
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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Kevin Faulconer gets a valentine from San Diego. Another San Diego cop gets arrested. And our region is getting good at watching us all.

Murder On The Home Front

Feb. 14
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When young women are found murdered amid the chaos of the London Blitz of World War II, brilliant Home Office Pathologist Dr. Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy), on his first murder case, and his newly recruited assistant Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) clash with the police over just who the main suspect is. Employing groundbreaking forensic techniques, can Lennox and Molly save a seemingly innocent man from the gallows and prove there may be more to these murders than meets the eye?

Military Brat And Olympian Ashley Wagner Tweets Valentine's Day Card For Fans

Feb. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner is the daughter of an Army officer, which she attributes to giving her the discipline to perform under pressure. It's also apparently provided her with a self-effacing sense of humor, as is evident by the Valentine's Day card she created for her Twitter followers.

Even From Space, Near-Record Ice On Great Lakes Is Chilling

Feb. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR

The satellite photo we posted last month of a partially frozen Lake Michigan sent shivers down our spines.

AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN FROM COOK'S ILLUSTRATED: From An Italian Bakery

Feb. 14
By Jennifer Robinson
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Man on the street Doc Willoughby visits Lakota Bakery in just outside of Boston, to learn all about Florentine lace cookies from a pro. Then, in the test kitchen, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Florentine Lace Cookies at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of coffee. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Almond Biscotti.

Ex-Detective Linked To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal Pleads Not Guilty

Feb. 14
By Tarryn Mento
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A retired San Diego police detective accused of illegally funneling money to local campaigns has pleaded not guilty, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

Feb. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The world's largest solar power plant, made up of thousands of mirrors focusing the sun's energy, has officially started operations in Nevada's Mojave Desert.

California Officials Warn Of Measles Exposure

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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San Francisco Bay Area officials say a University of California, Berkeley, student infected with measles could have exposed thousands of others by attending classes and riding public transit.

Multi-Vehicle Crash Shuts Section Of Pennsylvania Turnpike

Feb. 14
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A chain reaction of crashes involving dozens of cars and tractor-trailers has closed the eastbound lane on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the town of Bensalem, local broadcasters report.

Researchers Watch El Niño Prospects As Dry Conditions In Southern California Persist

Feb. 14
By Susan Murphy
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El Niño prospects are growing in the Pacific, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Obama Turns Attention To California Drought With Stop In Fresno

Feb. 14
Associated Press
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Opening a weekend trip to California, President Barack Obama on Friday will offer millions in federal aid for the drought-stricken state.

Doctors Court Controversy In Ad For Surgical Robot

Feb. 14
Charles Ornstein / NPR
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Flipping through The New York Times magazine a few Sundays ago, former hospital executive Paul Levy was taken aback by a full-page ad for the da Vinci surgical robot.

Al Roker's Sorry For 1 Tweet, But Not For Blasting De Blasio

Feb. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision not to close the city's schools Thursday has, as The New York Times says, become "another headache" for the Democratic chief executive.

San Diego County Water Authority Adopts Voluntary Conservation Guidelines

Feb. 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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In light of the statewide drought, the San Diego County Water Authority has approved some voluntary conservation guidelines.

Ayad Akhtar's Muslim-American Culture Clash Comes To La Jolla Playhouse

Feb. 14
By Angela Carone
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A play about clashing generations in a Muslim family opens at the La Jolla Playhouse. “The Who and the What” was written by Ayad Akhtar, who won last year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming

Feb. 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Here's the good news: The weather's about to get better from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England.

Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Feb. 14
NPR

"A federal judge has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling on Thursday that the amendment adopted by voters in 2006 is unconstitutional," WAMU's Michael Pope writes this morning. He adds that:

Review/Interview: 'We Are What We Are'

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando
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“We Are What We Are” made my 10 Best List for 2013. But the only way to get the film screened in San Diego was to track it down and get the Digital Gym Cinema to run it for one night (screening once only at 9 p.m. on Feb. 15).

A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

Feb. 14
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New York City firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen don't work together very often, but their first Valentine's Day as a couple was an exception. They worked the same fire that night -- and then ended up at the same hospital with minor injuries.