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Stories for February 19, 2014

Gov. Brown Plans $687 Million For California Drought Relief

Feb. 19
Associated Press
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The $687-million proposal comes amid one of the driest periods in the history of the nation's most populous state, forcing farmers to fallow fields and some communities to warn of low water supplies.

Former SDSU Coach Beth Burns Sues Over Job Loss

Feb. 19
Associated Press
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Former San Diego State women's basketball coach Beth Burns is suing her former employer, saying she was forced out for demanding that women's athletics be put on equal footing with men's.

California Legislators To Outline Bill Requiring Cell Phone 'Kill Switches'

Feb. 19
Evening Edition
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California state legislators plan to introduce a bill on Friday requiring all cell phones in California to have a "kill switch."

Camp Pendleton Marines Give Lompoc Boy Special Birthday Surprise

Feb. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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A group of Camp Pendleton Marines drove 235 miles to make the birthday wish of a 5-year-old Lompoc boy come true.

Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Resigns From San Diego Police Department

Feb. 19
10News.com
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Christopher Hays, a four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department accused of sexually assaulting four women, has officially resigned from the force, according to reports.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Season Two: Spa Food: It All Began At Rancho La Puerta

Feb. 19
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Just across the border in Tecate, the legendary Rancho La Puerta continues under the guidance of founder Deborah Szekely, a pioneer of spa cuisine. Deborah guides host Su-Mei Yu on an exploration of the luxurious Ranch and shares decades of its storied history. From Rancho La Puerta, Su-Mei visits nearby Valle 33, an artisan goat cheese producer, to learn about the art of making cheese.

350 Properties On Block At Annual San Diego County Tax Auction

Feb. 19
By City News Service

California law allows properties to be auctioned off if their owners are five years behind on tax payments. San Diego County will try to recover nearly $7.3 million in unpaid taxes at the auction.

Female Figure Skaters Compete For Gold -- And The Sport's Future

Feb. 19
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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If there is such a thing as a home-rink advantage, that makes the competition in the women's figure skating program fierce. Russian fans erupted with glee for Adelina Sotnikova on Wednesday. And then there's Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15-year-old Russian phenom who has thrilled Russian fans and stunned the figure skating world.

Washington's Corcoran Museum To Be Taken Over By National Gallery

Feb. 19
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The oldest private art museum in Washington is poised to be taken over by the National Gallery of Art, according to a plan to disperse much of the museum's holdings and turn its art college over to George Washington University. The plan was publicly unveiled Wednesday.

A GROWING PASSION: Season Two: With Food And Justice For All

Feb. 19
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Food deserts have become all too common in urban areas, and with them, residents are left without options for fresh, nutritional foods. Children miss the opportunity to develop good cooking and eating habits. Obesity has become an epidemic. We visit some innovative projects that address this challenge by teaching children and adults to grow food, about nutrition, and about cooking and eating fresh, healthful edibles.

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres At Impasse On Contract Talks

Feb. 19
Associated Press
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A healthy and confident Chase Headley was upbeat in the clubhouse Wednesday, even as the third baseman acknowledged contract talks are going nowhere and he'll likely become a free agent next winter.

U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

Feb. 19
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a multibillion-dollar loan guarantee Wednesday for building nuclear reactors in Georgia, underscoring the White House's plan for an "all of the above" energy strategy.

Parents And Teens Aren't Up To Speed On HPV Risks, Doctors Say

Feb. 19
Patti Neighmond / NPR

You would think that a vaccine that could prevent cancer would be an easy sell, but that's hasn't proven to be true so far with the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

San Diego Sheriff: Man Killed By US Border Agent Hurled Large Rocks

Feb. 19
Associated Press
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The man, who was suspected of being in the country illegally, allegedly began throwing fist-sized rocks at the agent from a hillside perch. The agent reportedly fired twice, fearing for his life.

Number Of Reported Flu Cases In San Diego Drops For Third Week

Feb. 19
By City News Service

Eight people died of influenza-related causes last week in San Diego County, bringing the "flu season" death toll to 43. Last year, there were 65 flu-related deaths.

Alpine Teachers Plan Strike After Contract Negotiations Fail With District

Feb. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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Alpine School District strike will be the first teachers' strike in San Diego County in about 18 years. District staff took nearly a 5 percent pay cut three years in a row prior to the contract negotiations.

Steampunk Carousel Outing Cut Short By Security Guards

Feb. 19
Kim Keeline, Guest Blogger
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I have to say I was a bit surprised to see fellow Shakespeare buff Kim Keeline in a news report about an incident involving a run in with mall security guards. As she said, "When I chose my long floral skirt and the matching puff sleeved Victorian top, and put the green feather in my hair, I didn't realize I would be seen as a threatening figure." Here's her story.

San Diego City Council To Decide Again On Medical Marijuana Ordinance

Feb. 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The San Diego City Council will consider a new set of zoning regulations for the establishment of legal medical marijuana dispensaries. What remains unknown is whether the U.S. Attorney's Office will allow licensed dispensaries to operate.

San Diego Padres Announce 2014 Season Opener Is Sold Out

Feb. 19
By City News Service
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The San Diego Padres announced Wednesday that the team's March 30 season-opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park is sold out.

Women And Military: Focus Of Conference In San Diego

Feb. 19
Midday Edition
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The 2014 Women and the Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law this Friday will focus on women in the military, explore how the military handles sex assault cases and the topic of women serving in elite combat units.

SDSU Alum Behind "Sh*t My Dad Says" Talks New Sitcom On Campus

Feb. 19
Midday Edition
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Justin Halpern took the outrageous, profanity-laced observations from his dad about life, love and oddball self-esteem into gold.

U-T San Diego Pulling Plug On UT-TV After Less Than 2 Years

Feb. 19
By City News Service
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Daily newspaper U-T San Diego announced Wednesday they were ceasing operations for its "U-T TV" program. A "few dozen" of U-T TV's 45 or so employees will remain with the operation.

Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60

Feb. 19
Linda Poon / NPR
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The more you sit, the less physically active you are, which can lead to all sorts of health problems, including an early death.

Special Forces Marine Killed In Afghanistan (Video)

Feb. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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U.S. Marine Master Sgt. Aaron C. Torian, 36, died Feb. 15 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His mother told a Kentucky television station he was killed by an improvised explosive device blast.

After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home

Feb. 19
Hansi Lo Wang / NPR
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More than 70 years ago Wednesday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that led to the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Missteps In Covered California’s Marketing Campaign To Latinos

Feb. 19
April Dembosky / The California Report
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It’s been decades since the advertising industry recognized the need to woo Hispanic consumers. Big companies saw the market potential and sank millions of dollars into ads.

Men Accused Of Funneling Foreign Funds To San Diego Campaigns Plead Not Guilty

Feb. 19
By City News Service

Two men accused of funneling more than $500,000 in foreign money into San Diego political campaigns pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a conspiracy charge contained in a federal indictment.

Forest Service, CPUC Hold Public Meeting Over Backcountry Power Pole Conversion Project

Feb. 19
By Deb Welsh
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The U.S. Forest Service and California Public Utilities Service are hosting a public meeting to discuss San Diego Gas & Electric's master special use permit project.

San Diego Researcher Reacts To Damning North Korea Report

Feb. 19
By Susan Murphy
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"The level of detail in the report is really quite staggering," said Stephan Haggard, professor of Korea-Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.

Scripps Opens Region's First Proton Therapy Center In Mira Mesa

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg, City News Service
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The $220-million Scripps Proton Therapy Center in Mira Mesa uses streams of protons to kill cancer cells.

'Crypto-Jews' In The Southwest Find Faith In A Shrouded Legacy

Feb. 19
Wyatt Orme / NPR
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Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest.

LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long'

Feb. 19
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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Los Angeles may be known for its celebrities, glitz and glam, but the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, is focused on something decidedly less flashy: infrastructure.

Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

Feb. 19
Dan Charles / NPR
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Christopher Leonard's new exposé on the chicken industry, The Meat Racket, doesn't devote much ink to the physical object on our plate, the chicken meat itself.