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Stories for February 27, 2014

San Diego Cities Along 78 Corridor Pursue Regional Marketing Strategy To Attract Jobs

Feb. 27
Promise Yee
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Five North County cities are moving ahead with plans to market themselves as a region to attract new business and jobs

Pentagon Names Point Person To Bring Home POW Bowe Bergdahl

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel has tapped acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michael Lumpkin to lead the effort to bring home prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Review: 'Almost Human'

Feb. 27
By Beth Accomando
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Ever since the success of the movie “Scream,” horror films have had a hard time taking themselves seriously. "Almost Human" (screening Friday and Saturday at the Digital Gym Cinema) is different. Actor Graham Skipper will field questions at the Friday screening.

Migrants Kill 2 Bandits After Being Attacked While Trying To Cross Border Near El Centro

Feb. 27
By Jill Replogle
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At least two gunmen were killed and a migrant was shot in the face after attacks on groups of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the U.S. in a remote area west of El Centro.

'Fast For Families' Comes To Vista

Feb. 27
Evening Edition
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A national bus tour for comprehensive immigration reform made a stop in the North County Wednesday night.

New SDPD Police Chief Zimmerman Can Only Serve 4 Years

Feb. 27
By City News Service
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San Diego's new police chief can only serve four years because she enrolled in a deferred-retirement plan last year and must retire in March 2018.

California Lawmakers Approve $687M Water Relief Package

Feb. 27
By California Capitol Network
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The $687-million package will immediately provide emergency drinking water and food assistance for parts of California, but still needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.

Chris Cate Is First Official Candidate For San Diego City Council District 6 Seat

Feb. 27
By City News Service
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Besides becoming the first San Diego City Council candidate to turn in nominating papers, Chris Cate probably also got the first endorsement of the June election season.

California Court Rules Drivers Can Read Cellphone Maps

Feb. 27
Associated Press

A California appeals court says it's legal for drivers to read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel.

'Calvin & Hobbes' Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years

Feb. 27
Nicole Cohen / NPR
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Almost two decades after publishing his last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip, elusive cartoonist Bill Watterson is back — with a film poster.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Will Seek Re-Election

Feb. 27
Associated Press
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The 75-year-old Democrat said on his campaign website Thursday he's excited to tackle the challenges facing the nation's most populous state.

Cleveland National Forest Roads Closed Due To San Diego Rainstorm

Feb. 27
By Tarryn Mento

As San Diego County both braces and rejoices for much-needed rain, the threat of flash flooding prompts the Cleveland National Forest to close some forest roads until next week.

Driving Commissaries' Costs Up Would Lead To Closures, Says Nonprofit

Feb. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The senior enlisted advisers of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force expressed their unified dismay at a plan that would raise grocery prices in military commissaries. This, after a nonprofit trade group said raising prices would eventually lead to commissaries closing their doors.

U.S. Senate Blocks Dems' Bill Boosting Military Veteran Benefits

Feb. 27
Associated Press

With each party coveting the allegiance of the country's 22 million veterans and their families, Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for turning the effort into a chess match aimed at forcing politically embarrassing votes.

Report: Nearly 500,000 Working San Diegans Have No Paid Sick-Leave

Feb. 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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It's still flu-season in San Diego, and many businesses tell employees to stay home if their feeling sick, to keep the workplace healthy. But what if you're not paid when you take a sick day off? Would you decide to stay home and get better, or drag yourself in to work, no matter what?

California Lawmakers To Vote On Emergency Drought Relief Package

Feb. 27
By California Capitol Network

It appears California lawmakers are set to vote on emergency legislation that would allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for drought relief.

New Effort to Streamline Teacher Dismissal In California

Feb. 27
By California Capitol Network
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There have been several attempts over the years to reform California’s teacher dismissal process. All have been unsuccessful. But that’s not stopping one lawmaker from trying again.

Oscars 2014: Pick Your Winners, San Diego

Feb. 27
By Beth Accomando, Tarryn Mento
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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and if the winners tend to leave you scratching your head and yelling at the TV then here’s your chance to cast your own vote and choose your own winners.

2 Wounded After Officer-Involved Shooting In Encanto

Feb. 27
By City News Service

A detective fired into an Encanto-area home Thursday, wounding two drug suspects, when she believed she saw one of them reach for a gun, authorities reported.

San Diego Rainstorms Bring Threat Of Flash Floods

Feb. 27
By City News Service
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The National Weather Service issued several advisories for the region, saying recent rains have presented a strong threat of flash flooding and other road hazards through much of the weekend.

Los Angeles Suburb Holds Off On Sriracha Hot Sauce Decision

Feb. 27
Associated Press
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The waft of a popular hot sauce will remain in a Southern California city for now as council members on Wednesday night delayed a decision on whether its spicy emissions are a public nuisance.

First Look: The FDA's Nutrition Label Gets A Makeover

Feb. 27
Evening Edition
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The Obama administration Thursday released its proposed tweaks to the iconic black and white panel that we're all accustomed to seeing on food packages.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Rises To Highest Amount Since Oct. 3

Feb. 27
By City News Service
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The average price has risen 23 of the past 24 days and is 7.4 cents more than one week ago and 28.5 cents higher than one month ago but 40.3 cents less than one year ago,.

Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Feb. 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Saying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday.

San Diego's Superbowl Of Ornithology In Its 18th Year

Feb. 27
By Deb Welsh
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The annual San Diego Bird Festival, now in its 18th year, is called the "Superbowl of Ornithology."

Review: 'Non-Stop'

Feb. 27
By Greg Magnus
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Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore fasten their seat belts for a whodunnit-thriller at 40,000 feet in "Non-Stop," opening Friday.

Gluten: The Marketing Versus The Science

Feb. 27
By David Wagner
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Gluten-free foods have been claiming more and more space on grocery store shelves lately. But the commercial take on gluten doesn't always square with science.