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Stories for January 21, 2014

Illegal Campaign Cash Tied To 4 Prominent San Diego Politicians

Jan. 21
By Amita Sharma
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KPBS confirms candidates named in an unsealed federal complaint are San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, former Mayor Bob Filner, former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Congressman Juan Vargas.

Report: Toni Atkins Could Be Next California Assembly Speaker

Jan. 21
By City News Service

An influential political blogger in Sacramento reported Tuesday that Assemblywoman Toni Atkins has lined up enough votes to become the next Assembly speaker, perhaps by this summer.

Scripps Health To Screen Visitors For Flu-Like Symptoms

Jan. 21
By City News Service

Scripps Health will impose temporary restrictions on visitors at its five hospitals beginning Wednesday to reduce the chance of spreading the flu.

Buying A Detroit House For $500, And Then Explaining Why

Jan. 21
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Drew Philip made waves this month by explaining to the Internet why he bought a house in struggling Detroit for $500. In his much-discussed story for Buzzfeed, Philip said that he is part of "another Detroit," one where people are working to help each other and save their city.

NOVA: Killer Typhoon

Jan. 21
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On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the islands with 200-mile-per-hour winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools and hospitals, leaving thousands dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? Meteorologists take viewers inside the anatomy of the typhoon, tracking its progress and revealing why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones. But that’s just part of the story. With crews on the ground within days of the storm, NOVA reveals how conditions deteriorated in the storm’s aftermath, as impassable roads and shuttered gas stations paralyzed the relief effort, leaving food, water and medicine to pile up at the airport.

Latino Enrollment In Covered California Picks Up

Jan. 21
By Kenny Goldberg
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The latest figures from Covered California show there's been a major increase in Latino enrollment.

Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

Jan. 21
Alan Yu / NPR
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The Canadian company that is the main equipment and technology suppliers for bike-sharing systems across the U.S. has filed for bankruptcy.

Alvarez, Faulconer Virtually Tied In Most Recent San Diego Mayor Poll

Jan. 21
By City News Service
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San Diego City Councilmen and mayoral candidates David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer were in a virtual tie in a poll out Tuesday.

Critics Seize On Blurry Details In Wendy Davis Story

Jan. 21
Liz Halloran / NPR
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Wendy Davis' meteoric rise, from Texas state senator who barely won re-election to Democratic candidate for governor and darling of the national party, has hinged on her powerful personal story and a famous filibuster.

Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill -- And Strategy

Jan. 21
Robert Smith / NPR
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During the Winter Olympics, seeing an aerial skier perform is unforgettable.

San Diego Woman Named Navy Medical Sailor Of The Year

Jan. 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW/AW) Monica M. Reeves is the 2013 Navy Medicine Sailor of the Year. Reeves works at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

10,000 Students Enrolled For CSU San Marcos Spring Semester

Jan. 21
By City News Service

More than 10,000 students are signed up for the spring semester at Cal State University San Marcos on Tuesday.

NATURE: Meet The Coywolf

Jan. 21
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The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.

One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

Jan. 21
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Police declared the campus of Purdue University safe Tuesday afternoon, hours after a shooting in a school building alarmed students and sparked a partial evacuation order. One person died in the violence; another has been taken into police custody.

Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged With Corruption

Jan. 21
Krishnadev Calamur and Frank James / NPR
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges.

Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

Jan. 21
Frank James / NPR
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That President Obama could openly speculate about marijuana being less dangerous than alcohol -- and embrace the state-level legalization of the drug -- is a measure of just how far the nation has moved since the 1980s.

Report: Pilot Error Caused Helicopter Crash That Killed California Airman (Video)

Jan. 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Okinawa, Japan that killed Tech. Sgt. Mark A. Smith was caused by pilot error — according to an investigative report released Tuesday by the U.S. Air Force.

Oakland Woman Loses 2 Sons To Gunfire Weeks Apart

Jan. 21
Associated Press

A mother has asked that no retaliation occur after her two teenage sons were shot and killed within three weeks just blocks from her Oakland home.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Proposes Guaranteed Sick Days For California Workers

Jan. 21
By KPBS
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State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez wants all workers in California to have at least three days of paid sick leave annually, saying it could save the state billions in lost productivity and health care costs.

Court: Jurors Can't Be Removed Due To Sexual Orientation

Jan. 21
Associated Press
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A federal appeals court has ruled that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation.

'Hispanic' Or 'Latino'? Polls Say It Doesn't Matter -- Usually

Jan. 21
Karen GrigsBates / NPR
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Carlos Mencia is well-known for his standup humor, which is slyly good-natured and often focuses on race and ethnicity. The 46 year-old Mencia has had a successful series on The Comedy Channel (Mind of Mencia) and draws huge crowds when he tours the country. When he was starting out in the business, he spent a lot of time on college campuses. And he learned pretty quickly that how he talked about the ethnicity he thought he shared with his audience could get him into trouble.

Wildfire Preparedness In San Diego After The Driest Year On Record

Jan. 21
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego's very dry weather has already produced a rash of unusual winter wildfires across the state. Cal Fire talks about the increased fire danger.

Escondido Moves Rapidly Ahead On Charter Debate

Jan. 21
By Alison St John
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Escondido is moving rapidly ahead with plans to put a new city charter on the November ballot.

US Navy To Make Warships Available For Sochi Olympics Security (Video)

Jan. 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two unnamed Navy ships currently in the Black Sea will be available if a security crisis at the Sochi Olympics demands it, according to an announcement by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John F. Kirby.

Sen. Vitter Will Run For Governor In Louisiana

Jan. 21
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who easily won re-election in 2010 after seeing his career put in jeopardy by a prostitution scandal just three years before, confirmed Tuesday that he will run for governor in his state in 2015.

'Gut-Wrenching' Chicago Clergy Abuse Documents Go Online

Jan. 21
Mark Memmott / NPR

Thousands of pages of what were once secret church documents related to the way the Archdiocese of Chicago dealt with 30 priests who it believes abused children in the '70s, '80s and '90s are now online.

Escondido Charter School Students Return To Class Amid Heightened Security

Jan. 21
By City News Service

Students at four affiliated Escondido charter schools that closed down for one day last week in response to an online shooting threat will return to classes Tuesday amid heightened security, authorities said.

U.S. Chooses Familiar Team For San Diego Davis Cup Match

Jan. 21
By City News Service
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John Isner, Sam Querrey, and doubles stars Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were selected Tuesday for the U.S. team that will face Great Britain in a first-round Davis Cup match at Petco Park Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Colby Fire Suspects Expected In Court; Fire Crews Expect Full Containment

Jan. 21
By City News Service
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The suspects in custody on suspicion of starting the nearly 2,000-acre Colby Fire last week are expected to appear in Los Angeles Federal Court Tuesday, the day when fire commanders expect the blaze to be fully contained.

San Diego Schools Mull Best Use Of Funding Influx

Jan. 21
By Kyla Calvert

Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal for the coming year could mean new programs and services in San Diego city schools.

City, County Politicians Squabbling Over Lake Morena Reservoir

Jan. 21
By Claire Trageser
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The city and county of San Diego are battling a war of words over Lake Morena reservoir, a city-owned water source in East County.

Poway Unified Kids Can’t Attend New School Because Parents Didn’t Pay For It

Jan. 21
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Find out why only some kids in the Poway Unified School District can't attend a new K-8 school in their neighborhood.

What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us?

Jan. 21
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Just as we're getting used to hearing about the polar vortex, there's another cool-sounding weather term being thrown around that we've had to look up:

A New Poll Takes A Look At Views From Latino America

Jan. 21
Gene Demby / NPR

You've probably heard a lot about "the Latino voter" or the way companies are trying to win over "the Latino consumer."

After Tragedy At 2010 Games, Sochi Slows Down The Sled Track

Jan. 21
Brian Mann / NPR
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With bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocketing down a winding, ice-covered track, sled racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi, Russia.

Illinois Case Brings New Union Questions To Supreme Court

Jan. 21
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in an Illinois case that could drive a stake through the heart of public employee unions.