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Stories for January 22, 2014

No. 7 San Diego State beats San Jose State 75-50

Jan. 22
Associated Press

Xavier Thames scores 15 points and No. 7 San Diego State extends the second-longest winning streak in school history to 16 games with a 75-50 victory over San Jose State.

Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

Jan. 22
Carrie Johnson / NPR

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.

San Diego Politicians Return Illegal Campaign Donations; Third Man Charged In Conspiracy

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
By Amita Sharma
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A former U.S. Attorney said the former San Diego mayoral candidates did not violate any law if they didn’t know the source of the money was illegal.

San Diego 'Jobs Tax' Referendum Supporters Submit 53,000 Signatures To Registrar

Jan. 22
By City News Service
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Opponents of the San Diego City Council's increase of fees on commercial construction in San Diego turned in more than 53,000 signatures Wednesday to the county Registrar of Voters in a bid to get the action overturned.

San Diego County Gets Poor Grades From American Lung Association

Jan. 22
By City News Service

The highest marks for overall tobacco control were given to El Cajon and Solana Beach, each of which received a B grade. Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos and Santee were each given F grades.

Lawns At 6 San Diego Parks, Rec Centers To Be Renovated In 2014

Jan. 22
By City News Service

The lawns at a half-dozen parks and recreation centers in the Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Navajo and San Carlos areas of San Diego will be renovated this year in an effort to reduce a growing number of injuries

Former Union-Tribune Newscarriers Awarded $6.1M In Attorney Fees

Jan. 22
By City News Service

The attorneys' fees, coupled with $4.9 million the court awarded to the class-action suit last month as compensation for unreimbursed expenses, bringing the total judgment to $10 million.

Keystone Pipeline's Southern Section Begins Delivering Oil To Gulf Coast

Jan. 22
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A large section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline went into official operation Wednesday, in a move that supporters say will help ease the flow of oil to refineries in the Gulf Coast region. The Obama administration has yet to rule on the project's northern portion.

Tourism Officials Unveil San Diego's Largest-Ever Marketing Campaign

Jan. 22
By Dwane Brown
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The San Diego Tourism Authority and interim Mayor Todd Gloria unveiled a new $12-million tourism marketing campaign on Wednesday.

Encinitas In Tussle Over Pacific View Elementary's Multimillion-Dollar Site

Jan. 22
By Alison St John
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The city of Encinitas and the Encinitas School District are in a tussle over what to do with a former elementary school that is now valuable oceanfront property.

Scripps Hospitals Screening All Visitors For Flu

Jan. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

With flu cases on the rise, San Diego’s five Scripps hospitals are putting new restrictions on visitors.

Vargas, Gloria Returning Campaign Donations Funneled Illegally From Mexican Businessman

Jan. 22
By City News Service

Interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and Congressman Juan Vargas start to returned donation made to their campaigns by a man charged with conspiring to funnel money from a foreign national into San Diego area elections.

SAVOR SAN DIEGO: Season Two: Beautiful Beans

Jan. 22
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Indulge in chocolate and coffee with Chef Su-Mei Yu as she visits a pair of successful local entrepreneurs who derive delicious creations from coffee and cacao. At Bird Rock Roasters and Coffee Shop, discover the essentials of coffee bean roasting and how the perfect cup of joe is created. Then head north to Carlsbad to learn about cacao beans and how French-trained Master Chef Michael Antonorsi has built an empire around his creative and exotic Chuao chocolates. Finish with how to make a unique recipe that flavorfully combines coffee and chocolate.

5 US Soldiers Make Olympic Bobsled Team For Sochi 2014

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program is sending five of its soldiers to go for the gold in the men's bobsled competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

San Diego's Toni Atkins Named Next Assembly Speaker

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
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Toni Atkins, San Diego's representative in the state Assembly, has been voted to succeed Assemblyman John A. Pérez as Speaker of the Assembly.

'Omaha!' Audio Brings NFL Fans Even Closer To The Game

Jan. 22
Associated Press

Hearing an audible from Peyton Manning during a game enhances the experience for the television audience, something networks are focusing on now more than ever.

Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Jan. 22
Dan Charles / NPR
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Starting this year, farmers across the Midwest can sign up for a service that lets big agribusiness collect data from their farms, minute by minute, as they plant and harvest their crops.

In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

Jan. 22
Jenny Gold / NPR
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In the mountains of western North Carolina, Julia Buckner spends hours driving around what she calls God's country.

Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Jan. 22
Brian Naylor / NPR
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At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, carmakers are happy to demonstrate the technology in their vehicles. A spokeswoman for Buick points out some of the safety features in the new Regal:

A Sneak Peek At State Of The Union Address

Jan. 22
Associated Press

Here's a little secret about the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama will deliver next week: He'll give Congress a long list of requests but few likely will be approved.

Soldier From California Killed In Taliban Attack Against Base

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Chief Warrant Officer Edward Balli, 42, died Jan. 20 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when his base was attacked by Taliban insurgents.

California Emergency Drought Bill To Be Introduced

Jan. 22
Associated Press

House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief.

A GROWING PASSION: Season Two: From Vine To Wine

Jan. 22
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San Diego's vineyard and winery industry has a centuries-long tradition of growing grapes and making wine. In this episode, explore the current state of vineyards and wineries, from the county's largest operation to backyard growers and winemakers. Visit the next generation of wine makers and see how they are reinventing the process.

Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Jan. 22
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans have teamed up on a "Billion $ Bracket Challenge."

Japan Tsunami Debris Washed Ashore Inspires Ruth Ozeki's Latest Novel

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
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A piece of tsunami debris is the catalyst of Ruth Ozeki's novel, "A Tale For The Time Being."

San Diego Historian Chronicles Balboa Park 1915 Exposition In New Book

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego has a big anniversary to celebrate next year. It's the 100th anniversary of the event that many say put the city on the map.

San Diego Mayor's Race: Endorsements, New Plans And Press Conference Campaigning

Jan. 22
By Sandhya Dirks

Sen. Barbara Boxer endorsed David Alvarez, San Diego Realtors put their support behind Kevin Faulconer. It's just another day in the race to be mayor of America's Finest City.

CROSSING SOUTH: Sailboats And Jam

Jan. 22
By Jennifer Robinson
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CROSSING SOUTH is a travel show that explores Tijuana and Northern Baja. Sailing is something loved by many in Baja. In this episode, follow along as Jorge meets a sailboat racing team in Ensenada and later gets some hands-on fun with Gary the friendly captain. Later we also meet Doña Lupe who shows us her vineyard and selection of delicious jams.

Winter Storm Janus Won't Stop Old Guard At Tomb Of The Unknowns

Jan. 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Soldiers with "The Old Guard" are standing tall in the face Winter Storm Janus at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

8-Year-Old Dies Trying To Save Relatives From Burning Trailer

Jan. 22
Eyder Peralta / NPR

There's a heartbreaking story coming out of Penfield, N.Y.: An 8-year-old boy died Monday as he was trying to save his uncle and grandfather from a burning trailer.

San Diego Police To Overhaul Racial Profiling Data Efforts

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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SDPD Chief William Lansdowne says the department's current data collection efforts are not enough.

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His 'Rant?' Maybe Not

Jan. 22
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Post-game interviews of NFL players are almost always predictable and boring. They go something like this:

Low Humidity, Gusty Winds Prompt Fire Weather Watch In San Diego County

Jan. 22
By City News Service
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Very low humidity and strong gusty northeast-to-east winds will prompt the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Thursday, meteorologists said Wednesday.

Three Men Due In Federal Court Over Colby Fire

Jan. 22
By City News Service

Three men who were allegedly tossing papers into a campfire when winds sent embers into the brush north of Glendora, setting off the 1,900-acre Colby Fire, were due to make their initial federal court appearance Wednesday.

Brown: California Comes Back But Challenged By Drought

Jan. 22
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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In his annual address to Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown said California resurgence is under way but also is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties. What's this mean for San Diego?

California Foreclosure Notices Hit 8-Year Low

Jan. 22
By Erik Anderson
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California's housing market is getting healthier and the falling default notices are another sign.

PACs Funnel Big Money To Mayoral Hopefuls From Mystery Donors

Jan. 22
By Joe Yerardi
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Thirty-six political action committees have poured more than $1.6 million into San Diego’s mayoral election.

San Diego Food Pantry Opens For Diabetics

Jan. 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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There are many food pantries in San Diego. But there's only one that offers special food for diabetics.

Poway Unified Parents Want Answers About Who Gets A Seat At New School

Jan. 22
By Joanne Faryon
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Homeowners want to know why their kids can't attend a new K-8 school in their neighborhood.

SDSU Students Asked To Fund Faculty Hires

Jan. 22
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego State students will be asked to consider a new fee of up to $500 per semester to boost faculty hiring.

Winter's Wicked Wallop In Five Headlines

Jan. 22
Mark Memmott / NPR
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That "bombogenesis" we warned about on Tuesday (a big word for harsh winter weather) did what it was expected to do across much of the eastern U.S.

Zen And The Art Of Snowboarding: Jamie Anderson Goes To Sochi

Jan. 22
Will Stone / NPR
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The first time Jamie Anderson performed a "cab 7," it was not in the script. The trick involves a snowboarder launching off a jump and spinning two full rotations. Anderson had tried it in practice but had never fully executed it.

In Ice Skating's Biggest Story, The Media Were Poor Sports

Jan. 22
Frank Deford / NPR
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It's difficult to understand why certain athletes are harshly singled out by the media, but one of the most baffling examples has to be the criticism displayed toward figure skater Nancy Kerrigan after she was clubbed in the leg at a practice session just weeks before the 1994 Olympics.

Long A Dirty Word, Gentrification May Be Losing Its Stigma

Jan. 22
Laura Sullivan / NPR
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Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry's grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets NE in Washington, D.C.