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Stories for January 23, 2014

San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal: Tracing The Donations

Jan. 23
By Brad Racino, Joe Yerardi
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inewsource has been digging deep to find new donations related to a federal investigation into illegal campaign contributions.

Latest 'Rising Stars' Highlight GOP's Outreach To Women

Jan. 23
Frank James / NPR
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As if to underscore GOP efforts at outreach to female voters, a breakout session of the Republican National Committee's latest "rising stars" at the group's winter meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., entirely comprised young women.

New San Diego Fire Stations Break Ground

Jan. 23
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego County officials broke ground on a new fire station in Boulevard. The facility replaces an outdated fire station in the rural area.

A Baby Didn't Bump These Moms Out Of Competition

Jan. 23
Neda Ulaby / NPR

Let's be clear: Olympians handle the physical challenges of childbirth differently than most of the rest of us.

Growing A Greener World: Waterwise Gardening (San Diego, Calif.)

Jan. 23
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GROWING A GREENER WORLD combines the latest trends in eco-friendly outdoor living with traditional gardening know-how. The award-winning 26-part series travels the country to deliver compelling, inspirational, informative and entertaining stories about those making a positive impact on the planet through organic gardening, sustainable living and farm-to-table cooking. In this episode, we explore how gardeners can maximize their garden’s beauty while still minimizing their water usage using time tested and the latest watering technology.

Hundreds To Volunteer For Annual San Diego Homeless Count

Jan. 23
By Claire Trageser
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In the early hours of Friday morning, about 1,300 volunteers will spread out across San Diego County for the annual homeless count.

In Seattle, No Simple Answers For A Stalled Tunneling Machine

Jan. 23
Martin Kaste / NPR
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Ever wonder what happened with Bertha -- the world's biggest tunneling machine, stuck under Seattle? We last checked in on the story right before Christmas, when engineers were preparing to send down inspection teams to identify the blockage. People (okay, the media) were having a grand time, floating ridiculous guesses about what the mysterious object might be. An old ship? Dinosaur bones? Bigfoot?

Review: 'Valentino's Ghost'

Jan. 23
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest reviewer Rebecca Romani says "Valentino's Ghost," currently screening at Digital Gym Cinema on El Cajon Boulevard, might make you think about how the Middle East is portrayed in Middle America.

Interview: Michael Singh, Director Of 'Valentino's Ghost'

Jan. 23
By Rebecca Romani
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The Middle East has served as a major setting in films from Rudolph Valentino's "The Sheik" to "Argo," but over the years the representation of Middle Easterners has shifted from romantic lead to Terrorist No. 1. Director Michael Singh talks about his new documentary. "Valentino's Ghost," currently screening at the Digital Gym Cinema on El Cajon Boulevard.

Virginia Gay Marriage Shift Generates Sharp Response

Jan. 23
Emily Siner / NPR
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Political reaction to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's announcement Thursday that he won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage was strong and swift -- and fell squarely along party lines.

Potential Carcinogen In Colas Has FDA Reviewing Data

Jan. 23
Allison Aubrey / NPR
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A new study from Consumer Reports finds varying levels of a chemical compound classified as a possible human carcinogen in many popular brands of soda.

Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data's Been Compromised

Jan. 23
Laura Sydell / NPR
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You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked and someone steals your account information.

Raised In The U.S. And Coming Out To Immigrant Parents

Jan. 23
JASMINE GARSD / NPR
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Editor's Note: This week Code Switch has been bringing you a series of stories prompted by a poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. And one of the findings that stood out was a striking difference between Latinos born and raised in the U.S. and immigrants when it comes to the degree of openness when it comes to talking about sexual orientation. NPR's Jasmine Garsd explored how some Latin American immigrant parents interact with their gay children who were born or raised in the U.S.

Texas Issues Tough Rules For Insurance Navigators

Jan. 23
Carrie Feibel / NPR
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Texas has imposed strict new regulations on the insurance helpers, or navigators, who work in the community to enroll people in health plans under the Affordable Care Act.

San Diego Housing Commission Releases Homeless Statistics Report

Jan. 23
By City News Service

A San Diego Housing Commission report says more than one-third of people who attended a recent homeless event had a monthly income of less than $1,000 and 15 percent were military veterans.

Fire Stations In Mission Valley, East County Break Ground

Jan. 23
By City News Service

Officials broke ground Thursday on fire stations in Mission Valley and the East County community of Boulevard, in San Diego's fire-prone backcountry.

2,000 City Heights Residents Lost Power Early Thursday

Jan. 23
By City News Service

About 2,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers in the City Heights area lost power early Thursday, according to the utility.

Obese While Pregnant — San Diego Programs Promote Healthy Birth

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
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More than one-third of women in the U.S. are obese and more than half of pregnant women are overweight or obese which puts them at an increased risk for pregnancy complications.

Gianni Belvedere's Body Identified By Riverside Authorities; Death Ruled A Homicide

Jan. 23
By City News Service
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Police had been looking for Gianni Belvedere since the Tierrasanta resident's younger brother and fiancee were found shot to death at Westfield Mission Valley mall early Dec. 24.

San Diego Gardening During Drought Conditions

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A winter without rain is becoming a challenge for San Diego gardeners. Nan Sterman of KPBS-TV's "A Growing Passion" has some advice to use less water but keep your plants growing.

Solar-Powered Parasols Might Be Answer To Parisian Cafe Fumes

Jan. 23
Brooke Binkowski
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A new sustainability initiative in Paris comes from a cross-border effort in Tijuana and San Diego, where people are designing a different kind of parasol.

Rather Than Joking About Justin Bieber, Watch This Video

Jan. 23
Mark Memmott / NPR
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We are well aware that news outlets, websites and social media seem to be obsessed with the news that pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday morning.

California Congressmen Propose Drought Relief Legislation

Jan. 23
Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio
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After declaring a drought last week, California Governor Jerry Brown only briefly mentioned the drought during his state of the state speech. But several Central Valley Congressmen are calling for more action through federal legislation.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Fun./Dawes

Jan. 23
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents the best in rock and pop with Fun. and Dawes. Grammy-winning trio Fun. plays hits “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On,” from the platinum-selling "Some Nights." Dawes performs its California roots-flavored rock/pop from their LP "Stories Don’t End."

Southwest States Receive Low Grades For Tobacco Control Efforts

Jan. 23
By Tristan Ahtone
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According to the American Lung Association, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas all received Fs for their tobacco prevention efforts. That’s primarily because the states aren’t spending amounts recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist

Jan. 23
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The FBI nabbed five alleged mobsters in a series of predawn raids in New York on Thursday in connection with the infamous 1978 Lufthansa heist that netted $6 million in cash and jewels and that inspired the film GoodFellas.

State Of The State Reactions

Jan. 23
Capital Public Radio

In the wake of Governor Jerry Brown's State of The State speech organizations and individuals across the state weigh in with commentary and reaction.

Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Jan. 23
Alan Yu / NPR
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In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use our form.

Brown Speech Touts Bioscience, Warns of Future Health Care Costs

Jan. 23
Pauline Bartolone / Capital Public Radio
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Health care wasn’t a big focus of Brown’s speech. But the governor did mention health care in terms of costs to the state, and how California is a leader in bioscience and medical technology.

Big Surf Brings Big Contest To San Francisco Bay Area

Jan. 23
By KPBS and Associated Press
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Organizers of a contest at one of the world's most perilous surfing spots have told competitors to grab their boards and get ready.

Clairemont Teacher Looks To Turn U.S. Presidency Collection Into Touring Exhibit

Jan. 23
By Kyla Calvert
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Like any longtime teacher, Jim Fletcher has lessons and materials he relies on every year — but for Fletcher that includes a 40,000-piece collection of U.S. presidential memorabilia.

Preview: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Human Rights Watch wants to use film to make a difference in the world. The organization’s film festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts tonight for the fourth year.  

Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

Jan. 23
Joel Rose / NPR
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If you don't live in the Northeast, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may sound like just another obscure government agency. But it's suddenly been in the spotlight because of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling

Jan. 23
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Most of the sports in the Winter Olympics involve great physical strength or agility. The goals are easy to understand: to go faster, jump farther or more spectacularly. But one Olympic sport -- curling -- is as much about strategy and physics as physicality.

Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

Jan. 23
Elise Hu / NPR
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The credit and debit card data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus compromised more than 70 million American consumers, and analysts say even more of us are at risk. That's because the technology we use to swipe for our purchases -- magnetic stripes on the backs of cards -- isn't hard for a skilled fraudster to hack.