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Stories for January 30, 2014

Canceled Debate Between San Diego Mayoral Candidates Sparks War Of Words

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

David Alvarez and his opponent in the Feb. 11 runoff election, Kevin Faulconer, ended up being interviewed separately on the radio after a dispute over the debate broke out.

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San Diego's Bike Sharing Program Start Delayed

Jan. 30, 2014
By Claire Trageser

San Diego's bike sharing program won't get rolling until late April or early May due to delays in community outreach.

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What It Means When Police Ask: 'Are You on Probation?'

Jan. 30, 2014
By Megan Burks

Residents concerned about racial profiling say they're tired of being asked whether they're on parole when they get pulled over.

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Beer Drone Can Buzz The Skies No More, FAA Says

Jan. 30, 2014
Bill Chappell / NPR

Lakemaid Beer is brewed in Stevens Point, Wis., and distributed to several states in the region. But it was a very local delivery that put the company out of favor with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Supervisors To Consider New Restrictions On San Diego Flight Schools

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors next week will consider new restrictions on flight school where foreigners are taught to fly.

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San Diego Mayor, Solana Beach Special Election Mail-In Ballot Applications Due Tuesday

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

Mail-in ballot applications must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said. Postmarks won't do.

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San Diego Will Play A Role In California's New Stem Cell Genomics Center

Jan. 30, 2014
By David Wagner

Since the passage of Proposition 71 in 2004, California taxpayers have been pumping billions into stem cell research. Now, a new statewide effort will attempt to marry the latest in gene research with advancements on stem cells.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Barrymore

Jan. 30, 2014

In "Barrymore," 83-year-old stage and screen legend Christopher Plummer portrays another titan of theater and film from an earlier age, the illustrious -- and notorious -- John Barrymore. This film adaptation of William Luce's 1997 play is set in 1942 during the final months of Barrymore's life. On the stage of a Broadway theater, the famously combative star struggles to recreate his performance in Shakepeare's "Richard III," recalling the highs and lows of his remarkable life and career in the process.

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Nationwide Saline Shortage Cuts Into San Diego Blood Supply

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

The San Diego Blood Bank on Thursday put out a call for donations because a nationwide shortage of saline is cutting into the local blood supply.

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As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind

Jan. 30, 2014
Laura Sullivan / NPR

State prison populations are declining for the first time in four decades. But at the federal level, incarceration rates are going in the opposite direction.

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Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients

Jan. 30, 2014
Richard Gonzales / NPR

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.

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San Diego Leaders Announce New Campaign To Combat Sex Trafficking

Jan. 30, 2014
By Susan Murphy

San Diego leaders and law enforcement Thursday unveiled a new campaign to raise awareness and help combat the growing problem of sex trafficking.

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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

Jan. 30, 2014
John Burnett / NPR

The space company SpaceX has identified a remote spot on the southern tip of Texas as its finalist for construction of the world's newest commercial orbital launch site.

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Utah School Draws Ire For Taking Kids' Lunches; Debt Cited

Jan. 30, 2014
Bill Chappell / NPR

Two state senators are paying a visit to an elementary school in Salt Lake City on Thursday, after reports emerged that the school had served meals to dozens of students -- only to throw them away after a cashier confirmed their accounts had an outstanding balance.

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LIVE AT THE BELLY UP: Stranger/ Paul Cannon Band

Jan. 30, 2014
By Jennifer Robinson

This episode features performances by Stranger and the Paul Cannon Band. San Diego has long been known as a hotbed of great musical talent, and home to one of the best music venues on the West Coast. Since 1974, the Belly Up has been featuring great local bands from the Cedros Design District.

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Astronaut John Glenn To Attend Christening Of Namesake Ship In San Diego (Video)

Jan. 30, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy will christen the future USNS John Glenn on Saturday morning in San Diego. Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, will be in attendance, as will his daughter Lyn, the ship's sponsor.

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TSA Rejects Arming Officers After LAX Shooting

Jan. 30, 2014
Associated Press

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says his agency has officially rejected arming officers in response to a November attack at Los Angeles International Airport.

San Diego Vows Human-Trafficking Crackdown

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

San Diego officials gathered Thursday to draw attention to a statewide campaign against the growing problem of human trafficking, a highly profitable underworld that enslaves its victims in prostitution and hard labor.

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San Francisco: Rescuers Didn't Kill Asiana Victim

Jan. 30, 2014
Associated Press

The coroner who concluded a girl died after she was twice run over by rescue trucks racing toward a burning plane disputes a different conclusion from city officials who say she was already dead from the impact of falling out of the crashing jet.

Brown Tells Californians To Conserve Amid Drought

Jan. 30, 2014
Associated Press

The California governor's pragmatic plea came as wet weather finally moved through northern portions of the state, which has been in an extraordinary dry period during what is normally the time for rain and snow.

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US Prosecutors Seek Execution Of Boston Marathon Suspect

Jan. 30, 2014
Associated Press

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen.

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Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Need A New Name?

Jan. 30, 2014
Miriam E. Tucker / NPR

If the prestigious Institute of Medicine pays attention to your disease, that's usually considered a good thing. But some patients with chronic fatigue syndrome fear that the review of the condition by the institute, an independent organization that advises the government on health issues, might perpetuate the widespread belief that their condition is purely psychological.

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Two Years After San Onofre Shutdown Questions Remain

Jan. 30, 2014
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

A leak led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear power plant, but many questions remain. Who will pay for the enormous costs of the shutdown? And what does the trouble at San Onofre say about the safety of nuclear power?

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Leading San Diego Housing Advocate Joins Gov. Brown's Administration

Jan. 30, 2014
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Susan Riggs will step down in March as executive director of San Diego's Housing Federation for a post as deputy secretary for California's housing agency.

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San Diego Profits From Super Bowl

Jan. 30, 2014
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

While the Super Bowl is a win-win for the host-city economically, many San Diego businesses are seeing financial gains from the game. KPBS Midday takes a look.

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Frozen Corpses Of WWI Soldiers Discovered As Glaciers Melt (Video)

Jan. 30, 2014
By Beth Ford Roth

As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I, melting glaciers in Italy are revealing the frozen corpses of the men who fought - and died - in the so-called "Great War."

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Pet Food Tax Might Put More Tijuana Dogs In Jeopardy

Jan. 30, 2014
Helen Hawes

A new 16 percent "luxury tax" on Mexican pet food is an economic factor that could mean many more abandoned dogs on the streets of Tijuana.

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This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

Jan. 30, 2014
Mark Memmott / NPR

A photo posted by our friends at Michigan's Interlochen Public Radio is so cool we just had to know more about it and about what's going on with the Great Lakes during this extra-frigid winter.

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

Jan. 30, 2014
Liz Halloran / NPR

Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Calif.), a key architect of the Affordable Care Act and for four decades a ferocious liberal voice on matters of health and the environment, revealed Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

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New York Looks To Bring Bitcoin Out Of The Shadows

Jan. 30, 2014
Ilya Marritz / NPR

New York could soon become the first state in the nation to write comprehensive regulations for the largely lawless world of virtual currencies.

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Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens To 92 Nuclear Officers

Jan. 30, 2014
Mark Memmott / NPR

Nearly 20 percent of the officers in the U.S. Air Force's nuclear weapons corps have now been implicated in a proficiency test cheating scandal, the secretary of the Air Force said Thursday.

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Bill Would Establish Strict Rules For Drone Use In California

Jan. 30, 2014
Marianne Russ / Capital Public Radio

The California Assembly has approved legislation that would restrict the way government agencies can use drones.

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Statewide Poll Shows Californians Approve of Governor Brown's Performance

Jan. 30, 2014
Capital Public Radio

A new Public Policy Institute of California survey shows the majority of Californians approve of the job Gov. Jerry Brown is doing. The state Legislature also gets good marks.

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San Diego Airport Figures Show Passengers Putting Recession Behind Them

Jan. 30, 2014
By City News Service

The number of passengers at Lindbergh Field last year neared pre-recession levels, and the amount of international travelers set a record for the second year in a row.

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Reforms To Prevent Racial Profiling By Arizona Sheriff's Office Come With A Price

Jan. 30, 2014
By Jude Joffe-Block

Court-ordered changes seek to remake the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, but the price tag will be tens of millions of dollars.

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Sick Ship Sets Dubious Record For Royal Caribbean

Jan. 30, 2014
Scott Neuman / NPR

It was a record-setting voyage, but not one that Royal Caribbean's public relations team is likely to be bragging about: The cruise line's MS Explorer of the Seas now has the distinction of more sick passengers (630) and crew (54) than any cruise ship since the CDC starting keep stats 20 years ago.

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Mountain Community In San Diego Finds Abundance Of Water Underground

Jan. 30, 2014
By Susan Murphy

As some cities and counties across drought-stricken California scramble to find other water sources, a mountain community in San Diego County is relishing in an abundant supply.

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Lansdowne Proposes Body Cameras To Help Combat Racial Profiling

Jan. 30, 2014
By Megan Burks

San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne heard from community members who said they've been racially profiled and proposed sweeping changes to address their concerns.

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Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

Jan. 30, 2014
Mark Memmott / NPR

The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.2 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

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Meet The Cronut's Humble Offspring: The Doughscuit!

Jan. 30, 2014
Ian Chillag / NPR

I first met the doughscuit at last weekend's Donut Fest in Chicago, where 15 doughnut-makers get together to try to kill you, for charity. They serve 1/4 portions of doughnuts, but still, after a few tables you feel yourself slowing down and thinking there's no way you'll make it through.

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Two Days Later, Atlantans Can Retrieve Cars Abandoned In Storm

Jan. 30, 2014
Mark Memmott / NPR

There's still ice on the roads and the temperature's not going to climb much above freezing today, but authorities in Atlanta want to start reuniting drivers with the hundreds of vehicles that were abandoned on highways during the winter storm that blew through Tuesday.

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Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker At The Margins

Jan. 30, 2014
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger

Last week author Noah Isenberg and Arianne Ulmer Cipes came to D.G. Wills Books in La Jolla to talk about iconoclastic director Edgar G. Ulmer. Guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez took the opportunity to interview them about an underappreciated filmmaker.

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High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy

Jan. 30, 2014
Ted Robbins / NPR

Freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon recently finished second at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec, and that helped him qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. But when he's not doing triple-twisting double backflips, he's taking Advanced Placement classes at Team Academy in Park City, Utah.

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Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Jan. 30, 2014
Jeff Brady / NPR

A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.