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Dead Man Elected to Office in California

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    A Chula Vista woman was able to change her flight last minute so she could be by her dying mother’s side; getting the airline to refund her for the difference in price proved to be harder to land. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    An Oceanside man who died of natural causes in September was elected to office in the coastal San Diego County city more than a month later, officials confirmed Wednesday.

    Gary Ernst was elected to Oceanside City Treasurer by a six percent margin over challenger Nadine Scott. The election results are expected to be certified on December 7th by the city council.

    Ernst died Sept. 23 which did not allow enough time to remove his name from the ballot.

    With all precincts reporting, Ernst earned 17,659 votes.

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    President-elect Trump gets his first inside look at his new home and workspace on Thursday. He's headed to the White House for a briefing from President Obama as the transition begins. "It is time for us to come together as one united people," said Donald Trump. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)

    City councilmembers can declare the seat vacant since the winner cannot physically take office, according to Oceanside’s City Attorney John Mullen. That will lead to either an appointment or a special election.

    If city leaders choose to appoint someone for two years, the decision must be made within 60 days, Mullen said.

    Scott told NBC 7 that she would like to be appointed to honor the 15,500 voters who cast their ballot for her.

    She said she believes voters were not informed that Ernst was deceased prior to the election because some city leaders wanted to appoint another candidate after the election.

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    Cornell University has developed an innovative way to teach veterinary students to care for animals in emergency situations: a robotic dog named Robo Jerry 2. Cornell is also designing simulator parts to be used in robo-cats and possibly someday robo-horses. "When that real patient comes in that looks similar to that case they managed in simulation, they're much more likely to jump in and then be involved because now they feel confident," said Dr. Daniel Fletcher, who created Robo Jerry 2. He hopes that's a confidence that will carry them into clinic. (Published Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016)