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Stories for March 1, 2010

Poway Girl's Disappearance Keeps Public Safety On People's Minds

March 1
By Amita Sharma
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The disappearance of 17-year-old Chelsea King last week in the community of Poway has some people asking "is anyone safe anywhere?" There are no easy answers according to one public safety expert.

More Than Half Of Next Year's SDSU Incoming Student Body Is Local

March 1
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego State University officials say more than half of the incoming students for the fall semester will be local students.

Chile Imposes Curfew Amid String Of Aftershocks

March 1
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Police fired tear gas at looters in the central Chilean city of Concepcion as the country's president and the United Nations vowed to speed delivery of food and water in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami that have killed more than 700 people.

Victor Borge: The Funniest Man In The World

March 1
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"Victor Borge: The Funniest Man In The World" is a rare and full portrait of one of the 20th century's best known and loved entertainers, Victor Borge. In the short period of 15 years Borge became an international star and one of the most successful entertainers in America during the 1950s and 1960s.

FRONTLINE: The Suicide Tourist

March 1
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Do we have the right to end our lives if life itself becomes unbearable, or when we enter the late-stages of painful, terminal illness? FRONTLINE and Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Zaritsky offer a revealing look at people facing the most difficult decision of their lives.

Missing Poway Girl's Classmates Try To Keep The Faith

March 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Chelsea King's classmates at Poway High School are keeping their fingers crossed. There are posters with Chelsea King's picture all over Poway. Trees and power poles within a mile of Poway High School are wrapped with blue ribbons.

Parents Recount Ordeal Of Missing Daughter

March 1
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Brent and Kelly King knew something was wrong when they discovered their 17-year-old daughter Chelsea wasn't home. They called her cell phone then her friends. They tried an AT&T Web site and learned her phone had been left inside her 1994 BMW in Rancho Bernardo Community Park, a giant, wooded area on the northern edge of San Diego.

Mexico's New Passport Law Takes Effect

March 1
By Amy Isackson

The new passport law for U.S. citizens who go to Mexico changes little for most people who travel to the border region.

Local Program Brings U.S. Law To Latin America

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Proyecto ACCESO is a unique education program for Latin American legal professionals and citizens. We speak to the director of the program about the motivation behind it, and about the legal changes that are happening in countries throughout Latin America.

Science In The Information Age

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, we'll look at how the Internet has changed access to scientific studies and how the public can benefit and be harmed by it.

Parkour! Juggling! Swords! Just An Average Monday

March 1
By Angela Carone
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Aung Zaw Oo is a game animator by day, parkour master and YouTube celeb by night. Check out his latest video of daring physical feats...and some juggling.

High Surf Advisory Continues

March 1
Associated Press
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The National Weather Service said a high surf advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. today. The surf and swell has decreased slightly this morning. Waves of five to six feet with sets up to nine feet are expected to continue through early this afternoon.

Safe House For Sex Trafficking Victims Opens In San Diego

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Susan Murphy

Prostitution is sometimes called a victimless crime. But the people who work with young women and men who've been sexually exploited have a very different story to tell. Law enforcement has identified San Diego as an international gateway city for sex trafficking and one of the 13 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of child prostitution.

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March 1
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Dumanis Explains Courtroom Challenges

March 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has been in the news recently because of her office's "blanket challenge" or "boycott" of Judge John Einhorn; a more recent challenge to Judge Harry Elias; and a threatened challenge to Judge Sara Parsky.

Chargers Face New Backfield Look

March 1
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Chargers released runningback LaDainian Tomlinson last week, but another big name in the backfield may not return either. North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris tells us who may step up for the Chargers.

Some Scientists Defend Tsunami Warnings

March 1
Associated Press
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The warning was ominous, its predictions dire: Oceanographers issued a bulletin telling Hawaii and other Pacific islands that a killer wave was heading their way with terrifying force and that "urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property."

County To Approve Pay Raises

March 1
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors will vote tomorrow on a 2 percent pay raise for 1,800 County managers and the staff of elected officials.

Fire Dept. Brownouts Not Causing Serious Delays In Call Response Time

March 1
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s fire department will host several training events this week as part of a fire department convention that’s in town. The gathering of firefighters comes when San Diego’s department is three weeks into a money saving plan that idles some engines.