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Stories for March 11, 2010

San Diego Unified Begins Search For New School Superintendent

March 11
By Ana Tintocalis
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The search for a permanent superintendent in the San Diego Unified School District is officially underway. Trustees are charting a new course in picking a new leader.

Rick Steves' Mediterranean Mosaic

March 11
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In his exciting new two-hour adventure, Rick Steves takes his public television travelers on a vivid high-definition trip across the Mediterranean, with colorful stops in Istanbul, Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula, and — in an exciting new episode rushed to completion just for this special — Croatia's Dalmatian Coast.

Mexican Drug Cartels Infiltrating U.S. Border, Immigration and Transportation Agencies

March 11
By Amy Isackson
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US Customs and Border Protection officials say Mexican drug cartels are infiltrating federal law enforcement agencies. But, officials say they don't have the resources to weed out all of the corrupt officers.

Girls' Deaths Reignite Calls For More Predator Laws

March 11
By Amita Sharma
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It's been a horrifying couple of weeks for parents of teenagers in San Diego. First, 17-year-old Chelsea King goes missing, and turns up raped and murdered. A few days later, another teenage girl who'd been missing for over a year turns up dead.

Sacramento Is First To Have Stem Cell Research Center

March 11
By Tom Fudge

San Diego's stem cell research center is due to break ground next week. But a similar stem cell center already opened for business this week in Sacramento.

Assembly Bill Would Slash Coverage Mandates For Health Insurers

March 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Health insurers have been demonized for raising premiums and for opposing health care reform. But one California lawmaker wants to give insurance companies a big break.

Chelsea King Murder Suspect Broke Parole

March 11
Associated Press

Records obtained by The Associated Press show a convicted sex offender charged with killing 17-year-old Chelsea King could have been sent back to prison for violating his parole.

Parking At Lindbergh Field Is Going To Get More Difficult

March 11
By Katie Orr
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It's going to be more difficult for travelers flying out of Lindbergh Field to park at the airport. Construction at Terminal 2 will mean the loss of hundreds of parking spaces.

Schools Across U.S. Grapple With Closures

March 11
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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All over the country, many school districts are facing declines in both revenue and enrollment. As a result, the number of districts considering school closures this year has doubled — and is expected to double again next year.

Court Upholds 'Under God' In Pledge Of Allegiance

March 11
Associated Press

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional.

FPCC Reveals California's Big Political Spenders

March 11
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

The state’s political watchdog has released a new list of the 15 interest groups who’ve spent the most on elections and lobbying over the past decade. The grand total is more than one billion dollars, and it begs the question: What are these groups getting for their money?

Huge Aftershock Hits Chile On Inauguration Day

March 11
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A series of strong aftershocks from last month's devastating quake rocked Chile on Thursday as a new president was sworn into office and immediately urged coastal residents to move to higher ground in case of a tsunami.

Culture Lust Weekend: Voices in Wonderland, Severe Clear, and the 83rd Annual Rummage Sale

March 11
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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With more films than ever before, the Latino Film Festival is tops on our list for this weekend, but there's also treasure hunter's holy grail in Balboa Park. Whatever you're looking for, we've got ideas for you this Culture Lust weekend.

SDFD Brownouts May Increase Response Times

March 11
These Days
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To save money, the San Diego Fire Department has instituted "rolling brownouts" wherein up to eight fire engines are idled each day and their crews re-assigned. What will this mean for response times, especially north of Interstate 8, where fire stations are already scarce?

Are Tea Partiers Hate Groups?

March 11
These Days

The murder-suicide of Andrew Joseph Stack, who flew a plane into IRS offices in Austin, Texas in February, drew praise from some in the Tea Party Movement, those who would have been considered fringe nutcases a year ago. Even some elected officials have seemed to endorse his action. Who are the Tea Partiers really? What do they believe, why does the movement attract the far-right fringe, and what do they really want from government?

'Boeing, Boeing,' Moonlight Productions, The Wellington And St. Patrick's Day

March 11
These Days

For your weekend: a handful of comedies on San Diego stages, two new restaurants, and St. Patrick Day celebrations that start early. We'll learn more from our trusted scouts, Erin Chambers Smith and Jim Hebert.

'Don't Let Me Drown' At Latino Film Festival

March 11
These Days
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Director Cruz Angeles and actress Yareli Arizmendi join us to talk about their film "Don't Let Me Drown," which is screening at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival. It's about a clandestine love between two teenagers and is being touted as one of the best film portraits of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11.

SDLFF and The Red Riding Trilogy

March 11
By Beth Accomando
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If "Alice" in 3D isn’t enough of a film event to get you out of your home theater then there are a pair of film events you might want to check out. First there’s the San Diego Latino Film Festival (kicking off tonight and running through March 21 at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center) and then there’s "The Red Riding Trilogy” (opening for one week only at Landmark's Ken Cinema).