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Stories for March 15, 2010

Baja California Officials Say Travel Warning Unjustified

March 15
By Amy Isackson
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Baja Calfiornia's Secretary of Tourism says it is unfair that the U.S State Department's new travel warning for Mexico includes Baja California. The murders of three people in Ciudad Juarez over the weekend prompted the State Department to upgrade its alert.

San Diego City To Spend $100 Million On Roads And Public Works Repairs

March 15
By Alison St John
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San Diego residents will soon see more sidewalk repairs, new storm drains and other public works projects. The city council has approved a list of upgrades worth more than $100 million.

National Geographic Magazine's Top 10 Photos Of 2009

March 15
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National Geographic Magazine is known for its eye-opening and evocative images. With flair, action and behind-the-scenes footage, this special counts down the “best of the best” from the magazine that has won dozens of national magazine awards for photography. Editor in chief Chris Johns takes a list of hundreds of exceptional photos and whittles it down to just 10. The program tells the stories behind those photographs and includes interviews with the dedicated, adventurous photographers who get the one-in-a-million shot that makes it into the magazine.

Going Wilde: Celebrate A Literary St. Patrick's Day

March 15
By Meredith Hattam
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Ditch downtown's deluge of green beer this Wednesday and head to D.G. Wills in La Jolla, who's celebrating its 31st Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose. Culture Lust Contributor Meredith Hattam chatted with proprietor Dennis Wills about the event, its most memorable guests, and James Joyce's NSFW letters of longing.

Layoff Notices To Teachers, Workers Mailed This Week

March 15
By Ana Tintocalis
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Hundreds of San Diego County teachers and school workers will receive notices this week that their jobs could be in jeopardy. March 15 is the contractual deadline for public school districts to tell their employees they may out of a job by summer.

Toyota Finds Nothing Wrong With San Diego Prius

March 15
By Tom Fudge
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Toyota today cast doubt on last week's story about a Pruis speeding out of control in San Diego county.

Overhaul Bill Leaves Fed With Even More Power

March 15
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Christopher Dodd, the Senate Banking Committee chairman, wanted to strip the Federal Reserve of most of its powers. But his latest proposal gives the Fed more power than it has ever had.

Romeo And Juliet Pine Away On These Days

March 15
These Days
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San Diego Opera's 45th International Season continues with Romeo and Juliet, the third opera of the season which opened on Saturday, March 13, 2010. A masterpiece of grand French opera, Romeo and Juliet has not been seen in San Diego since 1998. Husband and wife duo Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez play the title roles, and join us in studio and for a rare treat - they'll sing!

SDSU Basketball Teams Win Mountain West Conference Tournaments

March 15
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel
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San Diego State basketball teams are headed to the Big Dance. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Famous Faces of the Frontier

March 15
These Days
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In the 80 years between the beginning of the Mexican War and the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924, the American West was changing. Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924, organized by the National Portrait Gallery, chronicles those changes through photographs of the men and women who transformed the region's nature and identity.

San Diego Schools Face More Cuts

March 15
These Days
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San Diego's schools are bracing for more budget cuts. We'll find out just how bad it may get as school districts begin planning for the next academic year.

Pet Food Bank Launches To Help Struggling Pet Owners

March 15
City News Service
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San Diego-based PETCO announced today the launch of a pet food bank program to assist financially strapped pet owners struggling to feed their animals.

Gov't Says It Cannot Explain Runaway Toyota

March 15
Associated Press
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The federal government said Monday it cannot explain a reported incident of sudden, high-speed acceleration in a Toyota Prius on a San Diego freeway and acknowledged it may not be able to solve the mystery of what happened to the hybrid.

More Employers Make Room For Work-Life Balance

March 15
Jennifer Ludden, NPR
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Kristy Stumpf, the HR director for a software firm, works from home two days a week — and greets her daughters at the bus stop after school. It's not just parents pushing for flexible work hours these days; millennials and aging boomers are also helping persuade employers to rethink what it means to be on the clock.

Study: H.S. Water Polo Players Recruited By Coronado SEALs

March 15
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The Coronado-based Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate was reported today to be heavily recruiting high school and college-level water polo players to be Navy SEALs.

Groups Say Calif. Not Spending Enough To Reduce Marine Debris

March 15
By Ed Joyce
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill earlier this month to restore funding for a variety of programs. One of those programs provides grants to local governments for anti-litter programs. But environmental groups say there isn't enough money to keep trash out of the ocean.

A Local Hoarder Tries To Change His Ways

March 15
By Tom Fudge
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Psychologists use the word "hoarder" to describe people who compulsively collect stuff they are unable to throw away. Hoarders become community problems when the piles of junk collect outside their homes, or when their homes become unsanitary and attract vermin. One hoarder, named Jack, lives in Oceanside.

UCSD Researcher Finds Cigarette Ads Targeted Teen Girls

March 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new study from UCSD finds a 2007 marketing campaign for Camel cigarettes was effective in encouraging teenage girls to smoke. The ads apparently violated a tobacco industry agreement that prohibited companies from targeting kids.

Lawmaker Wants Law to Ban Carrying Unloaded Guns Openly in Public

March 15
By Amita Sharma
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A local assemblywoman is looking for support for legislation to stop people from wearing unloaded guns openly in California. The proposed bill will get its first hearing later this month.