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Stories for March 16, 2010

San Diego Unified Reshuffles Prop. S Projects

March 16
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School District's $2 billion fix-it list for campuses is now favoring a district-wide technology plan and a downtown high school. That means other projects will be delayed.

Women's Long Board Championships Won't Be At Swami's

March 16
By Alison St John

International surfing champion Linda Benson has decided not to proceed with plans to organize the 2010 Women’s Long Board Championships at Swami’s in Encinitas.

The Best Of Daniel O'Donnell On Film

March 16
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This musical retrospective showcases two decades of Daniel O’Donnell’s career highlights, including many videos never before televised. The special captures the artistic growth and succession of musical genres that the Irish singing sensation has mastered. From Irish medleys to romantic ballads like "Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love" to inspirational blockbusters like "You Raise Me Up," Daniel O'Donnell has performed countless types of music.

Hundreds March For Health Care Reform In Downtown S.D.

March 16
By Kenny Goldberg
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Hundreds of people marched in downtown San Diego today to urge Congress to pass health care reform.

A Trip Through ChatRoulette's Spin City

March 16
By Meredith Hattam
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Blogosphere fad or future of the internet? We don't know, but it's really, really addictive (and kind of creepy). Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam takes a whirl on ChatRoulette.

SDSU Urges Students To Delay Travel To Parts of Mexico

March 16
By Amy Isackson

San Diego State University officials say the U.S. State Department's recent travel warning for Mexico will not effect the school's academic programs in Tijuana and Mexico.

Aztec Men's Basketball Team Gets Big Sendoff

March 16
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego State University students and fans gave the Aztec men's basketball team a sendoff this morning, as the team left to play in the NCAA tournament.

Pressure Rises For More U.S. Aid In Mexico's Drug War

March 16
Jamie Tarabay, NPR
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Thousands of Mexican troops and hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid have failed to stem the drug wars plaguing Mexico's northern border region. Now, the killing of Americans last weekend in Ciudad Juarez is likely to escalate the conflict and Washington's already substantial involvement in the fight, analysts say.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In First Debate

March 16
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The California Republican gubernatorial candidates squared off for their first debate in Costa Mesa last night. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

S.D. Home Sales Down, But Prices Up 13% Compared To February 2009

March 16
City News Service

Home sales in San Diego County were down slightly in February, compared with the same month in 2009, but home prices increased 13 percent during the same period, a real estate information service reported today.

The Story Of Bill Lerach's Fighting For Consumers

March 16
These Days
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Bill Lerach, a San Diego-based class-action attorney, was once known as "the knee-capper of corporate America." After winning $45 billion in fraud judgements against corporations like Enron, Citibank and Drexel-Burnham, in 2007, Lerach pleaded guilty to one federal conspiracy charge of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to two years in prison and lost his license to practice law. He is the subject of the new book "Circle of Greed."

San Diego Hit With More Budget Problems

March 16
These Days

The city of San Diego faces another budget shortfall of $25 million.

Hopes Dashed With 'The Princess And The Frog'

March 16
Aaryn Belfer
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Culture Lust contributor Aaryn Belfer has a daughter who loves princesses. She thought the new animated "The Princess and the Frog" would round out her daughter's princess obsession because it has an African-American heroine. The movie just arrived on DVD and Aaryn tells readers how Disney squanders the opportunity to break new ground in the princess genre.

Coaster Riders Delayed Following Non-Injury Freight Train Derailment

March 16
City News Service

Some Coaster riders experienced delays this morning because of a non-injury freight train derailment in the Sorrento Valley area, authorities said.

Moderate Earthquake Shakes Los Angeles

March 16
City News Service

A moderate earthquake felt over a vast stretch of Southern California rattled the Greater Los Angeles area today and may have caused damage to a previously weakened section of the Santa Ana Freeway in Downey.

Missing 19-Year-Old Woman Found Unharmed

March 16
City News Service

A missing 19-year-old woman Jamul woman was found unharmed today by El Cajon police today, authorities said.

Reforestation In Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

March 16
By Ed Joyce

Reforest California will have planted 78,000 trees in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park by the end of this week. It's part of statewide effort to plant one million trees in Southern California state parks.

San Diego Searches For Ways To Deal With Hoarders

March 16
By Tom Fudge
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Society is fascinated with people who acquire huge amounts of junk they can't throw away. But finding a way to deal with hoarders is not entertaining. Hoarding can cause neighborhood nuisances and public safety problems. That's why people have come together in San Diego County to try to create a consistent and effective community response to hoarding.