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Stories for March 2, 2010

KKK-Style Hood Doesn't Distract Black Students' Resolve

March 2
By Ana Tintocalis

Federal law enforcement agencies are now investigating a series of racially-charged incidents at UC San Diego. The most recent involves the discovery of a Ku Klux Klan-like hood on campus.

Investigators Find A Body They Think Is Chelsea King

March 2
By Tom Fudge

Investigators today found what they believe to be the body of Poway teenager Chelsea King near the south end of Lake Hodges.

New Website For San Onofre Nuclear Plant

March 2
By Ed Joyce
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The San Onofre nuclear power plant has created a special Web site to provide updates on safety and other issues. The site is a response to concerns from nearby residents in San Diego and Orange Counties.

County Changes Curfew Laws Again

March 2
By Alison St John

Teenagers under 18 who want to party late on weekends will no longer be able to head for unincorporated areas to avoid 10 p.m. curfew laws.

S.D. Teachers Take Furloughs In Exchange for Significant Concessions

March 2
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously voted to approve a new labor contract with teachers today. The deal includes five furlough days next year, but protects support staff and maintains class sizes.

Authorities Believe Body Found Is Missing Poway Teen

March 2
KPBS Staff, Associated Press
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A body found in a shallow grave Tuesday is believed to be that of 17-year-old Chelsea King, whose disappearance led to the arrest of a registered sex offender, authorities said.

Is Nothing Sacred? 90's Tween Lit Gets a Facelift

March 2
By Meredith Hattam
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Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explores the new look of pop-culture classics like The Baby-sitter's Club, Goosebumps, and Sweet Valley High with both excitement and dread.

Ku Klux Klan-like Hood Found At UCSD

March 2
By Ana Tintocalis

A Ku Klux Klan-like hood was found on the statue of Theodore Geisel at UC San Diego's library yesterday. This is another racially charged incident that has surfaced at UCSD since the so-called Compton Cookout party a few weeks ago.

OK Go's New Rube Goldberg Video

March 2
By Angela Carone
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Pop band OK Go makes another clever music video, this time for the song "This Too Shall Pass" from the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky." Shot in a warehouse in L.A.'s Echo Park, the band dances with a massive Rube Goldberg machine, and it's all shot on one long 4-minute take.

New Orleans Funk Band Galactic At Belly Up

March 2
These Days
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The five-piece New Orleans funk bank Galactic has a new CD called "Ya-ka-may" that captures the music of New Orleans. They collaborated with legendary Crescent City musicians like Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, as well as new ones, like Bounce artists Big Freedia and Cheeky Black. We'll talk about the new album with members of the band Galactic.

Sexual Assault Awareness

March 2
These Days

How can society do a better job protecting women from sexual violence? We talk to violence prevention educators about basic risk reduction techniques, and why the role of the bystander is so important in preventing rape.

Democrat Brown Expected To Enter Calif. Governor's Race

March 2
Juliet Williams, AP
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After months of waiting for a candidate of their own, California Democrats were anticipating an announcement Tuesday from state Attorney General Jerry Brown, who is expected to enter the race for governor.

California Assembly Speaker Promises A Year Of Reform

March 2
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The California Assembly has a new speaker and he vows this will be the year of reform. We're joined by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Mysteries Of Stem Cells Explained

March 2
These Days

Where do stem cells come from? And, what can they be used for? We speak to the co-author of the new book, Stem Cells For Dummies.

UCSD Student Apologizes For Hanging Noose In Library

March 2
City News Service
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A student who says she hung a noose in the library at UC San Diego has apologized in a letter published in the UCSD Guardian, a student-run newspaper.

Legal Update: Campaign Finance

March 2
These Days

Two San Diego stories top this Legal Update. A judge has ruled on the city of San Diego's strict campaign finance rules. And the San Diego City Council has tweaked the teen curfew ordinance to make it comply with a recent ruling. And then we'll hear about the arguments made before the US Supreme Court regarding a federal law that pits first amendment rights against the war on terrorism.

Police Say Suspect In Chelsea King Case Linked To Another Attack At Same Park

March 2
City News Service

A registered sex offender jailed on suspicion of rape and murder in connection with the disappearance of Poway High senior Chelsea King has been linked to an attack on a jogger in the same northern San Diego park where Chelsea's car was found, a police captain said in remarks reported today.

Health Court Sentences The Mentally Ill To Treatment

March 2
By Tom Fudge

Lots of mentally ill people end up on the streets of San Diego. And many of them eventually end up in jail. The cycle of arrest, incarceration and release is something that advocates for the mentally ill want to stop. And now, San Diego Superior Court has begun a project aimed at diverting people from jail to treatment. It's called behavioral health court.

Medicare Cuts Pinch Some San Diego County Doctors

March 2
By Amy Isackson

The San Diego County Medical Society says at least six doctors in San Diego County stopped taking new medicare patients Monday. That's s because Medicare rates were cut 21-percent.

County Pay Increase Will Not Affect Managers

March 2
By Alison St John

San Diego County officials say a vote today to increase unclassified employee salaries by 2 percent will not give managers and executives a pay raise.