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Stories for March 24, 2010

San Diego Unified To Push For A Parcel Tax

March 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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In his State of the District address, San Diego Unified School Board President Richard Barrera said the district must secure a parcel tax in November to offset deep budget cuts to education.

School Board President Says Budget, Reform Challenges Are Ahead

March 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified's School Board President Richard Barrera said the district is choosing to go down its own path for academic reform during his State of the District Address on Wednesday.

Roberts Votes To Scuttle Merriam Mountain Project

March 24
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts cast the deciding vote Wednesday to reject a major housing development in the North County. The Merriam Mountain master planned project would have built 2,700 homes and commercial development on Interstate 15 ten miles north of Escondido.

San Diego Council Committee Votes To Legalize Marijuana Dispensaries

March 24
By Tom Fudge
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Medical marijuana dispensaries could be operating legally in San Diego within a few months, now that a San Diego city council committee has passed a draft ordinance to regulate them.

NATURE: Clever Monkeys

March 24
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Love, language, guilt, envy, generosity, secrets, lies and sophisticated society are not unique to humans. We share those complex traits with our relatives -- the monkeys. Following along as the babies of two different species are reared, viewers learn how and what monkeys teach their young. Monkeys around the world rely on that knowledge to adapt to the remarkable variety of environments they now call home. Who are the cleverest monkeys? And how much of human experience do they really share?

Del Mar 8th Grader Wins San Diego County Spelling Bee

March 24
By Susan Murphy
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Alex Kahng, 14, of Del Mar spelled his way to victory Wednesday in the San Diego County Spelling Bee Championship. The Earl Warren Middle School eighth-grader clinched the win with a word he instantly recognized.

World Trade Center Wants To Make Business Trips To San Diego Run More Smoothly

March 24
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s business community wants to make visiting the city a better experience for foreign business travelers. There is now an organization to coordinate these visits.

UC Officials Condemn Racial Incidents On Campus

March 24
Associated Press
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University of California officials say they are taking action to address recent incidents of racism and intolerance on campus.

Attorneys Meet In San Diego To Sharpen Tools To Sue Toyota

March 24
Curt Anderson, AP
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More than 150 attorneys are meeting in San Diego to sharpen their legal tools on the eve of a major federal court hearing on whether dozens of Toyota acceleration cases will be consolidated before a single judge.

Political Analysis: Women Candidates

March 24
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Gloria Penner
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Despite some very high-profile women candidates in California races this year, political analysts say the number of women running for office is actually in decline. We'll find out what's stopping women from seeking elective office and how many San Diego women are throwing their hats into the ring.

The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers

March 24
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Bumper stickers are not a substitute for philosophy, but they can be a good place to start. We'll hear from the author of the new book IF YOU CAN READ THIS about the rational underpinnings of such pithy bumper proclamations as My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma and Kill Your Television.

Aztec Women's Basketball Advances To The Sweet 16

March 24
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The San Diego State women's basketball team bested No. 3 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers last night 64 to 55. The Aztecs will be the first team in the university's history to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in the 64-team era according to coach Beth Burns. They'll challenge Duke University in Memphis on Saturday.

San Diego Girls "Just Yell Fire" To Protect Themselves From Predators

March 24
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel
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The murders of San Diego County teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois have ignited concerns over child safety. A training session this week in San Diego will teach young girls how to protect themselves against predators. Joining us on Morning Edition is the 18-year-old founder of a non-profit group called Just Yell Fire.

Bumper Stickers Wax Philosophical in New Book

March 24
By Meredith Hattam
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It's hard to believe that some bumper stickers carry moral caché, but author and philosopher Jack Bowen explores that idea in his new book, "If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers." Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explains, and also asks KPBS staffers about their moments of sticker shock. Readers, what are your favorite or most reviled bumper stickers?

Affects Of Health Reform Bill On Businesses?

March 24
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How will local businesses be affected by the health care reform legislation? We speak to representatives from the small business community, and the head of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss what impact the legislation will have on local businesses.

Republicans On Health Care Fight: 'It's Not Over'

March 24
Don Gonyea, NPR
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Over the past six months, Republicans used the White House push for a health care overhaul as a way to build grass-roots energy and rebuild enthusiasm among activists demoralized by the Democratic sweep back in 2008.

Helping Kids With Parents In Prison

March 24
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YFRIENDz is a YMCA group of 125 San Diego-area kids with parents in prison and the adults who mentor them. The group facilitates visits between the incarcerated parents and their children, and the mentors work to keep the kids themselves out of prison and be positive influences in their lives.