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Stories for March 30, 2010

Economists Give Health Care Reform Mixed Reviews

March 30
By Tom Fudge

The effect of health care reform on our economy was the subject of a panel discussion today at the University of San Diego.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Eyes On The Prize: Awakenings/ Fighting Back

March 30
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"Eyes on the Prize" is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. The series begins with episodes: "Awakenings - 1954-1956," and "Fighting Back - 1957-1962."

Falling Home Values Take A Toll On Property Tax Revenues

March 30
By Alison St John
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Property taxes are due next month. San Diego County’s Tax Collector says falling property values will show up in this year’s property tax totals for the first time.

American Masters: I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

March 30
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Noted architect I.M. Pei, who left his native China in the 1930s, was invited to design a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou, where he grew up. This film follows his seven-and-a-half-year personal and architectural journey from west to east, a literal coming home — a realization of Pei’s lifelong dream, but also his biggest challenge and a work that he defines as “my biography.” The program includes commentary from local residents, design specialists, Suzhou officials and a stellar array of architects, designers and scholars commenting on Pei’s life and work.

Cutting Crime At San Diego County Apartment Complexes

March 30
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego County officials say a public safety task force is helping to reduce crime on rental properties in the east county.

Tavis Smiley Reports: Mlk: A Call To Conscience

March 30
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The second of Tavis Smiley's special reports delves into one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” which Dr. King delivered on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City. The speech, delivered exactly one year before the date of his assassination, is considered pivotal but often under-appreciated. King challenged the morality of the Vietnam conflict and urged a national discussion about the role of America in the world.

Home Prices Rise in San Diego

March 30
By City News Service

San Diego and Los Angeles were the only large metropolitan areas to show an increase in housing prices in January 2010 over December 2009, and among the few to post significant gains over the previous year, according to a Standard & Poor's report released today.

Indie Rock's Mystery Theater

March 30
By Meredith Hattam
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Christina Aguilera gone experimental, or an underground Swede? Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explores a mysterious viral marketing campaign that's challenging the web's detective skills.

How Long Will It Take To Bring High Speed Rail to California?

March 30
These Days
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California will receive $2.25 billion, the largest amount for any state, in federal economic stimulus funds to develop a high-speed rail line. The trip time of the route between Anaheim and San Francisco, which is predicted to cost about $42 billion, is 2 hours, 40 minutes. Trains are expected to travel 220 MPH. We discuss what it will take to bring a high-speed rail to California.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Policy Differences In San Diego

March 30
These Days

How do Republican gubernatorial candidates Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman plan to add jobs and stimulate San Diego's economy? We speak to reporter Alison St. John about each candidate's policy goals for our region.

Nervous Commuters Return To Moscow's Subway

March 30
Peter Van Dyk, NPR
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Russians nervously returned to the streets of Moscow for their morning commute Tuesday, a day after suicide bombs ripped through two subway stations in the capital, killing at least 39 people and wounding dozens more.

Chelsea's Law Forum To Be Held Tonight

March 30
By City News Service
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The parents of slain Poway High School senior Chelsea King and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher plan to host a two-hour community forum today as part of their campaign for stricter sex offender legislation.

S.D. School Board Discusses Changing Pregnancy Policy

March 30
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board will consider changing a district policy that notifies parents if their teenager is pregnant or wants an abortion. San Diego Unified's current policy requires school workers to tell a principal or parent if a student is pregnant or is considering an abortion.

School Trustee Pitches Idea To Make a Shortened School Longer

March 30
By Ana Tintocalis

A San Diego school board member wants to make a shortened school year longer by doing away with staff development time for teachers. John deBeck will pitch the idea at the board meeting on Tuesday.