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Stories for March 9, 2010

San Diego City Approves $185 Million in Lease Revenue Bonds

March 9
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council has approved a refinancing deal that saves the city money in the short run. But it will cost San Diegans more in the long run.

Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Specical

March 9
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Filmed in October 2009 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, this concert is a celebration of Rounder Records’ 40 years in the music industry and features Grammy® winning Rounder artists Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Irma Thomas along with musical host Minnie Driver and special guests Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas and jazz/R&B pianist Henry Butler. The special also includes select performances from Steve Martin’s show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, from Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s 2008 CMT “Crossroads” special and from Madeleine Peyroux’s 2009 concert in Los Angeles.

Busting The Big Property Tax Myth

March 9
By Joanne Faryon
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KPBS looks at how San Diego property tax dollars are distributed in the county.

Baja California Human Rights Attorneys Pleased With Police Response

March 9
By Amy Isackson
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Human rights attorneys say law enforcement authorities in Tijuana will provide protection for two women who've been threatened for pursuing human rights cases. The attorneys met with law enforcement in Tijuana Tuesday.

André Rieu: Live In New York At Radio City Music Hall

March 9
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André Rieu brings an outstanding group of guest stars and musical themes together for this special, taped in July 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The special features five-year-old violinist Akim Camara, the Harlem Gospel Choir, the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Rieu's vocal choir. Musical selections range from standards to classics to show tunes.

CHP Officer Says Out-Of-Control Prius Did Not Appear To Have Stuck Pedal

March 9
By Tom Fudge
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A California Highway Patrol officer described a harrowing, high-speed ride on Interstate 8 as he tried to help a Prius driver whose car wouldn't stop accelerating.

SeaWorld Goes 'Full Speed Ahead'

March 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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Neither a protest from the animal rights group PETA nor the recent death of trainer of killer whales has hurt business at SeaWorld. A spokesman for San Diego's biggest tourist attraction says attendance has been solid.

Fletcher Wants Evaluation Of Calif. Sex Offender Laws

March 9
By Katie Orr
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A state lawmaker is taking a closer look at California’s sex offender laws after the murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King. San Diego County Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher is also going after the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Wherefore Lowbrow Art: "Curious Reminiscence" to Debut in Escondido This Week

March 9
By Meredith Hattam
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Josh Taylor and Aaron Jasinski have both made a name for themselves in the lowbrow art genre. This week, their exhibit, "Curious Reminiscence" debuts at the Distinction Gallery. Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam takes a look.

Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn Admits He's Gay

March 9
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel
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A Bakersfield lawmaker's DUI arrest is turning into a story about his sexuality. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

How The Community Copes After The Deaths Of Two Girls

March 9
These Days
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We'll explore how the community is coping with the deaths of 14-year-old Amber Dubois and 17-year-old Chelsea King.

Surfing To Heal

March 9
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Service men and women return to San Diego, following tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from both physical and emotional injuries. The Naval Medical Center San Diego has developed an unusual program, a surf clinic, to help injured vets heal. Exercise physiologist Betty Michalewicz, who runs the program, says that surfing has helped program participants with pain management in ways that she can't quite explain.

4.0 Earthquake Reported In Julian

March 9
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A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the Julian area but apparently caused no damage or injuries, authorities said.

Customer Advocates Challenge SDG&E's Proposed Rate Increases

March 9
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego Gas & Electric wants to charge its customers more to pay for higher insurance premiums as a result of the 2007 wildfires. Advocates for customers say the utility hasn't turned over key information to prove its case.

Owner Of Runaway Toyota Prius Was Told Repair Unnecessary

March 9
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The owner of a Toyota Prius that sped out-of-control on Interstate 8 received a recall notice but later was told his car didn't need work, it was reported today.

Sacramento Update: Budget Deficit, Governor's Race

March 9
These Days
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The California Assembly swore in its first gay speaker last week. Jerry Brown has officially announced his intention to run for governor. And, the next budget debate in California could pit education advocates against supporters of social service programs. We speak to John Myers from "The California Report" about the top stories in Sacramento.

New Tactics In California To Reduce Ocean Trash

March 9
By Ed Joyce
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Environmental groups struck out last year with legislative efforts in Sacramento to reduce the sources of ocean garbage. But this year, several groups are adding a new strategy.

Mexican Human Rights Attorneys Say 2 Tijuana Women Need Protection

March 9
By Amy Isackson
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Mexican human rights attorneys plan to ask government officials in Tijuana Tuesday morning to protect two Tijuana women who've come under threat for pursuing human rights cases.

Mourners Remember Amber Dubois At Candlelight Vigil

March 9
By Susan Murphy
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For the second night in less than a week, hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil to grieve the loss of a young San Diego County girl. This time it was for 14-year-old Amber Dubois.