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Stories for March 10, 2011

Hundreds Dead As Quake, Tsunami Hit Japan

March 10
NPR Staff and Wires
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A massive tsunami triggered by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded smashed into Japan Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes.

Local Muslim Group Decries Lawmaker's Remarks

March 10
By Amita Sharma
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A local leader of that group says the allegation proves the hearing was a witch-hunt.

San Diego School Board May Warn 900 Teachers Of Layoffs

March 10
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s largest school district is bracing for drastic budget cuts. Board members are set to vote tonight on whether to send layoff warnings to more than 1,500 personnel, 900 of them teachers.

FDA Approves New Lupus Drug

March 10
By Peggy Pico

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first new drug in 56 years to treat lupus.

UCSD To Host Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

March 10
City News Service

Actor-activist Sean Penn and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom are among those set to take part in the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting next month at UC San Diego, former President Bill Clinton announced today.

State Report Card Mixed Bag For HMOs

March 10
By Kenny Goldberg

California consumers gave most HMOs poor grades on getting timely care. That's a key finding in the California Office of the Patient Advocate 10th annual report card on health plans.

City Council To Consider Distribution Of Federal Funds

March 10
City News Service

City Council members referred a package of federal-funds allocations to community organizations to the full council for approval.

Afghan Civilian Deaths On The Rise Due to Insurgent Attacks

March 10
By Beth Ford Roth

Science magazine has compiled data made available for the first time on Afghan civilian deaths. The magazine’s research shows the number of Afghan civilians killed during the last two years is on the rise.

Budget Negotiations To Continue Through Weekend

March 10
California Capitol Network

It looks like negotiations that could lead to a state budget deal will continue over the weekend – and a vote could come very early next week.

Researchers Consider New Ways To Delay Prostate Cancer

March 10
City News Service

Researchers are gearing up for a study on whether dietary changes, exercise and telephone counseling can stop or delay the progression of prostate cancer, the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center announced today.

DA Dumanis To Run For Mayor

March 10
By Sarah Kovash
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This morning, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced she will run for mayor in the next election.

Woman Has Surgery On Leg Crushed By Taxi

March 10
City News Service

A woman whose leg was crushed when a taxi rolled into a crowd outside a San Diego nightclub has undergone reconstructive surgery.

Brown Delays Budget Deadline

March 10
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Thursday was Gov. Jerry Brown’s self-imposed deadline for a budget deal. But the Governor has now asked lawmakers to delay votes on a spending plan.

Insight: NPR Tries To Shuck Off 'Schillergate'

March 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The scandal over Juan Williams' firing made NPR look bad. But the careless comments of Ron Schiller have made it look much worse.

2010 Census Changes The Meaning Of Minority In SD County

March 10
These Days
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The 2010 Census reveals a more ethnically diverse county than ever before. We've started to pour through the numbers and we'll have an early look at what they mean.

When Will Local Real Estate Market Rebound?

March 10
These Days
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What are the latest trends in the local commercial and residential real estate markets? Why are some areas of the market improving, while others are still struggling? Local real estate experts discuss what changes we've seen in 2011, and offer their predictions for what could happen in the spring and summer months.

Rising Gas Prices Spur Calls For U.S. Oil Production

March 10
Scott Horsley, NPR
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But the White House notes domestic production last year rose to its highest level since 2003.

Neil Good Day Center May Get Reprieve, Other Progams May Not

March 10
By Katie Orr

Hundreds of people turned up at San Diego City Hall Thursday pleading on behalf of various social service programs. But there's just not enough money to go around.

Local Muslims Call Hearing On Homegrown Terrorism Troubling

March 10
By Amita Sharma
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Republican Congressman Peter King’s hearing today on homegrown terrorism has outraged some local American Muslims and raised questions about whether the event undercuts counterterrorism efforts.

A Film Lovers To Do List For SD Latino Film Festival

March 10
These Days
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The San Diego Latino Film Festival is screening 185 films this year and close to 140 actors and directors will be in town. How does one even begin to decide what to see and do? Our KPBS film critic has some strategy tips and recommendations for you.

A Musical Deal With The Devil

March 10
These Days
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Stravinsky created "A Soldier's Tale" as a road show, with a pared down ensemble that included actors and dancers. UCSD's Camera Lucida will keep their version on the stage. We'll talk with the musicians and performers behind this musical tale of a deal with the devil.

Events: Pamela Z, TNT, And Marshall Crenshaw

March 10
These Days

Musical performances by Pamela Z and Marshall Crenshaw top our weekend to-do list, along with TNT and a family friendly St. Patrick's Day parade.

Local Event: San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 10
By Beth Accomando
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Filmgoers have two film events to choose from this weekend as IndieFest and the San Diego Latino Film Festival both open. IndieFest is a relative newcomer but the San Diego Latino Film Festival is now in its 18th year. Listen to my radio feature.