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Stories for March 16, 2011

Video: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's 'Star Wars'

March 16
By Beth Accomando
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In 2009, on the set of the film "Paul," Simon Pegg and Nick Frost set out to make a shot for shot remake of the "Star Wars" Trilogy. Did you think I could pass this up?

Teen Review: 'I Saw the Devil'

March 16
Lidia Marin, Teen Critic
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Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon follows his goofy western homage "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" with the extreme horror film "I Saw the Devil" (opening March 18 at Landmark's Ken Cinema).

San Diegans Prepare For Emergencies Close to Home

March 16
By Kyla Calvert
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Japan’s unfolding crisis has some San Diegans thinking about their own safety. Local emergency-response agencies are seeing a spike in people preparing for disasters closer to home.

Genomatica Turns Sugar And Trash Into Wearable Items

March 16
By Padma Nagappan
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A local biotech firm is working with a major trash company to turn landfill waste into green chemicals used to make everyday items.

A Short Film Of Film Titles

March 16
By Angela Carone
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A fun little video that takes you through the history of film and television title sequences. From "To Kill A Mockingbird" to "Dexter," some of the most clever title sequences are represented. Enjoy!

Blue Shield California Cancels Rate Hikes

March 16
By Peggy Pico
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Drastic rate hikes will not be implemented for 340,000 Blue Shield of California members.

San Diego County Supervisors Disagree About Private Property Rights

March 16
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Supervisors disagree over the effects of their new general plan for future growth in the unincorporated areas. The board is grappling with requests from more than 200 property owners who object to the new zoning.

U.S. Warns Of 'Extremely High' Radiation At Plant

March 16
Richard Knox, NPR
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The chief U.S. nuclear regulator told a congressional subcommittee on Wednesday that a new failure at one of the six reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant may make it impossible to keep the crippled plant from deteriorating further.

Local Company's Drone Helping In Quake Relief

March 16
By KPBS and Andrés Barraza
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Unmanned drones built by San Diego-based Northrop Grumman are being used for relief efforts in Japan.

The Pentagon’s Plan For Nuclear Crisis In Japan – Is There One?

March 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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The United States government and the Japanese government are at odds in their evacuation orders, according to the New York Times. Japan is calling for an evacuation for everyone living within a 12-mile radius of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, while the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a mandatory evacuation order for all U.S. citizens (including the military) within a 50-mile radius of the plant.

Shock Begins To Turn To Anger In Japan

March 16
NPR Staff and Wires
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Millions of people faced another night with little food, water or heat as a blanket of snow in parts of the devastated northeast added to the misery. With aftershocks still rumbling days after the quake and tsunami, Japan struggled to stabilize a damaged nuclear power plant amid criticism of a lack of information and humanitarian aid.

Mexico Says US Drones Allowed Over Its Territory To Spy On Drug Gangs

March 16
Associated Press
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has flown drone aircraft over Mexico to help investigate drug gangs, and the practice has been going on for years.

Feds Deploy More Radiation Monitors In Western US

March 16
Associated Press
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Federal environmental regulators say they are adding more radiation monitors in the western United States and Pacific territories as concerns rise over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan.

CSU Evacuating Its Students From Japan

March 16
Associated Press
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California State University is evacuating its students in Japan following last week's earthquake and tsunami.

NHK NEWSLINE

March 16
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This week's episodes of "BBC World News" will be pre-empted to bring you the latest news from Japan on "NEWSLINE." Produced by NHK, Japan's news leading public broadcaster, "NEWSLINE" features global news and current affairs, business, sports, science and technology trends plus global weather forecasts from over 30 news bureaus throughout the world.

Photos: Making Costumes For Cygnet's 'Cabaret'

March 16
By Angela Carone
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At Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, the clothes make the cabaret. Costume designer Shirley Pierson gives us a peek at the costumes being assembled for "Cabaret," the famed musical set in the burlesque bar known as the Kit Kat Club.

USS Ronald Reagan Crew Family Members Invited to Town Hall Meeting in Coronado

March 16
By Beth Ford Roth
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Attention all family members of the USS Ronald Reagan crew – the Navy is holding a town hall meeting tonight for you to get all the information you’re craving. This message was posted on the Reagan’s Facebook page this morning:

Japanese Calm Awes World

March 16
By Amita Sharma
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It would be understandable if amid the geological upheaval in Japan, there was emotional turmoil if fear of nuclear meltdowns caused societal breakdowns. But the Japanese are dealing with disaster with dignity.

Setting Up Radio Shangra-La

March 16
These Days
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Lisa Napoli, formerly with Public Radio's MARKETPLACE program, got the opportunity of a lifetime when she was invited to start a radio station in Bhutan. There she got a front row seat as this mystical Himalayan nation transitions from timeless monarchy to 21-st Century democracy.

No Kvetching In This Interfaith Marriage

March 16
These Days
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Journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts join us to talk about marriage and faith. The Roberts have been reporting on stories for more than 40 years, just about as long as they've been married to each other. They're out with a new book about how they've joined two faith traditions into a long, successful marriage.

How Open Is Government In San Diego?

March 16
These Days
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It's Sunshine Week, but it has nothing to do with the weather. We'll find out how San Diego rates on open government and about efforts currently underway in here to support open government and access to information.

Baja California: Guns, Tourism, Safety

March 16
These Days
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Current conditions in the border region, including the influx of guns from the U.S. and elsewhere; the City of Juarez's hiring of former Tijuana Police Chief Julian Leyzaola, the effect of media coverage of the drug wars on Tijuana tourism and its economy and the upcoming visit of former Mexican President Vicente Fox to San Diego in April.

Desperate Efforts To Cool Reactors At Japan's Crippled Nuclear Plant

March 16
NPR
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Radiation levels spiked at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex for the second day in a row. Emergency workers were ordered to pull back to a safe distance while continuing their efforts to cool the plant's overheating reactors.