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Stories for March 17, 2011

Fans Gather In Arena To Cheer Aztecs' Historic Victory

March 17
By Erik Anderson and Sarah Grieco
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Aztec fans gathered at Viejas Arena watched SDSU's first-ever victory in the NCAA tournament.

Family of Undocumented Immigrant Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

March 17
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A wrongful-death lawsuit against the federal government was filed yesterday, charging that Anastacio Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant was brutally beaten by immigration agents last year.

U.N. Votes To Impose No-Fly Zone Over Libya

March 17
NPR Staff and Wires
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The U.N. Security Council voted to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and authorized "all necessary measures" to prevent Moammar Gadhafi's planes from carrying out aerial attacks on rebel-held positions.

Food, Gas Shortages Amid Relief Efforts In Japan

March 17
NPR staff and wires
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Shortages of food and gasoline were being felt in parts of Japan on Thursday nearly a week after a deadly earthquake and tsunami, as people hoarded basic items fearing that supplies would soon dry up.

Oceanside Rescinds Crash Tax

March 17
By Alison St John
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The city of Oceanside has repealed a fee levied on people involved in traffic accidents. The so-called “crash tax” did not prove to be an effective way to raise extra revenue.

Women In The Military Prepare For Leadership Roles

March 17
By Alison St John
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This week, San Diego is hosting the Nation’s largest gathering of women in uniform. More than a thousand woman from all branches of the armed forces are meeting to talk about leadership.

Insight: Rough Times Continue for NPR

March 17
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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NPR likes to report the news, not be the news. But their preferred standing got inverted today as the U.S. House voted to defund the network. This follows last week's news of the resignation of the network's CEO.

San Marcos Boy Collects Socks For Homeless

March 17
Associated Press
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A 12-year-old California boy who pulled on a pair of socks to ease cold feet suddenly got to thinking about the homeless - and socklessness.

Lawmakers Chip Away At State Budget

March 17
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers have begun chipping away at the state’s nearly $27 billion budget deficit and they’ll be back at work again Thursday. But, the toughest issues are still unresolved.

Scientists Call Supermoon Link To Natural Disasters Loony

March 17
By Amita Sharma
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Lunar display is predicted to be brightest on Saturday.

SDSU Prepares For NCAA Tournament

March 17
By Dwane Brown
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The SDSU basketball team is about to play in the NCAA tournament after winning the Mountain West Conference. Coach Steve Fisher and North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris discuss the upcoming tournament.

Antiques Roadshow: Palm Springs, Calif. - Hour Three

March 17
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ROADSHOW appraisers at the Palm Springs Convention Center thank their lucky stars for the discovery of a 1956 signed photo of the guest at ten years-old, posed between baseball Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella — pioneers in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball — valued at $6,000 to $8,000.

Culture Lust Weekend: Hip-Hop, Irish Literature, and Ted Danson

March 17
By Jocelyn Maggard
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Welcome musicians from the Czech Republic, hear some Irish poetry, or get crafty during this Culture Lust Weekend.

Juan Melendez: Innocent on Death Row

March 17
These Days
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Juan Melendez, spent nearly 18 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit. In 2002 he became the 99th U.S. inmate to be released from death row. Juan will share his story, experiences, and uniquely familiar views on the death penalty. He will also discuss why his story is not rare, the problems he sees with the death penalty system.

Local Experts Discuss Latest News On Nuclear Crisis In Japan

March 17
These Days
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As workers try to cool the radioactive materials at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, we discuss the long- and short-term risks this crisis could pose to the Japanese people. Plus, we discuss the lessons being learned from the still unfolding nuclear crisis. We speak to experts from SDSU and UC San Diego about the latest details coming out of Japan.

SWC's Probationary Status Leads To Changes On Campus

March 17
These Days
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Last year, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges placed Southwestern College on probation after falling below accreditation standards. As accreditation for the local college is in jeopardy, it is leaving many students in limbo and administrators scrambling. In order for the school to keep its accreditation, SWC must make a number of significant changes recommended by the Accrediting Commission. With us today to speak about the looming accreditation issues is Southwestern Sun Newspaper Adviser Max Branscomb.

San Diego Resident Honored On Her 100th Birthday

March 17
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People 100 or older represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Anna Arnolds of San Diego has joined the elite group.

After Tsunami, Japanese Turn To Ancient Rituals

March 17
Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR
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The Japanese are beginning memorial ceremonies for people killed in the earthquake and tsunami. Times of crisis lead many people to turn to religion for strength and comfort.

Air, Ground Efforts To Cool Nuclear Plant Falter

March 17
NPR Staff And Wires
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Attempts to get cooling water onto heated nuclear fuel pools by air and ground at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant were largely unsuccessful Thursday. A second priority is trying to restore power at the plant, where reactor cooling systems were disrupted by Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Muslim Woman Removed From Plane Raises Vexing Questions

March 17
By Amita Sharma
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The removal of a Muslim American woman from a Southwest Airlines flight raises questions with no clear answers.

Review: 'I Saw the Devil'

March 17
By Beth Accomando
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"I Saw the Devil" is the latest horror film to arrive from Korea. But it's extreme nature may prompt you to ask what makes some people willing to put themselves through the grinder? Listen to my radio feature or read my extended review.