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Stories for March 18, 2011

Review: 'Limitless'

March 18
By Beth Accomando
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Don't believe the abs… I mean the ads, Bradley Cooper is mostly dressed in his latest film "Limitless" (opening March 18 throughout San Diego).

Measles Case Reported In San Diego County

March 18
By KPBS

A 27-year-old Poway male has been diagnosed with measles, according to County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials.

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Diplomats' Concerns About Drug War In Tijuana

March 18
By Amy Isackson

Diplomats were informed that Tijuana's then-police chief had made a deal with drug-cartel operatives.

Insight: CALTRANS Finishes SR-52

March 18
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

On Saturday, San Diego highway planners are throwing a party to mark the end of construction of State Route 52, whose final eastern section will be in use by the end of the month.

Sunshine Summit Fire Station Supports Volunteer Fire Crews

March 18
By Alison St John
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The County will open a refurbished fire station on Sunshine Summit.

Great Expectations At Lincoln High

March 18
By Joanne Faryon
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Lincoln High was supposed be a beacon of hope for the community and a route to college for students. Four years after opening, what has Lincoln accomplished and where has it failed?

City Leader Vows To Continue Redevelopment Projects

March 18
City News Service

The city of San Diego will explore other options to fund construction projects if Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to eliminate local redevelopment agencies is approved by lawmakers, a city official said Friday.

No Detected Radiation Level Increase In SoCal

March 18
Associated Press

Air pollution regulators in Southern California say they have not detected increased levels of radiation from the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.

Obama Pledges Action In Libyan Crisis

March 18
NPR staff and wires
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Recognizing the difficulty of embarking on a third war, President Obama nonetheless said that the United States will participate in enforcing the U.N. Security Council resolution offering protection to Libya's citizens.

Will You Pay For News?

March 18
By Angela Carone
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The New York Times has announced a paywall to its content which will go into effect at the end of March. This has me wondering, will you pay for the news?

Rescued Sea Otter Finds Home At SeaWorld

March 18
City News Service
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A 5-month-old California sea otter pup rescued in Monterey found a new home at SeaWorld Friday.

Artist Wes Bruce's Fort Comes To Film

March 18
By Jocelyn Maggard
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San Diego artist and fort building extraordinaire, Wes Bruce, and filmmaker Bryan Bangerter screened their documentary "A Film About a Fort" at the Museum of Photographic Arts this week. Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard brought back these impressions.

CA Republicans Kick Off Convention Amid Budget Negotiations

March 18
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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The California Republican party kicks off its semi-annual convention Friday in Sacramento. It takes place just blocks from the Capitol, where Gov. Jerry Brown has been meeting with a group of GOP lawmakers to try to win their votes for his budget.

Law Students Compete To Raise Funds For Japan

March 18
City News Service

Law students will hit the streets in the Gaslamp and East Village Friday to see who collects the most donations for relief efforts in Japan.

FRONTLINE: Money And March Madness

March 18
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FRONTLINE takes an inside look at the multi-billion dollar business of the NCAA and its brand of amateur college sports. In this investigation, correspondent Lowell Bergman gains access to Sonny Vaccaro, a former marketing executive at Nike, Adidas and Reebok, who helped bring about the rapid commercialization of college basketball. Later in the hour, as the fall-out from WikiLeak’s continues, FRONTLINE presents an exclusive interview with Private Bradley Manning's father.

New Pedestrian Bridge Downtown

March 18
City News Service

A pedestrian bridge built next to PETCO Park by San Diego's redevelopment agency opened for foot traffic Friday.

UCSD Students To Send Paper Cranes And Donations To Japan

March 18
City News Service

With Japanese reeling from a massive earthquake, tsunami and radioactive plume, UC San Diego students plan to ease their pain with 1,000 paper cranes -- and $10,000 in donations.

Foreign Minister Says Libya Declaring Cease-Fire

March 18
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Libya's foreign minister announced an immediate cease-fire Friday.

Japan 'Racing Against The Clock,' U.N. Nuclear Chief Says

March 18
NPR Staff and Wires
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Japan's efforts to cool overheating reactor units at its crippled nuclear power plant demand global cooperation.

San Diego Unified Sends Out Layoff Notices

March 18
Editors Roundtable
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Earlier this week, the San Diego Unified School District sent out 1,300 layoff notices to teachers and other district staff. We discuss how the district's budget could be affected by the yet-to-be-approved June special election, and the governor's proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. Plus, what can the district do to prevent future layoffs and budget deficits?

When Will State Budget Be Approved?

March 18
Editors Roundtable
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California lawmakers agreed to cut $7.4 billion from the state budget this week, in an effort to eliminate a $26.6 deficit. What other areas of the budget could be cut? And, when is the deadline for the legislature to approve the governor's proposed special election?

Is San Diego Prepared For Nuclear Crisis?

March 18
Editors Roundtable
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As the world watches the nuclear crisis unfolding in Japan, many people are asking if San Diego is prepared if the same situation happened here. What safety procedures are in place if the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station experienced a meltdown? And, should the U.S. reexamine its nuclear energy policies in light of what's happening in Japan?

Review: 'Paul'

March 18
By Beth Accomando
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First they paid homage to zombies, then to buddy cop films, now Simon Pegg and Nick Frost send a valentine to Steven Spielberg with "Paul" (opening March 18 throughout San Diego).

Marine Headquarters Unit Returns From Afghanistan

March 18
By Alison St John

More than 100 Marines return to Camp Pendleton from Afghanistan this morning. They are the vanguard of a larger number of Marines who will be coming back to the base in the next few weeks.

Medi-Cal Patients Will Feel The Pain From State Budget Cuts

March 18
By Kenny Goldberg

The California Legislature has approved deep cuts to the Medi-Cal program to help balance the state budget. People on Medi-Cal will feel the pain.

Quake May Disrupt Production Of Popular Electronics

March 18
By Padma Nagappan
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Delays in chip production could mean longer waits for the new iPad and fewer deals on other hot items.