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Stories for March 2, 2011

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Keillor Wowed Crowd

March 2, 2011
By Tom Fudge

Last week I spoke of plans to attend Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion Show. I did. Here’s my review.

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College Students Use Noodles To Get Point Across

March 2, 2011
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego community college students say they can't afford to pay $300 more in student fees next year. They took to the streets of downtown San Diego on Wednesday to get that message across.

County Doesn't Trust Governor On Redevelopment

March 2, 2011
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

If you believe the governor, San Diego County could get more money if redevelopment agencies are eliminated. But the county’s not buying it.

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Celtic Thunder Heritage

March 2, 2011
By Jennifer Robinson

"Heritage" is the Celtic Thunder show that focuses entirely on their Celtic and Irish roots. Featuring traditional standards such as "Whiskey in the Jar," "Black is the Color," "Skye Boat Song" and "Red, Red Rose," as well as a few beautiful love songs such as "The Dutchman," "Noreen" and "Just a Song at Twilight."

Trying To Run Somalia and Other Radio Stories

March 2, 2011
By Tom Fudge

This week an NPR story held me hostage in my car. They’re called driveway moments though this one was in a parking garage.

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Oceanside Mural Is NOT By Banksy

March 2, 2011
By Angela Carone

I've just received an email from Banksy's agency confirming that the mural on the side of the Bull Taco shop in Oceanside is NOT by the secretive street artist.

San Diego Lawmaker Proposes Email Warnings About Sex Offenders

March 2, 2011
City News Service

State and county leaders teamed up today to pitch legislation that would enable people to be told via e-mail when a registered sex offender moves nearby.

Friction Evident As Mexican President Visits

March 2, 2011
Associated Press

The human and financial costs of Mexico's drug war, diplomatic cable leaks, the influx of U.S. arms and a wave of anti-immigration initiatives in the United States are all taking a toll on Mexico-U.S. relations that had shown steady improvement in recent years.

2 U.S. Airmen Killed, 2 Wounded In Germany

March 2, 2011
Associated Press

A gunman fired at U.S. Air Force personnel on a bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others before being taken into custody, an Air Force spokesman in Germany said.

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Supreme Court Rules For Military Funeral Protesters

March 2, 2011
NPR Staff and Wires

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who stage anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

Will City's $4 Billion Redevelopment Plan Evade Proposed Cuts?

March 2, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

San Diego's City Council approved a $4 billion wish list of projects Monday in an effort to circumvent the governor's proposal to eliminate redevelopment. KPBS Reporter Katie Orr breaks down the list which include projects through 2050.

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Ellen Browning Scripps Instrumental In Shaping San Diego

March 2, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Ellen Browning Scripps was one of San Diego's most influential patrons and philanthropists. The annual conference of the Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties this weekend will focus on the lives of local women who made a difference in the history of the region. Of these, the legacy of Ellen Browning Scripps is arguably the most far-reaching.

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Local Group Wants To Get People Out Of Cars, Onto Their Bikes

March 2, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

With gas prices soaring, a local organization has formed to encourage San Diegans to use their bikes more often. We speak to the spokesman for the San Diego Bike Union about their goals, and the challenges that local cyclists face when they ride around town. Is San Diego a bike-friendly city? How can our transportation infrastructure be improved to make our local roads safer, and more accessibility to cyclists?

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What's Driving Up Local Gas Prices?

March 2, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego drivers are paying an average of $3.77 for regular unleaded gasoline right now, which is about 25 cents higher than a month ago. We speak to U-T reporter Onell Soto about why gas prices are increasing right now, and if we can expect prices to continue to climb in the spring.

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Pendleton Marines To Come Home From Hell

March 2, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

The 3rd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment is preparing to come home from Helmand Province in Afghanistan. They have been there for seven months in searing heat and freezing temperatures and have seen more casualties than any other similar sized battalion in the 10-year-war.

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Gadhafi Forces Attack Rebel-Held Towns In The East

March 2, 2011
NPR Staff and Wires

Troops loyal to the regime battled for control over a major oil refinery and a massive arms depot.

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Program Helps Teen Moms Prevent Another Pregnancy

March 2, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

Teenage girls who have a baby are at high risk of having another child while they're still young. Planned Parenthood has a program designed to help teen moms finish school and delay additional pregnancies.

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Seuss Goes Digital For Next Generation Of Readers

March 2, 2011
By Ana Tintocalis

The man behind Dr. Seuss, Theodor Geisel, would be 107 years old today. Now, his legacy of more than 40 children's books is going digital.

Free Trash PickUp Threatened For Thousands of San Diego Residents

March 2, 2011
By Alison St John

If you are one of the 300,000 households in San Diego city who don’t pay for trash pick up, you are still in the majority of city residents. But the mayor is trying to whittle that majority down. The city council’s Natural Resources Committee considers the mayor’s proposed changes today.

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Girl Scout Cookies By Cell Phone

March 2, 2011
By Peggy Pico

Girl Scouts San Diego is the first troop in the country to use new mobile technology to sell cookies.