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Stories for March 21, 2011

Tougher Penalties For Undocumented Immigrants Caught At Sea

March 21
By Amy Isackson

People caught crossing into the U.S. illegally by sea face tougher penalties. Officials hope it helps prevent migrants from dying.

Insight: Kids And The Funnies

March 21
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Today, newspaper comics seem like something that remains part of the culture thanks to inertia and the tastes of old folks. But children don't always understand what they're supposed to dislike or find irrelevant.

USS Ronald Reagan Crew Continues Relief Efforts in Japan

March 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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The world’s attention may have shifted from Japan to Libya, but that doesn’t mean the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan has slowed down its effort to bring food, water, and medical supplies to the people of Japan.

Radiations Readings In San Diego Remain Stable

March 21
City News Service
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Radiation readings around San Diego County haven't increased over the typical background levels in the past few days, according to a local nuclear expert who began the testing in light of the situation in Japan. San Diego State University's Murray Jennex said he took baseline readings beginning last Wednesday of the radiation levels that naturally occur in the region, after hearing that contamination from Japan could arrive by last Friday.

U.S. Official: Nuclear Crisis Close To 'Stabilizing'

March 21
NPR Staff and Wires
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that Japanese workers are making progress at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. But regulators warn that other problems may yet be found.

The House Of Windsor: The 1947 Royal Wedding: The People's Wedding

March 21
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This episode follows the lives of Elizabeth and Philip, from their first public appearance as a couple in October 1946 (at the wedding of Lady Patricia Mountbatten), through to their own wedding in late November of 1947. This special episode features exclusive interviews and rare archival footage.

Insight: Union Rules And The Teachers Who’ll Lose Their Jobs

March 21
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

State budget cuts could result in massive layoffs of teachers in San Diego, and poor schools are likely to be the hardest hit.

Japan's Earthquake Warning System Triggers Wake-Up Call For California

March 21
By Susan Murphy
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Imagine getting an alert on your cell phone that a major earthquake is coming in 60 seconds. You might have time to take cover or get out of an elevator. Scientists can’t yet predict earthquakes, but soon they may be able to warn you when seismic waves are coming.

Cellphone Adventure Brings San Diego History To Life

March 21
These Days
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In an effort to give visitors a new way to see the park, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative created the Giskin Anomaly - a cellphone adventure that's part scavenger hunt, part walking tour. We'll talk about the game, a new contest designed especially for Steampunk lovers, and other ways technology is being utilized in the park.

What Are Longterm Goals Of U.S. Operation In Libya?

March 21
These Days

Why did the U.S. decide to get involved in the ongoing battle between Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels aimed at overthrowing Gadhafi's government? We discuss the latest news coming out of Libya with KPBS Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth.

IRS And FTB Representatives Share Tax Tips

March 21
These Days
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What should you know before filing your 2010 tax return? What new tax credits are available for individuals and businesses? Representatives from the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board discuss the changes that went into effect this year, and answer your tax-related questions.

Rain Saturates San Diego

March 21
City News Service
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A late-winter storm that arrived late Sunday continued to saturate San Diego County today, bringing with it a slight chance of thunderstorms across the region and scattered snow showers to the higher elevations.

Gadhafi Supporters Rally Amid Rubble At Tripoli Base

March 21
David Greene, NPR
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With U.S. and allied forces using missiles and bombs to strike at the heart of Moammar Gadhafi's military defenses, the Libyan leader finds himself standing alone against the world once more.

Nuclear Plant Workers Evacuated As Smoke Rises

March 21
NPR Staff and Wires
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Gray smoke rose from two reactor units Monday, temporarily stalling critical work to reconnect power lines and restore cooling systems to stabilize Japan's radiation-leaking nuclear complex.

Family Restaurant Tells The Story Of Latino Growth In Oceanside

March 21
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Grandma's restaurant in Oceanside is a typical mom-and-pop joint, but also proof of the demographic changes that the 2010 Census shows are sweeping San Diego County.

Day Center Could Receive Redevelopment Funds

March 21
By Kyla Calvert

The city of San Diego got more than 100 applications for federal funds meant to tackle challenges like job creation and affordable housing. City staff recommend funding about 40 of those programs.