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Stories for March 23, 2011

SAFE: Public Service Or Waste Of Money?

March 23
By Katie Orr
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The regional agency that oversees roadside emergency call boxes has come under fire for its use of taxpayer money. But supporters say it provides a valuable service.

Feinstein To Hold Hearings On Nuclear Safety

March 23
By Alison St John
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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to reconsider whether the United States needs a national repository for spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants.

SD City College's Suspected Killer Remains A Fugitive Six Months Later

March 23
By Amita Sharma
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Published Reports in Mexico allege Diana Gonzalez's estranged husband -- who is charged with murdering her -- is an assassin with the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Aztecs Hope To Extend Season

March 23
By Erik Anderson
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Tickets to the Aztec game in Anaheim are tough to come by. The team says it is ready to play.

Education Czar Says Teens Not Academically Prepared to Enter Military

March 23
By Ana Tintocalis
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The nation’s education secretary Arne Duncan said too many teenagers can’t get into the military because they are not academically prepared. He joined military officials on Wednesday in San Diego to focus on the problem.

Insight: Taxing Amazon

March 23
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Congress and the State of California are looking at ways to tax online sales. Amazon.com pays no sales tax in California. The brick and mortar stores do.

Study Finds Pill Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

March 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new study found a medication used to treat people with Type 2 diabetes can actually prevent those at risk from getting the disease. The research was conducted in San Diego and in seven other cities nationwide.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Sentenced To 3 Months In Brig

March 23
City News Service
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A Coast Guard petty officer will spend three months in the brig for his role in piloting a boat involved in a collision in San Diego Bay that killed an 8-year-old boy.

Report: North County Coaster Lacks On-Board Emergency Notification

March 23
City News Service
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The lack of an emergency notification on board the North County Coaster and incorrect information on the Coaster's website are conditions that need to be corrected to promote passenger safety, according to a report released today by the San Diego County grand jury.

NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake

March 23
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In its worst crisis since World War II, Japan faces disaster on an epic scale. With exclusive footage, NOVA captures the unfolding human drama and offers a clear-headed investigation of what triggered the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear crisis. Can science and technology ever prevent devastation in the face of overwhelmingly powerful forces of nature? “Japan’s Killer Quake” combines authoritative on-the-spot reporting, personal stories of tragedy and survival, compelling eyewitness videos, explanatory graphics and exclusive helicopter footage for a unique look at the science behind the catastrophe.

Insight: My Revolutionary Friends In Egypt

March 23
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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As the story of the Egyptian revolution has played out in the media I’ve kept an eye out for the name “Shaath.” I finally spotted it last week.

More Wet Weather For San Diego

March 23
City News Service
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Another storm was expected to hit San Diego County later today, bringing with it gusty winds but not much rain, forecasters said.

Rants and Raves: Elizabeth Taylor

March 23
By Beth Accomando
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Elizabeth Taylor, 79, died today, and with her goes some genuine old school Hollywood glamour.

Update On USS Ronald Reagan And Operation Tomodachi

March 23
These Days
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We'll hear an update on humanitarian efforts by the crew of the San Diego-based USS Ronald Reagan. The carrier is in Japan on a relief mission following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Debating Impact Of Health Care Reform Law

March 23
These Days
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What effects has the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law, had since it was passed one year ago today? Why is there so much confusion about the law's impact? And, what provisions of the law will go into effect in the future? Local advocates for and against the law debate its impact.

Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor Dies

March 23
NPR
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Elizabeth Taylor, the English-American actress who became a star at age 10 and an icon by the time she was 30, died Wednesday.

Water Worries In Tokyo; Smoke Rising At Reactor

March 23
Larry Abramson, NPR
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Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis deepened in its largest city Wednesday, as health authorities warned that radiation levels in some tap water there exceed safety levels for infants. Parents are being warned not to use tap water to prepare baby formula.

Change On The Way For S.D. Parking Meters

March 23
By Katie Orr
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When it comes to parking meters, would you be willing to walk a little more if it meant paying a little less? You may soon get that option.

Health Care Reform Marks Its 1st Anniversary

March 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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Today marks the first anniversary of the federal health reform law. Many Californians have taken advantage of some of the benefits.

'Rafta, Rafta' Offers South Asian And Middle Eastern Actors Complex Roles

March 23
These Days
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The Indian family drama "Rafta, Rafta" offers actors of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent a chance to play complex characters on the stage. We'll talk with three of those actors and learn more about the Old Globe production.

The San Diego-Tijuana Border From A Mexican Perspective

March 23
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The San Ysidro border crossing into Tijuana is the busiest in the world. An average of 40,000 vehicles through it each day. Here's a view of the border, from the perspective of a Mexican customs official.

Rants and Raves: Godzilla

March 23
By Beth Accomando
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Pop culture has a way of reflecting society and providing an outlet for its fears and anxieties. Listen to my radio feature on "Godzilla" or read more about what pop icons like Godzilla reveal about Japan.