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Stories for March 24, 2011

Aztecs' Magical Season Comes To An End In Anaheim

March 24
By Erik Anderson, Mark Sauer
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San Diego State battled valiantly against a quick and determined UConn team, but fell short, 72 to 67. The Aztecs were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

Hispanic Population Growth Fuels U.S. Increase

March 24
By Amy Isackson

A new report by the Pew Hispanic Center says Hispanics accounted for more than half of the nation's population growth in the last decade.

Who Takes Care Of Fido After Military Families Evacuate From Japan?

March 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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As Home Post reported last week, the United States military is helping the families of servicemembers evacuate from Japan. The evacuation is voluntary, but that doesn’t mean the decision to go hasn’t prompted a lot of soul-searching, especially when the family pet is involved.

Spring Storm Expected To End Soon

March 24
City News Service

The latest in a spite of early spring storms doused the San Diego area with mild showers early today before moving off and giving the region a welcome -- if short-lived -- respite from blustery conditions.

Dueling Pension Reform Plans Proposed By City Leaders

March 24
City News Service

San Diego voters could see dueling pension-reform measures on the June 2012 ballot, as the city tries to reduce its budget deficit.

NATURE: Outback Pelicans

March 24
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The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. Yet once every ten years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans -- a third of all the pelicans in Australia -- arrive for the event. But what exactly triggers their journey? NATURE looks for answers to questions researchers are only now beginning to unravel.

NATO To Assume Control Of Military Operations In Libya

March 24
NPR Staff and Wires
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A senior Pentagon official told NPR the handover could happen as soon as today.

SD Students More Fit Than Others In CA, Still Need Improvement

March 24
City News Service

About 30 to 40 percent of San Diego fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders were able to meet all the fitness criteria in a six-stage test, scoring slightly better than students across the state but highlighting a need a to improve children's health, California's schools chief announced today.

Poll Finds Public's Support For Special Election Eroding

March 24
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California finds support is eroding for a special election and for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to extend taxes increases.

Pendleton Training Will Create Noise For North County

March 24
City News Service

North County residents will hear noise from live-fire exercises on Camp Pendleton this coming weekend, base officials announced today.

Escondido Takes Another Step To Crack Down On Undocumented Immigrants

March 24
City News Service

A city that has taken numerous steps to crack down on illegal immigration is now joining a string of Southern California municipalities that are signing up to tap a federal database aimed at tighter scrutiny of employees' immigration status.

Weekend Preview: Craft Beer, Nude Paintings

March 24
These Days

Music, dance and craft beer...we've got the makings of the great weekend preview today...and we'll even throw in a bit of a brough-ha-ha over large nude paintings.

Lawyers Tell Jokes About Lawyers For A Good Cause

March 24
These Days

Most of us know some lawyer jokes, but not many of us know lawyers who tell jokes. Tonight, the annual LAF-off comedy competition in San Diego features lawyers doing stand-up...outside the courtroom. We'll get a preview of this raucous night of comedy, and learn it's all for a good cause.

Education Chief Says Low Academic Achievement Affects National Security

March 24
These Days
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Education officials say poor academic performance may threaten U.S. national security. We'll examine a new push by the U.S. Department of Education and some military officials to revamp the No Child Left Behind Act. They're backing up their argument with some sobering statistics about the large percentage of young people who can't qualify for military service.

New PBS Series Focuses On Our Energy History, Looks Ahead To Future

March 24
These Days
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How can we make a sustainable energy future if we don't know the history of our energy consumption? We speak to Glaciologist Dr. Richard Alley about the new PBS series "Earth-The Operators' Manual."

What Should Be Aztecs' Strategy Against UConn?

March 24
These Days
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What will it take for the Aztecs to defeat the UConn Huskies in tonight's Sweet 16 matchup? We talk to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the biggest game in SDSU basketball history.

In Libyan Conflict, Is Endgame A Stalemate?

March 24
Tom Gjelten, NPR
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Rebels are disorganized; allies are unwilling to expand strikes to go beyond protecting civilians.

The Tijuana-San Diego Border From An American Perspective

March 24
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The San Ysidro port of entry is a constant sea of U.S.-bound vehicles and travelers—a complicated daily operation requiring an army of customs agents.

Chronically Homeless Begin Moving Into Homes

March 24
By Joanne Faryon
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Two homeless people have moved into apartments under a special program called "Project 25." The pilot project hopes to get people off the streets and save money in emergency services.

Walking For A Cure From San Diego To Syria

March 24
By Peggy Pico
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A Syrian doctor takes her San Diego experience walking for a cure for breast cancer back home, prompting a move to destigmatize the disease.

San Onofre Operators Welcome NRC Review

March 24
By Ed Joyce
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a two-step review of all U.S. nuclear power plants in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.