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Stories for March 25, 2011

General Atomics Sends Critical Tool To Japanese Nuclear Workers

March 25
By Padma Nagappan
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A local defense contractor donated entire supply of radiation measurement device.

Edward And Wallis, A Story Of Love And Destiny

March 25
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Many princes who were born to be kings have vowed to be true to their lady loves. However, in a thousand years of the British monarchy only one has dared to resign his crown for a woman's love. "Edward And Wallis, A Story Of Love And Destiny" is the real history of a man born to be king who refused to behave like one. Instead, he believed he could use the power and majesty of the throne to pursue his obsession with his twice-divorced American mistress, Wallis Simpson.

Mexico's First Forensic Science Masters Program In Baja California

March 25
By Amy Isackson

In conjunction with San Diego State University, the new program is designed to help improve justice south of the border.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Dolley Madison

March 25
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Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern democracy in the world. She was nicknamed “Queen Dolley,” and when she died in 1849 at the age of 81 - one of the last remaining members of the founding generation - Washington City honored her with the largest state funeral the capital had ever seen for a woman.

Antiques Roadshow: Dallas, Texas - Hour One

March 25
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"Antiques Roadshow" rides into Dallas, Texas, where everything is larger than life, including a few examples from a collection of more than 600 antique American flags. Appraisers at the Dallas Convention Center flag down another jaw-dropping piece of artwork: an 1847 oil painting by noted 19th-century artist James Henry Beard, titled "The Illustrious Guest" - featuring the famous American statesman Henry Clay as a guest in a tavern - valued at $300,000 to $500,000.

California Democrats Want A Vote On Brown's Budget Package

March 25
California Capitol Network

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said he’s about ready to “pull the plug” and move forward with a floor vote on the remainder of Governor Brown’s budget package.

Insight: A Target of Free Speech

March 25
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Gay marriage, property rights and free speech have all come together in a lawsuit, brought by Target, to keep political activists from the front of their stores.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story

March 25
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Cyntoia Brown was an average teenager in an American town. But a series of bad decisions led the 16-year-old into a situation that ended with her killing a man who had picked her up for sex. She was sentenced to life in a Tennessee prison, meaning in her case, she will serve a minimum of 51 years. This film challenges our assumptions about violence and explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some young people from the start.

Libya In 140 Characters

March 25
Rebecca Romani

Twitter, not in existence just five years ago, was critical in getting information out from on the ground in Libya's bloody revolution.

Breach In Reactor Suspected At Japanese Nuke Plant

March 25
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A suspected breach in the core of a reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials revealed Friday.

Sanders, Faulconer Unveil Pension Reform Plan

March 25
By Kyla Calvert

Mounting pension costs could require the city of San Diego to cut funding for public safety and other services in coming years. There are two competing plans to reform the system and reign in the city’s retiree spending.

Unemployment Rates Fall In San Diego

March 25
City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County fell to 10.1 percent in February, down from 10.4 percent in January, according to labor statistics released Friday.

Brown Signs Budget Bills

March 25
California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of bills that reduce California’s budget deficit by about 11 billion dollars. They include about eight billion in cuts, including reductions to welfare, higher education and Medi-Cal.

Stop Back Pain Now With Dr. Vijay Vad

March 25
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This special program, hosted by Dr. Vijay Vad, will empower chronic back pain sufferers with the medically-proven information and insights that he provides to his patients--the celebrity superstar athletes and regular folks, who are connected by the shared agony of spine dysfunction.

State Urged To Restore Salton Sea

March 25
City News Service

A local water board voted unanimously Thursday to urge the state to restore the Salton Sea.

Small Businesses At Risk For Cyber Attacks

March 25
By Padma Nagappan
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Small businesses might think only big corporations need to worry about cyber attacks. But that's not true.

How Has Health Care Reform Law Affected U.S.?

March 25
Editors Roundtable

This week marks the one year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health-care reform law. We'll discuss the impact the law has had over the last year, and talk about why it remains controversial.

U.S.-led Airstrikes Continue In Libya

March 25
Editors Roundtable

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi are continuing their assault against opposition groups, despite the increase in U.S. and allied airstrikes across the country. We discuss the U.S. strategy in Libya, and the costs associated with getting involved in another conflict in the Middle East.

Mayor Proposes Major Changes To City Worker Pensions

March 25
Editors Roundtable

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilmember Kevin Faulconer unveiled a proposed ballot measure this week that would make major changes to the city's pension system. We discuss key elements of the proposal, and discuss the impact it could have on city workers and the budget deficit.

Popularity Of Latino Films Growing

March 25
Rebecca Romani
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Despite tough economic times, people showed up in droves to the 18th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Review: 'Sucker Punch'

March 25
By Beth Accomando
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Zack Snyder needs to be sucker punched for making "Sucker Punch" (opening March 25 throughout San Diego) and stealing two hours of my life that I will never get back.