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Stories for March 28, 2011

Gas Price Accelerates Past $4 Barrier

March 28
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego drivers are paying more to fill up their vehicles. Fear and uncertainty are pushing prices up closer to 2008's record high.

2010 Census Bears Out Southwest's Building Blunders

March 28
By Amy Isackson
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The 2010 Census confirms just how dismal the housing market is in much of the Southwestern United States. In Southern California, the numbers show people flocked inland. That sparked building fever. But many of these dream homes have become a nightmare, like in the City of Brawley in Imperial County, located 150 miles east of San Diego.

Coast Guard Drops Some Charges In San Diego Boat Crash

March 28
Associated Press
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The Coast Guard has dropped the most serious charges against the highest-ranking member of the crew on a boat involved in a collision with a pleasure boat in San Diego Bay, killing an 8-year-old boy.

Widow of Camp Pendleton Marine Finds Comfort in Blogging

March 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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The term “widow” might bring to mind an elderly woman with gray hair, one who shared a lifetime with the man she loved before losing him. But Oceanside resident Katie Wade became a widow at the tender age of 20.

Insight: Following Frozen Four

March 28
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The San Diego State Aztecs have bombed out of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. But the land of my birth has gotten to the "Frozen Four" and seems headed for ultimate victory.

Radioactive Water Found In Tunnels At Japan Plant

March 28
Eliza Barclay, NPR
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Highly radioactive water has nearly filled underground tunnels, raising fears it may reach the sea.

Teen Review: 'Sucker Punch'

March 28
Lidia Marin, Teen Critic
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"Sucker Punch" (opened March 25 throughout San Diego) is the first original screenplay attempted by Zack Snyder and it definitely had some flaws.

SD-Based, For-Profit University Under Scrutiny By Feds

March 28
These Days
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We'll hear about the troubles plaguing the fast-growing San Diego company Bridgepoint Education.

Mayor, Councilman Faulconer Propose Major Change To City's Pension System

March 28
These Days
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Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Councilman Kevin Faulconer recently proposed a ballot measure to switch new non-public safety workers from a guaranteed pension plan to a 401(k) retirement account. Coucilman Faulconer and the president of AFSCME Local 127 talk about how the proposal could impact the city's budget deficit and workforce.

Obama Seeks To Define Libya Mission In Monday's Speech

March 28
Don Gonyea, NPR
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President Obama addresses the nation on U.S. military operations in Libya at 4:30 p.m. (PST). Join us on KPBS as the president discusses the military operation against Moammar Gadhafi. Listen | Watch the live stream

'Castle Of Care' Opens In Oceanside

March 28
By Peggy Pico
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A medieval-looking building in Oceanside is actually a new urgent care and medical center for children.

San Diego Council To Consider Final Pot Regulations

March 28
By Katie Orr
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Medical marijuana has been legal in California for about 15 years. And the city of San Diego may finally be setting some regulations for pot collectives.

Cycling Gives Wounded Vets Hope, Determination

March 28
By Padma Nagappan
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Soldier Ride in San Diego helps wounded warriors bond and approach life with renewed purpose.

SD College Students Use Creative Tactics To Help Japan

March 28
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego college students are taking a break from their studies to raise money for the people of Japan. They’re using creative methods to get donations.

CDC To Reveal Results Of Whooping Cough Investigation In SD

March 28
By Joanne Faryon and Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute
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"What’s an epidemic like this doing in a highly-vaccinated community?” That's what CDC investigators are asking at a national vaccine conference in Washington, D.C. this week.

Civil Grand Jury Issues Reports On North County

March 28
By Alison St John
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The first two reports from this year’s San Diego Civil Grand Jury focus on North County. The first report received a prompt response from the North County Transit District, but the recommendations in the second report are aimed at the voters.

Stories Of The Foster Care System On Stage

March 28
These Days
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A new play creates theatre from the life experiences of youth in and out of the foster care system. It was written by San Diego playwright Lisa Kirazian and produced by the Playwright's Project, a local program that supports the art of playwrighting in schools and communities.

Obama Strongly Defends US Military Action In Libya

March 28
Ben Feller, Associated Press
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President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world's conscience and "been a betrayal of who we are."