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Stories for March 29, 2011

Insight: San Diego Police Shooting Gets Live Coverage

March 29
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego police used rubber bullets to shoot a man with a knife in front of police headquarters last week. The event was broadcast live on the Internet.

Community College Students Will Face Higher Fees, Fewer Classes

March 29
By Kyla Calvert

California’s community colleges will lose $400 million in state funding under approved budget cuts. The system’s students will also be paying more for less.

United States Military Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan – The Latest Numbers

March 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Associated Press today announced how many servicemen and women have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, based on the news service’s own count. According to the AP, 4441 American troops were killed while serving in Iraq:

Calif. Assembly Passes Renewable Energy Mandate

March 29
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network
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State legislation that would give California one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Radiation Testing Questioned In California

March 29
Joe Rubin, California Capital Network
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Experts say so far, the amount of radiation reaching U.S shores has been detectable, but not dangerous. But some lawmakers and watchdogs are now questioning just how completely radiation levels are being tested.

Feinstein Holds Hearing On Nuclear Plant Safety

March 29
By Ed Joyce
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Senator Feinstein wants more information on U.S. nuclear plant safety in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Insight: Obama Hits The Mark In Libya Speech

March 29
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Whenever a President delivers a speech on an important policy matter, you need to give him a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Last night, Obama explained his Libya policy pretty well.

Boat Overloaded In Fatal San Diego Accident

March 29
Associated Press

A sailing accident in San Diego Bay that killed the uncle and grandfather of a special needs child on a charity boat trip was caused by a gust of wind that caught the jib, the only sail raised at the time, the president of the charity's board said Tuesday.

A Small Japanese Town, Swallowed By The Sea

March 29
Stu Seidel
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Once home to 23,000 people, Rikuzentakata is now an alien, tsunami-smashed landscape.

Officer In Calif. Boat Crash Sentenced To Pay Cut

March 29
Associated Press

The highest-ranking member of the Coast Guard crew involved in a collision with a pleasure boat that killed an 8-year-o-ld boy has been sentenced to a pay cut.

Review: 'Strongman'

March 29
By Beth Accomando
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Zachary Levy makes "Strongman" (opened March 25 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters) an old school documentary that puts his subject front and center.

Small Earthquake Rattles San Diego's North County

March 29
City News Service
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A small earthquake has rattled northern San Diego County. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.8 quake struck Tuesday at 3:43 a.m. and was centered about 20 miles northeast of Escondido in the Lake Henshaw area.

UCSD Faces Changes On 50th Anniversary

March 29
These Days
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At a time when higher education in California is bracing for some of the most severe budget cuts ever, it's important to remember the history and commitment that have created California's renowned university system. UC San Diego, which began as an offshoot of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.

Local Marines Expect Counteroffensive In Helmand Province

March 29
These Days
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What are the biggest challenges facing local Marines currently stationed in Afghanistan? We speak to Tony Perry of the Los Angeles Times about his recent trip to the Helmand Province, and discuss how things have progressed since his last visit to Afghanistan.

Unyielding President Leaves Some Unswayed

March 29
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama on Monday offered a resolute answer to a question that has been on the minds of many war-weary Americans over the past 10 days: Why did we mobilize the U.S. military in Libya? And why now? But for some, the president's defense of intervention fell short.

Medical Marijuana Regulations Finally Set In San Diego

March 29
By Katie Orr
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A decade-and-a-half after California voters approved the use of medical marijuana, the San Diego City Council has finally approved regulations for pot collectives.

More Questions About Whooping Cough Vaccine In Kids 8 To 10

March 29
Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute and Brooke Williams, Watchdog Institute
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Officials from the Centers for Disease Control say preliminary data show the whooping cough vaccine is effective, but protection may wane in older kids.

Composing For National Public Radio: A Conversation With BJ Leiderman

March 29
These Days
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Public radio fans may not recognize the name BJ Leiderman (unless they listen closely to credits!), but they likely know his work. Leiderman composed the music that launches NPR shows like "Morning Edition," "Car Talk," and "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me." Leiderman is in town for a concert produced by Orchestra Nova.