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Stories for March 3, 2011

Popular Business Tax Credit Program On Chopping Block

March 3
By Katie Orr
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Local business leaders hope the ship hasn’t sailed on a state tax-credit program. The program is on the chopping block and California tries to handle a $26-billion deficit.

School Trustee Supports Pay, Benefit Cuts To Save Money

March 3
By Ana Tintocalis
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A San Diego City school board member wants to ask teachers a tough question: Would they be willing to take a pay cut and pay even more at the doctor’s office to save their jobs?

Redevelopment Supporters Warn Brown, Lawmakers

March 3
California Capitol Network

Redevelopment supports once again warn that Governor Jerry Brown's plan to eliminate redevelopment agencies is unconstitutional.

Rock, Pop And Doo Wop (My Music)

March 3
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Rock and pop legends Jon "Bowzer" Bauman (formerly of Sha Na Na) and Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes) bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960's rock, pop and doo-wop era in an all new MY MUSIC concert event. This all-new special recorded in May 2010 includes new live performances and rare, never before available archival classics from the Dick Clark vaults.

Two City Parks Employees Allegedly Stole About $100,000

March 3
City News Service

San Diego Parks and Recreation employees allegedly stole more than $100,000 from two recreation centers by pocketing reimbursement checks and membership and registration fees.

Anthem Blue Cross Raises Rates Again

March 3
By Kenny Goldberg

Anthem Blue Cross is warning individual policy holders in California to prepare for another rate increase. Some consumers will have to pay 40 percent more for their health insurance than they did last year.

Eat And Cook Healthy! With Dr. John La Puma

March 3
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"Eat And Cook Healthy! With Dr. John La Puma" is a program that teaches viewers to experience food they can't wait to make, and grab the energy and good health to reclaim their lives. Anyone who loves food, wants to have more energy, wants to reverse his or her family health history, or wants to know what to eat to get and stay healthy should watch this program. The recipes, meals, and menus can work within minutes of eating.

Insight: It’s Blasphemy But It’s Protected Speech

March 3
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

I own a book about media law that's about the same heft as my Oxford annotated bible. That occurred to me as I heard that the Westboro Baptist Church can continue to demonstrate at military funerals.

Qualcomm President Pledges Large Gift To UCSD

March 3
City News Service

Son's disease inspires Steve Altman and his wife to help fund a new research facility at UC San Diego.

Calls Renewed For Friendlier Sources Of Oil

March 3
Christopher Joyce, NPR
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Many of the biggest oil suppliers are in harm's way as political strife besets North Africa and the Middle East.

Rebels Deploy Around Strategic Libyan Oil Port

March 3
Associated Press
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Mutinous army units in pickup trucks armed with machine-guns and rocket launchers deployed around the strategic oil installation at Brega Thursday.

Review: 'Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story'

March 3
By Beth Accomando
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One man's passion for a board game has led to the locally produced documentary "Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story" opening March 4 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center. You can listen to my radio feature or read the extended review.

Scripps Researchers Chart Underwater Mountains

March 3
City News Service

Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers aboard a ship in the southern Atlantic Ocean mapped previously uncharted undersea mountains, the tallest of which is higher than California's Mount Whitney, the research institute announced today.

Mexican Officials Call For Inquiry Into Sempra Plant

March 3
By Amita Sharma
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The call for a review comes weeks after Ensenada officials tried to close the plant.

Concerns Crop Up Over Rising Food Prices

March 3
By Susan Murphy
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Rising food prices are about to take a bigger bite out of your budget, and the increased prices could be around for a while.

Assemblyman Hopeful About Budget Deal

March 3
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California Assembly Speaker John Perez said he’s still hopeful that Republicans and Democrats can work out a budget deal soon. He said he won’t try to put a tax measure on the ballot without GOP support.

Let's Talk: Are NPR Listeners Snooty?

March 3
By Angela Carone
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A Slate writer shares his hatred for the snooty letters written by public radio listeners and broadcast on NPR. But are elitism and intellectual snobbery qualities of the average NPR listener?

Pension Overhaul Meetings Begin

March 3
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A controversial proposal to overhaul California’s pension system got its first hearing before a legislative committee Wednesday.

Olympian Receives Replacement Gold Medal

March 3
City News Service

Tristan Geisler will be presented with an Olympic gold medal for a second time today -- nine years after winning it in the first place.

Culture Lust Weekend: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, One Book One San Diego, And Kites

March 3
By Jocelyn Maggard
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This weekend, classical music fills the halls, San Diegans come together to talk literature, kites are flying, and so much more. Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard gathers the best bets for your weekend itinerary.

The Color Of Stress For Combat Vets

March 3
These Days
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A Navy workshop takes families beyond the joyful reunions into the reality of coming home. We'll hear about the challenges vets face returning from deployment, where even the color green can be difficult to adjust to after so much time in the desert.

Why Did Supreme Court Rule In Favor Of Church’s Right To Protest?

March 3
These Days
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The Westboro Baptist Church has angered many by protesting at military funerals and other events. The church protesters often hold signs with anti-gay messages and say things like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Despite the church's offensive messages, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects their right to protest, and use signs containing what many consider hurtful speech. KPBS Guest Military Blogger Beth Ford Roth joins us to explain the Supreme Court's ruling.

Zapf On Redevelopment Funds, Water Rates, Trash & Pensions

March 3
These Days
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Lorie Zapf was elected in 2010 to replace the termed-out Donna Frye as the City Council representative from the 6th district. We ask her about the controversies that followed her during the election and the big issues in her first months in office, including water rate increases and the city budget.

The Life And Photography Of Imogen Cunningham

March 3
These Days
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Pioneering female photographer Imogen Cunningham was a true iconoclast. We'll talk with Cunningham's granddaughter about her grandmother's life and work, including Cunningham's collection of botanical photographs currently on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

New College Grads More Prepared for Tight Job Market

March 3
By Kyla Calvert
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Unemployment is still at record-high levels for all workers. But young workers have experienced the highest unemployment rates. The outlook for college students graduating this spring may not be great, but it is improving.