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Stories for March 31, 2011

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Father Joe Retiring

March 31, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

Father Joe Carroll has been the face of homeless services in San Diego for decades. He will step down as president of Father Joe’s Villages on April 12, his 70th birthday.

High Lead Levels Found In Little League Uniform Belts

March 31, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health says Little League baseball uniforms may be hazardous to children. The non-profit group has found high levels of lead in baseball belts sold at some major retailers in California.

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Eleven Injured In Fire Aboard USS Stennis Listed In Stable Condition

March 31, 2011
By Alison St John

All 11 people injured in a fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Stennis are reported in stable condition today.

Visitors On Visa Waiver Not As Welcome In San Diego

March 31, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

Visitors from industrialized countries are allowed to stay three months--and often significantly longer--in the U.S. under the Visa Waiver program. But San Diego officials are changing the custom.

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Cardiff Kook Celebrates Van Gogh's Birthday

March 31, 2011

See pictures of the Cardiff Kook statue dressed up like painter Vincent Van Gogh on the occasion of Van Gogh's birthday.

Former President Clinton Brings Global Initiative Conference To San Diego

March 31, 2011
By Peggy Pico

Former President Bill Clinton will speak Friday at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at UC-San Diego. The three-day program is meant to bring together students to create change.

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Cause Of Death Of 2.5 Million Sardines Still A Mystery

March 31, 2011
NOAKI SCHWARTZ, Associated Press

Three weeks after a huge fish die-off in Southern California, officials said Thursday they have a body count but still can't say what drove 175 tons of sardines into the marina where they died.

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School Teachers Keep Chavez's Legacy Alive

March 31, 2011
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego school teachers are doing their part to keep Cesar Chavez's memory alive nearly two decades after his death.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Contemporary Dance, Border Films, and Quantum Physics.

March 31, 2011
By Jocelyn Maggard

This weekend can be spent inside, experiencing the art of dance, outside, at the Crew Classic, or checking out some music, photography, film, and everything in between. Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard lists some options.

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How Are U.S. Forces Preparing For Withdrawal From Iraq?

March 31, 2011
By Alison St John, Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

Is the situation in Iraq becoming increasingly unstable as the time for American withdrawal approaches? And, what are U.S. officials doing to reach out to Iraqis here and abroad? We talk to representatives from the Department of State who are visiting San Diego, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, and to the Director of Strategic Effects for United States Forces in Iraq.

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Will The Padres Have A Winning Season Without Adrian Gonzalez?

March 31, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Robert Moreno

Last year, the San Diego Padres surprised Major League Baseball by posting 90 wins and finishing just two games back in the National League West behind the World Champion San Francisco Giants. But, today at 1:15 p.m. all that will be behind them as the Friars lace up their cleats and take the field in St. Louis to embark on a new season.

Can A Libertarian Be An Advocate For Social Justice?

March 31, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

The political landscape in America is very polarized nowadays. Many people identify themselves as "Conservative" or "Liberal," and are willing to defend their beliefs vigorously. The political debates tend to focus more on the areas of disagreement, rather than the issues people agree on. Now, a new blog has popped up that attempts to combine the political beliefs of Libertarians, who support free markets and property rights, with the ideals of "bleeding heart" Liberals. We speak to the creator of "Bleeding Heart Libertarians" about the motivation behind his blog, and what he hopes people will take away from it.

How Does San Diego's Health Compare To Other California Counties?

March 31, 2011
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

Where does San Diego rank among California's healthiest counties? KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg breaks down recent report analyzing the health of communities across the nation.

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In Japan, Scenes Of Much Destruction, Little Looting

March 31, 2011
ohn Burnett, NPR

In the weeks following the tsunami, there have been relatively few documented reports of thievery in the devastated coastal cities of northeastern Japan.

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SCE Planning New Seismic Study For San Onofre

March 31, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

The nuclear crisis brought on by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan could inform a new study of the fault lines closest to the San Onofre nuclear power station.

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San Diego Green Companies React to Obama Energy Plan

March 31, 2011
By Andrés Barraza

Local green companies may grow as a result of President Obama's energy proposal.

SDG&E Concludes Meetings On Power ShutOff During High WildFire Risk

March 31, 2011
By Alison St John

San Diego Gas and Electric has concluded more than a year of stakeholder meetings on whether the company can turn off power in the backcountry when the wildfire risk is high.

Republicans Seek To Merge Pension Proposals

March 31, 2011
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Pension reform has long been the conservatives’ rallying cry in San Diego. The problem was how to go about it. Now a deal is in the works.

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Events: 'Cabaret,' 'Foxfire,' 'In The Next Room'

March 31, 2011
By Angela Carone, Jocelyn Maggard, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego stages are busy these days with a smorgasbord of offerings. From the famed musical "Cabaret" to the Appalachian drama "Foxfire," there's something for everyone. We'll talk with theater critics Jim Hebert and Pam Kragen about the local theater scene.

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Calif. Drought Over But Restrictions Remain In San Diego

March 31, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

California Gov. Jerry Brown officially ended California's latest drought. But it could be another month before water use restrictions are lifted in the city of San Diego.

Gas Consumption Rises

March 31, 2011
By Erik Anderson

California tax officials say gas consumption inched up a bit late last year. That happened when prices were nearly $1 a gallon lower.

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Review: 'Win Win'

March 31, 2011
By Beth Accomando

With films like “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor,” filmmaker Tom McCarthy has revealed a knack for making films about real people. Now he looks to a high school wrestling coach for his latest film “Win Win" (opening March 31 at AMC La Jolla, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas, and UltraStar Flower Hill). Check back tomorrow for a video of my interviews.