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Stories for March 4, 2011

Scientists Announce New Alzheimer's Findings

March 4
City News Service
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New findings on Alzheimer's disease could lead to ways to prevent and treat the condition, The Scripps Research Institute announced Friday.

Consumers Warned About Faulty Bar-Code Scanners

March 4
City News Service
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San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price today urged shoppers to examine receipts at checkout registers for price-scanning errors.

California Schools Look To Own Foundations To Offset State Cuts

March 4
California Capitol Network
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A growing number of California schools and districts are turning to their non-profit foundations to help offset state cuts.

Marines Conduct Major Ship-To-Shore Excercises

March 4
By Alison St John
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As conflict in Libya continues, Marines are among the U.S. forces being moved into the area. A major exercise off the coast of San Diego this week is training Marines to move rapidly from ships floating just over the horizon to the beach

American Masters: Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter

March 4
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Interweaving the intriguing story of the club that cemented their musical legacy, "Troubadours" is a first-hand account of the genesis of the singer-songwriter movement, centering on the historic collaboration between Carole King and James Taylor, as well as on Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles, Elton John and many others.

New Cardiovascular Center Opens At UC San Diego

March 4
City News Service
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The UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility for patient care and research, opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert At The O2

March 4
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In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. With more than 500 actors and musicians — including Alfie Boe, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga, Jenny Galloway and Katie Hall — the show includes the casts of the long-running Original Production at London’s Queen’s Theatre and members of the Original 1985 London cast.

Local Event: Disaster Day Triple Feature

March 4
By Beth Accomando
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Are you ready for an earthquake? A fire? A tidal wave? Well prepare for the worst with FilmOut's Disaster Day Triple Feature with "Earthquake," "Towering Inferno," and "The Poseidon Adventure" starting at 4pm on Saturday March 5 at the Birch North Park Theater.

The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time!

March 4
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This 1982 documentary captures a reunion performance at Carnegie Hall in the early 1980s of the now-aged Weavers, blending contemporary footage of the concert with background about the intemperate, intolerant times in which The Weavers first emerged. The film provides solid history of the McCarthy era, when The Weavers--riding high with a No. 1 hit in "Goodnight, Irene" -- found themselves blacklisted as suspected Communists.

Dump large Items For Free In National City

March 4
By Sarah Kovash
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Got an old couch or pile of scrap wood you want rid of? National City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of large items for free this weekend.

The Rat Pack: Live And Swingin'

March 4
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The live black-tie benefit performance – the first and only time cameras ever fully captured a proper "Rat Pack Summit" – was taped on Father's Day, June 20, 1965 at the Kiel Opera House in St. Louis. Emceed by Johnny Carson, this beautifully restored musical time capsule includes sets by Frank, Sammy and Dean and a rousing final performance of “Birth of the Blues.”

Great Performances: Billy Joel Live At Shea Stadium

March 4
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Shortly before the demolition of New York City’s Shea Stadium in July 2008, superstar Billy Joel electrified audiences with two memorable concerts at the historic arena. Joel’s special guests included Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Sir Paul McCartney whose 1965 appearance there with the Beatles was so iconic.

Trailer: 'Source Code'

March 4
By Beth Accomando
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Here's the latest trailer for the upcoming thriller "Source Code."

Rick Steves' Viva Espana!

March 4
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In this exciting two-hour adventure, viewers will join Rick Steves to experience the very best of Spain — with prancing horses, flamenco festivals, paella feasts on the beach, exotic Moorish palaces, and whitewashed hill towns. After climbing the Rock of Gibraltar and sidetripping into Morocco, viewers will venture to the far north of Spain to run with the bulls and trek with the pilgrims.

Escondido Man Killed In Police Shooting

March 4
City News Service
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An investigation continued today into an officer-involved shooting in Escondido in which an agitated, apparently suicidal man found wielding a pair of scissors at a North County home was shot dead, police said.

Review: 'Take Me Home Tonight'

March 4
By Beth Accomando
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I feel it is my civic duty to try and steer people away from "Take Me Home Tonight" (opening March 4 throughout San Diego).

Sempra Impasse in Ensenada Raises Questions

March 4
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The temporary shutdown of Sempra Energy's natural gas plant in Ensenada last month raised many questions. Among them is the future of American investment in Mexican border states.

Events: Vienna Philharmonic, RC44 Sailing Regatta And Carnival

March 4
These Days
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One of the world's premiere orchestras plays San Diego this weekend. We'll talk about the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the RC 44 Sailing Regatta taking place on San Diego Bay this weekend.

Could Proposition 26 Derail Proposed Convention Center Expansion?

March 4
Editors Roundtable
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Mayor Jerry Sanders and other city leaders are pushing for a $750 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, but how will they pay for it? We discuss how Proposition 26 and uncertain redevelopment revenue could affect the proposal.

County Payout For Unused Sick Time Is Uncommon Benefit

March 4
Editors Roundtable
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The county's practice of cashing out unused sick time for managers and administrators is an uncommon benefit in this region, according to the Watchdog Unit at the San Diego Union-Tribune. We discuss how much the county has paid out for unused sick time in recent years, and what other local employers are doing.

Baja Officials Raise Concerns About Sempra's LNG Plant

March 4
Editors Roundtable
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First, Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo attempted to shut down Sempra's liquefied-natural-gas terminal in Baja after alleging that permits for the facility were improper. Now, Mexican federal lawmakers are calling for a review of the LNG plant's permits. We talk about why neighbors are concerned about the facility and why officials on both sides of the border are questioning Sempra's business practices in Baja.

Payrolls Up 192,000; Jobless Rate 8.9 Percent

March 4
Associated Press
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U.S. employers hired in February at the fastest pace in almost a year and the unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent — a nearly two-year low.

Tidelands Ruling May Be Appealed

March 4
By Ed Joyce
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A California state appellate court has tossed out a regulation which prohibits development on publicly owned tidelands.

Virtual Ships Train Navy Sailors

March 4
By Peggy Pico
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Naval Base San Diego is first in the country to use new simulators to train sailors for combat and rescue missions.

Indian Gambling Revenue Falls In California

March 4
By Erik Anderson
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Indian casinos in California saw declining revenues for the second straight year in 2009 and a new report cites the weak economy for the decline.