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Stories for April 3, 2012

Romney Sweeps D.C., Maryland, Wisconsin Primaries

April 3
Associated Press
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Mitt Romney has swept a trio of GOP primaries, coasting to wins over chief rival Rick Santorum in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Nathan Fletcher Wins BIOCOM Endorsement

April 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The trade group for San Diego's life sciences industry endorsed the mayoral campaign of independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher today.

Congressional Delegates Talk Defense Spending, Health Care At Forum

April 3
By Katie Orr
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All five of San Diego’s Congressional delegates gathered today for a forum put on by the Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss topics ranging from defense spending to the health care.

Will 2008's Surge In Young Voters Continue In 2012?

April 3
Teresa Tomassoni, NPR
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Historically, young people have been much less likely to vote than older Americans. That trend has started to change in recent presidential elections, including in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama capitalized on the under-30 vote. But political analysts say young voters in 2012 are harder to read.

High School Students Push Free College Tuition Ballot Measure

April 3
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Get good grades and your UC or CSU tuition would be free. That’s the thinking behind an initiative high school students in Oakland are working to qualify for the California ballot.

San Diego Unified Singled Out As Attendance Boosting Model

April 3
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified has is getting more kids to school every day. Officials said that means higher graduation rates, fewer drop outs and more money for schools.

Richard Dawkins On God In American Politics

April 3
Midday Edition
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Richard Dawkins, among the world's most prominent atheists, and Sean Faircloth, author of "Attack of the Theocrats," talk about God in politics and public policy in advance of Friday's event in Golden Hall.

Ken Salazar To Visit San Diego Zoo Wednesday

April 3
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scheduled to host a town hall-style event on travel and tourism at the San Diego Zoo tomorrow to highlight California as a top tourist destination for outdoor recreation in the West, it was announced today.

USD Scientist Getting The Word Out On Global Warming

April 3
Midday Edition
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A USD scientist is leading the effort to educate the public about climate change and global warming, but with a twist: using business and community leaders to educate the public about what affects our region.

Health Care 911: U-T San Diego's In-Depth Look

April 3
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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U-T San Diego and Center for Health Reporting join forces to take an in-depth look at the strain on San Diego's medical system.

The Council District That Didn't Exist

April 3
Andrew Donohue, Voice of San Diego
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The City Council's District 9 didn't exist a year ago. The Redistricting Commission drew it up last year when adding a ninth district, creating a second Latino-majority district. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's a Latino-controlled district.

NOVA: Hunting The Elements

April 3
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Why are some elements, like platinum and gold, relatively inert, while others, like phosphorus and potassium, are violently explosive? Why are some vital to every breath we take, while others are potentially lethal? Punctuated by surprising and often alarming experiments, David Pogue takes NOVA on a roller coaster ride through nature’s hidden lab and the compelling stories of discovery that revealed its secrets.

Veteran Arrested in Miramar Marine's Shooting Death (Video)

April 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Iraq War veteran has been arrested in Texas for the shooting death of Miramar Marine Cpl. Aaron Talley.

Anti-Obama Marine Sues to Stop Dismissal Hearing

April 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton Marine facing dismissal for Anti-Obama Facebook posts is suing members of his own chain of command to stop his impending dismissal hearing.

Invisible Children Delays Release Of Kony Sequel

April 3
City News Service

San Diego-based Invisible Children today delayed the release of a sequel to its viral documentary, "Kony 2012'' to Thursday.

Man Kills 7, Wounds 3 At Small Christian College

April 3
Associated Press
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A 43-year-old former student of a small Christian university in California opened fire at the school Monday, killing at least seven people and setting off an intense, chaotic manhunt that ended with his capture at a nearby shopping center, authorities said.

Downtown San Diego Cafe To Benefit Homeless Teens Reopens

April 3
By Dwane Brown
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The recession forced a lot of business owners in San Diego to close up shop. This week a unique downtown café reopened its doors after closing two years ago.

San Diego School Attendance Rates Improve

April 3
City News Service

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson gave the San Diego Unified School District a passing grade today for being the only big school district statewide to improve attendance.

Skilled Daycare Services Continue For Fragile Seniors & Disabled Adults

April 3
By Kenny Goldberg

Once threatened with a total cutoff of state funds, programs that provide skilled day-care services for fragile seniors and disabled adults are still alive.

Fletcher's Shun Of GOP: Does Party Matter In SD Race?

April 3
By Katie Orr
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The decision by San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent has garnered national attention. But in a race that is supposed to be non-partisan, does the move even matter?

Vets Find Mantram Repetition Helps PTSD Symptoms

April 3
Evening Edition
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The VA Medical Center in San Diego is testing an ancient meditation technique called “Mantram Repetition” to see if veterans from around the country with PTSD are willing to try it.

U.S. Officials Hail Sentencing Of Tijuana Cartel Leader, But Drug War Far From Over

April 3
By Jill Replogle
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Benjamin Arellano-Felix, the former leader of a major Mexican drug trafficking organization, was sentenced in San Diego on Monday to 25 years in prison. Some observers are surprised by the light sentence and question whether such prosecutions have done much to stem the bloodshed in Mexico, and the flow of drugs to the U.S.