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Stories for April 17, 2012

Dalai Lama Visit UC San Diego

April 17
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The 14th Dalai Lama arrived in San Diego today to deliver addresses at area universities tomorrow and Thursday.

Midway Post Office Open Until Eleventh Hour For Tax Filers

April 17
By Helen Hawes
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Tax returns and extensions must be postmarked by midnight tonight to be considered "on time." But only one postal location even comes close to that deadline.

SANDAG Puts Off Rapid Bus Debate

April 17
By Tom Fudge
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Critics say SANDAG has postponed a decision over an unpopular transit plan by cancelling a Friday meeting.

Body Found in Search for Missing Camp Pendleton Wife

April 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego Sheriff's Department says a body has been found during the search for missing Camp Pendleton wife Brittany Killgore, although authorities have not yet determined the identity of the body. A woman has also been arrested for murder in connection to the case.

UCSD Shaking Table Rattles Building

April 17
By Erik Anderson
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UC San Diego researchers put a five story building through a couple of major earthquakes. The nation's largest earthquake shake table experiment is part of a five million dollar project aimed at making buildings safer.

Voice Over Internet Services Battle At Capitol

April 17
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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A fight is underway at the California Capitol over the possible regulation of voice over internet services - or VoIP.

Tax Day Focus Is On Brown's November Initiative

April 17
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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On this year’s Tax Day, the conversation in California is all about Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed November initiative.

LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN: Iron And Wine

April 17
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On a chilly fall night, Atlanta’s historic Buckhead Theatre hosted an unforgettable, marathon performance by Iron and Wine. The show was a sort of homecoming for frontman Sam Beam, who grew up a few hours from Atlanta, and he delivered a two-hour, 24-song set for the invitation-only audience of 500. The 11-piece band played virtually all of Iron and Wine’s most recent album, “Kiss Each Other Clean,” plus favorites like “Naked as We Came” and “Boy With a Coin,” before Beam closed the remarkable night with a luminous solo version of the brand-new “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” from the “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” soundtrack.

AG Reverses Decision On Woman Who Killed Her Pimp

April 17
By Amita Sharma
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has dramatically reversed herself today in the case of Sara Kruzan, who killed her pimp at age 16.

America Revealed: Nation On The Move

April 17
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America is a nation of vast distances and dense urban clusters, woven together by 200,000 miles of railroads, 5,000 airports and four million miles of roads. These massive, complex transportation systems combine to make Americans the most mobile people on earth. Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go.

San Diego Expects to Save Millions of Dollars on IT Contracts

April 17
James R. Riffel, City News Service

The city of San Diego has agreed to tentative contracts with two companies to handle information technology services, which should result in cost savings of $7.4 million over the next five years, Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.

NOVA: Why Ships Sink

April 17
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Are you safe aboard a modern cruise ship? Twenty million passengers embark on cruises each year, vacationing in deluxe "floating cities" that offer everything from swimming pools to shopping malls to ice skating rinks. And the ships just keep getting bigger: The average cruise ship has doubled in size in just the last 10 years. NOVA brings together marine engineering and safety experts to reconstruct the events that led up to famous cruise disasters, including the ill-fated Concordia, the Sea Diamond and the Oceanos.

Second Arrest Made In Missing Marine Wife Case

April 17
CHANNEL 10 NEWS, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has announced a second arrest in connection with the disappearance of Brittany Killgore.

Obama, Romney Wage War For Women Voters

April 17
Frank James, NPR
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Obama and Romney are clamoring for women voters -- the largest voting population. While both camps are vulnerable on women's issues, the voting majority has historically skewed towards Democratic candidates, leaving Romney with slack to pick up.

UCSD Accepts Record Number Of Freshmen For Fall

April 17
City News Service

More than 60,000 students applied to UC San Diego and nearly 23,000 would-be freshman were accepted for fall classes, the university announced today.

Crunching The Numbers: San Diego's Proposed City Budget

April 17
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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We crunch the numbers in Mayor Jerry Sanders proposed city budget and hear from a group calling for public input in public decisions.

Organic Farming In San Diego

April 17
Midday Edition
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We look at organic farming in San Diego County, how much of our agriculture is made up of organic farms and what challenges do they face?

Other Options Gone, Tea Party Members Warm Up To Romney

April 17
Don Gonyea, NPR
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GOP presidential nominee Romney reaches out to a segment of the Republican base that has given him trouble in this year's primary season.

Let's Talk Tupac: Creepy, Amazing, Or Both?

April 17
By Angela Carone
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The video of slain rapper Tupac Shakur as a hologram has gone viral since his (its) performance at Coachella Sunday night. Let's discuss - is it creepy, amazing, or both?

UCSD To Launch Study On Whether Anti-HIV Pill Can Prevent Infection

April 17
By Kenny Goldberg

A new UC San Diego study will test the viability of using an anti-HIV drug to prevent people at high risk from becoming infected.

Marine Faces Punishment for Trayvon Martin Tweet

April 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The misuse of social media has gotten another California-based Marine in hot water. Staff Sgt. Suneel Mehta of Twentynine Palms is facing punishment for a Tweet that joked about George Zimmerman's fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Discovery Shuttle's Final Voyage Via Piggyback (Video)

April 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The space shuttle Discovery made its final flight this morning, piggybacking on top of a jumbo jet to Washington D.C., where it will find a forever home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Thousands of space enthusiasts on the ground watched the Discovery's final flight from Florida to D.C.

U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It

April 17
John Ydstie, NPR
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There's a boom in natural gas production in the United States, a boom so big the market is having trouble absorbing it all.

Follow The Money: Self-Financing A Campaign

April 17
By Ryann Grochowski
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Candidates in some of San Diego’s most contested elections have already loaned and donated to their campaign large sums of money. Self-loans and donations are good ways to increase a campaign’s bottom line, but there’s key differences between the two practices.

UCSD Quake Table Set To Shake 5-Story Building

April 17
By Erik Anderson
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UC-San Diego researchers will shake and rattle a 75-foot-tall, five story building on a huge earthquake simulator today. Engineers hope to learn more about how the guts of the building perform under stress.

CSU Faculty Begin Strike Voting

April 17
By Kyla Calvert

Cal State faculty union members began voting yesterday on whether to authorize their first system-wide strike.

Long-Hidden Brewery Art to Emerge

April 17
By Angela Carone and Angela Carone and Kelly Bennett
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After languishing in storage for a quarter-century, colorful artwork from a historic Barrio Logan brewery will soon be uncrated and seen again. This is the second in a two-part series reported together with Voice of San Diego.