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Stories for April 2, 2012

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Affordable Housing Opens In Upscale Neighborhood

April 2, 2012
By Helen Hawes

Twenty-one affordable housing apartments opened today in the Torrey Highlands section of San Diego.

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Rail Authority Wants Private Sector To Connect San Diego

April 2, 2012
By Tom Fudge

California High-Speed Rail Authority says it can cut costs and create a connection to San Diego with help from companies seeking profits.

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San Diego Is Eighth Greenest City, Magazine Says

April 2, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

San Diego is the eighth greenest city in the United States, according to a list released today by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

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Environmental Group Runs Many Ads Calling For San Onofre Shutdown

April 2, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

An environmental organization called Friends of the Earth was running advertisements on cable television news channels this week demanding that the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station remain shut down.

Cathedral Catholic High Reopens After Staph Scare

April 2, 2012
By Neiko Will

A Carmel Valley high school closed its doors on Friday due to a possible outbreak of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA.

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Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors In The Media Age

April 2, 2012

"Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors In The Media Age" explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of "nature deficit disorder" are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders and depression.

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Officials: 7 Dead In Oakland Christian School Shooting

April 2, 2012
Associated Press

Police in California say seven people have died in a shooting attack at a Christian university.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Grand Coulee Dam

April 2, 2012

In the wake of the Great Depression, America turned from private enterprise to public works — not simply to provide jobs, but to restore faith. The ultimate expression of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, Grand Coulee played a central role in transforming the Northwest; it was the largest hydroelectric power producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941. Featuring the men and women who lived and worked at Grand Coulee and the native people whose lives were changed, as well as historians and engineers, this film explores how the tension between technological achievement and environmental impact hangs over the project's legacy.

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San Diego-Based USS Peleliu Represents Military's Future, Says Panetta

April 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told Sailors aboard the San Diego-based USS Peleliu the ship represents the agile, flexible, and technologically-advanced military of the future.

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Ex-Leader Of Arellano Felix Drug Cartel Sentenced In San Diego

April 2, 2012
By Jill Replogle

Benjamin Arellano Felix was sentenced to 25 years in prison, which prosecutors called a virtual life sentence. It came at the end of a hearing where he tried to bring up new legal issues after accepting the plea agreement.

What Happens If The Affordable Health Care Act Is Overturned?

April 2, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Chris Van Gorder, Scripps' president and CEO, said he is in favor of an individual mandate that each person have health insurance because he believes the system needs everyone to have health insurance.

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The Big Read: Shades of Poe

April 2, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

Yesterday, Write Out Loud kicked off The Big Read: Shades of Poe, its month long celebration of writer Edgar Allan Poe that is being run in partnership with NEA's The Big Read and the San Diego Public Library.

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World Autism Awareness Day: Local Research And Screening

April 2, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The Centers for Disease Control released updated statistics on autism, including the estimates that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.

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Who's Poisoning Dogs on Camp Pendeton? (Video)

April 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Several Camp Pendleton families say their dogs have been poisoned, and they want action taken so it doesn't happen to someone else's beloved pet.

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Camp Pendleton Marine Killed on First Deployment to Afghanistan

April 2, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A Camp Pendleton Marine from the Los Angeles area was killed on his first deployment to Afghanistan.

San Diego's Growing Bike Contingent: What the Candidates For District 9 Say

April 2, 2012
Megan Burks, Speak City Heights

San Diego’s growing bike contingent is becoming a game-changer in local politics. A group many may have expected to hold liberal views is being courted by independent mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. And cyclists are softening to his charms.

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The 1940 Census: 72-Year-Old Secrets Revealed

April 2, 2012
Linton Weeks, NPR

The release today of previously unavailable data from the 1940 census will offer a look at how much — or how little — America has changed.

On Energy Policy, Romney's Emphasis Has Shifted

April 2, 2012
Tamara Keith, NPR

The GOP candidates for president have seized on high gas prices as a line of attack against President Obama, largely saying the answer is more domestic oil drilling. But GOP front-runner Mitt Romney used to have a position seemingly at odds — at least in emphasis — with what he and the other Republicans are now advocating.

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Mexican Drug Kingpin To Be Sentenced In San Diego

April 2, 2012
City News Service

The former leader of the notorious Arellano Felix Mexican drug cartel is scheduled to be sentenced today at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego.

Lottery Ticket Sales Benefit Schools, But Not Much

April 2, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A potential windfall for Mega Millions ticket buyers translates into a trickling revenue stream for state's schools.

SDSU Study Will Examine When Literacy Begins

April 2, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

A new research project will explore whether early language comprehension leads to literacy.

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San Diego Drivers Consider Alternative Fuels

April 2, 2012
By Erik Anderson

Gas prices unexpectedly roared into record territory in February. That surge forced San Diego drivers to consider their pocketbooks when refueling. It also has some drivers considering other ways to power their cars.

Wisconsin Voters Face Onslaught Of 'Negative, Negative, Negative' Ads

April 2, 2012
NPR

The superPAC supporting Rick Santorum has so far spent almost a half-million dollars on ads attacking front-runner Mitt Romney. And the superPAC supporting Romney has spent more than five times that amount — over $2.7 million — attacking Santorum.