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Stories for April 9, 2012

Filner Wants Students To Ride City Transit For Free

April 9
By Kyla Calvert
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Congressman Bob Filner wants to see San Diego Unified students get free city bus and trolley passes.

Researcher: March Warmest Month On Record, Signals Global Warming

April 9
By Erik Anderson
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A San Diego climate researcher says news about this March being the warmest on record comes as no surprise.

Spending From San Diego Bowl Games Drops, Report Finds

April 9
By Erik Anderson
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The economic impact of San Diego's two football bowl games was significantly less in 2011 than it was in years past.

America Revealed: Food Machine

April 9
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AMERICA REVEALED takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before. Technology expert and communications attorney Yul Kwon (winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands”) hosts this exciting new PBS series that travels through time, space and systems to reveal a nation of interdependent and intricately interwoven networks that feed and power the nation, produce millions of goods, transport people great distances and still come together to make America work. In the first episode, meet the men and women who keep us fed — everyone from industrial to urban farmers, crop-dusting pilots to long-distance bee truckers, modern-day cowboys to the pizza deliveryman.

Artificial Reef Leaves Fish Hungry

April 9
By Alison St John
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UC Santa Barbara researchers say the largest artificial reef off the West Coast is not producing well-fed fish as hoped. Southern California Edison’s permit to operate the San Onofre nuclear power plant depends on the ultimate success of the reef project.

UC San Diego Breaks Ground On New Medical Complex

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new patient-friendly medical complex is on the way next to UC San Diego Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

Saving The Titanic

April 9
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She was the Pride of the British Empire and a leading example of state-of-the art engineering in a time of groundbreaking scientific and technological innovations on a global scale. Yet the RMS Titanic sank less than three hours after striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Based upon eyewitness accounts, this is the remarkable story of nine central characters from the engineering crew as they work among the huge, coal-fired furnaces heating the boilers and massive dynamos whirring to satisfy the ship’s demand for electricity. Most of these men died but their brave actions saved many lives.

Mayor To Issue Final Budget Proposal Wednesday

April 9
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Mayor Jerry Sanders will issue the final budget proposal of his eight-year tenure on Wednesday, his office announced today.

Navy Investigates Cause of Virginia Jet Crash (Video)

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is investigating the cause of a jet crash Friday, in which an F/A-18D slammed into an apartment complex in Virginia.

Science, Tech Building Boom Signals 'Investment In The Future'

April 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Both public and private construction of several science and biotech facilities is under way in San Diego. We'll examine this welcome news for our economy.

NRC Chair Gets Update At San Onofre As The Plant Sits Idle

April 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Committee visited San Onofre nuclear power plant on Friday. We get an update on work being done to get the plant back online.

Poet Thomas Lux Scans San Diego

April 9
Midday Edition
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In the mid-90s, Thomas Lux, a poetry professor at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, was asked by Judith Moore, the late editor of the San Diego Reader, to write a series of pieces on San Diego. Lux was not only a total outsider, he had never before written non-fiction.

San Diego Park To Honor Slain Boys

April 9
Associated Press

San Diego County will build a park to honor two boys who were killed by a sex predator 19 years ago.

Trial Wraps For San Diego Freeway Shooting

April 9
City News Service
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Closing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a transient accused of shooting at motorists on a San Diego freeway last year, wounding a college student and damaging another man's car.

Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney Likely Nominee

April 9
Associated Press
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But despite the acknowledgment, the former House speaker says he isn't ready to drop out.

San Diego Schools May Tap $1.3 Million In Reserves

April 9
Associated Press

San Diego schools may have to pull $1.3 million from reserves to cover an ongoing program that provides services to low-income families.

N. Korean Tunnel A Sign Of Another Nuclear Test?

April 9
Associated Press
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Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials.

Military Was Family Tradition for Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

April 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Being part of the military was a family tradition for Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Alex Martinez, who was killed April 5th in Afghanistan.

For Population Density Think LA, Not New York

April 9
By Tom Fudge
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A new census report shows the nation's four most densely populated urbanized areas are all in California.

CHP Targeting Distracted Drivers

April 9
By Neiko Will
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Local law enforcement agencies are focusing their attention on motorists who are talking on their phones and texting while driving this week.

San Diego Art Project Reveals Raw Stories Of The Mentally Ill

April 9
By Peggy Pico
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A new San Diego-based art project profiles "ordinary” people who apply their extraordinary talents to cope with mental illness.

Chula Vista Patients Will Get A Prescription For Walking

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg

A new program will try to boost physical activity through written prescriptions for walking.

The Reader's Guide to Marti Emerald

April 9
Andrew Donohue, Voice of San Diego
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The former TV reporter has something she'd like to clear up. After that, she wants to focus on voter registration, public safety and redevelopment in the City Council's brand-new district.