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Stories for February 27, 2012

Bill Could Postpone Final SD Teacher Layoffs

Feb. 27, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

New legislation could push back the San Diego Unified School District's teacher layoff deadline.

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San Luis Rey Band Seeks Injunction To Stop Road Work

Feb. 27, 2012
By Alison St John

Native Americans want construction to halt on a road leading to a major new development in North County. A judge will rule on whether to grant an injunction to protect an ancient Indian village and burial ground where Highway 76 crosses Interstate 15.

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Reward Doubles For Arsonist Capture

Feb. 27, 2012
By Helen Hawes

With a burned out shell of a cafeteria, kids at Birney Elementary eat outside in tents.

Interview with 'Act of Valor' Directors

Feb. 27, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post Blog: An exclusive interview with the directors of the Navy SEAL-starred action movie that topped the weekend box office.

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Wildlife Group Asks For Calif. Wolf Protections

Feb. 27, 2012
Tracie Cone, Associated Press

The only gray wolf in California arrived after heading south out of Oregon last year while his brother headed east into Idaho, moves that sealed each of their fates.

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Sleeping Pills Linked To Higher Risk For Cancer, Death

Feb. 27, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Scripps researchers have found that eight of the most commonly prescribed sleeping pills significantly increase the risk of cancer and death.

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Arrests Made In Shooting That Killed 5 In Tijuana

Feb. 27, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Baja California state police say a 24-year-old woman ordered the Jan. 28 killings at a family party in Tijuana. A 13-year-old boy who was a U.S. citizen was among those slain.

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Which Candidate Will Get Your Support In The 52nd District Congressional Race?

Feb. 27, 2012

For the first time in two decades, California's newly drawn congressional districts could play a major role in deciding which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives. In San Diego, Republican Incumbent Brian Bilbray is hoping to fend off a field of candidates, including Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña and Port Commissioner Scott Peters.

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Ron Roberts Will Ask For Health Inspection Grades For Food Trucks

Feb. 27, 2012
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The food trucks proliferating in San Diego County should display the same health inspection letter grades as restaurants do, Supervisor Ron Roberts said today.

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FRONTLINE: Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown

Feb. 27, 2012

FRONTLINE continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. With exclusive eyewitness testimony from key figures in the drama — including the Japanese prime minister and senior executives at the power company Tepco — FRONTLINE tells the story of the workers struggling frantically to reconnect power inside the plant’s pitch-dark and highly radioactive reactor buildings; the nuclear experts and officials in the prime minister’s office fighting to get information as the crisis spiraled out of control; and the plant manager who disobeyed his executives’ orders when he thought it would save the lives of his workers.

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San Diego's Structural Deficit Ends, But Critics Say Major Costs Are Not Included

Feb. 27, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Mayor Jerry Sanders announced San Diego's structural deficit has been accomplished, but critics say some major costs are not included on the mayor's ledger sheet.

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ConDor: Aliens, Conspiracies, & Feds, Oh My!

Feb. 27, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

ConDor (running March 2-4 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center) is celebrating its 19th year as San Diego's science fiction and fantasy convention. The convention focuses on the literary and is known for its intimacy and panel programming.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Amish

Feb. 27, 2012

An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values?

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1 Dead, 4 Wounded In Ohio School Shooting

Feb. 27, 2012
THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press

A teenager opened fire in his Cleveland-area school Monday morning, killing one student and wounding four others before being caught a short distance away.

Cold Storm To Bring Wind and Rain To San Diego

Feb. 27, 2012
City News Service

A cold storm is expected to bring significant snow showers and gusty winds to the San Diego County mountains today, and rainfall elsewhere in the region.

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John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Returns To San Diego

Feb. 27, 2012
City News Service

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to return to San Diego today following a seven-month deployment to the western Pacific and Middle East.

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Trial Begins For Man Accused In Carlsbad School Shooting

Feb. 27, 2012
City News Service

Opening statements are scheduled today in the trial of a man accused of firing a gun at a Carlsbad elementary school and wounding two girls during lunch recess.

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Cost Of Main Breaks, Water Loss Add Up For San Diego

Feb. 27, 2012
Kevin Crowe and Kelly Thornton, Investigative Newsource

As significant water delivery lines are nearing the end of their service life across San Diego, mains are breaking at a pace of more than 100 a year, according to an analysis of city data by Investigative Newsource,

San Diego Activist Heads to Lady Gaga Foundation Launch

Feb. 27, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A San Diego youth activist heads to the Boston launch of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

VA Study Attempts To Create One Of World's Largest Medical Databases

Feb. 27, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego's VA Medical System is trying to recruit 20,000 veterans for a nationwide study.

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Investigation Alleges Abuse Cover-Up At Calif. Centers For Developmentally Disabled

Feb. 27, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

California's Developmental Centers are supposed to be safe havens for the severely disabled. But an investigation has found a pattern of patients being neglected, abused and even dying.

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More Latinos Get College Degrees, But Education Gap Widens

Feb. 27, 2012
By Adrian Florido

New data shows the education attainment gap between Latinos and other ethnic groups is widening, even though more Latinos are obtaining college degrees.