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Stories for January 3, 2012

Romney Wins Caucus By 8 Votes

Jan. 3
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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The results from Iowa suggest what has been clear for months: Republicans remain divided about their presidential choices.

U.C. San Diego In Top Ten for Value

Jan. 3
By Kyla Calvert
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The university ranked as one of the top ten values in public higher education.

Gauguin Paintings To Stay At Maritime Museum Through July

Jan. 3
City News Service
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Due to its popularity, an exhibit including paintings by Paul Gauguin will stay at the Maritime Museum of San Diego until July 31, a spokeswoman said today.

NHK World Special: Can You See Our Lights - First Festival After The Tsunami

Jan. 3
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Japanese summer festivals serve as a time to hold memorial services for the souls of the departed. Although some of the places devastated by the March 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster were unable to hold their colorful and passionate centuries-old festivals, the people of Rikuzen-Takada, Soma, Minami-Soma and other cities decided to proceed as usual. The program includes interviews with festival committee members busily repairing damaged floats and drums and encouraging the participation of dispersed former residents.

4.1 Quake Strikes Off SoCal Coast

Jan. 3
Associated Press
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A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has struck the Channel Islands region about 70 miles off the Southern California coast.

San Diego Prison Escapee Captured In East County

Jan. 3
Evening Edition
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A convict who allegedly stole a fire engine to escape from Donovan State Prison on New Year's Day was captured late this morning at an East County trolley depot.

San Diego Chargers Keep Turner, Smith

Jan. 3
Evening Edition
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San Diego Chargers President Dean Spanos has decided to keep coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith despite the team missing the playoffs for the second straight season amid increasing fan discontent.

Following The Money Trail Of Redevelopment Funds

Jan. 3
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Last week the court upheld a law saying the state may eliminate redevelopment agencies and threw out a law saying the agencies could exist if they paid a portion of their revenue to the state. We discuss the recent history of state revenues and and the consequences of piecemeal reform like Prop 22.

Grant Barrett's Annual Words Of The Year

Jan. 3
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"Kardash" and "99-percenters" are just two of Grant Barrett's words of 2011. Which will last and which will die off?

San Diego-Based Ship In Strait Of Hormuz Drama

Jan. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay cruised through the international powder-keg of the Strait of Hormuz last week, according to the Associated Press. The Mobile Bay is a guided missile cruiser that provides support for the John C. Stennis strike group. The Stennis also traveled through the Strait of Hormuz the final week of December.

Cal Fire To Conduct Prescribed Burn In East County

Jan. 3
City News Service
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Cal Fire crews will conduct a prescribed burn in the East County today to get rid of brush that could feed a wildfire.

Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall Targeted For 3rd Time

Jan. 3
City News Service
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Someone apparently tried unsuccessfully today to spark a blaze at a University Heights church where arson fires broke out twice last month, authorities said.

Navy Pilot Among 4 Found Dead In Coronado Condo

Jan. 3
Associated Press
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Navy pilot David Reis had just taken his first flight aboard an F/A-18 fighter jet and his sister, Karen, had become a girls' volleyball coach after graduating from college. Friends say the siblings came from a loving family and shared a love of life.

San Diego Middle School Students Lured By MoonKAM

Jan. 3
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego middle school students join NASA researchers to look at the moon as never before.

North County Mayors Join Forces To Help Region

Jan. 3
By Alison St John
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A group of North County mayors has decided it’s time to join forces to crystalize the region’s identity, and attract money and jobs.

State Plans To Appeal Ruling Blocking Medi-Cuts

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg
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State officials says they'll ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn an injunction blocking cuts to Medi-Cal providers.

Republican Presidential Contenders Face First Test

Jan. 3
Associated Press
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In the kickoff contest of the 2012 presidential race, Republican candidates argued right up to Tuesday's finish line in Iowa over which candidate the voters can trust and who they can count on to defeat President Barack Obama.