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Stories for March 5, 2012

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Free, But Not Cleared: Ernie Lopez Comes Home

March 5, 2012
Joseph Shapiro, NPR

Ernie Lopez calls it his "rebirth." After spending nearly nine years in prison for the sexual assault of a 6-month old girl, a top Texas court threw out the conviction. And on Friday, the 41-year-old Lopez walked out of the detention center in Amarillo, Texas, where family and friends were waiting.

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Audit Finds Cheaper Way To Lower Fire Response Times

March 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s fire department is always looking for ways to lower response times. Now the department may have found one that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Man Convicted of Opening Fire at Carlsbad School, Wounding Two Girls

March 5, 2012
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

A man who wounded two girls during a 2010 shooting spree at a Carlsbad elementary school was convicted today of multiple counts of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

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Thousands Sign Petition to Get Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio

March 5, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post Blog: Rush Limbaugh's harsh comments towards a law student's testimony on contraception lead to negative audience feedback, and a petition to get him off taxpayer-funded stations.

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Mob History Revealed In New Museum

March 5, 2012
By Jude Joffe-Block

A new museum in Las Vegas tackles the history of something near and dear to the city's own roots: The Mob. Museum curators had the challenge of presenting a history that was never meant to be public.

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SD City Council Votes Down Recommended Salary Increase

March 5, 2012
By Amita Sharma, City News Service, Claire Trageser, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The San Diego City Council today unanimously rejected a proposal to raise their pay and that of the city's mayor to more than double their current salaries.

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New Documentary Showcases An 'American Troubadour'

March 5, 2012
By Claire Caraska, Maureen Cavanaugh

American singer-songwriter Don McLean has a career that spans more than 40 years and more than 300 songs. And a new documentary reveals that there is much more to the man than just "American Pie."

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USD Report Tallies Victims Of Mexican Drug-War Violence

March 5, 2012
By Adrian Florido, Amita Sharma, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

How bad has drug war violence been in Mexico? A new report says 50,000 people murdered in the last five years. The report from the University of San Diego assesses the death toll of drug cartel violence in Mexico. Researchers have pinpointed where the most deaths have occurred and trace the root causes of the violence.

Seismic Swarm Shaking Up Imperial Valley

March 5, 2012
By Neiko Will

A cluster of earthquakes has been rattling the Imperial Valley, centered at the southern tip of the Salton Sea.

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National Geographic Magazine's Top Ten Photos Of 2011

March 5, 2012

This program counts down the best of the best photos from the more than one million images shot for National Geographic magazine during the year. Hosted by Chris Johns, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, the program takes an unprecedented look at what makes these photos stand apart from the rest and introduces the photographers behind them. With flair, action and behind-the-scenes footage, the special provides insight into how the National Geographic photographers captured that perfect image, giving viewers a front-row seat as they reveal the hard work, perseverance and luck behind that one-in-a-million shot.

Students Protest Education Cuts At Capitol Rally

March 5, 2012
Associated Press

Thousands of college students plan to converge in Sacramento to call on state lawmakers to restore funding for higher education.

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70s Soul Superstars (MY MUSIC)

March 5, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

Join Patti LaBelle for an all-star reunion of the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul, including the Commodores, original lead Eugene Record reuniting with the Chi-Lites, the Stylistics, Yvonne Elliman, Heatwave, the Trammps and the Emotions.

Ohio Is Key Test For GOP Hopefuls

March 5, 2012
NPR

Ohio is one of 10 states holding contests to pick their party's presidential nominee on Super Tuesday, but it has been the main focus of attention for GOP candidates because it will be a major battleground state in the general election this November.

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Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing?

March 5, 2012
Jim Zarroli, NPR

President Obama wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent for all companies.

Childhood Obesity in California Levels Off Once Kids Hit School, Study Finds

March 5, 2012
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

Childhood obesity is still a problem in California – but new research suggests the rate of obesity is slowing in school children.

Tobiah Lee Pettus

March 5, 2012

I, Tobiah Lee Pettus, grew up in Southern California since the age of approximately 5. Before that, I lived in Truckee, Calif.

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Credit Unions Cash In On Bank's Troubles

March 5, 2012
By Erik Anderson

California Credit Unions added 212,000 new customers last year, mirroring a national trend. That happened after a couple of years of no growth for the non profit banking organizations.

Carl DeMaio Says He Wants To Clean Up City Hall

March 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio has maintained a high profile ever since he was first elected to office in 2008. He’s currently vying to be San Diego’s next mayor. But that would mean he’d be leading the very employees he often rails against.

Bob Filner Says San Diego Needs To Make A Clean Sweep At City Hall

March 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Congressman Bob Filner of the 51st district has a shot at being San Diego’s first elected Democratic mayor in nearly 30 years. Filner draws support from union members, but he’s facing an electorate divided over the benefits city workers receive.

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A Shot In The Heart May Repair Damage

March 5, 2012
By Peggy Pico

A San Diego researcher has developed an injectable gel to repair damage caused by a heart attack.

Bonnie Dumanis Says She'll Offer Leadership On Issues Facing San Diego

March 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Long time District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wants to be the next mayor of San Diego. She’s stressing her decades of experience working in San Diego. But her history may present some challenges as well.

Nathan Fletcher Says He Has Plans For San Diego's Future

March 5, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher often says it’s time for a new era in San Diego politics, and he wants to be the one to usher it in as San Diego’s next mayor.