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Stories for March 6, 2012

Super Tuesday Victories Spread Across Candidates

March 6
Associated Press
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In all, more than 400 delegates were at stake on the night, with primaries in Tennessee and Oklahoma as well as Virginia, Vermont, Ohio, Massachusetts and Georgia. Caucuses in North Dakota, Idaho and Alaska rounded out the calendar.

Port Says Kissing Statue Can Stay If Money Is Raised

March 6
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Supporters of a statue at Tuna Harbor depicting a sailor and nurse embracing in a kiss were given one year today by the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners to raise funds for a bronze permanent version.

SD Unified Trustees Will Vote On Pink Slips

March 6
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified will finalize a list of possible layoffs at its Tuesday meeting.

Ohio Exit-Poll Surprise: Romney Draws Low-Income, No College Voters

March 6
Frank James, NPR

There's something funny happening in Ohio according to CNN's exit poll — Mitt Romney is appealing to some of the very income and education groups in Ohio that were supposed to be Rick Santorum's strength, voters with relatively low incomes and no college.

State Capitol Returns To Normal After Monday's Huge Protests

March 6
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

It was business as usual Tuesday at the California State Capitol following Monday's protests and an attempt to occupy the building.

November Ballot Might Not Include Spending Cap Iniitiative After All

March 6
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Backers of a California initiative that would create a hard cap on state spending may not attempt to qualify that measure for the November ballot after all.

Tire Surcharge Funds Paving Projects That Use Old Tires

March 6
Bob Moffit, California Capitol Network
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Thanks to the redistribution of a special tire surcharge, tires that used to ride on the road will soon be part of the road in a number of California cities.

Obama Campaign Ramps Up Efforts Early In Virginia

March 6
Scott Horsley, NPR
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While Republican candidates slug it out for their party's White House nomination, President Obama is getting a head start on the general election. His campaign is opening offices, lining up volunteers and identifying supporters in swing states, including Virginia, which holds its GOP primary Tuesday.

Mt. Carmel High Schoolers Launch Helium Balloon

March 6
By Helen Hawes
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Students at Mount Carmel High aim high, about 100,000 feet straight up. Recently, the Amateur Radio Club at the school launched a helium balloon into near-space.

Local Experts Respond To Obama's Iran, Syria Conference

March 6
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During his first news conference of the year, President Obama today defended his choice not to use military intervention in Iran and Syria. Local experts responded to that announcement.

Romney Looks For Knockout In Super Tuesday States

March 6
Alan Greenblatt, NPR

Mitt Romney is expected to prevail in a plurality of the 10 states holding GOP presidential contests. But the decisive blow that could assure him the nomination may still remain elusive. Polls begin closing at 7 p.m.

High-Speed Rail Board Chair Clarifies State Bonds Timeline

March 6
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The head of California’s high-speed rail project says lawmakers won’t be asked to approve extra state bond funds this year after all. He’s clarifying comments he made in a recent interview.

Three Dozen Occupy Education Protestors Arrested

March 6
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network
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Two hundred Occupy “Education” protesters made it in to California’s State Capital Building yesterday. Most of them left of their own accord…most of them.

Dropped Off Mortar At San Diego CHP Prompts Evacuation

March 6
City News Service

A couple dropped off an 81 mm mortar at a California Highway Patrol office in the Morena-area today, prompting a bomb squad rollout and evacuation.

Cyclists Battle Over Bike Lanes

March 6
Maya Kroth
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As American cities like New York and Portland race to build more bike lanes, San Diego’s bike-lane activists face some interesting opposition: fellow cyclists.

Peter, Paul And Mary 25th Anniversary Concert

March 6
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In 1986, the legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary marked their 25th anniversary with the taping of their very first PBS special. Now, two and a half decades later, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the group in Greenwich Village, this joyous yet deeply moving live concert is being re-broadcast. "Peter, Paul And Mary 25th Anniversary Concert" features songs that became, for many, the soundtrack of their generation. Songs include such timeless classics as “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Author Urges 'Countries of Origin' Label On American Products

March 6
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The product you purchased says "Made In America," but it may also consist of material made in other countries. A local man is leading a quest to have a "Countries of Origin" label added to products. He says it will allow Americans to make better buying choices.

Great Performances: Tony Bennett: Duets II

March 6
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In celebration of his 85th birthday, the legendary Tony Bennett released the critically acclaimed "Duets II." Featuring his greatest hits, performed by today’s biggest stars, it was recorded live in studios from Los Angeles to London, New York to Italy, with Nashville in between. Joined by a diverse roster of contemporary artists, including, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Michael Buble, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood and Amy Winehouse in what became her last recording, the sessions were filmed to capture the magic of these performers singing with the master of the Great American Songbook.

Education Study Finds African-American Students Supsended At High Rates

March 6
City News Service

Department of Education statistics find that black students in Los Angeles, and other major school systems around the country, are being suspended at higher rates than other race groups.

San Diego County Woman Killed By Cannonball Fired By Husband

March 6
City News Service

A Potrero man who had been drinking accidentally shot a homemade cannon into his own home early today, fatally injuring his wife inside, authorities said.

San Diego Homeless Storage Center Needs More Funding

March 6
By Dwane Brown
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A place for San Diego's downtown homeless people to store their possessions is in desperate need of funding in order to remain open.

Step Into Spring Gardening By Starting Seeds

March 6
Midday Edition
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Spring gardening tips from garden expert Nan Sterman, followed by a live chat at 1 p.m.

Suicide: The Second Leading Cause Of Non-Natural Death

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg

Despite the number of recent murder-suicides in San Diego County, mental health professionals say suicide is preventable.

White House And Netanyahu Differ On Timeline For Iran Strike

March 6
Michele Kelemen, NPR

President Obama backs diplomacy; the Israeli leader says his country must remain master of its fate.