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Stories for March 9, 2012

Two Whistleblowers File Lawsuit Against UCAN

March 9
By Amita Sharma

Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre filed a lawsuit today on behalf of two UCAN whistleblowers.

Local Photographer Goes Behind Famous Photographs

March 9
By Angela Carone
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San Diego photographer Tim Mantoani has been on a labor of love, making portraits of great photographers and their iconic images for the last six years.

DREAM Act Supporters Begin Cross-Country Trek

March 9
By Jill Replogle
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A group of undocumented youth and supporters is starting a 3,000-mile walk across the country on Saturday to drum up support for the federal DREAM Act.

Mama's Kitchen Served Its 6 millionth Meal

March 9
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Since 1990, Mama’s Kitchen has served free meals to thousands of people battling HIV/AIDS and cancer. Today, the organization located in downtown San Diego. delivered its 6 millionth meal

Suicides Reach 23-Year High In San Diego

March 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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County officials say 392 San Diegans committed suicide in 2011. That's the highest number in 23 years.

San Diego Mice Found Infected With Hantavirus

March 9
City News Service
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Eight mice infected with the deadly hantavirus have been found recently in Escondido, Santee and the San Diego neighborhood of Tierrasanta, the county Department of Environmental Health reported today.

SeaWorld San Diego Power Outage

March 9
City News Service
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Power was knocked out to some areas at Sea World for about an hour today, but no injuries or issues with any of the park's animals were reported.

Roundtable: San Diego's Mayoral Race

March 9
Evening Edition
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Local editors give their takes on the race to be San Diego's next mayor and Katie Orr tells us what each candidate's hobby is.

Proposed Initiative Would Require New Food Labels

March 9
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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Signature gathering is underway for a measure that would place labeling requirements on food that is genetically engineered. Its supporters are aiming for the November ballot and opposition is already gearing up.

California's January Jobs Report is Mixed

March 9
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California's unemployment rate has dropped below 11 percent for the first time since the recession began. But the state report out today has some extremely disappointing job numbers.

Padres CEO Withdraws Bid To Take Over Team

March 9
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Padres Vice Chairman and CEO Jeff Moorad today withdrew a bid to take over a controlling share of the franchise from outgoing owner John Moores.

Il Volo Takes Flight

March 9
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Italian heartthrobs Il Volo, comprised of the three “Teenage Tenors” Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble, have been receiving unanimous raves for their vocal talent and showmanship since their May 2011 debut in America on TV shows including “American Idol,” “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Entourage.” Already certified platinum in their homeland of Italy and several other countries, they have captured the hearts of Americans of all ages. Il Volo, meaning “flight,” soars in this premiere television special for public television, filmed at Detroit’s famed Opera House on October 27, 2011.

Roundtable: Battle Over Birth Control

March 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Local editors discuss the battle over birth control and San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa's role in the debate.

U.S. Census Inspires Film Festival Line Up

March 9
By Adrian Florido
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For the first time in its 19-year history, the San Diego Latino Film Festival's theme is Latinos in the U.S. It will also feature events with Latino television stars.

I-805 In Otay Flooded By Broken Main

March 9
Associated Press
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Several lanes of southbound Interstate 805 in the Otay Mesa area were flooded during this morning's commute after a water main ruptured nearby on Palm Avenue, prompting an hours-long closure in the area.

The Blood Sugar Solution With Dr. Mark Hyman

March 9
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In this 60-minute public television special, Dr. Mark Hyman explains what "diabesity" is, outlines the underlying causes that drive the problem, and provides a personalized, four-step plan to help you overcome diabesity. He explains how we can all take back our health as individuals, as a community, and as a society. The program will radically change the way you think about your body, your lifestyle, and the power you have to change your health.

California Jobless Rate Dips To Lowest Level Since 2009

March 9
Don Thomson, Associated Press
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California's unemployment rate fell below 11 percent in January for the first time in nearly three years, signaling a continued gradual improvement in the state's economy.

Next For GOP: A Brief Stop In Kansas And A Southern Swing

March 9
NPR
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Up next in the Republican presidential race is Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday.

A Year On, Japan Is Still Looking For The Road Ahead

March 9
Anthony Kuhn
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A recent independent report on the Fukushima nuclear accident found that a far worse meltdown could have forced the evacuation of Tokyo's 30 million people.

Free Biotech Job Training And Education In San Diego

March 9
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego State University and two other local organizations offer free biotech education and job training to more than a thousand people.

Review: 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'

March 9
By Beth Accomando
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Tilda Swinton was robbed by Margaret Thatcher. After you see "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (finally opening on March 9 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) you'll realize that she deserved an Oscar nomination at the very least for her work in this indie gem from last year.

A Robot Star Is Born At Ion Theatre

March 9
By Angela Carone
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San Diego’s Ion Theatre in Hillcrest may be small, but they work big and bravely. This is especially true of their current production. It calls for a 10 member cast, a child actor, video and sound projections, and the biggest challenge of all – five robots.