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Stories for March 12, 2012

Salk Scientists Discover Chemotherapy Pathway

March 12
By Helen Hawes
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New findings could lead to cancer treatment with a cocktail of medicines rather than massive doses of traditional chemotherapy.

San Diego Zoo's Condor Egg Hatches

March 12
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A California condor chick that hatched at the San Diego Zoo over the weekend is doing well, park officials reported today.

New Findings In Search For Lost da Vinci

March 12
By Angela Carone
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New evidence suggests UC San Diego researchers are on the right track in their search for a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting they believe is hidden behind another mural in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

KPBS Sets 52nd Congressional Debate For Wednesday, March 14

March 12
By KPBS

KPBS has confirmed a live debate with the top candidates running for U.S. Congress’ 52nd District for Wednesday, March 14th at noon. The one-hour studio debate will air live on KPBS 89.5 FM and will be rebroadcast on KPBS TV at 6 p.m. that evening.

Grand Canyon Hiker Dies Close To Her Goal

March 12
By Laurel Morales
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She would have been the youngest person to have hiked the entire length of the Grand Canyon - about a thousand miles off trail. Ioana Hociota, 24, was close to her goal when she stepped on the wrong rock and died in a hiking accident.

City Council Decides How To Spend City's Extra Money

March 12
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The City Council will consider today spending some of this fiscal year's surprising surplus to buy the Fire Department a new alert system, hire more police officers, and keep libraries and recreation centers open longer.

Minorities Lack Representation In Many California Cities

March 12
By Adrian Florido
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A California Watch report finds 34 majority-minority cities in California have only one or no minorities on the city council. Part of the reason is at-large elections in which voters - often white – choose the winners.

DeMaio Proposes Ways To Increase City Government's Transparency

March 12
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Councilman Carl DeMaio today proposed a series of steps that he said the city should take to promote government transparency, mainly by increasing the amount of data available to the public over the Internet.

U.S. Nuclear Safety One Year After Fukushima

March 12
Midday Edition
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It's been one year since the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and partial nuclear meltdown hit Japan. Are U.S. nuclear plants any safer? Are we any closer to being able to predict big earthquakes?

Mujer: The Force Within

March 12
Midday Edition
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Women's History Month is being celebrated in various ways around San Diego including Mujer: The Force Within, an art exhibit at The Front at Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, dedicated to the work of San Diego's women artists.

What Do You Know About City Heights?

March 12
KPBS News
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Do you live in City Heights? KPBS wants to learn more about the issues that are most important to you. Your stories and insights will help inform our coverage.

Massive San Diego Bay Cleanup May Get OK

March 12
Associated Press
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Regulators this week are expected to order a massive cleanup of San Diego Bay, where lead, arsenic and other pollutants have built up over decades.

Billy McLaughlin: Starry Night With Orchestra Nova

March 12
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Guitarist and composer, Billy McLaughlin returns to the stage after one of the most remarkable medical and musical comebacks in history. All seven string arrangements by Eugenio Toussaint that were featured on Billy's "Into the Light" CD and "Coming Back Alive" DVD were performed by Orchestra Nova with a new twist. Master percussionists and long-time friends of Billy, Marc Anderson and Jimi Englund added their wide array of percussion sounds and skills to the existing arrangements as well as a never-before-recorded string arrangement of "While She Sleeps" by Jacob Tews. Special guest violinist Nathan Wilson joined Billy and the percussionists for a new piece called "Back From the Brink."

March Madness with Culture Lust

March 12
By Alex Morales
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With spring just around the corner, Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales reveals her 10 arts and culture findings for the month of March.

More Boats, Fewer People Caught Illegally Crossing Border By Sea

March 12
By Adrian Florido
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Last year was the Border Patrol's first recorded drop in maritime apprehensions.

Heading Into Tuesday's Vote, GOP Candidates Seek Southern Comfort

March 12
Kathy Lohr, NPR

With three wins on Super Tuesday, and a victory in the Kansas caucuses over the weekend, GOP hopeful Rick Santorum is on a high — and campaigning hard in the South.

Who Will Win Over America's Latino Voters?

March 12
NPR

There's a man in Phoenix with a political playbook that has become valuable. So valuable, the Obama campaign believes it could help clinch the president's re-election.

Santorum Takes Kansas, Romney Wins Wyoming, Territories In GOP Caucuses

March 12
NPR
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Rick Santorum wins the Kansas Republican caucuses, according to the AP; Romney wins Guam, Northern Mariana Island and is ahead in Wyoming.

San Diego City Council To Discuss Use Of Budget Surplus

March 12
City News Service

The City Council will consider today spending some of this fiscal year's surprising surplus to buy the Fire Department a new alert system, hire more police officers, and keep libraries and recreation centers open longer.

Taliban Vow Revenge For U.S. Attack On Civilians

March 12
Associated Press
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The Taliban have vowed revenge against the U.S. after at least one American soldier shot to death 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan and burned their bodies.

Saving Palomar Mountain State Park

March 12
By Neiko Will

Palomar Mountain State Park is one of 70 slated for permanent closure this year. A local group is trying to save it.

California Has Plenty Of Suspicious Mortgage Activity

March 12
By Erik Anderson
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California leads the nation when it comes to suspicious mortgage activity and San Diego is number 12 on the top 20 list.

Escondido Police Under Fire

March 12
Midday Edition
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Escondido Police criticized for its practice of using DUI checkpoints to identify and deport undocumented residents.