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Stories for March 14, 2012

Jury Deliberations Over Carlsbad School Shooter Begin

March 14
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Jury deliberations began today to determine whether a man who wounded two second-graders during a 2010 shooting rampage at a Carlsbad elementary school was legally insane at the time of the attack.

Judge Delays Decison On Receivership For SD Consumer Group

March 14
By Amita Sharma

A judge postponed a decision on whether to allow San Diego’s largest watchdog – the Utility Consumers Action Network – to dissolve. Two UCAN whistleblowers interpreted the delay as good news.

Wild Pig Population Blooming In San Diego River Watershed

March 14
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to have staffers look at ways of getting rid of an estimated 150 wild pigs countywide.

Lady Aztecs Head To NCAA Tournament

March 14
By Helen Hawes
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They won the Mountain West Conference and are heading to the NCAA basketball tournament.

Governor, Millionaires Tax Backers Reach Compromise

March 14
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown has agreed to a compromise November tax measure with a coalition of unions and liberal groups backing the rival “Millionaires Tax.”

Camp Pendleton Marines Earn Silver And Bronze Stars

March 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Two local Marines awarded medals for leadership in combat.

CalPERS Action Means Government Pension Payments Will Soar

March 14
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The cost of pensions for state and local governments in California has just gone up. CalPERS has approved a quarter-cent reduction in its investment forecast – meaning annual pension payments from governments will go up starting in July.

Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi" Is Coming To The Playhouse

March 14
By Claire Caraska
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The La Jolla Playhouse announced today that it will premiere a new musical based on The Flaming Lips' album "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots".

High Court Could Hear Mt. Soledad Cross Case

March 14
City News Service
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The U.S. Solicitor General today joined the appeal of a ruling that declared the Mt. Soledad cross unconstitutional, raising the chances that the U.S. Supreme Court will accept the case.

Report: Average SD Family Could Spend $463 More On Gas This Year

March 14
City News Service

The average San Diego family will spend $463 more on gasoline this year if prices stay high, according to a report released today by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Harardous Waste Cleanups Spread Across County

March 14
By Helen Hawes
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An Encinitas man faces sentencing for dumping a deadly combination of commercial waste. But garages and broom closets across San Diego contain hazards all their own.

KPBS Hosts 52nd Congressional District Debate

March 14
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The three major candidates for the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional District joined in a debate held at KPBS Television studios on Wednesday.

Race Shapes Up For 3rd District Supervisorial Seat

March 14
By Alison St John

The race to replace Supervisor Pam Slater Price on the San Diego Board of Supervisors is shaping up now that the deadline to declare candidacy has passed. Five candidates have signed up to run for the first open seat on the county board in well over a decade.

Festival Highlight: Borders On Film Program

March 14
Rebecca Romani, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani reports on the Border Shorts program at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Underwater Homeowners Start To Lose Patience

March 14
By Tom Fudge
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The seemingly endless mortgage crisis has San Diego homeowners seeing foreclosure as a good alternative, and housing experts saying principal forgiveness is the only good answer.

App To Track Progress Of City Repairs In San Diego

March 14
By Dwane Brown
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If you've ever wondered about the progress of a San Diego street repair or other infrastructure project there may soon be an app for that. The idea is included in Mayor Jerry Sanders package of reforms he's presenting to city council next week.

SD Supervisors Approve Free Use Of Campgrounds, Parks For Some Veterans

March 14
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 today to adopt a program to allow certain military veterans free use of county parks and campgrounds, as a way to thank them for their service and sacrifice.

Survey: U.S.-Mexico Border Low Priority For San Diegans

March 14
By Jill Replogle
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An extensive survey of San Diego residents about the region’s future found most people don’t place a high priority on the U.S.-Mexico border. Many may not understand the close ties between Tijuana & San Diego, a survey leader said.