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Stories for March 15, 2012

Kiss Statue Leads To Resignations, Disappointment

March 15
By Angela Carone
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The 25-foot sculpture of a sailor kissing a nurse may be popular with tourists on San Diego’s waterfront, but not with members of the Port’s public art committee. Today two of its members resigned in frustration.

Supervisor Slater-Price Endorses Democrat Dave Roberts For County Board

March 15
By Alison St John
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Republican County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price has endorsed the only Democratic candidate among the five contenders running to replace her on the board. The endorsement leaves two clear front runners in the race for the first open seat on the board in 16 years.

Merck Contributes To A La Jolla Nonprofit

March 15
By Kaitlin Brooks

Pharmaceutical giant Merck announced today that it will be teaming up with a local La Jolla Institute to fund biomedical research.

Tourism Industry Seeks Long-Haul Visitors

March 15
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego tourism was up in 2011. But it still hasn't rebounded to pre-recession levels.

New Website Is All About The Brain

March 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A new website headed by a UC San Diego neurobiology professor will debunk brain myths and teach you everything you want to know about the brain.

USS San Diego Begins Voyage Home

March 15
City News Service
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The amphibious transport dock departed Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and will sail through the Panama Canal before arriving in San Diego, according to the Navy.

Motorist Killed, Border Agent Injured In Car Explosion

March 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A motorist was killed and a U.S. Border Patrol agent injured early today when a car exploded in flames at the end of a freeway pursuit in the East County highlands.

Proposal Would Allow SDG&E Customers To Opt Out Of Smart Meters

March 15
City News Service
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San Diego Gas & Electric customers who don't want the new wireless smart meters at their homes might be allowed to keep the older analog models, but they'll have to pay more, according to a proposal today by a California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge.

Southwestern College To Put Prop R Funds On Hold

March 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Most projects funded by voter-passed Proposition R at Southwestern College will be put on hold for one year so they can be reevaluated, school officials announced today.

MWD Accused Of Forming A Shadow Government

March 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Hundreds of pages of emails released this week by the San Diego County Water Authority allege Metropolitan Water District members have been meeting in private to make policy decisions - some involving water rates.

Iranians Feel The Bite Of Tougher Sanctions

March 15
Mike Shuster, NPR
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No nation has been sanctioned so frequently, and so thoroughly, as the Islamic Republic of Iran. For more than 30 years, the country has been under some kind of punitive economic measure.

3 Tubes At San Onofre Nuclear Plant Fail During Stress Test

March 15
City News Service
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A nuclear reactor on the California coast will remain shut down indefinitely while a team of federal inspectors determines why several relatively new tubes became so frail that tests found they could rupture and release radioactive water.

For Appeal To Future, Romney's Rhetoric Looks Back

March 15
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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Although Mitt Romney's stump speech has changed with time, one idea has remained constant from the earliest campaign stops until today. Romney invariably tells voters that he wants to "restore" America.

Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

March 15
Jeff Brady, NPR
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Gasoline costs nearly 80 cents more per gallon than it did in January. Growing world demand could mean oil prices will continue to rise in coming years.

San Diego's VA Medical Center Turns 40

March 15
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diego's VA Medical Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. The hospital treats more than 75,000 veterans each year.

The 'Unconditional Surrender' Saga Continues

March 15
By Angela Carone
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The controversial statue of a sailor kissing a nurse could become a permanent fixture on San Diego’s waterfront. Last week the Port of San Diego’s Board of Commissioners voted in favor of a bronze version of the statue. The move has angered members of the Port’s new public art committee.

Weekend Preview: Nortec Collective, Paper Airplane Fest And Surf-Inspired Art

March 15
Midday Edition
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Drama, music, anime, surf-inspired art AND paper airplanes? Start planning your weekend now.

Surfers Battle Over The Perfect Wave In Baja

March 15
By Jill Replogle
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There's a paradise for low-budget surfers way down south in Baja California, Mexico. But wherever there's a good wave, there also seems to be a battle over who gets the best access to it.