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Stories for March 16, 2012

Internet Celebrity Owl Likely Dead, Caretaker Says

March 16
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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One of the two barnyard owls in San Marcos that became an Internet hit in recent years has not returned to its nest in a week and probably is dead, its caretakers announced this week.

Brown Still Likely to Face Rival Tax Measures in November

March 16
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Despite the compromise between Governor Jerry Brown and backers of a rival tax measure, voters could still see more than one tax initiative on the November ballot.

Anti-Tax Groups Gearing Up to Fight Brown's New Tax Measure

March 16
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Anti-tax and conservative groups say they're ready to campaign against the new tax proposal from California Governor Jerry Brown.

Oceanside Public Libraries Not Up For Bid

March 16
By Alison St John
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The city of Oceanside has narrowly avoided a putting its library system out to bid. What saved the public libraries from privatization was the number of library volunteers.

Event Highlight: WonderCon

March 16
By Beth Accomando
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If you were unable to buy tickets for this summer's Comic-Con then you might want to consider WonderCon, Comic-Con's little sister. Listen to the radio feature and watch a video about WonderCon.

Kony 2012 Filmmaker Taken Into Custody In Pacific Beach

March 16
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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One of the co-founders of a San Diego nonprofit group that has recently made worldwide headlines was taken into custody Thursday after witnesses saw him masturbating in public and walking into traffic in Pacific Beach, according to San Diego police.

Carlsbad School Shooter Was Sane, Jury Finds

March 16
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A man who walked onto the campus of a Carlsbad elementary school and began firing a .357-Magnum into a crowd of about 230 students during a midday recess, injuring two second-grade girls, was sane at the time of the shooting, a jury found today.

Roundtable: Congressional Debate, Dueling Water Boards, Big Kitschy Statue

March 16
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Brian Bilbray, Scott Peters and Lori Saldana talked immigration, healthcare and gas prices during their debate this week on KPBS. The San Diego County Water Authority says the Metropolitan Water District is gouging San Diegans. The Port of San Diego overrules its own committee on a big statue.

'Reportero' Film Highlights Dangers For Journalists In Mexico

March 16
By Adrian Florido
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The new documentary tells the story about the journalists at Zeta, a Tijuana newspaper that reports on the drug war, corruption and other controversial issues in the Mexican border city. Several journalists have been slain, presumably for their work.

Dermatology Convention Brings 20,000 Visitors To San Diego

March 16
City News Service

One of the biggest trade shows to be held in San Diego this year kicks off today at the San Diego Convention Center.

Strong Storm Expected To Blow Into San Diego

March 16
City News Service
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Heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow are in store for San Diego County this weekend due to a late season Pacific storm expected to arrive Saturday morning, forecasters said today.

Revisiting The Spark That Kindled The Syrian Uprising

March 16
Kelly McEvers, NPR
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t began when a group of youths spray-painted slogans on a wall at a school in the city of Daraa.

The Gas Price Wave Crests

March 16
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego drivers may be getting some relief at the gas pump soon as wholesale gas prices are plummeting.