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Stories for March 2, 2012

Forging A Sustainable Future At San Diego State University

March 2, 2012
By Kaitlin Brooks

San Diego State University is hosting a 2-day event on sustainability this weekend.

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High School Robotics Teams Face Off In San Diego

March 2, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Southern California robotics teams are vying for a spot at the national FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis.

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The Car's The Thing In 'The Car Plays'

March 2, 2012
By Angela Carone

Here in Southern California, it may seem like we spend half our lives driving. Now a local theater is asking us to spend even MORE time in our cars...watching plays.

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New Video From The Tree Ring

March 2, 2012
By Angela Carone

Local indie darlings The Tree Ring have a new music video that's chock full of pastoral loveliness. Take a gander.

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Recommendation Given On SD City Council Salary Setting

March 2, 2012
City News Service

A recommendation to more than double the salaries of San Diego's mayor and council members will be taken up by the City Council on Monday, according to documents posted online today.

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Evening Roundtable: Trouble At UCAN And Schools

March 2, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Pat Finn

The week began with news that the ratepayer advocacy organization UCAN was dissolving amidst an investigation. An anonymous author posted a press release on the organization’s website declaring “persistent legal challenges” prevented it from continuing.

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Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot At The Symphony

March 2, 2012

Tony® Award-winning Broadway, television (“Glee”) and recording artist Idina Menzel, backed by an orchestra masterfully led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, performs at The Royal Conservatory’s beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The concert is a special journey through a diverse repertoire of classic pop and musical theater favorites, including a fresh spin on contemporary songs, all woven together by Menzel’s irresistible charm, wit and unparalleled vocal prowess.

Language Could Prevent 100,000 Californians from Enrolling in Health Exchange

March 2, 2012
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

The study says about a million Californians with limited English skills will be eligible for a tax credit to help buy coverage in 2014. But about ten percent could be shut out specifically because of a language barrier.

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High-Speed Rail Board Chair: Lower Cost, More Bond Funds Up Front

March 2, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The new head of California’s high-speed rail project is promising a lower cost projection in the upcoming business plan due out next month. But it’s likely lawmakers will be asked to approve more state bond funds this year than previously thought.

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Horses Of The West: America's Love Story

March 2, 2012

From the sensitive beauty of elegant Arabians to a gentle nudge from a therapy horse, from the open runs of wild horses on the range to the muscle and skill of working ranch horses, "Horses Of The West: America's Love Story" takes viewers on an emotional journey on horseback through the American West. Narrated by actress Ali MacGraw, this new PBS special celebrates the remarkable relationship of horses and the humans who love them, while offering a broad overview of the many different roles horses play.

Improvements Implimented In SD Dispatch Procedures

March 2, 2012
City News Service

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department firefighters who answer to emergency medical calls could cut an average of a minute off their response times by implementing a procedural change, a city audit report released this week said.

Students Play Scientists At Salk Labs

March 2, 2012
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

The Salk Institute is opening its labs tomorrow to more than 200 San Diego County students and teachers to expose their passion for science.

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Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth With Bill Moyers

March 2, 2012

When Bill Moyers sat across from Joseph Campbell a quarter-century ago to begin a series of conversations that would continue over two summers, neither of them could anticipate the extraordinary impact of their collaboration. In lively, expansive dialogues, the two men discuss how myths are clues to the spiritual core of human nature and open vistas into the human experience across the ages, revealing our innermost dreams and aspirations for self-fulfillment, social collaboration and the possibility of transcendence.

Most Smoke-Free Rental Cars Aren't Smoke Free

March 2, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study reveals consumers can't count on smoke-free rental cars being the real thing.

Roundtable: UCAN Dissolves; SDUSD Fiscal Dilemma; Open Primary Confusion

March 2, 2012
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Questions of the week: Is UCAN's dissolution a strategic ploy? Will SD Unified declare itself insolvent if the teachers' union won't negotiate? Will California's new top-two primary really make politics more moderate?

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Drug Violence Down On U.S.-Mexico Border

March 2, 2012
By Adrian Florido

A University of San Diego report found that drug-related killings decreased along the border last year, even as violence grew across Mexico.

Arizona Sheriff Questions Obama's Birth Certificate, Critics Question Priorities

March 2, 2012
By Devin Browne

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio questioned the validity of President Obama's birth certificate at press conference Thursday. The sheriff's critics blasted the presentation, which took place during an election year and amid a federal investigation into civil rights allegations in Arpaio's department.

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The B-52s With The Wild Crowd! - Live In Athens, Georgia

March 2, 2012

Filmed in the B-52s’ hometown of Athens, Georgia, at a show that commemorated the 34th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live show on Valentine’s Day 1977, this concert delivers a sizzling performance that turned Athens’ Classic Center into a dancehall! Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came from near and far to celebrate this historic event. Before the hometown crowd, the band delivered high-spirited versions of their classics: “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Give Me Back My Man,” “Funplex,” “Roam,” “Planet Claire,” “Pump,” “Private Idaho” and many more.

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How A Swing-State Upswing Could Alter The '12 Race

March 2, 2012
Tamara Keith, NPR

First-time claims for unemployment benefits held last week just about where they've been recently — at a four-year low, according a report out Thursday.

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Obama To Israel, Iran - 'I Don't Bluff'

March 2, 2012
Frank James, NPR

President Obama tells both Israel and Iran through an interview with The Atlantic that "as president of the United States, I don't bluff," when he leaves open the possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran's nuclear program.

Top Gay Rights Group Taps New Leader

March 2, 2012
LISA LEFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A political strategist from California who has played a leading role in trying to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban has been named president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights lobbying and education group.

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SDG&E Expects Customers Will Pay Pending '07 Wildfire Claims

March 2, 2012
By Amita Sharma

The deadly and highly destructive 2007 wildfires in San Diego County resulted in damages that exhausted San Diego Gas & Electric's $1 billion insurance policy.

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High Tech High Students Learn Art Of Storytelling With Sound

March 2, 2012
By Angela Carone

Seniors at High Tech High tell engaging stories using only sounds. Led by teacher and sound artist Margaret Noble, we find out what the students have to say about the experience.

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Freedom Station Gives Injured Military Vets A Place To Call Home In San Diego

March 2, 2012
By Dwane Brown

Lots of San Diegans are getting on the Freedom train to help injured military veterans avoid falling into homelessness.