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Stories for March 20, 2012

Convention And Visitors Bureau To Take Over Convention Center Trade Shows

March 20
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau will take over the booking of trade shows at the Convention Center that are at least 18 months away, following approval of the proposal today by both the City Council and Convention Center Board of Directors.

Romney Routs Santorum In GOP Primary In Illinois

March 20
DAVID ESPO and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
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Front-runner Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary with ease Tuesday night, defeating Rick Santorum in yet another industrial state showdown and padding his already-formidable delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

California Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low

March 20
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Fewer teenage girls are having babies in California than ever before. But birth rates vary widely among ethnic groups.

Antiques Roadshow: El Paso, Texas - Hour One

March 20
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In El Paso, Texas, host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Buxton head to the Centennial Museum to check out beautiful pre-Columbian pottery from the Casas Grandes culture. Highlights include a 19th-century Fiji split whale’s tooth necklace; Andy Warhol’s 1966 artist’s proof of a print of Jacqueline Kennedy; and a 1937 first edition copy of "The Hobbit," with original dust jacket and author J.R.R. Tolkien’s signature, valued at $80,000 to $120,000.

71-Year-Old Ex-Marine's High-Impact Quest For Vets

March 20
By Helen Hawes
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A 71-year-old former Marine is about to glide across the nation to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a charity established to help injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

3 Things To Watch For In Illinois

March 20
Frank James, NPR
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With Mitt Romney having what seems like an insurmountable lead in delegates but his rivals, especially Rick Santorum, refusing to exit the race, the GOP primaries have entered the grind-it-out-for-every-delegate phase.That means that Illinois, all of a sudden, counts plenty. The three things to watch for on primary night are turnout in the counties around Chicago, evangelicals the Tea Party.

Brown Promises Reserve If New Tax Measure Passes

March 20
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown is defending the deal he struck to keep a competing tax initiative off the November ballot.

Rants and Raves: WonderCon 2012

March 20
By Beth Accomando
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I went to WonderCon just to have fun -- no booth to run, no interviews to do, no video to shoot. But I had so much fun that I want to share a few things with you.

'Born, Not Raised' Explores The Links Between Development And Juvenile Crime

March 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A celebrated San Diego photojournalist has a new book with the words, drawings and pictures of kids caught up in the juvenile-justice system. After spending 18 months with kids in San Diego juvenile-detention centers, Susan Lankford will join us to share her insights.

Women's History Month: A Humorous Look At Famous Women

March 20
Midday Edition
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In honor of Women's History Month, we get a crash course in famous American women.

Major Earthquake Strikes Near Acapulco

March 20
Associated Press
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A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit central and southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.

Millions In Tax Credits For Low Incomer Earners Left On The Table

March 20
By Alison St John
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One of the most important federal programs to save people from falling into poverty leaves millions of tax credits on the table unclaimed.

Cal State Trustees Vote To Raise Executive Pay

March 20
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Despite plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most of its campuses to combat state funding cuts, the California State University Board of Trustees today approved salary packages for two campus presidents that are 10 percent higher than their predecessors.

Do Juvenile Killers Deserve Life Behind Bars?

March 20
Nina Totenberg, NPR
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The Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases testing life-without-parole sentencing for offenders ages 14 and younger.

Indonesian Navy Ship On World Tour Makes Stop In San Diego

March 20
By Dwane Brown
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A 60 year old tall ship owned by the Indonesian navy made a brief stop in San Diego. Its crew of 77 had to brave San Diego's wettest weekend of the year. But that didn't stop their mission to extend a hand of friendship to anyone who came aboard.

Bill Attempts To Reduce Number Of Unimmunized Children In California

March 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new bill would require parents who want to exempt their schoolkids from required vaccinations to get information from a health provider first.

Natural History Museum Comes To Life

March 20
By Helen Hawes
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An ape, a prehistoric man and a human-sized tree frog interact with museumgoers as part of "Totem," the new Cirque du Soleil show that traces the evolution of man.

Interview: Joe Hill

March 20
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger
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WonderCon was this past weekend and guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez had a chance to interview one of his favorite writers, Joe Hill (who also happens to be the son of Stephen King).