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Stories for March 21, 2012

Woman Who Killed Pimp Is Not Domestic Violence Victim, AG Says

March 21
By Amita Sharma
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris has determined that Sara Kruzan - who was convicted in the premeditated murder of her pimp when she was 16 – was not a victim of domestic violence.

Sweetwater Defendant Changes Plea To Guilty, Admits Wrongdoing

March 21
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service

A construction company executive admitted today that he provided gifts, meals and tickets for entertainment events to members of the Sweetwater Union High School District to influence the school board's decisions in granting construction contracts.

Zoo Officials Hope Panda Is Pregnant

March 21
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Giant pandas Bai Yun and Gao Gao mated over the weekend, and San Diego Zoo keepers are now on watch to see if it results in a pregnancy, park officials announced today.

Ag Day at the State Capitol

March 21
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California Ag Day brought food, flowers and some horses to the lawns around the state Capitol Wednesday. The annual event showcases the variety of foods and crops produced in the state.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Cory Booker And John Lewis

March 21
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This 10-part series, with renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history. The second episode features two African-American politicians from different generations and opposite backgrounds. John Lewis grew up in a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, while Cory Booker was raised in an affluent, all-white New Jersey suburb. Although both men have devoted their lives to the betterment of African-American people, neither knows much about his own ancestors.

Study: Asians & Latinos Making Greater Jobs Gains In Recovery

March 21
By Adrian Florido
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As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, Asians and Latinos are getting jobs faster than other ethnic groups, according to analysis from the Pew Hispanic Center. Part of the reason: they are the fastest growing ethnic groups in the country.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Harry Connick Jr. And Branford Marsalis (Series Premiere)

March 21
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Harry Connick Jr. And Branford Marsalis (Series Premiere) Tease photo

This 10-part series, with renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history. Their European immigrant ancestors blazed unconventional trails in America, from capturing British ships for the American Revolution to crossing racial barriers in slave-era Louisiana. Generations later, as children growing up in New Orleans, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis found a deep and abiding friendship through their common love of jazz and of the city itself. In this hour, trace the turbulent and contradictory history of the city of New Orleans through the family stories of these two fascinating men.

Ethics Commission to Determine New Political Donation Limits

March 21
City News Service

The city of San Diego's Ethics Commission is looking at setting new limits on donations by political parties for municipal elections, in response to a Superior Court ruling earlier this year, the panel's executive director said today.

Is Prison Realignment Working In San Diego?

March 21
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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It’s been six months since California started shifting low-level prison inmates and funding from state to county jails, and a new report from the ACLU looks at how the program is going so far.

Screening: "Basilicata Coast to Coast"

March 21
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Italian Film Festival has its main festival in the fall but it holds screenings and events throughout the year. "Basilicata Coast to Coast" screens this Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

'Tortilla Curtain' Makes Its World Premiere At SD Rep

March 21
Midday Edition
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T.C. Boyle's critically acclaimed novel "The Tortilla Curtain" has been adapted to the stage and will have its world premiere at San Diego Rep this week.

Family Says Jason Russell Suffering From Psychosis

March 21
City News Service

"Kony 2012'' filmmaker Jason Russell was suffering from extreme exhaustion, stress and dehydration when he embarked on a bizarre rant in his underwear on a San Diego street corner earlier this month, his family said today.

Brother Of Stephanie Crowe Wants Judicial Pronouncement Of Innocence

March 21
City News Service
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An April 16 hearing was set today for the wrongfully accused brother of a slain 12-year-old Escondido girl to get a formal judicial pronouncement that he is factually innocent of killing her.

Festival News: SDLFF Announces Award Winners

March 21
By Beth Accomando
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The 19th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival just announced the 2012 Premio Corazon Award Winners

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San Diegans Urged To Support Veterans During Tax Season

March 21
By Dwane Brown
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San Diegans are being urged to support military veterans when they file their state tax returns this year.

CCDC Delays Downtown Quiet Zone

March 21
By Tom Fudge
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A "quiet zone" for trains that traverse downtown San Diego is being delayed until May.

Baja Wine Region Faces High Taxes, Low Water Supply

March 21
By Jill Replogle
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Baja California’s budding wine industry has been gaining recognition in recent years. But Mexico's principle wine region still has a ways to go towards its goal of becoming another Napa.