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Stories for March 27, 2012

Feds Misled By SoCal Edison On San Onofre Changes, Group Says

March 27
By Amita Sharma
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Environmental group reports that Southern California Edison failed to tell federal regulators about the extent of design and equipment changes at the San Onofre nuclear plant.

Lorax Sculpture Stolen From Seuss Widow's Home

March 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Authorities were on the lookout today for the crooks behind the Grinch-worthy theft of a 2-foot-tall bronze "Lorax'' statue from the oceanfront La Jolla home of Dr. Seuss' 90-year-old widow.

Bill Would Require a Doctor's Note For Parents Who Opt Out of Child Immunizations

March 27
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

A proposed new law in California would require parents who don’t want their kids immunized to get a signed note from a doctor.

Legoland Building 50 Pound Jawa Sandcrawler

March 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Legoland's master builders were hard at work today, installing a model of a Jawa sandcrawler in preparation for the park's reveal of the expanded "Star Wars'' Miniland section on Thursday.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Barbara Walters And Geoffrey Canada

March 27
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What’s in a name? Well, a lot, at least when it comes to piecing together family history. For former slaves, choosing a last name was one of their first acts of freedom. For Jewish immigrants, it was a way to fit in in their new country. In this episode, Gates unearths missing links in the family histories of media legend Barbara Walters and educational superstar Geoffrey Canada. Walters did not know her father’s real last name. Canada did not know the name of his grandfather. Both had been unable to access their history … until now.

Bill Responds to Teacher-Student Relationship at Modesto High School

March 27
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A new bill at the California state Capitol would make it illegal for a high school teacher to be in an inappropriate relationship with a student – even if that student is 18.

Great Performances: Memphis

March 27
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Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical, “Memphis” turns the radio dial back to the 1950s to tell the story of a white DJ, named Huey Calhoun, whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves. His romantic interest is Felicia Farrell, a young black singer whose career is on the rise but who can’t make the break out of segregated clubs on her own. Filled with high-octane dancing, songs that perfectly capture the era, and an absorbing tale of fame and forbidden love, the show offers soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.

Radioactivity Cured By A Capsule

March 27
By Helen Hawes
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Scientists discover a method to render radioactive materials harmless in drinking water, beverages.

Kathy Smith: Ageless Energy

March 27
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Kathy has made it her life’s work to get people up and moving. And her experience has taught her that what Boomers worry about losing most is their energy. Without energy, stamina, strength and balance are lost, as well. "Ageless Energy" will focus on reframing the notion of “getting fit” from something that has to be done in a gym, a fitness center, on machines, with special clothes at a separate time of day to movement that is easy, fun and part of everyday living.

LA Sheriff 'Excessively' Overpaid Carlsbad Company, Report Says

March 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Los Angeles County sheriff's officials overpaid a private Carlsbad-based contractor nearly $11 million for work that wasn't needed and aircraft equipment they already had, it was reported today.

Essential Pépin: Classic Conclusions

March 27
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Crêpes a la Confiture are a childhood favorite of many a Frenchman including both Jacques and his best friend of 50 years, Jean-Claude. Jacques quickly makes the crepe batter for this tasty dessert as a step-by-step demonstration in the same time that it takes to heat the pan. The show continues with Orange Soufflé Crêpes that are baked until puffy in the oven. A spectacular Baked Alaska follows using simple ingredients that must be served straight from the oven because of the treat’s hidden frozen center. The show ends on a light note with a simply delicious Apricot and Pistachio Soufflé.

Memorial For Slain Iraqi Woman To Be Held At Islamic Center Of Lakeside

March 27
City News Service

A memorial at the Islamic Center of Lakeside will be held today for an Iraqi woman found fatally beaten in her El Cajon home near a note that called her a terrorist and told her and her family to go home.

Kafka: Update On The Search For A Lost Literary Treasure

March 27
Midday Edition
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San Diegan Kathi Diamant continues her worldwide search for Franz Kafka's writing.

Combating Hate In San Diego

March 27
Midday Edition
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The beating death of Shaima Alawadi in her El Cajon home last week has raised many questions for San Diegans. We take a look at recent hate crime attacks and learn what's being done to combat hate in San Diego County.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: A Latin Celebration

March 27
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Test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to authentic Peruvian Roast Chicken with Garlic and Lime. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her top pick for vertical roasters. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of brown rice. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice at home.

Live From The Artists Den: Death Cab For Cutie

March 27
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The Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the country, provided a majestic setting for indie rock favorite, Death Cab for Cutie. In the midst of a tour for its latest release, “Codes and Keys,” the band performed for 800 fans gathered in the famous Beaux-Arts Court, surrounded by grand archways and classic European paintings on a rainy summer night. The show was recorded August 3, 2011, at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Planners Say Terminal 2 Will Be On Time And On Budget

March 27
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego airport executives look forward to finishing their billion-dollar terminal expansion plan by August of next year.

A Dance With Non-Profits On Stage At The Old Globe

March 27
By Tom Fudge
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People running for San Diego mayor appeared in a forum at The Old Globe to talk about how they would support the arts and non-profits, if elected.

Insurance Mandate A Tough Sell At Supreme Court

March 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Conservative justices seemed unmoved by arguments in favor of requirement to buy insurance.

Skin-Like Plastic Repairs Itself

March 27
By Peggy Pico
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A new type of plastic "bleeds" when it's cut, then repairs itself just like human skin.

New Program Teaches Athletes To Save Athletes

March 27
Evening Edition
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A new program in San Diego is teaching high school athletes some skills that could help them save a teammate's life.

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

March 27
Scott Neuman, NPR
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The number of Americans who call themselves independents is at a record high. But they're not the huge, impressionable bloc of swing voters you might think. Political scientists say most of these voters are what they call "closet partisans" — people who identify as independents but actually vote quite consistently for one of the two main parties.