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Stories for April 1, 2013

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Review: 'As Luck Would Have It'

April 1, 2013
By Dillon Scalzo

This weekend saw the opening of Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia's new release in the U.S. "La Chispa De La Vida (As Luck Would Have it)" at the grand opening of San Diego's new Digital Gym Cinema. Guest blogger Dillon Scalzo reviews the film.

Clerical Error Led To Early Release Of Suspect In Colorado Slaying

April 1, 2013
Steve Mullis / NPR

Officials said Monday that a clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years too early, the Associated Press is reporting.

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Filner Declares Support For Myrtle Cole During Cesar Chavez Rally

April 1, 2013
By Claire Trageser

Mayor Bob Filner told a crowd at a Cesar Chavez Day rally that he supports Myrtle Cole for City Council District 4.

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Judge: City of Stockton Eligible for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

April 1, 2013
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

A federal bankruptcy judge says the city of Stockton is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Monday's ruling clears the way for the city to move into the next legal phase of bankruptcy proceedings.

Divided Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Upstart TV Service

April 1, 2013
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

We told you in February about Aereo, a service that allows its users to watch TV over the Internet. As we said at the time, the service was attracting waves of lawsuits. On Monday, a federal appeals court ruled 2-1 that Aereo doesn't violate U.S. copyright law.

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Stockton Bankruptcy Case Defers Decision On Pensions

April 1, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein ruled Monday on the most important question facing Stockton, Calif. -- whether it could enter into federal bankruptcy protection.

Star Of MTV's 'Buckwild' Found Dead

April 1, 2013
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

One of the stars of the MTV reality show Buckwild was found dead Monday in an SUV along with his uncle and a third, as-yet-unidentified person, the Kanawha County, W.Va., Sheriff's Office said.

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Immigration Overhaul Inches Forward, But Big Hurdles Remain

April 1, 2013
Frank James / NPR

It's still far too early to know whether Congress will actually be able to achieve a comprehensive overhaul to the nation's immigration laws. All that's certain at this stage is that lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide, and in both chambers, continue to act as though they think they can.

Northridge Kidnapping Subject May Be In San Diego, Says LAPD

April 1, 2013
AP / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man was arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from her San Fernando Valley home in the middle of the night and abandoned hours later, police said Monday.

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Labor Leaders March To Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day

April 1, 2013
City News Service

Hundreds of labor union members marched through downtown San Diego today to celebrate Cesar Chavez Day.

Judge's Ruling Makes Stockton, Calif., Most Populous City To Enter Bankruptcy

April 1, 2013
Steve Mullis / NPR

Stockton, Calif., is now the most populous city in the U.S. to enter bankruptcy, after a decision by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein on Monday.

UC San Diego Celebrates Chavez Through April, May

April 1, 2013
By KPBS Staff

University of California, San Diego will celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez with a slate of activities set for the months of April and May.

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San Onofre Operator Requests to Restart Reactor

April 1, 2013
By Alison St John

The operator of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, Southern California Edison, has submitted a draft request for a license amendment to restart the plant at 70 percent power this summer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets this week to consider the request.

Gunfire Near Oceanside High School Prompts Brief Lockdown

April 1, 2013
City News Service

Gunfire reported near Oceanside High School prompted a brief lockdown at the campus today.

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Expert: Recent Attacks On Justice Community 'Really Unprecedented'

April 1, 2013
Liz Halloran / NPR

Two county prosecutors fatally shot in Texas. Colorado's top prison official gunned down. And a dozen more members of the U.S. justice community -- ranging from police to judges -- victims of targeted killings since the beginning of the decade.

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Arizona Rep: Gay Son Hasn't Changed View On Same-Sex Marriage

April 1, 2013
Steve Mullis / NPR

In a weekend interview, Rep. Matt Salmon, a Republican of Arizona, told a local news station that his openly gay son has not changed his position on same-sex marriage.

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Mayor Filner To Receive Award From Laughter Association For His Attempts At Humor

April 1, 2013
By Claire Trageser

When organizers of the American Laughing Championships were planning their laughing competition in San Diego, they Googled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and decided he needed to receive an award as well.

A State Apart And, Politically, A World Away

April 1, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

There's a reason President Obama chose Colorado to hold a rally this Wednesday in favor of gun control.

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Many San Diego Low Income Families Missing Out On Tax Credit

April 1, 2013
By Alison St John, Patty Lane

A federal tax credit established to help low income families is underused nationwide. In San Diego County, it's estimated about $70 million goes unclaimed.

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San Diego Organizing Group Report Shows 'Potential' Of Underrepresented Voters

April 1, 2013
By Alison St John, Megan Burke

Alliance San Diego reports its efforts to engage new-citizen voters and voters of color resulted in an 11 percent increase in overall voter turnout this past November in the city of San Diego.

For California Lawmakers, Plastic Bag Ban Debate Is Back

April 1, 2013
Ben Adler, Capital Public Radio

One of the most controversial issues in the California legislature in recent years is back. Lawmakers are proposing several bills that would either ban the use of plastic bags, charge fees for single-use bags or both.

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California Nat'l Guard Soldiers From San Diego Deploying To Afghanistan

April 1, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Roughly 70 California Army National Guard soldiers from the San Diego-based 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will leave Tuesday for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

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Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty In Colorado Theater Shootings

April 1, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

Rejecting James Holmes' offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence, prosecutors in Colorado announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty for the young man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 in a mass shooting last July at a movie theater.

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US Soldier Stabbed To Death By Afghan Teenager

April 1, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

Army Sgt. Michael Cable, whose death was reported last week by the Pentagon as the result of "an attack by enemy forces," was actually stabbed to death by an Afghan teenager, according to an exclusive report by the Associated Press.

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San Diego Farmers Bracing For A Tough Year

April 1, 2013
By Susan Murphy

San Diego farmers are facing a triple threat: rainfall is three inches below average, water prices have skyrocketed, and the state’s snowpack is 52 percent of normal.

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USS Guardian Removed From Tubbataha Reef (Video)

April 1, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy has removed the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines, where it ran aground January 17. The ship had to taken apart in order to be safely lifted off the environmentally-sensitive reef.

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Military Working Cat Program Gets Underway At Old Guard

April 1, 2013
Staff Sgt. Megan Garcia

The 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), is doing its part to cut down on military spending with the implementation of a new cutting edge program which will use military working cats to work alongside military police.

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Marten Leaves Central Elementary For Central Office

April 1, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified's next superintendent begins training for her new role this week.

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San Diego Property Owner Gets Refund From City After Four Years

April 1, 2013
By Claire Trageser

Kathy Casey is holding a check from the city of San Diego in her hands. She’s been working for four years to get this money.

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'A Lovely Feeling': Celebrating Older Women With Fabulous Style

April 1, 2013
Ina Jaffe / NPR

The fashion industry is sometimes criticized for unrealistic portrayals of young women. But if you're a woman older than 60, there are almost no portrayals, realistic or otherwise. Fashion may be something you have to inventmore than follow. A blog called Advanced Style focuses on women who've done just that.