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Stories for March 8, 2013

Review: 'Greedy Lying Bastards'

March 8
By Nathan John
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Guest blogger Nathan John says director Craig Rosebraugh pulls no punches as he sheds light on corporate campaigns designed to drown out unfavorable climatology findings. "Greedy Lying Bastards" has been rewarded at international festivals and opens in San Diego March 8.

Robot Competition Brings Frisbee-Playing, Pyramid-Climbing Bots To San Diego

March 8
By Dwane Brown
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With the U.S. falling behind our foreign competitors in science, technology and engineering, experts say there's no time more crucial to attract young students to the fields.

Lawmakers OK Health Insurers' Rate-Setting Regions

March 8
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are signaling their willingness to give insurance companies more flexibility in setting the cost for health care premiums.

Special Election Set To Fill State Senate Vacancy

March 8
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a special election in May to fill a state Senate seat in the Central Valley that opened after a moderate Democrat quit to work for Chevron.

Police Hand Out 328 Tickets To Pedestrians Thursday

March 8
By Claire Trageser
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San Diego police had a day-long crackdown on pedestrians Thursday, and while police said they wouldn’t be handing out many tickets, that turned out not to be true.

Filner, Supervisors Announce New Solar Initiative

March 8
City News Service

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and two members of the county Board of Supervisors announced today an initiative to improve energy efficiency in public buildings, and increase the government, commercial and residential use of solar energy.

Death Cafes Breathe Life Into Conversations About Dying

March 8
Deena Prichep / NPR
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We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it's a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you've experienced a recent death, it's probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.

Activitsts In San Diego Stepping Up Efforts To Help Syrian Refugees

March 8
By Susan Murphy
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The number of Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland has reached one million. Syrian-Americans in San Diego are stepping up efforts to help save lives.

Rain, Snow, Thunderstorms Through Southern California

March 8
Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A late-season wintry blast rumbled through Southern California on Friday, unleashing snow, rain, hail and lightning bolts as the sun played hide-and-seek in an alternately gray and bright blue sky.

Change Of Command At Sea For USS Mobile Bay

March 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Capt. Timothy Kott relieved Capt. Thomas Halvorson today as commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay during an at-sea change of command ceremony.

California Coastal Commission Rejects Navy Offshore Training

March 8
Julie Watson, Associated Press
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The California Coastal Commission on Friday rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program off the Southern California coast that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.

San Diego Home Prices Continue To Rise

March 8
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego home prices swelled 18 percent last month when compared to prices from the year before.

Volunteers To Remove Trash, Debris From San Diego River

March 8
By Susan Murphy
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Volunteers will be scouring San Diego’s riverbanks this weekend for trash and debris, and there might be more trash to pick up than usual.

Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

March 8
Bill Chappell / NPR
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A week after a sweeping and controversial education bill was adopted by the Alabama Legislature, the measure is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. Democrats say Republicans broke the rules when they inserted school choice language into a bill that was originally meant to give school districts flexibility in meeting standards.

Feds Release Confidential Report On San Onofre Nuclear Plant

March 8
By Amita Sharma
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Federal regulators have released parts of a once-confidential report at the center of a dispute between California Sen. Barbara Boxer and the company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Flu Risk And Weather: It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity

March 8
Nancy Shute / NPR
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As winter wanes into spring, flu season wanes, too. But while people get the flu when it's cold in the United States, in Senegal they're getting sick when it's hot.

In The Iditarod Race, 'Pee Pants' Get An Endurance Test

March 8
Bill Chappell / NPR
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It will take more than a week for Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which began Sunday, to cover nearly 1,000 miles. But every minute counts -- and several mushers are trying out special pants that allow them to race without stopping for bathroom breaks.

When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

March 8
Frank James / NPR
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The February jobs report was just the latest proof that the economy doesn't really care how much it confounds the messaging strategies of Washington's political class.

Does Crime Drop When Immigrants Move In?

March 8
Joel Rose / NPR
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As lawmakers in Washington continue to negotiate over immigration policies, they'll have to grapple with a fundamental disagreement about the link between immigrants and crime.

Army Suspends Tuition Assistance Program (Video)

March 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Just days after the Marine Corps announced it would suspend enrollment for its Tuition Assistance program, Army officials announced they are following suit.

Is It Me Or My Hormones? With Marcelle Pick

March 8
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In her new public television program, "Is It Me or My Hormones?" Marcelle Pick takes viewers through the basic science of how hormones affect our body, mind, and emotions. She shows us that suffering due to hormonal imbalance is simply not necessary, and she provides us with an easy solution to overcome hormonal symptoms, including weight gain, cravings, irritability, mood swings, and depression. She explains how rebalancing our hormones can help us lose weight, and how it can do wonders for our skin, our hair, and our overall sense of vitality, sensuality and well-being.

Feds Declare Victory Against Anacapa Island Rats

March 8
AP / Associated Press

ANACAPA ISLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say they've won the war against rats on a Southern California island.

Roundtable: Filner v. Hoteliers; UT-TV Examined; CPR Ethics; Drone Medal Controversy

March 8
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Mayor Filner battles San Diego hoteliers, offers ideas for the Port. The new UT-TV features some old stereotypes. Is not giving CPR unethical? Should a medal for drone pilots rank above the Bronze Star?

5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

March 8
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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If you enjoy having a good argument, Friday's report on the labor market gives you plenty to chew over. Find a debate partner and let's get started.

South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

March 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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South Dakota on Friday became what's "believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms," as The New York Times writes.

Citizens Of Nitro, W.V., Watch Town's Bridge Blow Up

March 8
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The last portion of the Dick Henderson Memorial Bridge, which once connected the West Virginia towns of Nitro and St. Albans, was demolished this morning. Hundreds of people gathered to view the controlled explosion Friday morning.

Former New Mexico Prisoner Awarded $15 Million Settlement

March 8
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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A man detained in New Mexico won a $15 million settlement in court this month. The settlement is reportedly one of the largest ever awarded in a prisoner civil rights case.

San Diego-Based USS Freedom To Visit Hawaii

March 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Freedom left San Diego on March 1 for its maiden deployment. The Navy announced today it will make a port visit in Hawaii on March 11.

'JFK Profile In Courage Award' Going To Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

March 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 gun attack that left six people dead and 13 others (including Giffords) wounded, is this year's recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Remains Of Civil War Sailors To Be Interred At Arlington Today (Video)

March 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The remains of two Civil War Sailors, whose remains were found inside the gun turret of the USS Monitor when that part of the ship was raised from the deep in 2002, will be interred today at Arlington National Cemetery.

Bill Clinton: Defense Of Marriage Act That I Signed Is Unconstitutional

March 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Times were different in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, former President Bill Clinton writes in today's Washington Post.

Prosecutor: Bin Laden Spokesman Gave Extensive Statement To US Officials After Arrest Overseas

March 8
Associated Press
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Authorities say a senior al-Qaida leader and son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who was recently captured overseas spoke at length to U.S. officials.

Coroner: Zoo Intern May Have Been Killed After Lion Lifted Cage Handle

March 8
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A woman killed by a 550-pound male lion at a conservancy near Fresno, Calif., earlier this week may have been caught by surprise after the animal escaped its cage, investigators say.

SPRINTER Rail Service To Shut Down Due To Bad Brake Rotors

March 8
Evening Edition
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North County Transit District's SPRINTER rail line, which runs between Escondido and Oceanside carrying 7,800 passengers a day, will be taken off the tracks to replace worn brake rotors.

US Adds 236K Jobs, Unemployment Falls To 7.7 Pct.

March 8
Associated Press
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A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

Current Global Warming Rates Are Fastest On Record

March 8
Christopher Joyce, NPR
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In the past 100 years, average temperatures on Earth have changed by 1.3 degrees. Previously, that large of a swing took 5,000 years. That's the word from researchers who pored over temperature data going back to the end of the last ice age.

Sprinter Light Rail Celebrates Five Years

March 8
By Alison St John
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The Sprinter light rail from Oceanside to Escondido in North County celebrates its fifth anniversary this week.

150 Years Later, Civil War Sailors Get Arlington Burial

March 8
Erica Ryan / NPR
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More than 150 years after they died when their ship sank during a storm, two Union sailors from the Civil War will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.

Review: 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance'

March 8
By Beth Accomando
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“Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (playing as part of the Park Chan Wook Retrospective I'm hosting on March 9 at 4:00pm at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas) was the first of Park Chan-wook’s Revenge Trilogy yet it arrived in the U.S. after Park’s "Oldboy," which is the second installment. But it doesn’t matter what order you see these devastating films in, just see them, and you'll have a chance to catch all three this weekend.

Review: 'Oldboy'

March 8
By Beth Accomando
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Back in 2005, South Korean director Park Chan-Wook was not well known in the U.S. But that changed when his film “Oldboy” hit American theaters. The film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has celebrity fans such as Quentin Tarantino singing its praises. The film plays Saturday March 9 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-Wook retrospective that I’m hosting.

Review: 'Lady Vengeance'

March 8
By Beth Accomando
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If the person who said “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” had met Geum-ja, he might have revised his sentiments and said “hell hath no fury like a woman seeking revenge.” Geum-ja is the main character in “Lady Vengeance,” (playing Sunday March 10 at Reading’s Town Square Cinemas as part of the Park Chan-wook Retrospective) and she’s hellbent for revenge in this concluding chapter of Park Chan-wook’s deliciously twisted South Korean Revenge Trilogy. If you thought Uma Thurman was on a roaring rampage of revenge in the Kill Bill films, then fasten your seatbelts for “Lady Vengeance.”

News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning?

March 8
David Folkenflik / NPR
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The educational division of the media conglomerate News Corp, called Amplify, unveiled a new digital tablet this week at the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, intended to serve millions of schoolchildren and their teachers across the country.

Forest Service May Let More Fires Burn

March 8
AP / Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After coming in $400 million over budget following last year's busy fire season, the Forest Service is altering its approach and may let more fires burn instead of attacking every one.