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Stories for March 15, 2013

Final Day Of The San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 15
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani says the last days of the San Diego Latino Film Festival has had some hits and misses.

City College Opens New Math And Social Sciences Building

March 15
By Katie Schoolov
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San Diego City College is undergoing a $500 million expansion, and the second building in the project opened on Friday.

Latino Youth Council Working To Stop Minors From Getting Alcohol

March 15
By Dwane Brown
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Underage drinking is a problem in San Diego and across the country. Studies show kids who took their first drink before the age of 18 are 65 percent more likely to become alcoholics as adults.

Work To Reduce Chula Vista Students' Obesity Is Paying Off

March 15
By Kyla Calvert
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Efforts to reduce childhood obesity in Chula Vista schools appear to be paying off.

Behind The Scenes: 'Cruzar'

March 15
Evening Edition
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The San Diego Opera is hosting a first this Saturday. Join me for a rehearsal of “Cruzar La Cara De La Luna," the first mariachi opera.

Romney, Yesterday's Man At CPAC, Gets A Winner's Reception

March 15
Frank James / NPR
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It was one of the most anticipated moments at this year's large gathering of conservative activists.

Defense Department Settles Sewage Spills From Camp Pendleton

March 15
By Erik Anderson
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The Department of Defense settled a lawsuit calling for Camp Pendleton officials to do a better job of stopping sewage spills on the north county base.

Antiques Roadshow: Tatton Park 2

March 15
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Host Fiona Bruce and the experts pay a return visit to Tatton Park in Cheshire. They uncover more objects and stories rich in history, including a silver inkstand reputed to be given to Admiral Nelson by his lover Lady Emma Hamilton in 1805, and an oak coffer that arrives via an unusual mode of transport. Plus, John Benjamin finds an unlikely looking gem lurking within a box of costume jewelry.

Antiques Roadshow: Tatton Park

March 15
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Fiona Bruce and the team of experts welcome thousands of visitors to the gardens of Tatton Park in Cheshire. Henry Sandon has a memorable day when one of the rarest 18th century pieces of Royal Worcester turns up. Other finds include a box of the world's most valuable and beautiful diamonds, that aren't quite what they appear to be, and an old box of golf balls with a value that's definitely not below par.

Pensions, Lawsuits, Gifts Revealed On New City Hall Site For Sunshine Week

March 15
Ken Stone, Patch.com
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Marking Sunshine Week in San Diego, Mayor Bob Filner on Thursday unveiled a new section of the city website that makes good on his promise for open government—putting in one place information on the pensions being paid city retirees as well as all lawsuits involving City Hall.

Analyst: Portman's Gay Marriage Shift May Be 'Tip Of The Spear' In GOP

March 15
Liz Halloran / NPR
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It is a theme that has become increasingly familiar during the rapid evolution of American political attitudes toward same-sex marriage: People who learn that a friend or loved one is gay are far more likely to support same-sex marriage, even if they were once adamantly opposed.

How Budget Cuts Have Forced SD's Hand on Gang Policing

March 15
By Megan Burks
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San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne's comments to City Council Monday painted a pretty clear -- and frightening -- picture.

County Supervisors to Lobby for SD Homeless Funding

March 15
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County Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts want to change the funding formula that disadvantages San Diego in the receiving line for federal money for homeless services. They'll ask their colleagues to vote on a proposal to lobby for the change on Tuesday.

US To Beef Up Missile Defense Against North Korea

March 15
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The Obama administration will add 14 interceptors to a West Coast-based missile defense system, reflecting concern about North Korea's focus on developing nuclear weapons and its advances in long-range missile technology, officials said Friday.

Live From The Artists Den: Norah Jones

March 15
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The Emmy®-nominated music series LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN features a remarkable line-up of icons and emerging stars performing in unique and historic venues. Brooklyn resident Norah Jones didn’t have to travel far from home to film her episode of LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN. In front of 200 invited guests, she performed a stunning career-spanning set at the historic Green Building in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens neighborhood.

Soldier Dies From Non-Combat Related Injuries Suffered In Afghanistan

March 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Spc. David T. Proctor, 26, died March 13 in Maryland from non-combat related injuries he suffered in Afghanistan on March 3.

The Bush Family Checklist

March 15
Linton Weeks, Ron Elving
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In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd president. And now there's John Ellis "Jeb" Bush who may want to become the 45th president.

Roundtable: Hotel Tax Judged; 10 Years In Iraq; Some Homeless Housed; Padres Fans V. Broadcasters.

March 15
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A local judge rules hotels can levy a tax without a vote. The U.S. went into Iraq 10 years ago, at great cost. Some homeless get housing, services downtown. Why no Padres, city council asks broadcasters.

NOVA: Meteor Strike

March 15
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On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural Mountains. The Siberian meteor was captured by digital dashboard cameras, a common fixture in Russian cars and trucks. Within days, armed with this crowd-sourced material, NOVA crews, along with impact scientists, hit the ground in Russia to hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin and makeup. Is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery — with Earth in the cross-hairs? What are the chances that another, even more massive, asteroid is heading straight for us? Are we just years, months or days away from a total global reboot of civilization, or worse?

NHL Realignment: New Divisions Drawn To Ease Time Zone Conflicts

March 15
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The NHL will shuffle its teams before next season, moving from three divisions in each conference to a total of four divisions in the Eastern and Western Conferences. The league's owners approved the plan Thursday; the players' association gave its OK last week.

More USS Reagan Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation Exposure (Video)

March 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Another group of USS Reagan sailors is suing a Japanese utility for illnesses they say they're suffering from due to radiation exposure after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Consumer Watchdog Presses For Investigation Of Two State Officials

March 15
By Erik Anderson
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The State Department of Toxic Substance Control says an internal review found no conflict of interest for two of the department's top officials, but Consumer Watchdog is pressing for an outside investigation.

Power Poles Topple In El Cajon

March 15
City News Service
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A half-dozen power poles toppled onto an El Cajon street in domino-like fashion Thursday afternoon, forcing the closure of a stretch of Mollison Avenue and leaving about 1,500 customers without electrical service, authorities said.

CDC Confirms 'Extremely Rare' Death From Rabies Transmitted By Transplant

March 15
Mark Memmott / NPR
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A Maryland man who died two weeks ago contracted rabies "through [an] organ transplantation done more than a year ago," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday morning.

Coronado-Based Sailor Dies From Wounds Suffered In Afghanistan

March 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, died in Germany on March 13 from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan on March 10. Pike was deployed with a Coronado-based Navy SEAL team.

A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

March 15
Marianne McCune / NPR
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Last year, a federal program called the Earned Income Tax Credit took about $60 billion from wealthier Americans and gave it to the working poor. And here's the surprising thing: This redistribution of wealth has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.

Interview: Park Chan-Wook

March 15
By Beth Accomando
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South Korean director Park Chan Wook makes his American debut with “Stoker" (opening March 15 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas and Arclight La Jolla).

North County Regional Vision Takes Flight At Palomar Airport

March 15
By Alison St John
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North County leaders gathered at rapidly expanding Palomar Airport to hear an optimistic “State of North County” address from County Supervisor Bill Horn.

San Diego Hospice Cared for Hundreds Of Ineligible Patients

March 15
By Joanne Faryon
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A chief executive with San Diego Hospice testified in bankruptcy proceedings this week, the organization discharged as many as half its patients because they were not eligible for care.

Review: 'Stoker'

March 15
By Nathan John
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Guest blogger Nathan John says director Park Chan Wook wows with unconventional style in his first American film, "Stoker" (opens March 15). It is not to be missed!

'Bankers' New Clothes' Leave Too Little Skin In The Game

March 15
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At a hearing in Washington on March 6, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to senators why it has been hard to go after big bank executives:

50 Years After Key Case, Problems Defending The Poor Persist

March 15
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Next week marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in which the justices unanimously ruled that defendants facing substantial jail time deserved legal representation in state courts, even if they couldn't afford to pay for it.

Game Of Change: Pivotal Matchup Helped End Segregated Hoops

March 15
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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During the March Madness of 1963, playing was infused with politics. The NCAA matchup between Loyola University of Chicago and Mississippi State helped put an end to segregated basketball. Loyola's win 50 years ago became known as the "game of change."

Is All The Talk About Cyberwarfare Just Hype?

March 15
Tom Gjelten / NPR
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U.S. government pronouncements about the danger of a major cyberattack can be confusing. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, and the head of the U.S. military's Cyber Command, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, delivered mixed messages this week while testifying on Capitol Hill.