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Stories for March 18, 2013

Department Of Labor Nominee Left His Mark In Arizona

March 18
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Thomas Perez's aggressive leadership of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division includes a civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Study Aims For Fuller Picture of Cross-Border Arms Trafficking

March 18
Midday Edition
By Adrian Florido
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University of San Diego researchers say the problem of cross-border arms trafficking is worse than previously thought, but their findings come with caveats.

Update: State Calls Bridge ‘Structurally Safe,’ Says Report Is Flawed

March 18
Jennifer Vigil / Coronado Patch
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State transportation officials are denying reports that the San Diego-Coronado Bridge is “structurally deficient,”

Filner Offers New Deal To TMD, TMD Rejects It

March 18
City News Service and KPBS News
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Mayor Bob Filner said today that a revised operating agreement he has proposed to San Diego's Tourism Marketing District would get funds released to the travel promotion agency faster.

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Butchering

March 18
By Jennifer Robinson
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Fifth-generation New York City butcher Evan Lobel joins Martha for a master class on meat. Together, they teach viewers how to choose and cook the best cuts of meat, from tender to lean. Not only will this episode make you a better cook, but it will save you money as well. Martha and Evan demonstrate some of the most useful butchering techniques, including cutting up a whole chicken, spatchcocking a Cornish game hen, butterflying a leg of lamb, butchering a beef tenderloin and making medallions from a pork loin.

Edison Says One Of San Onofre's Reactors Could Run At 100 Percent Power for 11 Months

March 18
By Alison St John and City News Service
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A consultant concluded that one of the two reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station could be safely restarted and put to use at full power, Southern California Edison announced today, but only for a limited period.

Prime Suspect: Season Two

March 18
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Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren is Detective Inspector Jane Tennison, a skilled top-class detective battling to prove herself in a male-dominated world. In another enthralling season of the highly acclaimed series, PRIME SUSPECT we find the newly promoted Dectective Superintendent Jane Tennison is assigned to different stations to spearhead a number of major inquiries.

San Diego Plans Citywide Assessment of Its Sidewalks

March 18
City News Service
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Plans are being made to conduct a citywide assessment of the condition of San Diego's sidewalks in the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to a report delivered today to the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.

Sculptor Makes Chris Kyle Statue For Widow (Video)

March 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sculptor Greg Marra is paying tribute to slain former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle by making a life-size statue of him, and donating the piece to Kyle's widow Tara.

Spring Home Buying Season Underway In San Diego

March 18
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Springtime is traditionally when the real estate market begins to blossom in San Diego and there are lots of good signs for the market this year.

Blue Angels Fly One Of Final Shows In El Centro Before Sequestration Grounding (Video)

March 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy's Blue Angels flew their first (and possibly one of their last) shows of the season this past Saturday in El Centro. Sequestration cuts are expected ground the Blue Angels next week.

The San Diego Roots Of Hollywood Rebel Dennis Hopper

March 18
Midday Edition
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He was a rebel in the tradition of James Dean who changed the way Hollywood films are made. A new book traces the tumultuous life of actor Dennis Hopper.

Series Highlight: Forty Foot Films

March 18
Robert Mackey, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Robert Mackey checked out Reading Cinemas' "Forty Foot Film Series" and saw "To Kill A Mockingbird" for the first time.

San Diego County Fair Approves Elephant Rides Through 2014 Despite Public Outcry

March 18
Deanne Goodman, Patch

The 22nd Agricultural Association Board of Directors opted to keep a controversial elephant ride attraction at the Del Mar Fairgrounds despite a public outcry at its March 12 meeting.

2nd Afghan Helicopter Crash In A Week Kills US Soldier

March 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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For the second time in a week, a helicopter crash in Afghanistan has had fatal consequences for U.S. forces. The crash Saturday of an OH-58 Kiowa killed one U.S. service member and injured another.

San Diego Earthquake Tests Show Risks Inside Buildings

March 18
By Erik Anderson
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Newly published research finds fire is a serious threat in earthquake damaged buildings.

Behind The Scenes In The CPUC Investigation Into San Onofre

March 18
By Alison St John
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The California Public Utilities Commission investigation into problems at San Onofre is continuing, but it is not on the agenda for this week’s PUC meeting in San Diego. However, legal battles are going on behind the scenes over how much ratepayers should be paying for the shuttered nuclear power plant.

Emails And Interviews Offer Insight Into SPRINTER Shutdown

March 18
By Brad Racino
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The brake problems were known to some employees as far back as 2009 -- just one year after the SPRINTER began service.

Exposition Fosters Confusion About Balboa Park History

March 18
By Tom Fudge
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The 100th anniversary of Balboa Park is coming up in 2015. Or is it? Turns out the San Diego press corps has been getting it wrong about the pending centennial and the 1915 Exposition.

San Diego Activists Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Syrian Uprising

March 18
Midday Edition
By Susan Murphy
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More than 100 activists gathered at Santee Lakes on Sunday to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Syrian uprising, including some newly-arrived Syrians who are rallying to help their war-torn homeland.