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Stories for March 22, 2013

Medicare Stakes Its Multimillion-Dollar Claim In Hospice Bankruptcy

March 22
By the KPBS and I-Newsource Investigations Desk
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Court documents reveal, San Diego Hospice owes Medicare millions. And it wants a trustee to take over what's left of the organization.

Audit Confirms Questions About Transit Cop Training

March 22
By Brad Racino
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An audit, prompted by an inewsource and KPBS investigation, raises questions about transit security.

From Leadership Posts, Women Said To Be Changing Senate Tone

March 22
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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A lot of fanfare followed last November's election, when the number of women in the U.S. Senate surged to 20 -- more than ever before.

The Harp: A Global Story Of Man, Music, And Medicine

March 22
By Beth Accomando
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The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad is sponsored by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants. This weekend they open The Harp: A Global Story Of Man, Music, And Medicine.

City Heights Transit Project Lurches Forward

March 22
By Megan Burks
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City Heights residents could see movement on the Centerline bus rapid transit project in fiscal year 2014.

Teen Jailed For Threats Against Schoolmates

March 22
City News Service
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SANTEE (CNS) - A Cajon Park Elementary School student was facing a possible felony charge today for allegedly sending menacing text messages to two female classmates.

Visiting Lux Artist Paints In The Dark

March 22
By Angela Carone
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It’s hard to imagine that an artist visiting San Diego would forgo the beaches and sunshine to spend most of his time in a small dark room. But that’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist James Chronister will be doing for the next month. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone visits the artist at the Lux Art Institute.

Small Plane Lands On San Diego Highway

March 22
Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane has landed on a San Diego highway after its engine lost power. No injuries are reported.

USNS Montford Point Leads New Class Of Navy Ships

March 22
City News Service
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A variety of systems tests by its builder have been completed on the USNS Montford Point -- a first-of-its-kind logistics ship named for black recruits whose service in World War II led to the desegregation of the U.S Marine Corps, Navy officials said today.

Doubts Raised About Cutting Medicare Pay In High-Spending Areas

March 22
Jordan Rau / NPR
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Doctors and hospital administrators in parts of the country that are heavy Medicare spenders can relax their grips on their prescription pads and billing computers.

FAA Announces Closure Of Two San Diego Airport Control Towers

March 22
By Susan Murphy
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The FAA announced Friday it will close 149 regional airport control towers starting April 7, including San Diego's Brown Field and Ramona Airport.

FAA Announces Tower Closures Coming In April

March 22
Wright Bryan / NPR
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Friday that it will close 149 air traffic control towers from April 7 due to budget constraints. The number announced is 40 fewer than the FAA originally planned to close in response to the federal government's budget sequestration, as Reuters reports:

Ailing San Onofre Power Plant Eyes Summer Restart

March 22
By Alison St John
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The operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in California is considering a new pathway to get one of the shuttered reactors back in service by summer.

Some Toddler Foods Come With A Megadose Of Salt

March 22
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Feeding toddlers can be a challenge, so it's easy to see the lure of prepackaged favorites like mac and cheese. But many of those foods deliver startlingly high amounts of sodium, some with three times more than recommended in a single serving, according to a new survey.

Lockdown Lifted At Naval Base San Diego

March 22
10News
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Officials say gates at Naval Base San Diego have been reopened after a brief lockdown Friday morning.

A Decade After War's Start, Iraqi Refugees Are Transforming A California Town

March 22
By Adrian Florido
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Since the start of the Iraq War, more than 11,000 Iraqis have arrived in the city of El Cajon, east of San Diego.

San Diego County Unemployment Rises Slightly

March 22
City News Service
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 8.6 percent in January, up from a revised 8.2 percent in December, but below the 9.5 percent figure from January 2012, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

Roundtable: Power Games, 4th District, Hospice Autopsy, Tourist Taxes

March 22
Midday Edition
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Who's playing in the San Diego electric power games this spring? The 4th District heads toward an election. The demise of San Diego Hospice took a few unexpected turns. The mayor wins one in the hotel tax dispute.

Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team To Perform In San Diego This Weekend (Video)

March 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy Parachute Team - known as the Leap Frogs - will perform their high-flying act on Saturday in San Diego to raise money for the Warrior Foundation and Navy SEAL Foundation.

'Severing Love From Diapers': Gay Marriage Opponents Make Their Case

March 22
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Gay marriage opponents say they're protecting women and children first.

Legalized Marijuana Forcing Old Dogs To Learn New Tricks

March 22
Wright Bryan / NPR
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Drug-sniffing dogs, those cute bellwethers of illegal activity, are dropping Marijuana from their repertoire in Washington state.

Female Sailor, 19, Dies After Suffering Gunshot Wound On USS Essex

March 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy officials say a 19-year-old female sailor was found aboard the San Diego-based USS Essex with a gunshot wound Thursday. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

3 Marines Dead In Suspected Double Murder-Suicide At Quantico (Video)

March 22
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three Marines are dead after a suspected double murder-suicide at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

Man Arrested On US Airways Flight After Impersonating Pilot

March 22
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A 61-year-old French man on a US Airways flight out of Philadelphia almost got an upgrade by playing pilot.

More Meningitis Cases In SoCal May Be Linked To Tijuana Outbreak

March 22
By Susan Murphy
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More meningitis cases in Southern California that occurred last November and December may also be connected to the Tijuana outbreak.

Inspectors Visited San Diego Hospice At Least 15 Times In Two Years

March 22
Kelly Paice
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Inewsource creates timeline of San Diego Hospice patient care inspections.

Linked Learning Study Shows Narrowing of Achievement Gap

March 22
By Kyla Calvert
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Case studies document academic gains in high schools where learning is linked to careers.

Hitchcock Marathon

March 22
By Beth Accomando
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The Master of Suspense returns to the big screen on Saturday with a marathon of 4 classic Hitchcock films at the Birch North Park Theater. The event is sponsored by FilmOut.