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Stories for March 23, 2013

Should Grain Bins On Farms Be Regulated, Too?

March 23
Howard Berkes, Jim Morris
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The commercial grain industry responded to a record number of grain entrapments and deaths in 2010 with more safety videos, publications and training programs.

Fines Slashed In Grain Bin Entrapment Deaths

March 23
Howard Berkes, Jim Morris
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The night before he died, Wyatt Whitebread couldn't stand the thought of going back to the grain bins on the edge of Mount Carroll, Ill.

Can Detroit Return To Its Former Glory?

March 23
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The newly appointed emergency financial manager of Detroit begins the Herculean task Monday of turning the once bustling capital of the car business back from the brink of bankruptcy.

March Madness: Good For Fans, Bad For Business

March 23
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March Madness is here. Even President Obama has filled out a NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament bracket. His pick to win it all was Indiana University.

Third Case Of Meningococcal Disease Reported In San Diego County

March 23
By Susan Murphy
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A staff member at Porter Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District is being treated for meningococcal disease at a local hospital, according to San Diego County health officials.

A Hint Of Bipartisanship On This Obamacare Tax?

March 23
Frank James / NPR
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Anyone looking for a glimmer of bipartisanship in Washington might want to pay attention to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare. It took a notable, if largely symbolic, hit this week from the left and the right.

Review: 'Olympus Has Fallen'

March 23
By Beth Accomando
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"Olympus Has Fallen" (opened March 22 throughout San Diego) serves up "Die Hard" at the White House but without the sense of fun.

In Case You Missed It: Georgetown Upended, And Other NCAA Surprises

March 23
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Another big shock from the NCAA tournament: Florida Gulf Coast "busted a load of brackets" Friday, beating second-seeded Georgetown, as The Associated Press reports.

The Senators Who Oppose DOMA, Despite Having OK'd It

March 23
David Welna / NPR
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The soul-searching over the Defense of Marriage Act went viral last week after Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, a social conservative and original co-sponsor of the 1996 bill, sought out CNN to say something no one saw coming.

Race, Poverty Central To National School-Closure Debate

March 23
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Chicago parents say they'll fight to prevent the city from closing 54 public schools. The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally against the cost-cutting proposal next week.

At Age 3, Affordable Care Act Is No Less Controversial

March 23
Julie Rovner / NPR
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The Affordable Care Act turns 3 Saturday, and it seems just as divisive as the day President Obama signed it.