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Stories for March 27, 2013

Preview: 'Murder in the Cathedral'

March 27
Evening Edition
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The murder of archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 has been the subject of both the stage and screen. It’s also the basis of the rarely performed opera, “Murder in the Cathedral.”

Reflecting On This Year's San Diego Latino Film Festival

March 27
By Dillon Scalzo
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In anticipation of the grand opening of the Digital Gym Cinema this Friday, March 29, guest-blogger Dillon Scalzo decided to celebrate 20 years of the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Camp Pendleton Marines Plan Earthquake Response

March 27
By Alison St John
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Camp Pendleton Marine Base is hosting a two-day meeting of emergency response agencies from around the nation to practice dealing with a 7.9 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.

In Chicago, Dozens Arrested As They Protest School Closures

March 27
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Hundreds of demonstrators, along with the Chicago Teachers Union, marched through the city today demanding that City Hall walk back its plan to close 53 elementary schools and one high school in response to a $1 billion budget deficit.

Truce Declared In San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy Battle

March 27
Kelly Paice, inewsource
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Attorneys agree to work together to sell San Diego Hospice's Hillcrest property to pay creditors.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode Six

March 27
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Dr. Turner is determined that Poplar will no longer live under the threat of tuberculosis. While the nuns and nurses support his campaign to bring screening facilities to the area, Jenny’s nursing rounds lead her to a family that has suffered devastating misfortune from the disease. Now, Jenny works to reconcile the dying father man and his only remaining daughter. Having secured a visit from a TB screening van, Dr. Turner pulls off an epic day, backed by the midwives, but little can prepare them for what the results will mean for one of their own.

Justices Cast Doubt On Federal Defense Of Marriage Act

March 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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In the wake of the Supreme Court arguments Wednesday on the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage supporters have reason to be optimistic. Known as DOMA, the law bars federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, even though those same benefits are automatically given to heterosexual married couples.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode Five

March 27
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The whole Poplar community pulls together to prepare for the annual Summer Fete. This year, with the introduction of a baby show, the midwives will be more involved than ever, especially Trixie, who assumes responsibility for securing a celebrity judge. At the ante-natal clinic, Jenny meets Nora, an impoverished mother of eight, who is distraught that she may soon have another mouth to feed. Jenny’s attempts to reassure her fall on deaf ears, and a desperate Nora takes matters into her own hands.

Ashley Judd Tweets She Won't Run For U.S. Senate

March 27
Greg Henderson / NPR
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Actress Ashley Judd will not seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Kentucky next year and challenge Republican Mitch McConnell, she announced Wednesday.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode Four

March 27
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Returning from her stint at the London Hospital, Jenny needs all her midwifery skill when she and Sister Evangelina assist at the birth of a baby born with spina bifida. The parents struggle to understand and accept their son’s condition. Jenny, who has never delivered a disabled child, struggles to accept the implications the illness could have for the child’s future. Nonnatus House, meanwhile, plays host to an acquaintance of Chummy’s — an eccentric cleric who befriends Jane.

California Health Officials Announce 'Cal MediConnect' Program

March 27
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio

Cal MediConnect will be available to nearly 500,000 people in eight counties who are eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare programs.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode Three

March 27
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Jenny is seconded to a short-staffed London Hospital to work on the male surgical ward. Hesitant about her temporary assignment, she becomes increasingly uneasy when she finds herself working under an intimidating surgeon. Back in Poplar, Jane, a new addition to the household, lends a hand in Jenny’s absence. In one of their most unusual cases, the nuns and midwives meet a forthright pair of identical twins, one of whom is pregnant.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode Two

March 27
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The Nonnatus community is rocked when the Kelly family’s newborn son dies in unexplained circumstances. Cynthia, who had attended the birth, comes under intense scrutiny from the police and the pregnant women of Poplar. Despite reassurances from her friends and colleagues, Cynthia questions her own abilities and the strain takes its toll on her work and health. Now fully ensconced in married life with PC Noakes, Chummy decides to pursue her dream, bringing about a different sort of pressure.

86-Year-Old Music Teacher A Hit Among Jailed N.C. Youths

March 27
Briana Duggan / NPR
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Prisons are notoriously difficult places to work in for obvious reasons. But one prison in North Carolina has an employee that's indispensable: a grandmother.

Filner Says He Hoped For More Tranquil First 100 Days

March 27
City News Service

Mayor Bob Filner said today he didn't plan on a series of "polarizing'' confrontations with members of the City Council and other interests when he took office, but conceded it was the result of trying to change the status quo in San Diego.

Review: 'K11'

March 27
By Beth Accomando
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The film “K11” was a hit at the San Diego Latino Film Festival earlier this month. Now it returns to San Diego for a week’s run at the Digital Gym Cinema at 29th and El Cajon Boulevard. Both the film and the venue are exciting news for filmgoers.

Call The Midwife: Season Two: Episode One (New Season Premiere)

March 27
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CALL THE MIDWIFE, written by Heidi Thomas and based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, returns for a second series. Extended to eight episodes airing Sundays, March 31 - May 19, 2013, BBC One’s most successful new drama since ratings began sees the return of all its well-loved characters as well as some new faces. It’s 1958. Returning from a long day of duties, Nurse Jenny Lee finds the Nonnatus House community gathered to wish her a happy birthday, before she, Chummy, Trixie and Cynthia head off to the cinema — a joyous celebration.

Women’s History Month Online Screening

March 27
By Monica Medina
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I was but a little girl when I started hearing the first rumblings of the Feminist Movement. As I grew older it was fascinating to see it all unfold—from the Feminine Mystique, to the protests and marches on the nation’s capital, to Erica Jong’s best-selling book, “Fear of Flying,” and to the launch of Ms. magazine, and my very first copy at the age of sixteen.

Ben Vereen Is Steppin' Out In San Diego

March 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Broadway star Ben Vereen is back on stage and he's performing his one-man show in San Diego this weekend.

Trial Underway In San Diego For Alleged Drug Gang Leaders

March 27
Midday Edition
By Adrian Florido
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Two alleged leaders of a San Diego drug gang with roots to the Arellano-Felix drug cartel in Tijuana are on trial in San Diego for multiple murders. The trial could take a year, at a time when the county court system is dealing with massive budget cuts.

Transcript: Supreme Court Arguments On Defense Of Marriage Act

March 27

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal benefits for and recognition of same-sex marriages.

Navy Wants Budding Filmmakers To Make Video On Sexual Assault Prevention

March 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy is holding a contest, asking its sailors to promote the message of sexual assault prevention and awareness through video.

Arizona Gunman Acted Erratically Days Before Shooting, Documents Reveal

March 27
Scott Neuman / NPR

Jared Loughner, the gunman responsible for the 2011 rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others, acted erratically in the days leading to the shooting but was quiet and otherwise polite with officers after his arrest, according to newly released documents.

Why Illinois Is Roaring Mad About Lion Meat

March 27
Lydia Zuraw / NPR
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When we heard a few weeks ago that Illinois was considering banning lion meat, our first thought was, who's eating lion meat? And why Illinois?

Navy Fires Executive Officer For Alleged Misconduct

March 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy officials have reassigned Cmdr. Jason Stapleton, executive officer of Hawaii-based Patrol Squadron Four, while they investigate allegations of misconduct.

Allergy Drops Under The Tongue May Be Fine Alternative To Shots

March 27
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.

San Diego-Based USS Warrior Arrives In Japan To Replace Guardian

March 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Warrior, which until now has been homeported in San Diego, arrived in Japan on Wednesday to replace the USS Guardian. The Guardian ran aground on Tubbataha Reef in January, and the ship is currently being dismantled piece by piece.

Happening Now: Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases At Supreme Court

March 27
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Supreme Court is spending Wednesday debating the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and related issues as the justices devote a second straight day to historic debates over same-sex marriage and the rights of gay couples.

Property Sales To Help Get San Diego School District By Until Proposition 30 Funds Come

March 27
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education tonight added two school sites to the properties it planned to sell as part of a three-year plan to keep the budget balanced and build reserves until funding from a voter-approved state tax increase fully kicked in.

Cole And Crenshaw Headed For Runoff In District 4 Race

March 27
City News Service
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Myrtle Cole and Dwayne Crenshaw will meet in a runoff in a special election for the District 4 City Council seat in southeastern San Diego, according to vote counting Tuesday night.

New Research Suggests Lung Cancer Spreads Like Info On The Web

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg

What does lung cancer have in common with how people navigate to certain websites? Plenty, says a new study.

Choosing Life Or A Better Death: Hospice Under Scrutiny

March 27
By Joanne Faryon
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Dying patients are faced with a difficult choice: a comfortable death or expensive medical treatment that might make them feel better and live a little longer.

Encinitas Tries To Preserve Small Town Character

March 27
By Alison St John
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Encinitas City Council will decide tonight on the details of an initiative that would give citizens more control over growth and development. The coastal city wants to preserve its “funky” neighborhood character.

Overspending Closes Troubled San Diego Charter School

March 27
By Kyla Calvert
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Leaders of the Nubia Leadership Academy have voted to close the school at the end of the year, just one year after its charter was renewed provisionally by the San Diego Unified Board of Education.

Drama Unfolds In San Diego Hospice Bankruptcy

March 27
Kelly Paice, inewsource
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A judge is supposed to decide today, whether to appoint a special trustee to oversee what's left of San Diego Hospice.

Supporters Of Traditional Marriage Rally In Downtown San Diego

March 27
By Susan Murphy
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As Supreme Court justices heard arguments for and against same-sex marriage, people in downtown San Diego rallied in support of traditional marriage.

Petraeus Apologizes, Says Fall From Grace Was 'My Own Doing'

March 27
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight for one of the first times since he resigned from his job last November because of an extramarital affair, former CIA Director David Petraeus said Tuesday night he is "keenly aware that the reason for my recent journey was my own doing."

Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

March 27
Mark Memmott / NPR
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As we wait for the Supreme Court to convene again at 10 a.m. ET and begin the second of two historic days hearing oral arguments focusing on legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage, there's a natural question:

Preview: WonderCon Anaheim

March 27
Evening Edition
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If you were unable to buy tickets for this summer's Comic-Con then you might want to consider WonderCon, Comic-Con's little sister. But don’t wait too long because WonderCon tickets are selling out as well.

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms

March 27
Jennifer Ludden / NPR
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By the time today's K-12 students grow up, the challenges posed by climate change are expected to be severe and sweeping. Now, for the first time, new nationwide science standards due out soon will recommend that U.S. public school students learn about the climatic shift taking place.

Phoenix Schools Under Fire For Program Linked To Scientology

March 27
Peter O'Dowd / NPR
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A group of Phoenix charter schools is facing criticism for using a teaching tool based on the work of L. Ron Hubbard, best known for founding the Church of Scientology.