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Stories for March 29, 2013

The Slipper Didn't Fit: Elite 8 March On Without Cinderella

March 29
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The "darlings" of the NCAA men's basketball tournament are "now no more," as CBS Sports reports. Florida Gulf Coast lost to University of Florida, 50-62.

San Diegan Hopes To Make Farmers Markets Go-To Place For Food

March 29
By Dwane Brown
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Brian Beevers has a radical vision to make farmers markets the go-to place for San Diegans instead of big box supermarket chains.

Judge Reverses Firing of Teacher Tried for Molestation

March 29
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A Fourth District Court judge on Wednesday overturned the firing of a San Diego teacher who spent more than three years in prison after being falsely convicted of molesting second and third grade students.

Thousands Trek To New Mexico Chapel On Good Friday

March 29
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Driving in northern New Mexico requires special caution on Good Friday. Tens of thousands of people -- some walking all night -- are converging on the village of Chimayo to pray inside a 200-year-old chapel before a carved wooden image of Jesus.

San Diego County Crime Rates Increased In 2012

March 29
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Crime increased across all major categories in San Diego County last year, but the totals remain well below 30-year highs, the San Diego Association of Governments reported today.

Local Pioneering Music Journalist Dead At 64

March 29
By Angela Carone
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Pioneering music critic Paul Williams died Thursday at his home in Encinitas. KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone says Williams was the founder of an influential music magazine called Crawdaddy!.

Navy SEAL Team 6 Member Killed In Arizona Parachute Training Accident

March 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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A member of Navy SEAL Team 6 was killed Thursday during parachute training in Arizona. Another member of the elite team was injured in the same accident, and remains hospitalized.

California Jobless Rate Dips To 9.6 percent

March 29
Judy Lin, Associated Press
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's jobless rate dipped to 9.6 percent last month, the lowest rate since December 2008 when the nation was gripped by the financial crisis, state officials announced Friday.

Construction Begins On Pipeline For Desalination Plant

March 29
By Alison St John
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The San Diego County Water Authority broke ground on a huge pipeline in San Marcos today to carry water from a desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad. The 10-mile-long pipe is part of a $1 billion project to add desalted ocean water to the region’s drinking water system.

NOVA: Ancient Computer

March 29
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An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world’s first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.

Roundtable: Jail Deaths, Peace With TMD, City Attorney's Court Record, Transit Security Update

March 29
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The death rate among inmates in San Diego County jails is unusual. There is peace in our time between the mayor and hoteliers. The city attorney's court batting average is below par. And MTS, NCTD react to security investigation.

Free Body Fat Dunk Test Offer For Camp Pendleton Marines (Video)

March 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Marine Corps Times has put out a call to Camp Pendleton Marines looking for free dunk tests to measure their body fat.

Spicing Up Your Easter Or Passover Meal

March 29
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Traditional Passover and Easter food is sacred to some. But for observers looking for something different than the same-old lamb or gefilte fish,

NATURE: What Plants Talk About

March 29
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Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes, wage all-out war.

New Gas Rules Aim To Clean Up Car Emissions

March 29
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Calling them "sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses [and lead to] efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive," the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed national rules to reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Lowest Since December 2008

March 29
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County last month was 8 percent, the lowest figure since December 2008, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

Boehner Blasts Veteran GOP Lawmaker For 'Wetbacks' Comment

March 29
Greg Henderson / NPR
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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Friday condemned the use of the term "wetbacks" by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the party's most senior members of Congress.

Pearl Harbor Sailor's Lost Purple Heart Discovered In California (Video)

March 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Purple Heart discovered on a Southern California street was returned this week to the family of Robert Bates, who died on board the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Oklahoma Dentist May Have Exposed Thousands To Disease

March 29
Korva Coleman / NPR
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Oklahoma's health department is contacting some 7,000 patients of Tulsa-area dentist Dr. W. Scott Harrington to warn them they may have been exposed to "blood-borne viruses."

Wounded Warriors To Get Expedited Screening At Airports

March 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Transportation Security Administration announced this week that wounded warriors are eligible for expedited airport security screening, including curb-to-gate service.

California Water Supply Outlook 'Gloomy' After Record Low Snow

March 29
By Susan Murphy
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California’s snowpack is just 52 percent of normal following the driest January-March on record, California Department of Water Resources (DWR) officials announced Thursday.

Russia Calls On U.S., North Korea To Step Back From The Brink

March 29
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Russia is urging the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.