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Stories for March 4, 2013

2 Contractors Guilty Of Bribery At Navy Base

March 4
AP / Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Two defense contractors have been convicted of bribing officials at a San Diego Navy base in exchange for millions in business.

Volunteer Will Walk And Wheel 3,200 Miles To Support Meals On Wheels

March 4
By Dwane Brown
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Phil Cihiwsky said he's been dreaming for years of walking across the country, and today his dream has finally come true.

Oberlin Cancels Classes After Series Of 'Hate-Related Incidents'

March 4
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Oberlin College is a bastion of liberalism that was one of the first colleges in the country to admit black students and educate men and women together. On Monday, it canceled classes and declared "a day of solidarity" after a person wearing what looked like a Ku Klux Klan outfit was seen near the Afrikan Heritage House on campus.

North County Water Agencies Collaborate On Ambitious Recycling Plan

March 4
By Alison St John
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North County water agencies are in Washington today to apply for millions of dollars to recycle treated water for irrigation.

Artist Prepares To Light Up San Francisco's Bay Bridge Like Never Before

March 4
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge "is the Rodney Dangerfield of bridges," as our friends at KQED say. While the Golden Gate gets respect and tourists, the Bay Bridge simply does its job. But the humble span will shine Tuesday, thanks to 25,000 light-emitting diodes.

Cyclist Deaths Bring Bike Safety Resolution Before City Council

March 4
By Claire Trageser
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The San Diego City Council will decide Tuesday whether to approve a resolution calling for enhancements to bike safety. But while a local bike group helped get the resolution started, they aren’t entirely happy with what it says.

Diplomats Part of 'America's Other Army'?

March 4
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When we think of the U.S Military we usually picture soldiers on the battlefield. But since 9/11 diplomats are in the line of fire too.

Filner And San Diego Hoteliers Clash Again

March 4
By Katie Orr
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Looks like there’s another fight brewing between San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the hotel industry over marketing duties.

Scientists Are The New Kings (Or At Least Secretaries) At Energy Department

March 4
Frank James / NPR
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With President Obama naming Ernest Moniz to be the nation's next energy secretary, he continued a relatively recent trend of putting scientists atop a part of the federal bureaucracy once overseen by political types.

Got A Health Care Puzzle? There Should Be An App!

March 4
Elana Gordon / NPR

Kansas City, Mo., is looking to boost its health-tech cred.

Steamship Anchors A Community, But Its Days May Be Numbered

March 4
Noah Adams / NPR
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On the shores of Lake Michigan, the tiny town of Ludington, Mich., is home port to the last coal-fired ferry in the U.S. The S.S. Badger has been making trips across the lake to Manitowoc, Wisc., during the good weather months since 1953. And as it runs, the 411-foot ferry discharges coal ash slurry directly into the lake.

Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House

March 4
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On July 3, 2012, Joe Bonamassa brought a very special and exclusive acoustic presentation to the Vienna Opera House which was taped. The Vienna Opera House is a sublime cultural iconic venue steeped in history and heritage, which is the perfect backdrop for such a dramatic and original music presentation. Bonamassa had the honor of playing on the same stage as other musical prodigies like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Joseph Haydn.

Drought-Stricken Plains Farmers 'Giddy' Over Heavy Snow

March 4
Frank Morris / NPR
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Two rapid-fire snowstorms belted Kansas with more than 2 feet of snow this week. They caused thousands of accidents and all kinds of hardships -- but they also produced very broad smiles from some quarters.

Cancer Research In San Diego At Risk

March 4
By Deb Welsh

Billions of dollars in cancer research funding could be lost to sequestration.

Former San Diego District Attorney Edwin Miller Dies

March 4
City News Service

Edwin L. Miller Jr., who served as San Diego County District Attorney for 24 years, starting in 1971, died Sunday at the age of 87, officials announced today.

ThePianoGuys: Live At Red Butte Garden

March 4
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Filmed at a September 19 sold-out concert in a stunning outdoor venue in Salt Lake City, Utah, "ThePianoGuys: Live At Red Butte Garden" is the television concert premiere of a musical group on a meteoric rise. YouTube sensation ThePianoGuys, featuring Steven Sharp Nelson on cello and Jon Schmidt on piano, offer new songs and fan favorites — all showcasing the “wow factor” that sets their performances apart.

San Diego City Council To Consider $600K Settlement Over 2011 Blackout

March 4
City News Service
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The San Diego City Council is scheduled to consider tomorrow paying more than $600,000 to settle civil allegations of violations related to the failure of two sewage pump stations during the widespread blackout in September 2011.

Daniel O'Donnell From The Heartland

March 4
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Beloved Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell and his melodic voice return to PBS in this new concert special filmed in Iowa, the Hawkeye State. Exuding the same passion and unique sense of humor that have fascinated audiences for years, O’Donnell sings, dances and charms his way into viewers’ hearts with a mix of country, pop hits and fan favorites.

New Push In Congress To Get Medal Of Honor For Sgt. Rafael Peralta

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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With a new Secretary of Defense at the helm, several members of California's congressional delegation have started a new push to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to fallen San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta.

Documentary Profiles Tijuana Actor/Immigrant Smuggler

March 4
By Jill Replogle
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A documentary playing Monday night in San Diego spotlights a Tijuana man with a pair of unusual professions centered around one of the border city’s biggest underground industries.

How Do Camp Pendleton Marines Spend Free Time While Deployed?

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marines assigned to the Camp Pendleton-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have found some interesting ways to spend their free time while deployed on the San Diego-based USS Rushmore.

Home Post Readers Not Happy With Distinguished Warfare Medal

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Several Home Post readers have joined the ranks of organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars in expressing their displeasure at the new Distinguished Warfare Medal.

San Diego Navy Ships Affected By Sequestration Cuts

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sequestration cuts will affect the scheduled deployments of several San Diego-based ships, according to an announcement made by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus this past weekend.

Mayor Filner Weighs In On Sequestration And More

March 4
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What are the issues in your community that you want the mayor to address? Mayor Bob Filner answered calls on KPBS Midday Edition Monday.

North Coast Corridor Plan Adds 2 Bike Lanes Up To North County

March 4
By Alison St John
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Future plans to keep traffic moving up San Diego’s congested coastline into North County include major incentives to ride your bike. The modified North Coast Corridor project, which would spend a billion dollars by 2020, is ready for public comment.

At Florida Sinkhole, Demolition Continues

March 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The grim work continues at a home near Tampa, Fla., where a man apparently died last week when a sinkhole opened up under his bedroom.

Immigration Policy And States' Rights

March 4
Evening Edition
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In the wake of SB-1070 and the government's "Secure Communities" program, is the the line between local immigration enforcement and the responsibility of the federal government becoming blurred?

Scientists Report First Cure of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

March 4
Richard Knox / NPR
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Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.

After Keystone Review, Environmentalists Vow To Continue Fight

March 4
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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If they can block the Keystone XL pipeline, they can keep Canada from developing more of its dirty tar sands oil. It takes a lot of energy to get it out of the ground and turn it into gasoline, so it has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than conventional oil.