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Stories for March 6, 2013

Law Targets Sexual Violence On College Campuses

March 6
Joseph Shapiro / NPR

When President Obama signs an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday afternoon, the law will include new requirements for how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault.

California Lawmakers Raise Questions About Brown's Commitment to Medi-Cal Expansion

March 6
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

California lawmakers are raising questions about the Governor’s commitment to implementing the proposed Medi-Cal expansion under the federal health law.

PUC Head Takes Responsibility For Budget Errors

March 6
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

The head of the California Public Utilities Commission says at no point did budget forecasting mistakes lead to ratepayers being overcharged.

More Calif. Sex Offenders Go Missing Under New Law

March 6
AP / Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state corrections department.

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California Leads Nation In Creation Of Green Jobs

March 6
By Erik Anderson

California led the nation in the creation of green jobs last year.

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One Book, One San Diego: FAQs & Selection Criteria

March 6
By Clare Pister

The One Book, One San Diego 10th Anniversary promises to be an exciting program in 2016. This article answers common questions about the program. Contact Clare Pister at cpister@kpbs.org with further questions.

House Gives OK To $982 Short-Term Spending Bill

March 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

The House has approved a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September. The $982 billion continuing resolution introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), who heads the Appropriations Committee, would avoid a potential government shutdown on March 27.

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Soldier Pulls Off Creative Surprise Reunion At Olive Garden (Video)

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth

Tasty breadsticks, all-you-can-eat salad, and surprise military reunions. These days, Olive Garden has it all.

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Marcela Zhou: Face of the Young Undocumented

March 6
By Monica Medina

Marcela Zhou, an engaging young woman, is a recent graduate from UCSD, who earned her B.S. in Human Biology in just three years. Soft spoken and polite, she smiles brightly when she thinks about all she has been able to achieve.

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Two California Officials Under Fire For Conflicts Of Interest

March 6
By Erik Anderson

Consumer advocates want the governor to remove two long time employees of the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control. The group insists the state workers have serious conflicts of interest.

Salami Suicide: Processed Meats Linked To Heart Disease And Cancer

March 6
Nancy Shute / NPR

Bacon and bologna are hardly health food. But a huge new study offers the strongest evidence yet that eating processed meat boosts the risk of the two big killers, cancer and heart disease.

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Declining Interest In 'Chicano Studies' Reflects A Latino Identify Shift

March 6
By Adrian Florido

For the second semester in a row, San Diego State University's Chicano Studies department has fallen short of enrollment targets, despite a record number of Latinos on campus.

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Obama's Outreach To GOP: More Optics Than Opportunity?

March 6
Frank James / NPR

President Obama recently acknowledged the obvious: He doesn't have the supernatural powers necessary to do a mind meld, Jedi or otherwise, with Republican congressional leaders that would lead to pacts on fiscal policy, or anything else for that matter.

Monica Montgomery

March 6
monicamontgomery4thdistrict.com

Monica Montgomery has always led a life of service to her community. From a young age, she has performed well in leadership roles, and has strived to live a life of integrity.

Sandy Spackman

March 6
sandyspackman.org

Having lived most of her life in the 4th District, Sandy knows and understands the people in this community and the challenges that face the District.

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Even Where It's Legal, Pot Producers Weigh The Business Risks

March 6
Martin Kaste / NPR

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to answer questions on everything from gun control to the Department of Justice's failure to prosecute Wall Street. But he was also asked about an issue proponents of marijuana legalization have been following closely: what the DOJ plans to do about Colorado and Washington state, which have defied federal law by legalizing recreational use of the drug.

Arkansas Legislature Embraces Strictest U.S. Abortion Law

March 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

Arkansas has approved a law banning most abortions after 12 weeks of gestation, as both houses of the state's legislature vote to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. The Republican-backed Human Heartbeat Protection Act will become the nation's most restrictive law.

Ray Smith

March 6
raysmithforcitycouncil.com

Pastor Ray L. Smith was born and raised in Southeastern San Diego. Currently he is the Senior Pastor at United Missionary Baptist Church which he has served for the past eleven years.

Brian “Barry” Pollard

March 6
barrypollardforcitycouncil.com

Barry Pollard is a San Diego Native with deep roots in southeastern San Diego.

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Choices Between Work And Home Still A Problem

March 6
Michel Martin / NPR

Finally today, I read this sentence a couple of weeks ago and I've been thinking about it since: "When you can't change what's bothering you, a typical response is to convince yourself it's not really bothering you."

Tony Villafranca

March 6
vote4tonydistrict4.com

The only one prepared to take this seat, ahead of the times, running a campaign grass-roots, within the community is Tony Villafranca.

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Getting Specific in D4: A Reader's Guide to Dwayne Crenshaw

March 6
Liam Dillon, Voice of San Diego

Dwayne Crenshaw figures he has one year to prove to San Diego 4th District voters that he can deliver.

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Following in D4 Leaders' Footsteps: A Reader's Guide to Myrtle Cole

March 6
Liam Dillon, Voice of San Diego

Myrtle Cole, who's running for San Diego's District 4 council seat, sees herself as an heir to former Councilmen Charles Lewis and George Stevens.

Bruce Williams

March 6
iknowbrucecd4.com

Bruce Williams was born and raised in District 4. Bruce attended Knox Elementary School, Morse High School, and the University of California San Diego.

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Juarez Media Outlets Targeted In Shooting

March 6
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe

The offices of a newspaper and a television station in Ciudad Juarez were hit in a drive-by shooting early Wednesday morning. No one was injured.

Blanca Lopez Brown

March 6
blancalopezbrown.com

Blanca Lopez Brown, mother of four and resident of the 4th District for over thirty years, is currently the President of the Board of Trustees for the Lemon Grove School District.

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Homeless, Poor Can Get Free Cell Phones

March 6
Betsy Galchutt

Homeless people and those making less than $15,000 a year are eligible to get free cell phones and service, thanks to a new statewide program that began this week. It's part of the federally funded Lifeline effort.

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Giffords Pushing For Gun Background Checks

March 6
By Michel Marizco

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared Wednesday at the Tucson Safeway where she was shot by gunman two years ago.

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Veterans IVF Coverage Bill Gets Another Chance

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth

Veterans whose war injuries prevent them from having children would get coverage from the VA for reproductive treatment options like IVF under new federal legislation.

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Curiosity Sleeps As Solar Blast Races Toward Mars

March 6
AP / Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA says the Curiosity rover is hunkering down after the sun unleashed a blast headed for Mars.

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Filner Presents Plan To Add 6,000 Port Jobs, Reduce Waterfront Pollution

March 6
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radioand James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

Mayor Bob Filner's plan to use the Port of San Diego as a center of job creation received support from three City Council members at its first public airing today.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Supreme Court's 'Heavyweight'

March 6

In his profile of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in this week's issue of The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin writes: "Ginsburg has suggested that she would like to serve as long as Louis Brandeis, her judicial hero, who retired at eighty-two." Ginsburg turns 80 this month and is marking her 20th year on the court. She has had cancer -- colon and pancreatic -- and her tiny, frail-looking stature leads many people to wonder if she'll be retiring soon.

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Yes Mississippi, You Can Homebrew (If Governor Signs New Bill)

March 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

Mississippi is poised to make homebrewing legal, after its legislature approved a beer-brewing measure Wednesday. The bill now heads to Gov. Phil Bryant, who last year approved a move to raise the state's maximum alcohol limits on beer -- something the current bill's supporters point to with optimism. The governor's office has not indicated whether he intends to sign the bill.

The Ethics Behind A No-CPR Policy

March 6
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Listeners were shocked to hear a 911 call in which a caregiver refuse to administer CPR to a dying women. We'll discuss the policies of senior care facilities.

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Spring Break For Geeks: SXSW Interactive Starts Friday

March 6
Elise Hu / NPR

Every year, the South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival gets larger, and navigating the blur of panels, parties and shows gets more daunting. The girth of it all is enough to keep many SXSW old-timers away from Austin this year.

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Is Climate Change Aiding Spread Of Infectious Diseases?

March 6
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

The Center For Ethics 2013 'Silent Spring' series focuses on global warming and its connection to infectious diseases.

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Protect Your Memory With Dr. Neal Barnard

March 6

Best-selling author and health advocate Dr. Neal Barnard offers groundbreaking research to protect against memory loss and offers new ways to offset the risks for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. By showing three simple steps that can be taken to derail degenerative processes and warning against potential threats to the brain, Dr. Barnard provides viewers with the research-backed information that gives them the power to protect their memory.

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Portland City Employee Is Arrested, Accused In Pakistan Terror Attack Of 2009

March 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

A Portland, Ore., resident was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The FBI alleges that Reaz Qadir Khan, 48, gave money and advice to a man involved in a deadly 2009 suicide bomb attack on the headquarters of Pakistan's intelligence service in Lahore.

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Medical Examiner Rules Camp Pendleton Marine's Scuba Death An Accident

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the December 2012 scuba diving death of Camp Pendleton Marine Anastasia Jackson an accident.

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Pro Wrestling's Paul Bearer Dies At Age 58

March 6
Bill Chappell / NPR

William Moody, who as the pro wrestling character Paul Bearer embodied a sense of theater that was equal parts morbid and absurd, has died at age 58. A portly man known for his wild-eyed stare and habit of carrying a brass urn under his arm, Paul Bearer was most notably the manager of The Undertaker and Kane.

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Europe Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Fine Over Browser Options

March 6
Scott Neuman / NPR

Some slopping coding on an update to Microsoft's Windows 7 two years ago has cost the computer giant a $731 million fine to the European Commission.

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San Diego's Pop-Up Restaurants Create New Business Model

March 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Chefs are taking advantage of unused real estate and popping up all over town in unlikely places. It's a phenomenon called "pop-up" restaurants. When an eatery is closed either during the week or at night, a second business emerges in its place.

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Eating Eyeballs: Taboo, Or Tasty?

March 6
Nancy Shute / NPR

It wasn't the fish heads poking out of the Stargazy Pie that stopped more than a few of our readers cold. It was the eyeballs.

Why The Library Of Congress Has A Lock On Your Phone

March 6
Steve Henn / NPR

What it means to own something in the digital age is being re-negotiated.

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South Korea Vows Retaliation If Pyongyang Makes Good On Military Threat

March 6
Scott Neuman / NPR

South Korea upped the ante on Wednesday after Pyongyang threatened to scrap the armistice that ended a brutal war between the rival neighbors in 1953, promising retaliation for any North Korean attack.

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Sequestration Stops Marines Tuition Assistance Program

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth

Prompted by sequestration cuts, the Marine Corps has immediately ceased new enrollments in its tuition assistance program.

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Sex Offender Email Alert System Launching In San Diego County

March 6
By Susan Murphy

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is unveiling today an e-mail alert system to inform residents when a registered sex offender moves into their neighborhood.

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Valerie Harper, TV's 'Rhoda,' Reveals She Has Terminal Brain Cancer

March 6
Mark Memmott / NPR

Saying that she doesn't think about dying, she thinks "of being here now," actress Valerie Harper has revealed to People magazine that she has terminal brain cancer.

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Infections With 'Nightmare Bacteria' Are On The Rise In U.S. Hospitals

March 6
Rob Stein, NPR

Federal health officials warned that a dangerous group of superbugs has become increasingly common in hospitals throughout the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the bacteria are resistant to virtually all antibiotics, including the ones doctors use as a last-ditch option.

New Study Shows California's Local Road System In Crisis

March 6
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio

A new study finds that aging infrastructure, rising construction costs and budget cuts have put California’s local streets and roads system in crisis.

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The Plight of the Historic California Theatre

March 6
By Angela Carone

You can’t walk along 4th and C Streets in downtown San Diego and not wonder about the dilapidated building across from City Hall. It was once the California Theatre.

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Storm Brings Season's Heaviest Snowfall To Midwest, Mid-Atlantic

March 6
Scott Neuman / NPR

Winter storm Saturn, which has dumped several inches of snow from the Dakotas to Maryland, is expected to linger over the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing another five to nine inches to many areas in the east.

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With Adaptive Skiing, Disabled People No Longer Left Out In The Cold

March 6
Carrie Jung / NPR

March means spring break is just around the corner, and for New Mexico it means mild temperatures and fresh snow -- perfect conditions for visiting area ski resorts.

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John Kerry, A 'Recovering Politician,' Settles Into Diplomatic Role

March 6
Michele Kelemen / NPR

Secretary of State John Kerry describes himself as a recovering politician. He's just getting used to the fact that he can't speak quite as freely as he did when he was a senator.

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For Elderly Midwife, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old

March 6
Ina Jaffe / NPR

Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. In Working Late, a series for Morning Edition, NPR profiles older adults who are still in the workforce.