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Stories for March 6, 2014

Review: 'Visitors'

March 6
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio made a name for himself partnering with composer Philip Glass on a trio of wordless documentaries beginning with “Koyaaniqatsi” 30 years ago. "Visitors" (opening March 7 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) is his latest film and there would be more films to his credit if they weren't so hard to finance.

Border Patrol Seizes Drug-Laced Lollipops At San Clemente Checkpoint

March 6
By Quinn Owen
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U.S. Border Patrol agents seized approximately 23 pounds of drugs with a value of $160,000 at the San Clemente checkpoint Wednesday.

City Clerk Receives Final Petitions For San Diego City Council Elections In June

March 6
By City News Service
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A handful of prospective candidates for San Diego City Council seats delivered their nominating petitions to the City Clerk's Office on Thursday, including those of three incumbents.

Valley Center Man Fatally Stung By Bee Swarm

March 6
By City News Service

A 67-year-old man died at his rural Valley Center home Thursday after being attacked by bees, authorities reported.

San Diego Student Robots Launch Balls, Careers

March 6
By Kyla Calvert
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Sixty high school teams are putting the finishing touches on the robots they built for the two days of tournaments at San Diego's annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

UC Program To Be NAFTA Of Higher Education

March 6
By Jill Replogle
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The North American Free Trade Agreement turns 20 this year. Key leaders and observers of the pioneering trade agreement met in La Jolla on Thursday to talk about the past and future of U.S.-Mexico relations.

Study Suggests E-Cigarettes Tied To Youth Smoking

March 6
By Kenny Goldberg
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E-cigarettes are marketed as devices that can help people quit smoking. But a new study suggests they’re actually a gateway to nicotine addiction for teenagers.

Albertsons Parent Cerberus To Buy Safeway For $7.6B

March 6
Associated Press
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The $7.64 billion deal, announced late Thursday, will bring together Safeway and Albertsons, one of the five chains that Cerberus bought from Supervalu Inc. last year.

Border Patrol Agents Intercept $630,000 Of Narcotics In Temecula

March 6
By Quinn Owen
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In two separate incidents Monday, US Border Patrol agents seized more than 46 pounds of narcotics and arrested three U.S. citizens.

Daniel O'Donnell: Stand Beside Me

March 6
By Jennifer Robinson
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This rousing concert celebration of Irish, country, gospel, rock, movie tunes and longtime fan favorites includes performances of “Que Sera, Sera,” “That’s Amore,” “Our Anniversary,” “Silver Wings,” “Blaze of Glory” and many more. Joining Daniel on stage is his six-piece band, back-up vocalists, and singing partner of 26 years, Mary Duff.

Los Angeles Mayor Visits Mexico City, Says Obama Should Cut Deportations

March 6
Associated Press
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U.S. President Barack Obama should cut deportations of migrants and focus resources on the 2 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to become citizens, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday during a visit to Mexico's capital.

Hubble Telescope Captures Shattering Asteroid

March 6
Associated Press
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Scientists say the asteroid began coming apart early last year. They theorize sunlight is slowing pulling the asteroid apart by increasing its rotation.

Here Are 5 Clues To The Health Of US Job Market

March 6
Associated Press

The U.S. economy has been skating on an icy patch in advance of the February jobs report, which could expose some of the frailties of a still-sluggish economic recovery that's almost a half-decade old.

Florida High Court Rules Immigrant Can't Get Law License

March 6
Associated Press

The Florida Supreme Court said federal law prohibits people who are unlawfully in the country from obtaining professional licenses. The justices said state law can override the federal ban, but Florida has taken no action to do so.

Kevin Faulconer Meeting With Tijuana Mayor To Discuss Border, Trade

March 6
By City News Service
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At his first news conference as San Diego mayor Thursday, Kevin Faulconer said he's meeting with his counterpart in Tijuana to discuss border infrastructure and trade opportunities.

USS Coronado Slated To Arrive In San Diego On Monday

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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The high-tech, high-speed USS Coronado is slated to arrive at its new home port at Naval Base San Diego on March 6.

Long Beach Passes Strict E-Cigarette Regulations

March 6
Associated Press

After Los Angeles passed tough new rules on the use of electronic cigarettes, Long Beach has approved even stricter regulations that apply to using the devices in shops where they are sold.

Survey Of San Diego County Stores Shows Food Placement Matters

March 6
Midday Edition
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A new survey looking at the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol, healthy and unhealthy food products in San Diego County finds some troubling trends.

2 Marines Relieved Of Command Over Camp Pendleton Explosion That Killed 4

March 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps relieves captain and master sergeant of their commands following an investigation into the Nov. 13 explosion at Camp Pendleton that killed four explosive ordnance disposal Marines.

Report: 38 Percent Of San Diegans Can't Make Ends Meet

March 6
Midday Edition
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The latest numbers on income versus cost of living in San Diego finds that 38 percent of families in the region can't make ends meet.

Obama Condemns Russian 'Intervention' In Ukraine

March 6
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The world is "well beyond the days when borders can be withdrawn over the heads of democratic leaders," the president said Thursday.

Google Barge Cruising From San Francisco To Delta

March 6
Associated Press
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The barge departed from Treasure Island early Thursday to comply with a Jan. 31 regulatory order concluding that Google Inc. didn't have the proper permits to build the four-story vessel there.

Baby Born With HIV At Long Beach Hospital Shows No Signs Of Virus 9 Months Later

March 6
City News Service
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A baby born with HIV at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach nine months ago immediately received highly aggressive treatment with three drugs and now shows no sign of the virus that causes AIDS, it was reported Wednesday.

Questions Remain After Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Disbanded

March 6
By Sandhya Dirks
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After the Balboa Park Centennial planning group disbanded this week, two questions remain: Where did the more than $2 million the city gave the group go? And what happens now?

Judge Refuses To Release Ex-San Diego Police Officer Arevalos Convicted Of Sexual Assault

March 6
Kelly Wheeler / City News Service
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The ex-officer was convicted in November 2011 of felony and misdemeanor charges involving five women, including multiple counts of sexual battery by restraint, asking for a bribe and assault and battery by a police officer.

Lake Morena Reservoir Is 4 Percent Full And Will Stay That Way

March 6
By Claire Trageser
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Between December and January, the city of San Diego drew down about 40 percent of the water in Lake Morena reservoir in East County, despite residents' protests.

PBS Survey Shows Parents Concerned Kids Aren't Ready For School

March 6
By Deb Welsh
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If you're a parent with a young child you may be worried that he or she lacks the necessary skills to start elementary school. According to a new survey, you're not alone.

San Diego Chamber Of Commerce Survey Finds Bright Business Outlook

March 6
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego business owners are felling upbeat about the region's economy in the latest Chamber of Commerce survey.