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Stories for March 12, 2014

Malaysia: No Debris At Spot Shown On China Images

March 12
Associated Press
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Malaysia's civil aviation chief said Thursday there were no signs of the missing Malaysian jetliner at a spot where Chinese satellite images showed what might be plane debris.

Downtown Tijuana Stages A Revival

March 12
By Jill Replogle
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After a dozen or so painfully dead years for businesses in and around the city’s main tourist strip, Avenida Revolución, customers are starting to return to Tijuana, Mexico.

Father Joe's Villages Lunch Program Receives $2M Grant From Unnamed Donor

March 12
By City News Service
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The Father Joe's Villages lunch program will be named in honor of the so far unidentified $2-million donor, who was described by the social services agency as a local businessman and philanthropist.

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Visits San Diego

March 12
By Emily Burns
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A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has come to San Diego for people to pay their respects.

How Poor East Coast Weather Can Bum Out Californians Too

March 12
By David Wagner
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According to UC San Diego scientists, when you bring your rainy day blues to Facebook, you could be bumming out people all across the country.

Senate Panel Clears Ukraine Aid Package

March 12
Scott Neuman / NPR

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the bill, which now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The House has its own version.

Report: Chinese Site May Show Plane Debris Images

March 12
Associated Press

Murky satellite images that a Chinese science and defense agency said might show suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner provided a fresh clue in the search for the plane.

Prosecutors To Retry Death Penalty Phase Against ‘Los Palillos’ Gang Members

March 12
By City News Service

Prosecutors said they will again seek death penalty for two leaders of violent Mexican "Los Palillos" drug trafficking gang, who were convicted of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County between 2004 and 2007.

Obama To Raise Money At Qualcomm Founder's Home

March 12
Josh Lederman, Associated Press
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The May 8 lunch in La Jolla is among at least six fundraisers Obama will hold for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in coming months.

Requests To Carry Concealed Guns Surges In California

March 12
Associated Press

Sheriffs in some politically conservative or rural counties reported spikes in applications while other counties in the state experienced smaller increases.

San Diego Tourism Leaders: Uncertain Convention Center Expansion Timeline Could Hurt Sales

March 12
James R. Riffel / City News Service
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Bookings for major trade shows and other meetings at the San Diego Convention Center are on pace to meet targets for this fiscal year, but challenges exist that could cost the facility large events in the future — maybe even the home-grown Comic-Con International.

Zimmerman Names Three New San Diego Police Assistant Chiefs

March 12
By City News Service
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In her first major personnel moves, newly appointed San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman named three new assistant chiefs, creating an additional assistant chief position in the agency.

Review: 'Caesar Must Die'

March 12
By Rebecca Romani
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What happens when a member of the Mafia is cast as Cesare in an Italian prison version of Julius Ceasar? Who will live and who will die? Guset blogger Rebecca Romani recommends seeing "Cesare deve morire" for the Ides of March.

California Seeks To Dam 3 Channels On Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

March 12
Associated Press
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J.B. Morais of Delta Islands Organic Farm, who grows vegetables that end up on restaurant tables, said the state's plan threatens his irrigation source.

Oxycontin Maker To Offer Abuse-Resistant Painkiller; San Diego-Based Rival Drug Maker’s Stock Falls 22 Percent

March 12
Associated Press
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The maker of OxyContin says it has completed testing of an abuse-resistant version of the painkiller hydrocodone, a surprise development that could derail sales of a similar medication made by San Diego-based Zogenix.

Qualcomm To Receive Inaugural Duane Roth Renaissance Award

March 12
By City News Service
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The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday it has created an award named after biotech executive Duane Roth, who died from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident. Qualcomm Inc. will be the first entity to receive the award.

Reports: Obama Will Move To Expand Overtime Pay

March 12
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The president is expected to tell the Labor Department to change the rules about who is eligible. Critics say that might backfire. Proponents say it would narrow income inequality.

Study: San Diego Street Gangs Deeply Involved In Commercial Sex Trade

March 12
Midday Edition
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The study documents what local law enforcement officials already know, that many of the sex workers in the San Diego region are vulnerable young women, forced or manipulated into a trade that is highly profitable

GM To Offer Loaner Cars, Cash To Owners Of Recalled Vehicles

March 12
Associated Press
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General Motors is offering free loaner cars and $500 toward a new GM vehicle to more than a million owners of compact cars that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect. GM says 13 people have died in crashes linked to a deadly ignition switch defect.

San Diego-Based Navy Ships Dedicated To Search For Malaysia Airlines MH370 (Video)

March 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego-based ships from the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet have been searching the better part of five days for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Navy officials say as each day passes, the hunt for the vanished plane becomes more difficult.

Wounded Warriors Compete In Paralympics Invitational At Camp Pendleton

March 12
Promise Yee
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The games at Camp Pendleton include archery, swimming, track, cycling, volleyball and shooting.

Report: Deadly Navy Jet Crash Caused By Pilot Error

March 12
By Beth Ford Roth
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A new accident report finds pilot error was to blame for the deadly crash of a Navy EA-6B Prowler that went down shortly after taking off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state on March 11, 2013. Three Naval aviators lost their lives in the crash.

255K California Homes, Businesses Don't Have Water Meters

March 12
Associated Press
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People without meters are charged a flat monthly rate for water — usually between $20 and $35 a month.

San Diego Teen's Flu Research Earns Him $100K Prize

March 12
By City News Service
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A Carmel Valley teen's research focused on drugs that inhibit an enzyme essential for viral propagation so that scientists will have more time to develop a vaccine during a flu pandemic.

Explosion In New York Apartment Building Kills At Least 4; 8 Still Missing

March 12
Scott Neuman, NPR
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Officials say that a preliminary investigation shows a gas leak was likely cause of an explosion and has claimed at least four lives, with at least 36 injured and eight missing.

Lawmakers Get Disturbing Picture Of Status Of Groundwater

March 12
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.

California Highest In Health Exchange Sign-Ups So Far

March 12
Pauline Bartolone, Capital Public Radio
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Federal data show more people in California have picked a plan through a health insurance exchange than in any other state.

Lawmaker Turns to Crowdsourcing to Create Legislation

March 12
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio
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There’s a bit of a political experiment underway in Sacramento. An assemblyman is attempting to use crowd sourcing as a way to craft legislation.