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Stories for June 12, 2009

Goodbye Textbooks, Hello ebooks

June 12
By Ana Tintocalis
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High school students in some California public schools will throw-out their textbooks for so-called "ebooks" next school year.

Hundreds Reporting Water Wasters

June 12
By Katie Orr
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Two weeks into San Diego’s mandatory water conservation plan, the city’s experiencing a large increase in customer calls.

Calif. Considers Taking Local Gas Taxes

June 12
San Diego Week
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders spoke out today against a decision by California’s Budget Conference committee to begin taking local gas tax revenue.

U.N. Imposes Tough New Sanctions On North Korea

June 12
Associated Press
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The U.N. Security Council on Friday punished North Korea for its second nuclear test, imposing tough new sanctions, expanding an arms embargo and authorizing ship searches on the high seas.

Governor Uses Escondido Speech to Prod Lawmakers

June 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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In a speech in Escondido, Governor Schwarzenegger asked lawmakers to send him a budget that plugs the state's $24 billion budget gap. The governor said there's no time to waste.

Great Performances: 'Chess' in Concert

June 12
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Before taking Broadway by storm with the jukebox hit Mamma Mia, ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus teamed with lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) in 1986 to create an original musical, the cult favorite Chess. Set during the Cold War intrigue of international chess tournaments, the musical dramatizes the romantic checkmate between an American chess champion, his lover and a Russian opponent secretly planning to defect to the West. Idina Menzel (Wicked, Enchanted), Adam Pascal (Rent) and pop superstar Josh Groban headline a concert production from London’s Royal Albert Hall.

American Experience: The Living Weapon

June 12
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In early 1942, shortly after the United States entered World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt received an alarming intelligence report: Germany and Japan were developing biological weapons for potential offensive use. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the effort. This program examines the international race to develop biological weapons in the 1940s and 1950s, revealing the scientific and technical challenges scientists faced and the moral dilemmas posed by their eventual success.

Away We Go

June 12
By Beth Accomando
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Director Sam Mendes is best known for his savage portraits of marriages falling apart – "American Beauty" and last year's "Revolutionary Road." So "Away We Go" (opening June 12 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) arrives as something of a surprise and an antidote to those earlier works.

Will State Budget Problems Be Resolved By July 1?

June 12
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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California is facing a $24 billion budget deficit for next fiscal year. Although the fiscal year ends on June 30, state lawmakers have been slow to roll out their proposals for cutting the budget deficit.

Local Governments Preparing for Possible Raids on Tax Revenue

June 12
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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San Diego government officials are concerned the state budget deficit could lead to a raid on local tax revenues. Mayor Jerry Sanders and other elected officials recently met to discuss possible cuts that could come from the state. Sanders also urged people to contact their state lawmakers to speak out against the possible cuts.

Administering Medical Marijuana Laws in San Diego

June 12
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear San Diego County's lawsuit challenging California's medical-marijuana laws. San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye has suggested the city re-establish a medical marijuana taskforce to develop local guidelines for following the state's laws.

Frye Endorsed For Coastal Commission

June 12
By Ed Joyce
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A San Diego City Councilwoman and longtime conservationist is getting support from environmental groups for a position on the California Coastal Commission.

See King Sunny Adé Perform

June 12
By Angela Carone
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See a video of Nigerian icon of jùjú music, King Sunny Adé, performing in Atlanta.

Nigerian Legend King Sunny Adé Comes to San Diego

June 12
By Angela Carone
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A pop superstar from Nigeria comes to San Diego. Musician King Sunny Adé and his 17-piece band have just launched a North American tour. They'll perform at The Belly Up Tavern on Tuesday night.

Scope of Budget Cuts Could Have Major Impact on Poor Families

June 12
Kelley Weiss, California Capitol Network
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Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed deep cuts to several health and welfare programs to help balance the state’s budget. That would be a double or triple whammy for some California families who rely on multiple services. Health care reporter Kelley Weiss visited one of those families to find out how the combination of cuts could affect them.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

June 12
By Beth Accomando
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"Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" (opening June 12 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is a documentary for a very specialized audience. At the end of the film there's a mention for the book version of "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" and in all honesty that might be a better format for this particular story.

A Presidency In The Balance, Iranians Vote

June 12
Associated Press
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Iranians packed polling stations from boutique-lined streets in north Tehran to conservative bastions Friday to choose between keeping hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power or replacing him with a reformist who favors greater freedoms and improved ties with the United States.