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Stories for May 14, 2009

Drug Ties Suspected With Four Chula Vista Residents Dead in Tijuana

May 14
By Amy Isackson

Baja California's Attorney General says four Chula Vista residents killed in Tijuana last Saturday were not tourists looking for a good time south of the border. The Attorney General strongly suspects the group had drug ties.

NATURE: Victoria Falls

May 14
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Cutting across the Zambezi River, bridging the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. This awesome force of nature divides two natural worlds — the tranquil meandering river above the cascade and the raging abyss of the gorge below. The upper river is idyllic, running shallow through sandstone hills and meandering around islands and reed-beds where elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, zebra, antelope and otters thrive. It is a place of epic proportions, with an epic story to tell.

Schwarzenegger Lays Out Grim Scenario for Calif. Budget

May 14
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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Governor Schwarzenegger rolled out two grim scenarios for California today. He's proposing billions in cuts to schools, laying off 5,000 state workers and borrowing money from cash-strapped local governments.

San Diego Gas Prices Rise Again

May 14
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County increased for the 10th consecutive day, rising 1.8 cents today to $2.47.

Stimulus Money Makes It's Way to San Diego

May 14
Peter Granitz, Capitol News Connection

The White House released its quarterly report on stimulus spending. One area lawmaker says the money has made its way to San Diego. Peter Granitz reports from Capitol Hill.

VP Biden Addresses Crew of USS Ronald Reagan

May 14
By Katie Orr
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SAN DIEGO -- Vice President Joe Biden appeared at Naval Air Station North Island today to speak to the sailors of the USS Ronald Reagan. The Vice President took the opportunity to voice the administration’s support for the sailors. He said he and President Barack Obama are working to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.

UCSD Researchers Help to Stop Childhood Cancer

May 14
By Tom Fudge

Researchers at UCSD are part of a team that's trained the body's immune system to attack a form of childhood cancer.

Few California Consumers Taking Part in State Settlement

May 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Few Californians who had their health insurance illegally cancelled have taken advantage of a state settlement designed to help them. A report in the Los Angeles Daily Journal finds only about five percent of people who wanted to take part in the settlement have done so.

Come Drink with Me: Reading Launches Cinema 21

May 14
By Beth Accomando
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Reading Cinemas will be the first mainstream local theater to serve alcohol with your movie -- provided you're over 21, hence the name of their new Saturday night program, Cinema 21. The drinks only flow on Saturdays so at least one night a week you can toast your favorite movies. I guess this arrives just in time to watch The Hangover.

Creator of HBO's Big Love Authors New Play at Old Globe Theater

May 14
These Days
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Cornelia Wallace was a former beauty queen who became the second wife of segregationist governor George Wallace. The Old Globe's new play Cornelia tells the story of their marriage and was written by Mark Olsen, the creator and writer of the HBO hit series Big Love about a polygamous family in Utah.

Oscar Winner Eva Marie Saint Comes to Poway

May 14
These Days
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Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, star of North by Northwest and On the Waterfront, performs the work of Willa Cather in the play On the Divide at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Saint is joined on stage by her producer/director/husband Jeffrey Hayden who interpreted the works of the great pioneer novelist.

Oceanside Bans Medical Marijuana Shops for 45 Days

May 14
Associated Press

A city in San Diego County has temporarily banned the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries within its limits after hearing lengthy arguments both for and against the issue.

SD To Begin Checking Immigration Status on Inmates

May 14
City News Service

San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura counties will become the first in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records, it was reported today.

Angels and Demons and Hanks, Oh My!

May 14
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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As a book, Angels and Demons was the prequel to The Da Vinci Code. But as a film, Angels and Demons (opening May 15 throughout San Diego) turns out to be a sequel. Tom Hanks returns as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon to unravel another mystery.

Indian Fair Highlights Native American Arts and Culture

May 14
These Days

The San Diego Museum of Man hosts the 26th Annual Indian Fair featuring Native American artists, musicians, dancers and performers.

Tipsters Help to Solve Crimes in San Diego

May 14
These Days

What role does a community play in solving crimes? We'll look at how San Diego County Crime Stoppers has provided a place for the public to work with law enforcement on reporting crimes.

Governor Warns of Deep Cuts

May 14
Marianne Russ, California Capital News

Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to roll out his plans to plug a multi-billion-dollar hole in the state budget Thursday. The governor has warned Californians to expect deep cuts to everything from schools to prisons.

Swine Flu Takes Toll On Mexico Tourism Industry

May 14
Jason Beaubien, NPR
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Americans Vicky Long and John Papadakous are savoring their Caribbean vacation in Mexico. The swine flu outbreak virtually emptied the white-sand beaches of Cancun, along with its bars and hotels, meaning there is plenty of staff to pamper the couple from Baltimore.

San Diego's Housing Affordability Rate Rises

May 14
City News Service
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The percentage of households that could afford to buy an entry-level home in San Diego County rose to 61 percent in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 59 percent in the previous quarter and 43 percent for the same period a year ago.

Chrysler Moves To Close Hundreds Of Dealerships

May 14
Associated Press
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Chrysler LLC wants to eliminate 789, or about 25 percent, of its U.S. 3,200 dealerships, saying in a bankruptcy court filing Thursday that the network is antiquated and has too many stores competing with each other.