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Stories for April 1, 2010

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Mexico - One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: The Soul Of Mole

April 1, 2010

Mole is an idea that's half pre-Columbian, half European, and 100% Mexican - a sauce, a preparation and a national dish that rivals the culinary masterpieces of the world's greatest cuisines. Rick and his daughter, Lanie, set off on a culinary journey to explore the mysteries of mole that takes them from the mile-high piles of dried chiles in Mexico City's vast La Merced market to stalls selling towering mounds of concentrated mole paste.

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Hotel Rwanda

April 1, 2010

Some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda. The events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. This film portrays the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle), a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

San Diego County Pension Board Backtracks To Avoid Conflict Of Interest

April 1, 2010
By Alison St John

San Diego County’s Pension Board is considering a plan to hand over the job of managing the $7 Billion pension fund to a private contractor. But attorneys have warned the board to beware of conflicts of interest.

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Del Mar Parents Blame School Board For Leadership Troubles

April 1, 2010
By Ana Tintocalis

The Del Mar Union School Board should choose an interim superintendent at a special meeting on Thursday. The move comes one day after the board fired the district's leader.

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Furloughs Take Emotional Toll On State Workers

April 1, 2010
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

A lot of furloughed state employees thought they’d be back to work Friday. Just a week ago, a court exempted 50,000 state workers from un-paid furlough days. But Governor Schwarzenegger appealed. And earlier this week, another court granted the governor a temporary stay. That means furloughs are back on.

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Fiorina Proposes Tax Holidays During San Diego Appearance

April 1, 2010
By Tom Fudge

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina brought her anti-tax message to San Diego with a stop at Waxie Sanitary Supply company.

UCSD Expanding With $664 Million, 10-Story Medical Facility

April 1, 2010
City News Service

A $664 million, 10-story, 449,000-square-foot medical facility will be built next to UC San Diego's Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, university health system officials announced today.

Former Padre Giles Pleads Guilty To Battery Charges

April 1, 2010
By City News Service

Former Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres second baseman Marcus Giles pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor battery charge for assaulting his wife in El Cajon last fall.

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Weekend Preview: Blind Lady Ale House And Saffron Have Events

April 1, 2010
By Angela Carone, Tom Fudge

This week on Weekend Preview: Thai food, beer tasting, a little art and a little bit of cinema. Joining us is Performance Magazine editor Maya Kroth.

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Theater: Lincoln And Douglas Debate In 'The Rivalry'

April 1, 2010
By Angela Carone, Tom Fudge

In 1858, two extraordinary men shared a podium to debate issues like slavery, states rights, the Mexican War and banking. Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln debated for the senate seat and those lively conversations are dramatized in the play "The Rivarly," opening at Lambs Players

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Group Questions Plan To Remove Chapparal In Cleveland National Forest

April 1, 2010
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The California Chaparral Institute wants the U.S. Forest Service to change a plan that includes removing native shrubs to reduce wildfire risk.

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Culture Lust Weekend: Egging On Easter Sunday

April 1, 2010
By Meredith Hattam

Why bother with the oven mitts this Easter when there are so many places to dine out? From traditional holiday fare to some unlikely finds (bacon Bloody Mary's and Mariachi music!), let Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam be your dining guide to this Culture Lust weekend.

Gardner Allegedly Had MySpace Page

April 1, 2010
By City News Service

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III, the man charged in the death of Poway teen Chelsea King, allegedly hid a MySpace page from state prison officials while under their supervision, it was reported Thursday.

Storm Knocks Out Power In North County

April 1, 2010
By City News Service

Up to 5,536 homes and businesses in the North County were without power today following two outages, according to San Diego Gas & Electric.

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Local Farmer Speaks On The Push For Locally-Grown Food

April 1, 2010
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel, Pamela Davis

A San Diego farmer is featured in a national cookbook for people who love local food. It's all about making better use of local produce you may not have cooked with before. Joining us on Morning Edition is Donna Buono of Morning Song Farm.

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April 1, 2010

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What Are Pros And Cons Of A Short Sale?

April 1, 2010
By Hank Crook, Tom Fudge

One in three San Diego County homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth. That situation has homeowners searching for options to get out of their underwater mortgages. We discuss the pros and cons of doing a short sale, and the difficulties many are dealing with as they go through the process.

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Could Parcel Tax Save SD Schools?

April 1, 2010
By Pat Finn, Tom Fudge

More and more school districts in California are turning to a parcel tax -- a flat fee for every parcel of land owned by a resident regardless of worth -- which would go directly to the school district, not to Sacramento. San Francisco is the largest school district to have passed one so far. Would San Diegans support such a tax?

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New England Struggles After Record Flooding

April 1, 2010
Anthony Brooks, NPR

Parts of New England are still underwater after heavy rains. March was one for the record books in much of the region. Three days of steady rain in Rhode Island caused the Blackstone River to swell dramatically — sending waves of water crashing down Valley Falls in the town of Cumberland, just north of Providence.

Natives Making Up More Of San Diego's Population

April 1, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

It’s sometimes said that no one living in San Diego is actually from here. But a new study shows that’s increasingly not the case.

San Diego Railway Buys Green Locomotives

April 1, 2010
By Tom Fudge

A small freight railway that connects San Diego to the Mexican border showed off its "green" locomotives this week.