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Stories for April 5, 2010

Seismic Engineers Assess The Damage In San Diego

April 5
By Alison St John

San Diego roads and buildings appear to have sustained relatively little damage from Sunday's earthquake. Seismic engineers say current building codes protect newer structures from the kind of shaking experienced here, but older structures are vulnerable.

Navy Issues Statement On Strange Electronic Activity

April 5
By Wendy Fry

After San Diego residents along the coastline complained of faulty garage door openers and car alarm technology gone amok, the U.S. Navy issued a statement neither claiming nor denying responsibility, but they did offer an explanation.

Video: Joel P West and The Tree Ring Featuring Grape Street Dog Park

April 5
By Angela Carone
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A music video for the San Diego band Joel P West and The Tree Ring was shot at the Grape Street dog park in San Diego's South Park neighborhood. Lots of cute dogs and bubbles!

Unemployment Benefits To Run Out For Some

April 5
David Welna / NPR
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Nearly 400,000 jobless Americans are going to see their long-term unemployment benefits cut off after Congress failed to pass a short-term extension before taking a two-week break.

Rants and Raves: Spencer Tracy

April 5
By Beth Accomando
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If Spencer Tracy were still alive he would be turning 110 today. Ever since I was a little kid Spencer Tracy has been one of my favorite actors.

Earthquake Preparedness Tips

April 5
These Days
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We'll talk about earthquake preparedness following the 7.2 magnitude quake that struck Baja, California, on Sunday.

Analysis: Aftermath of Mexicali Earthquake

April 5
These Days
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We'll get the latest news about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Baja, California on Sunday.

Team Physician Helps San Diego Padres Stay On The Diamond

April 5
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

Spring Training is over and the San Diego Padres get their season started later today. But who is helping them stay healthy?

San Diego County Treasurer Tax Collector Is Challenged

April 5
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Treasurer and Tax Collector Dan McAllister has completed two four-year terms and is running for a third. For the first time, he has a challenger. The senior internal auditor of the County’s pension fund, Bill Betts, says he has ideas of ways to make the department more efficient.

Should Nighttime Water Drops Be Used To Fight Wildfires?

April 5
By Katie Orr

A LA Congressman wants the U.S. Forest Service to reconsider how it fights fires on its land. Right now the service doesn’t allow nighttime aerial water drops on wildfires. The city of San Diego started using the practice years ago.

7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexicali, San Diego Region

April 5
By Katie Orr
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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on Easter Sunday in Baja California. People in San Diego felt the quake which was centered about 19 miles southeast of Mexicali. Mexican authorities say at least one person died and several buildings have collapsed. In San Diego the damage was minimal.

Quake's Biggest Impact Felt In Mexicali

April 5
By Amy Isackson
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Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán says the majority of damage from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the region is in Mexicali.

UCSD Officials Say Health Care Bill Brings Financial Aid Relief To Their Students

April 5
By Ana Tintocalis

UC San Diego officials say thousands of their students will benefit from financial aid reform thanks to President Barack Obama's health care bill. Tucked inside his health care bill was significant financial aid reform.