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Stories for April 7, 2010

Power Outage Post Mortem Underway

April 7
By Amita Sharma
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California's electric grid operators have promised to explain how a short but massive power outage occurred in the San Diego region last week. Energy watchers says that review should be done by outsiders.

Calif. Seeks To Reduce Influence On Pension Funds

April 7
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP
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California lawmakers took a step Wednesday toward cracking down on the middlemen that help private investment firms land lucrative contracts with the state's giant pension funds.

Fire Department Brown-Outs Impact Some Neighorhoods More Than Others

April 7
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s fire chief says University City and Rancho Penasquitos face the most risk because of fire department cutbacks.

Groups Urge Passage Of Water Bond Measure

April 7
By Ed Joyce
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A popular comedian was among those asking voters to approve California's comprehensive water bond package at a forum Wednesday in Balboa Park.

Emergency Workers Remind Motorists To Slow Down, Pull Over

April 7
JAMES R. RIFFEL, CNS
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Leaders of area fire departments and law enforcement agencies reminded motorists today to slow down and pull over for emergency personnel, in the wake of the death of a medic who was setting out flares at the scene of a traffic accident.

Rants and Raves: King Kong

April 7
By Beth Accomando
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On this day in 1933, "King Kong" hit theaters and a screen legend was born. I just want to celebrate the big guy's birthday.

Cyberattack: U.S. Unready For Future Face Of War

April 7
Tom Gjelten, NPR
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While the U.S. has unequaled offensive cyberwar capability, experts say it is unprepared to fend off a massive cyberattack. "I see this as possibly one of the gravest intelligence battles the U.S. has ever fought, and it's a battle we're currently losing," says cyberpolicy analyst James Lewis.

What Are The Best Ways To Care For Exotic Pets?

April 7
These Days
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For this month's pet segment, we are focusing on exotic animals: birds, reptiles, small mammals, amphibians, etc. We talk to Dr. Jeff Jenkins about how to properly care for exotic pets, from nutrition to cage cleaning.

A Remembrance Of Craig Noel, Patriarch Of San Diego Theater

April 7
These Days
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Craig Noel, the founding artistic director of the Old Globe theater and often called the father of San Diego theater died at his San Diego home over the weekend. He was 94. We talk with Pam Kragen, North County Times arts editor and president of the San Diego Theater Critics Circle.

The Story On Parole for Sexual Offenders

April 7
These Days
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Are California's sex offender and parole laws being properly enforced? What are the economic and social costs of implementing stricter laws? We'll look at the battle to make sure California's legal system is working properly.

Political Analysis: San Diego's Primary Election

April 7
These Days
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This morning, we begin a series of political updates on the candidates and issues on San Diego's June primary ballot. First up, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' uncontested bid for a third term. And, a look at the County Treasurer/Tax Collector and County Assessor races.

Today's Parents Are Spending More Time With Children

April 7
By Tom Fudge
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The advent of the working mother meant parents, moms in particular, were spending less time with their kids. But research by two UCSD economists shows that trend has turned around. For the past twenty years the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the time that college-educated parents spend with their children. But it's unclear whether this is what we would call quality time.

Trailer: Kick-Ass

April 7
By Beth Accomando
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Last month I got an advance peek at "Kick-Ass" (opening April 16 throughout San Diego) and I fell in love. Check out this trailer and see if you feel any chemistry.

Analyzing Actors-Slash-Authors

April 7
By Meredith Hattam
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James Franco was recently accepted to Yale's doctoral program, landed a major book deal, and enjoys writing about dragon bongs. But Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam wants to know how other actors-slash-authors in Hollywood measure up, and are a PhD and good writing mutually exclusive?