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Stories for April 8, 2010

Labor Groups Launch Campaign Against Chula Vista's Prop G

April 8
By Alison St John

San Diego labor groups have launched a campaign to defeat an initiative that will affect who gets jobs in major construction projects in Chula Vista. Proposition G on the June Ballot would ban so-called “project labor agreements.”

Robbery Suspect, Motorcycle Cop Exchange Shots In Midday Chase

April 8
City News Service

A robbery suspect exchanged gunshots with a motorcycle officer today during a lunch-hour road chase through Pacific Beach and across Mission Bay Park, that ended when the man ran into a crowded restaurant complex and shot himself to death, police said.

Camp Pendleton Opens Memorial For 1975 Vietnam Refugee 'Tent City'

April 8
By Jessica Plautz

In 1975, over 50,000 Vietnamese refugees passed through the gates of Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon. The Camp Pendleton Historical Society has opened an exhibit to remember the "Tent City" constructed on base to house thousands of people after the war.

Simply Ming: Ponzu-Soy Vinaigrette

April 8
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Ming's Ponzu-Soy Vinaigrette makes for a great marinade, sauce, or dressing. Made with citrus, ponzu is wildly popular in Japanese cuisine. It's also incredibly versatile, as Ming demonstrates with his Oven-Roasted Swordfish with Lentil de Puy Salad and Grilled Ponzu-Marinated Chicken with Orzo Risotto. In addition to the risotto, Ming re-interprets another Italian favorite, carpaccio, by using broiled shrimp.

Teen Review: 'The Runaways'

April 8
Felicia Lomeli, Teen Critic
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"The Runaways" (opening April 9 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and AMC La Jolla) is a film about an all girl rock 'n' roll band in the 70’s that Joan Jett started.

San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald Testifies At Ethics Commission Hearing

April 8
By Alison St John

San Diego City’s councilwoman Marti Emerald is testifying at a city Ethics Commission hearing this afternoon. She has admitted to a campaign violation that carries a maximum penalty of ten thousand dollars. But her attorney argues she does not deserve to be fined.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Southern BBQ

April 8
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Bridget Lancaster introduces an Alabama specialty, showing host Christopher Kimball how to make Big Bob's famous Alabama BBQ chicken, with a side of tangy apple-cabbage slaw. Tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Kimball to an iced-tea tasting in front of a live audience to find out if specialty brands really make a better brew.

Sheriff: 1 Dead In Small Plane Crash In SoCal

April 8
Associated Press

A small plane has crashed near a desert airstrip in San Diego County, killing at least one person.

Calexico Officials Worry About Sewage, Clean Water After Quake

April 8
By Amy Isackson

Calexico wastewater authorities expect to contain a massive sewage spill caused by Sunday's earthquake within the next 48 hours. Calexico water officials worry whether they will have enough clean water for the city.

Easter Sunday Quake Damages Seen In Tens Of Millions

April 8
Associated Press

Authorities say damages from Easter Sunday's earthquake in economically strapped California's Imperial County have reached tens of millions of dollars.

Calif. Lawmakers Pass Housing-Crisis Tax Relief

April 8
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP

Californians who were hurt by the housing crisis could soon receive a measure of good news that would save them thousands of dollars in taxes.

Calif. Bill Would Create Annual Ronald Reagan Day

April 8
ROBIN HINDERY, AP

California is one step closer to establishing an annual day honoring Ronald Reagan, the former president, governor and actor.

Culture Lust Weekend: UCSD's MFA Open Studio, Busker Festival, And THREAD

April 8
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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Lined up for this Culture Lust Weekend: the MFA students at UCSD will (finally!) open their studios, fashionistas will flock downtown for THREAD, and just about anyone will head to Seaport Village for the 2010 Busker Festival. Plus: live music galore!

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake In Baja Shakes San Diego

April 8
KPBS News
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A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Guadalupe Victoria in Baja California today at 9:44 a.m. The quake was the latest in a string of aftershocks related to Sunday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake to shake the region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Local Bug Population Booming

April 8
These Days
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Have you noticed a bunch of bugs flying around your porch light lately? We talk to a local entomologist about why the local bug population is booming, and what insect species are buzzing around San Diego right now.

The California Innocence Project And The Freedom Of Reggie Cole

April 8
These Days

A California prisoner's family waited for hours Tuesday at a bus station in El Centro, but never got a chance to celebrate Reggie Cole's release from custody. Cole was convicted of murder in 1994, but the California Innocence Project helped overturn the conviction last year. However, he killed a man while in serving time at Calipatria State Prison and that's holding up his release. We discuss the case with attorneys from the California Innocence Project.

Lakeside Fired Up Over Fire Board

April 8
These Days

If you live in Lakeside, the possibility of a major fire is always on your mind, even in the rainy season. We'll discuss why troubles at the Lakeside Fire Board and a potential recall of 2 of its members could affect us all.

Citizen Cope, Adam Green, And Sushi This Weekend

April 8
These Days
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There's a lot of music to see this weekend, and a dance performance that should take the edge off of the work week. Joining us with her recommendations for your weekend is Liz Bradshaw.

Anchee Min's Novel About Pearl S. Buck

April 8
These Days
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Bestselling author Anchee Min's new historical novel is about the early life of Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, who grew up in China. The book is called "Pearl in China" and tells a story of a life-long friendship between Buck and a peasant girl. Through riots, abusive husbands, fame, jealousy and the Cultural Revolution, their powerful friendship allows Min to explore Buck's compelling life and China's early 20th century history.

Jane Austen And Zombies, Sea Monsters And Vampires

April 8
These Days
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What does Jane Austen have to do with vampires, sea monsters, and zombies? A series of mash-up books pairing Jane Austen with pop culture phenomena have become wildly popular. Are these disrespectful perversions? Cheap gimmicks? Dr. Linda Troost, professor and chair of English at Washington and Jefferson College, explores these questions in a lecture at the University of San Diego.

Bond Measure Touted As Answer To Calif. Water Crisis

April 8
By Ed Joyce
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The $11 billion state water bond measure is being promoted as a way to improve California's water supply reliability and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem.

Review: 'Terribly Happy'

April 8
By Beth Accomando
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Denmark’s South Jutland provides the backdrop for the ironically titled “Terribly Happy” (opening April 9 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). In this part of the country, the earth moves when you walk and the fields turn to swamps when it rains. You can listen to my radio review.

Cost Of Earthquake Insurance Discourages Many Californians

April 8
By Tom Fudge

The earthquake that rattled Southern California this week was a gentle reminder that not many Californians have earthquake insurance. Only 12 percent of homeowners are insured.