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Stories for April 9, 2010

Among The Righteous: Lost Stories From The Holocaust In Arab Lands

April 9
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Did any Arabs save Jews during the Holocaust? Seeking a hopeful response to the plague of Holocaust denial in the Arab world and, in the wake of 9/11, Rob Satloff, head of a Washington policy center, set out on what would become an eight-year journey to find an Arab hero whose story would change the way Arabs view Jews, themselves and their own history.

Filner Says The VA Needs An Overhaul

April 9
By Kenny Goldberg
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The non-profit Veterans for Common Sense says the VA system is broken. The group joined Congressman Bob Filner in San Diego today to call for major changes in the Veterans Administration.

Aftershock Keeps Calexico's Historic Downtown Shuttered

April 9
By Amy Isackson
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Thursday morning's 5.3 aftershock has caused more damage in Calexico. The city's historic downtown will not re-open Friday as planned.

Exhibit Commemorates Evacuation To San Diego After Vietnam

April 9
San Diego Week
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Remembering the refugees who came to San Diego from Vietnam 35 years ago following the fall of Saigon.

Environmental Bills Introduced In Sacramento Unlikely To Pass

April 9
By Ed Joyce
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There are several environmental bills scheduled for hearings in California state legislative committees this week, but environmental advocates said the chances for passage appear slim this session.

Power Failure Sparks Investigation

April 9
San Diego Week
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A report on who or what caused last week's massive power outage which affected residents in San Diego and Orange Counties.

Earthquake Recovery On Both Sides Of The Border

April 9
San Diego Week
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An update on recovery efforts following Sunday's major earthquake in Baja California.

American Experience: The Polio Crusade

April 9
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It was the largest public health experiment in American history - a crusade that eradicated polio, one of the 20th century's most dreaded diseases. The polio epidemic terrified Americans for decades, affecting thousands of children, leaving many crippled, paralyzed or condemned to life in an iron lung. But on April 26, 1954, hope emerged. At the Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, six-year-old Randy Kerr stood at the head of a long line of children and waited patiently while a nurse gently rolled up his sleeve, then filled a syringe with a cherry-colored liquid containing the world's first polio vaccine.

Focus On S.D. Pension Fund

April 9
San Diego Week
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We discuss two court rulings in San Diego's city pension cases.

Convention Center Expansion Plan

April 9
San Diego Week
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An analysis of the San Diego Convention Center expansion land deal.

Federal Panel Consolidates 200 Lawsuits Against Toyota

April 9
City News Service
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A federal judicial panel today decided that about 200 lawsuits against Toyota stemming from sudden acceleration and other issues will be consolidated and heard in the Los Angeles federal courthouse.

Antiques Roadshow: Denver, Colo. - Hour Three

April 9
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"Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Suzanne Perrault visit a unique memorial to renowned potter Artus Van Briggle: a building on the Colorado College campus decorated inside and out with Van Briggle tiles. Program highlights include two circa 1958 prototype chairs designed by the guest's father when he worked for noted modernist George Nelson; a turn-of-the-century salesman's sample canoe; and a 1941 Martin guitar, played live on the radio by the guest's great-uncle, "Cowboy Slim," and valued at $65,000 to $75, 000.

Correction: SDUSD's Teen Pregnancy Rates

April 9
San Diego Week
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The teen pregnancy rate for students in the San Diego Unified School District appears to be much lower than the 25 percent we stated earlier.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Unmistaken Child

April 9
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Lama Konchog was considered the greatest Tibetan mediator of the 20th century. When he died in 2001, Tenzin Zopa, his shy and gifted disciple for 21 years, is unexpectedly appointed to lead the search for the reincarnation of his late Master. The ensuing quest transforms Tenzin from a modest servant into a passionate spiritual leader, only to become a disciple again once the child is found.

Memorial Service Held For EMT Killed On Job

April 9
By City News Service
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A memorial was scheduled today for an emergency medical technician struck and killed on a rain-soaked state Route 163, while tending to two separate accidents.

Masterpiece Classic: The Diary Of Anne Frank

April 9
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The most accurate-ever adaptation of Anne Frank’s moving account of life hiding from the Nazis stars newcomer Ellie Kendrick ("An Education") as a maturing teenager who undergoes an extraordinary ordeal. Iain Glen ("Into the Storm") stars as Anne’s steadfast father, Tamsin Greig (“Emma”) as her reticent mother and Felicity Jones (“Northanger Abbey”) as her studious older sister. Together with four others, they hide for two years in the back rooms of an Amsterdam business, while Anne records their tense daily life in one of history’s most remarkable memoirs.

Lessons Learned From 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake

April 9
Editors Roundtable
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What have we learned from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shook our region on Easter Sunday? We discuss what's been learned from the quake, and the public response that happened in the hours after the incident. And, we talk about how to our region should apply those lessons in the future.

San Diego Real Estate Market On The Rebound?

April 9
Editors Roundtable
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Local housing prices have increased in value over the last few months. While local prices haven't returned to the peak prices we saw in 2006, values are definitely increasing. Can we expect the upswing in housing prices to continue?

Convention Center Expansion Proposal Moves Forward

April 9
Editors Roundtable
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The Port Commission approved a plan this week to give the San Diego Convention Center control of six acres of bayfront land. The move opens the doors to a proposed $753 million expansion of the facility and the construction of a 500-room hotel.

Criminal Charges Against Former Pension Board Members Dismissed

April 9
Editors Roundtable
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A federal judge dismisses criminal charges against five former San Diego pension board officials. And, a state judge recently ruled that the city doesn't have to make an additional $177 million payment to the pension fund. What do both legal rulings mean for San Diego?

SDSU's Downtown Gallery Debuts

April 9
By Meredith Hattam
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This weekend, SDSU's Downtown Gallery will join the local culture club, but forget the downtown price tag: thanks to a few lucky connections, the space is entirely rent-free! No, they're not freeloading, though you may want to crash there this weekend for their first show, "Divergence." Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explains.

Memorial Planned For 24-Year-Old ER Medical Technician

April 9
City News Service
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A memorial was scheduled today for an emergency medical technician struck and killed on a rain-soaked state Route 163, while tending to two separate accidents.

Quake Damage In Imperial County May Exceed A Hundred Million

April 9
By Amy Isackson
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City officials in El Centro and Calexico estimate Sunday's quake damage will exceed a hundred million dollars. Calexico's City Manager says the temblor has already cost the city tax dollars and left at least 3,000 people without work.

Legislation Would Ban RV Waste Tank Chemicals

April 9
By Ed Joyce
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A California legislator has proposed a law banning harmful chemicals used in recreational vehicle waste tanks. The proposal comes after efforts failed to get retailers to switch to environmentally-friendly alternatives.