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Stories for April 12, 2010

Former SPAWAR Contractor Sentenced

April 12
City News Service
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A federal employee who for almost eight years accepted cash bribes and other items from people in exchange for jobs as government subcontractors was sentenced today to 75 months in federal prison.

San Diego City Council Approves Mayor's First Outsourcing Proposal

April 12
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council has approved the mayor’s proposal to outsource part of the city's IT department. The vote marks a step toward the mayor’s goal of using managed competition to outsource city services, if it saves money.

Grants Given To San Diego County Habit Preservation Programs

April 12
By Ed Joyce
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says San Diego County programs to protect and conserve habitat of threatened and endangered species will receive more than $12 million in grants.

PAN Party In Tijuana Picks Mayoral Candidate

April 12
By Amy Isackson
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Tijuana's ruling National Action Party (PAN), has picked a 34-year-old ex-federal congressman as its mayoral candidate in this summer's election. Analysts say Carlos Torres would provide continuity to the city if he wins.

UCSD Prof Rae Armantrout Wins Pulitzer Prize For Poetry

April 12
By Angela Carone
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UCSD professor of writing and literature Rae Armantrout has won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection "Versed."

When Families Grieve

April 12
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"When Families Grieve" features several families coping with the death of a parent. This special, starring Katie Couric and the "Sesame Street" Muppets, performs a valuable service to families everywhere -- in both the military and the public at large -- by creating awareness of the courageous struggles of parents and children, and sharing the strategies that have helped them to move forward while keeping the memories alive.

FRONTLINE: Obama's Deal

April 12
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Health care reform was the first big policy deal taken on by the Obama administration. Many say the president has bet the mid-term elections, possibly his presidency, on the outcome. In a new investigation, FRONTLINE goes behind closed doors at the White House, in Congress and the boardrooms of the giant health care lobby to examine the political battles and costly compromises that defined Barack Obama’s endeavor.

World Leaders Convene At Nuclear Security Summit

April 12
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President Obama and top officials from 47 countries began negotiations Monday at an unprecedented global summit in Washington to forge a comprehensive plan to halt the spread of nuclear weapons and keep them out of the hands of terrorists.

USS Carl Vinson Sails Into San Diego

April 12
By Susan Murphy
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The USS Carl Vinson and its 3,500 crew members sailed into their new homeport at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego on Monday morning.

San Diego Arts Roundup: Craig Noel, Manny Farber, And Brian Dick

April 12
By Angela Carone
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Culture Lust rounds up some of San Diego's best, most interesting, and most surprising art stories from the weekend so you've got plenty of material for this week's water cooler chatter.

Planting Time In The Spring Garden

April 12
These Days
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Spring is here, and that means many plants are blooming. We'll find out how to take advantage of the wet winter rains and how to control weeds in your garden.

Artists Announced For MCASD's Exhibit Showcasing Local Artists

April 12
By Angela Carone
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In June, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego opens an exhibit featuring 43 artists and collectives living and working in San Diego county. The museum has just announced the artists chosen to participate in "Here Not There: San Diego Now."

IRS, FTB Give Last-Minute Tax Tips

April 12
These Days
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Are you struggling to finish your tax returns in time for the April 15 filing deadline? We have representatives from the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board on to take your calls, and offer last-minute tax tips

Imperial Valley Update: Economic Impact Of Earthquake

April 12
These Days
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What kind of economic impact did last Sunday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake have on businesses and residents who live in the Imperial Valley? We speak to Brad Jennings, editor of the Imperial Valley Press, about the latest damage estimates, and the recovery efforts taking place in his area.

San Diego Native Phil Mickelson Wins Masters Golf Tournament

April 12
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel
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Phil Mickelson has his third green jacket. The San Diego native won the Masters by three strokes over Lee Westwood.

Boy Scout Documents May Contain Abuse Allegations in San Diego

April 12
By Amita Sharma
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Secret documents in a sexual molestation lawsuit against former Northern California Boy Scout leader and Mormon Elder William Knox could reveal abuse in San Diego.

Bill To Ban Plastic Bags Introduced In State Legislative Committees

April 12
By Ed Joyce
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The legislation would regulate paper carryout bags at supermarkets, retail pharmacies and convenience stores throughout the state.

USS Carl Vinson Arrives In San Diego Today

April 12
By Katie Orr
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San Diego is now the home port to three aircraft carriers. The USS Carl Vinson is scheduled to arrive in San Diego Bay today. The Vinson will join the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz as one of three nuclear aircraft carriers based at Naval Air Station North Island.

Border Patrol Cocaine Seizures Increase 5 Fold In El Centro

April 12
By Amy Isackson
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Border Patrol agents in El Centro say they've seized five times the amount of cocaine in the half year than they did in all of fiscal 2009. Agents says, at the same time, marijuana seizures dropped by 40 percent.

Assembly Bill Would Boost State Oversite Of Disability Insurers

April 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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A bill that would increase state oversight over disability insurers has passed its first test in the California Assembly. The measure would prevent insurance companies from being the sole authority on whether or not a person is disabled.