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Stories for April 13, 2010

Summer School Saved From Budget Ax

April 13
By Ana Tintocalis

Summer school in the San Diego Unified School District was saved from the budget ax Tuesday evening. The school board unanimously voted to preserve the program despite an $83 million budget hole.

San Diego Unified's CFO Resigns

April 13
By Ana Tintocalis

Another top-ranking school official has unexpectedly resigned from the San Diego Unified School District. James Masias was the district's chief financial officer.

San Diego's Bill For Toxic Removal At Qualcomm Stadium Goes Up

April 13
By Amita Sharma
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The legal bills for the city of San Diego in the cleanup of toxic pollution under Qualcomm Stadium have jumped again. The city is hoping to one day use water under the stadium parking lot to supply 5,000 homes.

San Diego Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Of Living Wage Ordinance

April 13
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council members joined a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the city’s Living Wage Ordinance.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Eyes On The Prize: Mississippi: Is This America?/Bridge To Freedom

April 13
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"Eyes on the Prize" is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. The series continues with episodes: "Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964," and "Bridge to Freedom 1965."

San Diego's Scripps Mercy Hospital Fined For Medical Error

April 13

San Diego's Scripps Mercy Hospital has been slapped with a $25,000 fine for leaving a sponge inside a patient. It's the third time the California Department of Public Health has fined the hospital for safety lapses.

National City Gets $1 Million To Clean Up Toxic Property

April 13
By Ed Joyce

National City was awarded a $1 million grant Tuesday from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a hazardous waste site.

San Diego Records First Swine Flu Death Of 2010

April 13
By Tom Fudge

San Diego County today reported its first swine-flu related death of the year.

S.D. County Reports H1N1-Related Death

April 13
City News Service

San Diego County health officials announced today the death of a 22-year-old man with underlying medical conditions, who tested positive for the H1N1 influenza.

Worse Than War

April 13
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Based on Daniel Goldhagen’s book of the same title, "Worse Than War" is an exploration of the nature of genocide, ethnic cleansing and large-scale mass murder in our time. Goldhagen speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, religious leaders, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers and journalists.

Growing Greener Schools

April 13
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"Growing Greener Schools" is both a PBS television event and a movement, empowering students, teachers, and parents to incorporate green ideas into their physical school buildings and classroom curriculums, paving the way for a sustainable future.

Consumer Reports Says Large Lexus SUV Is Rollover Risk

April 13
Dan Strumpf, AP

Consumer Reports has given a rare "Don't Buy" warning to the new Lexus GX 460, saying the large SUV has handling problems that could cause it to roll over during sharp turns. The warning is Toyota's the latest rebuke from the magazine.

Guitarist Bill Frisell to Rock Anthology

April 13
By Meredith Hattam
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Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell will pay a visit to Anthology tomorrow night, with his equally-talented trio in tow. Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam explores his music and the inspiration behind his newest album - small-town Arkansas grit, as captured by offbeat 1940's photographer Mike Disfarmer.

Board Of Supervisors Approves Next Construction Phase For Kearny Mesa Operations Center

April 13
City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved $133 million in funding for the next phase of construction of the county Operations Center in Kearny Mesa.

San Diego Home Sales Up 6.9 Percent In March

April 13
City News Service
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Home sales in San Diego County rose by 6.9 percent in March, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices increased by 15.8 percent, a real estate information service reported today.

Trailer: 'The Zombies of Mora Tau' and 'Vengeance of the Zombies'

April 13
By Beth Accomando
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I was in need of a zombie fix last night and happily I had plenty of friends who know my taste and had some nifty recommendations including two that -- shamefully -- I had never seen: "The Zombies of Mora Tau" and "Vengeance of the Zombies."

Bringing Dinosaurs Back From Extinction

April 13
These Days
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Those who saw Jurassic Park might be wary of the idea of resurrecting dinosaurs from extinction. However, one scientist claims that this idea is not only possible, but he knows how to do it. We speak with the author of "How to Build a Dinosaur," a book that claims extinction doesn't have to be forever.

Income Tax Deadline May Help Lawmakers Deal With Deficit

April 13
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The California income tax deadline is this week, but how will this revenue information help lawmakers deal with the budget deficit? We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Hispanic Population Has Strong Buying Power

April 13
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The Hispanic or Latino population is growing faster than any other ethic group in the US and has strong buying power. How does this demographic differ from the rest of the population? Joining us on Morning Edition is Walter Meneses, President of Meneses Research & Associates.

USS Bonhomme Richard Returning To San Diego From Deployment

April 13
City News Service

More than 10 aircraft and about 120 Marines and sailors based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar are scheduled to return home today from a seven-month deployment. The USS Bonhomme Richard will be returning tomorrow.

Smoking Continues In San Diego Parks Despite Ban

April 13
These Days
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The City of San Diego passed a smoking ban in city parks and on beaches in 2006, are people following the law? A local community group, concerned with the amount of cigarette litter on the ground in city parks organized a clean up and found more than 17,000 butts a month. We discuss the smoking ban, who's smoking and the harms of second-hand smoke.

Legal Update: Justice John Paul Stevens Retires

April 13
These Days

Last week, the oldest Justice on the US Supreme Court, John Paul Stevens, announced his retirement. We'll review his career and discuss who may be named his successor. Then we'll learn about two legal issues closer to home: a US Supreme Court review of a San Diego immigration case and the latest episode in the battle over La Jolla's Children's Pool.

U.S. Trains Mexican Federal Police To Combat Drugs

April 13
Ted Robbins, NPR
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The daily death toll in the Mexican drug war is staggering, and over this past weekend, in the border city of Juarez, one death in particular stood out: a Mexican federal police commander was ambushed and killed in broad daylight.

Lawyers Question Usefulness Of Proposed Chelsea's Law

April 13
By Amita Sharma
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Chelsea’s Law is being billed as closing the gaps in existing laws for sex offenders. But some say in San Diego’s legal community are questioning whether the proposed law will really make anyone safer.

EPA Awards $1.3 Million To National City And Environmental Group

April 13
By Ed Joyce

National City and the Environmental Health Coalition are expected to receive a $1.3 million grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday.

San Diego Marines & Sailors Return From 7-Month Deployment

April 13

More than 10 aircraft and about 120 Marines and sailors based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar are scheduled to return home today from a seven-month deployment.