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Stories for April 14, 2010

Local Event: FilmOut 2010

April 14
By Beth Accomando
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FilmOut, San Diego’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film festival, kicks off tomorrow night with “The Big Gay Musical.” The festival runs through Sunday at the Birch North Park Theater.

Top Trade Officials From US, Mexico And Canada Meet In San Diego

April 14
By Alison St John
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Top trade officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada met in San Diego today to discuss how to cooperate more effectively in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Calif. Returns 656 Parolees To Active Supervision

April 14
Don Thompson, AP

California prison officials are making changes in how they apply a new law that allows some parolees to go unmonitored after their release from prison.

Calif. Climate Law Could Help Poor, Minority Areas

April 14
Samantha Young, AP

California's attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can have additional benefits for poor and minority communities long plagued by dirty air if state regulators take their needs into account, according to a report released Wednesday.

San Diego Tea Party Activitists Ready To Rally On Tax Day

April 14
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego Tea Party activists are gearing up for Tax Day rallies around San Diego County. The demonstrations are part of a nationwide movement against taxes and government spending. There are at least seven rallies planned in the county, and more than 75 statewide.

Dr. Ellen Beck

Jewish Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 14

Dr. Ellen Beck is founder of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project (SRFCP), which serves more than 2,000 low-income patients each year.

Marjory Kaplan

Jewish Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 14

Marjory Kaplan is president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) and holder of the Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair.

Same-Sex Couples Sue CalPERS

April 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Three same-sex couples are suing the California Public Employees' Retirement System. The couples allege CalPERS is violating their civil rights by excluding same-sex partners from long-term health care plans.

Survival: Lives In The Balance: Distant Places, Forgotten Lives (Niger)

April 14
Survival: Lives In The Balance: Distant Places, Forgotten Lives (Niger)  Tease photo

"Survival: Lives In The Balance" is a landmark documentary series about global health. Four one-hour films take viewers into villages in the Philippines, Uganda, Niger and Bangladesh, where people suffer from diseases and conditions long since conquered in other parts of the world.

Marine's Facebook Comments Fuel Debate

April 14
City News Service

A Camp Pendleton Marine says he has removed his Facebook page after his comments fueled a free-speech debate about whether troops are allowed to criticize President Barack Obama's policies while serving in the military.

Board Of Supervisors Considers Plan To Curb Legal Medication Abuse

April 14
City News Service

The Board of Supervisors will consider authorizing the installation of nearly two dozen prescription drug collection containers at sheriff's facilities around San Diego County in an effort to prevent the abuse of legal medications, it was announced today.

Michelle Obama Visiting San Diego As Part Of Campaign Against Childhood Obesity

April 14
City News Service

The first lady will tour the New Roots Community Farm on Chollas Parkway, meet with farmers and volunteers, and make remarks, according to the White House.

UCSD Offers Admission To More Blacks, Latinos

April 14
By Ana Tintocalis

UC San Diego is offering more minority students admission to the campus for the fall semester.

UC San Diego Releases Admissions Data For Fall 2010

April 14
City News Service
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UC San Diego admitted 18,334 freshmen for the upcoming fall quarter, up 3.7 percent from the fall 2009 quarter, the university announced today.

Review: 'Amarcord'

April 14
By Beth Accomando
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The title of Federico Fellini's 1973 film "Amarcord" (playing Friday April 16 at 7:00pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts) is translated as "I Remember." And what I remember of this film -- which came out when I was thirteen -- are the two images I've posted. I can't remember if my parents, who took me to a lot of foreign films, actually took me to see "Amarcord" at that time or if these images along with my parents' love for Fellini and constant recounting of passages from his film have just led me to believe I had seen the film when it opened.

UC Campuses Report Record Low Admission Rates

April 14
Associated Press

UC officials reported Wednesday that 71.6 percent of California freshman applicants were offered admission for fall 2010, compared with 72.5 percent in 2009 and 75.4 percent in 2008.

Will Comic-Con Stay Or Go?

April 14
These Days
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Last week, the city of San Diego took a major step toward expanding the San Diego Convention Center. Will that be enough to keep Comic-Con International in San Diego? The contract with the popular arts and comics convention ends in 2012 and both Anaheim and Los Angeles have proposals to move the event to their convention centers. We talk with Comic-Con Director of Marketing David Glanzer.

Impact Of "Living Wage" On San Diego?

April 14
These Days

It's been five years since the San Diego City Council voted to require contractors to pay a "living wage" to their workers. Local labor advocates are celebrating the anniversary this week. We will discuss the impact the "living wage" requirement has had in San Diego.

Election: San Diego Labor Union Issues

April 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Gloria Penner

As the recession tightens its grip on San Diego governments, labor unions are trying hard not to lose ground to cutbacks and outsourcing. We'll discuss the role that labor is playing in San Diego's June primary races.

Package Explodes At Federal Express Office In Sorrento Valley

April 14
Associated Press

San Diego authorities say a package explosion at a FedEx warehouse appears to have been sparked by batteries and was not intentional. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Earthquakes In China Kill 400, Injure Thousands

April 14
NPR

A strong earthquake and a series of aftershocks in the mountains of China's southwestern Tibetan Plateau killed at least 400 people and injured some 10,000 others Wednesday. Authorities said they feared the death toll would rise because many people were trapped in collapsed houses and buildings.

Proposition G Raises Questions About Jobs

April 14
By Alison St John

Millions of dollars in construction projects are waiting in the wings for the economy to move out of its bust cycle and into the next boom. As the economic momentum builds, a battle is underway over who will get those construction jobs. Chula Vista’s Proposition G is one of the battle grounds over so-called “Project Labor Agreements.”