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Stories for April 20, 2010

Bill Aims To Save Spots For Community College Transfer Students

April 20
By Ana Tintocalis

The chancellors of the California State University and California Community College systems want to give transfer students guaranteed spots at CSU campuses.

S.D. Unified Reorganizes In Effort To Save Millions

April 20
James R. Riffel, City news Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education approved a reorganization of its central administration today in a series of votes aimed at saving about $2 million.

La Jolla Lifeguard Stations To Be Renovated

April 20
By Katie Orr
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All three lifeguard towers in La Jolla will soon be undergoing major renovations. The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved an additional $75,000 to help improve the lifeguard tower at the Cove.

Through A Dog's Eyes

April 20
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Each year, hundreds of people find hope through a handful of organizations across the country that train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. "Through A Dog's Eyes" follows the journey of recipients as they go through the heartwarming and sometimes difficult process of receiving and becoming acclimated to a dog. Jennifer Arnold, founder of one of the nation’s largest service dog organizations, Canine Assistants, details her unique teaching methods, giving viewers an intimate look at the canine-recipient matching process.

Fewer Home Default Notices Issued In San Diego

April 20
City News Service

The number of San Diego County homes slipping toward foreclosure dropped by 39 percent in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2009, a real estate information service reported today.

AP-CNBC Poll: Legalizing Pot Won't Boost Economy

April 20
GREG RISLING, AP
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Few people see legalized marijuana as a way to boost the economy and create jobs, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll. About a third think the economy would improve with legalization, while 46 percent foresee no impact.

Using Spring Produce To Cook Delicious Vegetarian Dishes

April 20
These Days
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Spring is here, so what's cooking? We'll explore the wonderful options of vegetarian cuisine in our monthly food segment.

POV: Food, Inc.

April 20
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How much do we know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families? Though our food appears the same as ever — a tomato still looks like a tomato — it has been radically transformed. In the Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster "Food, Inc.," producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation") and Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore’s Dilemma") lift the veil on the U.S. food industry, revealing surprising and eye-opening facts about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we may go from here.

Trailer: 'Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated'

April 20
By Beth Accomando
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I know I have made it clear that for the most part remakes are a waste of time. But here's one that tweaks the notion of what a remake is: "Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated."

Supporting San Diego's Growing Senior Population

April 20
These Days
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Changing demographics in California predict a 67% increase in seniors, from 6 million to 10 million, in the next 20 years. 2010 will bring a the most significant increase in people over 60 that we've seen so far. What kind of support is most needed for seniors in San Diego? And how do you think San Diego needs to prepare for a significant increase in an older population?

10 Nations Tell Google Of Privacy Concern On Buzz

April 20
BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP

Officials from Germany, Canada, France and seven other countries are raising privacy concerns about Google's mapping service and the company's fumbled foray into social networking.

Entertainment News: New York Asian Film Festival 2010

April 20
By Beth Accomando
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Here’s something that really kicks ass, the unveiling – in part at least – of this year’s The New York Asian Film Festival. Woo-Hoo!

Why Medical Parole May Save California Millions

April 20
These Days

We'll explore how the state is hoping to reduce the tens of millions of dollars it spends each year on the state's sickest inmates.

San Diego Borrows Millions To Re-Pave Roads

April 20
By Erik Anderson

San Diego is poised to re-pave 134-miles of city roads this year. That's nearly a seven-fold increase over last year.

Election Year May Affect How Lawmakers Vote On Chelsea's Law

April 20
By Pamela Davis, Alison St John, Nick Stoffel

Chelsea's Law is scheduled to get its first hearing in Sacramento this week. Joining us on Morning Edition, nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy will talk to us about how this election year may affect lawmakers' votes on the legislation.

Teen Texting Soars; Will Social Skills Suffer?

April 20
Jennifer Ludden, NPR
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For America's teens, cell phones have become a vital social tool and texting the preferred mode of communication, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

Death Penalty Leaves Victims' Families Dissatisfied

April 20
By Amita Sharma

There has been mixed reaction to confessed killer John Gardner's plea deal to escape the death penalty. Some believe death is the only just punishment for the man who raped and murdered two local girls. But executions don't always bring the closure victims' families hope for.

Study Shows California's Nurse Staffing Law Saves Lives

April 20
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study finds California's landmark nurse staffing law saves lives. The University of Pennsylvania report concludes nurse staffing levels in California hospitals prevent deaths from common surgeries.