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Stories for April 26, 2010

Forum Targets Educational Challenges Of Military Kids

April 26
By Ana Tintocalis
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California public schools are now required to lift educational barriers affecting the children of military families. Hundreds of military and school officials in San Diego County attended a forum on Monday to talk about putting the change into practice.

Books: Marisa Silver's Short Story Collection "Alone With You"

April 26
Aaryn Belfer
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Culture Lust contributor Aaryn Belfer has a newfound love affair with the short story. The current object of her affection is Marisa Silver's new collection "Alone With You."

Protests Against Arizona's Immigration Law To Spread Across California

April 26
Jenny O'Mara & Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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Protests against Arizona’s recently approved immigration law are being planned around California for May 1st. Arizona’s Governor signed a bill last week that requires police to check the identification of people they suspect are in the state illegally.

Anthem Blue Cross Puts Rate Increase On Hold

April 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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Anthem Blue Cross has called off a premium increase that was scheduled to take effect this Saturday. The insurer won't say when some 800-thousand individual policy holders in California will have to pay higher premiums.

Calif. Utility Giant Under Fire For 'Smart Meters'

April 26
ROBIN HINDERY, Associated Press
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California's largest utility came under fire from state lawmakers Monday for billing practices associated with its "smart-meter program," which has generated nearly 1,000 customer complaints to regulators.

Warrants Suggest Gardner Had Other Targets

April 26
Associated Press
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An 11-year-old girl told police a man followed her home from school the day before registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III raped and murdered a 17-year-old girl in a nearby park, according to search warrants unsealed Monday.

Trash And Lots Of Syringes Picked Up At San Diego County Cleanup

April 26
By Ed Joyce
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Volunteers collected thousands of pounds of trash in the Creek to Bay Cleanup over the weekend in San Diego County. But an unusual number of syringes were also picked up at the countywide cleanup.

San Diego Symphony Performs All Five Beethoven Piano Concertos

April 26
These Days
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The San Diego Symphony kicked off it's ten-day celebration of Beethoven this past weekend, launching a festival that includes performances of all five of Beethoven's piano concertos and appearances by renown pianist Yefim Bronfman. We'll speak with Maestro Jahja Ling about the festival.

San Diego Arts Round-Up: Life Beyond Laurel, Outlaw Beatles Impersonator, and Luis Alberto Urrea

April 26
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.

Matt de la Pena's Books Reach Young Readers

April 26
These Days
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Matt de la Pena is the author of Ball Don't Lie and Mexican White Boy, books for young adults. He got his Master's Degree from SDSU and is the featured guest for Grossmont College's Literary Arts Festival this month.

Aligning S.D. Regional Transportation Plan With Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

April 26
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SANDAG will hold a series of workshops in late April and early May to gather public input as the agency works on a draft of the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, a document that sets the course for how the region's transportation network will connect to homes, jobs, and schools in the coming decades. Is the region on track to reduce greenhouse gas levels in line with the requirements set by the California Air Resources Board?

Coronado's History On Display

April 26
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In honor of National Preservation Month, the City of Coronado is offering a tour of the craftsman homes of Frederick Winchester, an early 20th century mid-western transplant who worked with Congressman William Kettner to develop real estate in Coronado. 17 of the homes he developed still exist, some thanks to the relatively new Coronado Historic Resource Commission.

Growth Conundrum: SANDAG Hosts Workshops On Transportation Planning

April 26
By Alison St John
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San Diego County is projected to grow from 3 million people to 4.4 million people by the year 2050. The San Diego Association of Governments starts a series of workshops tonight inviting the public to get involved with the plan to deal with the region's growth.

CCDC Begins Process To Extend Its Future

April 26
By Katie Orr
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How downtown San Diego continues to develop could be decided at a city council meeting Tuesday. The council will get its first chance to vote on whether the city’s downtown redevelopment arm should continue to exist.

UCSD Med School Hires Director Of Outcomes Research

April 26
By Tom Fudge
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The UCSD Medical School has hired a director of outcomes research. David Chang will examine which health care treatments show the best results.

Dueling Sides On Immigration Agree On Need For Federal Reform

April 26
By Amy Isackson
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Arizona's strict new immigration law has sparked debate in San Diego, however, many people agree the law is a wake-up call for the federal government to overhaul the immigration system.