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Stories for April 29, 2010

Local Event: 'St. Jacques' Fundraiser

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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Giancarlo Ruiz is a filmmaker whose films I've admired for years. I showed some of his shorts at Film School Confidential and now his new short "St. Jacques" is making its way to Cannes. Join him Friday April 30 at 6pm at the Media Arts Center San Diego (921 25th Street) for a fundraiser to help send him to France.

Need To Know

April 29
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As the debate over immigration reform continues in Washington D.C., Need to Know offers an inside look at the lives of Latino farm workers. With the continuation of our “Main Street” series, correspondent John Larson reports from Salinas, California — home to John Steinbeck and some of the richest farmlands in the world.

Return To Dwight And Nile: The Crash Of PSA Flight 182

April 29
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Filmmaker David Fresina tells San Diego’s tragic story of the 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182 from the point of view of those who witnessed it first hand and those who had to spend days at the crash site cleaning up. Hear the stories of the people who lived and still live in the surround neighborhoods and from the families of the victims and the great people who worked for PSA.

Ethics Commission Fines Councilwoman Emerald $3,000

April 29
JOE BRITTON, CNS

Councilwoman Marti Emerald was fined $3,000 today by the San Diego Ethics Commission for two campaign disclosure violations that she claims were mere paperwork mistakes.

Calif. Lawmakers Urge Federal Immigration Reform

April 29
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP

The California Assembly has passed a resolution urging the federal government to fix an immigration system some lawmakers say is broken. It arose as criticism of the new immigration law in Arizona intensifies.

Chula Vista Resurrects Bayfront Plan

April 29
By Alison St John
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The City of Chula Vista is working to resolve the last hurdles, before approving a Master Plan for 500 acres of waterfront. The city hopes the Bay front project will change its image.

Officials Dispatched To Gulf As Oil Spill Worries Grow

April 29
NPR STAFF AND WIRES
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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday and President Obama pledged his administration will use "every single resource at our disposal" as an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico crept toward shore.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Japanese SuperSub

April 29
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In spring of 1946, ten months after the end of World War II, an explosion rocks the Pacific off the coast of Hawaii. America has just destroyed one of Japan’s most advanced weapons systems — the I-401 aircraft carrier submarine. But this was no belated attack against the defeated Japanese. Bound by an agreement to share any discoveries with the Soviets, but feeling the pressure of the looming cold war, it was a calculated decision to keep the technology out of Soviet hands.

Voters May Decide If Calif. Can Take Local Money

April 29
By Katie Orr

Voters may get the chance to decide whether the state government can take local money to cover California's budget deficit. A coalition of local agencies in California has collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.

FRONTLINE: College, Inc.

April 29
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Higher education is a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. One of the fastest-growing — and most controversial — sectors of the industry is the for-profit colleges and universities. Unlike traditional colleges that raise money from wealthy alumni and other donors, many for-profit schools sell shares to investors on Wall Street. But what are students getting out of the deal?

1 Fired, 2 Disciplined For San Diego Area Blackout

April 29
Associated Press

California's power grid operators have fired an employee and disciplined two others for mistakes that caused a widespread blackout in San Diego County this month.

Teen Sentenced To 40 Years For Murder Of Border Patrol Agent

April 29
By Amy Isackson
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A Mexican teen who was in a group that lured a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of his vehicle near Campo and shot him to death was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison. Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the death of Agent Robert W. Rosas Jr.

Community Forum Highlights Dangers Of Teen Drinking

April 29
By Kenny Goldberg

Community activists will hold a public forum tonight in Lemon Grove to highlight the dangers of underage drinking. Lemon Grove officials will be urged to update their social host law, which penalizes adults who host underage drinking parties.

NOVA: Mt. St. Helens Back From The Dead

April 29
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Stunning cinematography and time-lapse photography trace the dramatic story of renewal at Mt. St. Helens. When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, every living thing in the blast zone was buried beneath 300 feet of avalanche debris, covered with steaming mud and, finally, topped with a superheated layer of frothy rock from deep within the earth. It seemed as though Mount St. Helens might remain a wasteland forever. Then, to everyone’s surprise, life began to bloom again.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Roads To Memphis

April 29
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On April 4, 1968, escaped convict James Earl Ray shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King while he lingered on a motel balcony. "Roads To Memphis" is the fateful narrative of this killer and his prey, set against the seething, turbulent forces in American society that led these two men to their violent and tragic collision in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.

Event: Art Alive At The San Diego Museum Of Art

April 29
By Meredith Hattam
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The San Diego Museum of Art's Art Alive is a verifiable hothouse for the well-heeled and culturati alike, and it'll celebrate its 29th year this Friday. Check out this video for a behind-the-scenes peek at the crafting of one of its 100-plus arrangements.

Joel P. West Concert Brought To You By...Ford Motor Company?

April 29
By Angela Carone
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Two San Diego art promoters were selected by Ford Motor Company to promote a new car and handed a bundle of money to put on a concert featuring a local band. The result of this partnership is a Joel P. West and The Tree Ring concert at MCASD on Friday night. Here's how it all went down.

The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression

April 29
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"The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression" is the newest documentary by filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz. It is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families. It tells powerful stories of people who suffer the lowest depths of depression. The film explores through first-hand accounts that depression can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background.

Culture Lust Weekend: Julius Schulman, Festival Of Beers, And Snoop Dogg

April 29
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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From CityBeat's Festival of Beers to a biopic on seminal architectural photographer Julius Schulman, this weekend is crammed with Culture Lustable stuff to do and see (Snoop Dogg's casino stand-up, anyone?).

Schwarzenegger Backs Health Overhaul

April 29
Tom Verdin, AP

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pledging California's full support for national health care reform, throwing the weight of one of the nation's most prominent Republican voices behind the overhaul.

Vietnamese Refugee And Navy Veteran Reunite On The USS Midway

April 29
By Sharon Heilbrunn
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Vietnamese-American Dzung Le and USS Midway air boss Vern Jumper recall their bitter-sweet memories of the chaotic evacuation of people from Saigon as South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam 35 years ago.

Fall of Saigon Bittersweet For Vietnamese Refugee

April 29
These Days
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Vietnamese-American Dzung Le talks about his evacuation from Saigon to the USS Midway 35 years ago as South Vietnam fell to North Vietnam.

Camp Pendleton's Tent City Housed 50,000 Vietnamese Refugees

April 29
These Days
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From April to October, 1975, Camp Pendleton created an entire city of tents and quonset huts, accepting, housing, feeding and clothing over 50,000 refugees from Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. Most arrived here with nothing and did not speak English. After five months, they were dispersed to volunteer families and churches throughout Southern California.

USS Midway Veterans Recall Fall of Saigon

April 29
These Days
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Retired USS Midway Naval Commander Lawrence Chambers and Air Boss Vern Jumper recall the chaotic days aboard the aircraft carrier as they carried out Operation Frequent Wind at the end of the Vietnam War, in which more than 3,000 Vietnamese were evacuated from Saigon 35 years ago this month.

USS Midway Played Significant Role in Vietnam War

April 29
These Days
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What role did the USS Midway play in the evacuation of U.S. and Vietnamese refugees who were fleeing Saigon during the final days of the Vietnam War? We speak to local historians about Operation Frequent Wind, the end of the Vietnam War, and other historical events that the USS Midway took part in.

San Diego Professor Recalls Painful Memories Of The Fall Of Saigon

April 29
These Days
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Vietnamese-American and UCSD Professor Kimloan Hill talks about her experience in Saigon at the close of the Vietnam War.

New Rule Offers Trapped Travelers An Exit Door

April 29
Larry Abramson
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Starting Thursday, airline passengers stuck on the tarmac have some redress. Under a new federal rule, passengers must have the chance to get off that motionless plane three hours after leaving the gate.

Community Outlines Qualities For San Diego's Next School Leader

April 29
By Ana Tintocalis

A community taskforce helping to pick San Diego's next school superintendent held the last of five town hall meetings on the topic Wednesday evening. One taskforce member says he knows what kind of leader students want.