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Stories for April 30, 2010

State Board Recommends Sex Offender Exclusion Zones

April 30
City News Service
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The establishment of sex offender exclusion zones in California was one of the recommendations made today by a state board that reviewed the case surrounding the killer of San Diego-area teens Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.

Local Impact Of Ariz. Immigration Law

April 30
San Diego Week
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How will Arizona's controversial immigration law impact San Diego? We discuss the legality of the law, and how it might affect our region.

Incumbent Judges Facing Organized Challenge

April 30
San Diego Week
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When you go through your ballot, chances are you may not vote in some races where you are unfamiliar with the office or the candidates, such as Superior Court Judges. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma explains why this June might be different.

Regulating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

April 30
San Diego Week
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Earlier this week, a City Council committee delayed voting on a number of recommendations for medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge is here to give us an update on the recommendations that were discussed.

Local Connections To Fall Of Saigon

April 30
San Diego Week
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Last week, we introduced you to Dzung Le, a Vietnamese refugee who was evacuated to the USS Midway during the Fall of Saigon. In 35 years, he has never returned to the ship. Today, Le meets with retired Commander Vern Jumper, who was air boss on the Midway, during Le's rescue.

San Diego Officials Urge Schwarzenegger To Bolster Firefighting Resources

April 30
City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and 16 local mayors sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today urging him to issue an executive order to bolster firefighting resources for the region in advance of the wildfire season.

Anthem Blue Cross Drops Plans For 39 Percent Rate Hikes

April 30
By Kenny Goldberg
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About 800,000 Californians who have individual health policies with Anthem Blue Cross are breathing a little bit easier. That's because Anthem has decided to forgo price hikes for now.

San Diego May Day Protest To Focus On Arizona Immigration Law

April 30
By Amy Isackson
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Immigrants rights activists in San Diego plan to join their counterparts nationwide on Saturday to ask the U.S. Congress and president to overhaul the country's immigration system. Saturday is May Day, or International Workers Day.

Estimated Cost Of Downtown S.D. Library Falls Slightly

April 30
City News Service
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A construction company submitted a $144.4 million bid to build a new central library in downtown San Diego, which is about $115,000 less than it quoted in a 2005 cost estimate, according to a memo sent today to the City Council by Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Panel Debates Business Cost Of Calif. Global Warming Law

April 30
By Ed Joyce
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Panelists debated the economic merits of California's greenhouse gas emissions reduction law at a forum Friday in San Diego.

Books: A Skeptic Explores The Appeal Of James Patterson

April 30
By Angela Carone
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Avid reader, bookseller, and book blogger (and occasional Culture Lust contributor) Seth Marko embarks on a journey to understand the appeal of James Patterson's novels. Marko will read a chapter a day of Patterson's "The 9th Judgment" and blog about it.

Teen Review: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'

April 30
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Teen critics Shelby Iacometti and Kimi Allen went to see "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (opening April 30 throughout San Diego) last night and then sat around talking about the film. Check out what they had to say.

Notes From A Night With Conan O'Brien

April 30
Tyler Richards Hewes
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Conan O'Brien was in San Diego last night on his "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour." Orchestra Nova's Executive Director Tyler Richards Hewes, a unabashed fan, was there and has this recap.

Coast Guard Defends Reaction As Oil Nears Land

April 30
NPR Staff and Wires
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The Coast Guard on Friday defended the federal response to a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as the first waves of crude neared Louisiana's wetlands and the White House put a hold on new offshore drilling until the spill is investigated.

SDSU Investigating Racial Slur Incident

April 30
City News Service
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Someone wrote a racial slur on an erasable slate on the door of a black student's dorm room at San Diego State University.

Ariz. Immigration Law Flares Debate In S.D.

April 30
Editors Roundtable
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Anger flares over Arizona's new immigration law and its implications for racial profiling. Will this approach spread to other states? San Diego reacts for and against police empowerment in the illegal immigration debate.

Developing Downtown San Diego

April 30
Editors Roundtable
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The push is on to build more in downtown San Diego with more tax money. Is this a lead up to a new charger stadium there?

Money, Ethics And San Diego Politics

April 30
Editors Roundtable
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We discuss changes in local campaign funding from political parties. How does the law reinforce the need for an independent ethics commissions?

CDC Official Says Diabetes Has Gone Global

April 30
By Tom Fudge
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The woman in charge of putting diabetes research into practice for the Centers for Disease Control, spoke of the "global" epidemic of diabetes during a San Diego symposium yesterday.

Christian Right Targets San Diego Judges

April 30
By Amita Sharma
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America's culture wars over gay marriage and abortion rights are playing out in San Diego County's judicial elections. A conservative movement has sprung up on the internet. It endorses a slate of candidates who are challenging four incumbent San Diego judges in the June primary.

SD Assemblyman Proposes Legislative Fixes To SDSU Admissions Policy

April 30
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Assemblyman Marty Block is pushing a bill in Sacramento aimed at reversing a controversial change in San Diego State University's admissions policy.

Film Club: 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'

April 30
By Beth Accomando
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The funniest film of the year may end up being an art documentary. Yeah, you heard me right. "Exit Through the Gift Shop" (opening April 30 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) made me laugh harder and longer than any comedy this year. Plus it's a savvy critique of the art world. Listen to our discussion from the KPBS Film Club of the Air.