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Stories for April 6, 2010

CA Inmate Exonerated From Murder Conviction Remains In Prison

April 6
By Megan Burke

A California prison inmate's family waited for hours in El Centro but never got a chance to celebrate Reggie Cole's release from custody.

Sun Will Power Water Treatment Plant

April 6
By City News Service

A 945-kilowatt solar system that was switched on today will provide enough energy to run the pumps at the Otay Mesa water treatment plant during the day.

Golf Industry Generates Billions For S.D. Economy

April 6
By City News Service
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The golf industry had a $3.7 billion impact on San Diego County's economy in 2008, according to a study released today.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Eyes On The Prize: Ain't Scared Of Your Jails/ No Easy Walk

April 6
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"Eyes on the Prize" is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. The series continues with episodes: "Ain't Scared Of Your Jails 1960-1961," and "No Easy Walk 1961-1963."

Port Approves Land Lease To Expand the Convention Center

April 6
By Alison St John
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Plans to expand San Diego’s Convention Center took a major step forward today. San Diego Port Commissioners approved the lease of six acres of waterfront property.

State Agency Takes Blames For Recent S.D. Blackout

April 6
By City News Service

The agency that manages the state's electrical-service grid blamed its own personnel today for a blackout that left roughly a quarter-million San Diego County homes and businesses without power for about 45 minutes last week.

Easter Earthquake Good Preparation For Future

April 6
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County Emergency officials say the Easter earthquake is great preparation for a future disaster.

Navy Lodge North Island Expanding In Coronado

April 6
By Ed Joyce
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Officials marked the start of a $28 million renovation of the Navy Lodge North Island Tuesday in Coronado. The hotel facility offers temporary living accommodations for military personnel and their families while they look for housing.

Chile Quake Offers Tough Lessons For US Coast

April 6
Brad Haynes, AP
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As the Easter earthquake shook Southern California, the state's disaster management chief was thousands of miles away in Chile, examining what experts say is the best case study yet for how a truly catastrophic earthquake could impact the United States.

USS Carl Vinson Soon Arriving In San Diego

April 6
City News Service
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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its crew of about 3,500 will arrive Monday at its new home port in San Diego, according to the Navy.

City Council Committee Recommends Public Access Plan For Children's Pool

April 6
By Pamela Davis
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A plan to manage public access to the Children's Pool in La Jolla and protect the seals will move forward. A city council committee met Monday to outline a final proposal.

What Can We Expect From 2010 Padres?

April 6
These Days
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Are the Padres primed to make a run at the National League West title this season? We talk to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the team's regular season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the outlook for the 2010 season.

The Buddha

April 6
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This documentary draws upon the work of some of the world's greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia have depicted the Buddha's life in art rich in beauty and complexity. His biography is also tracked geographically across the sweeping landscapes of northern India. The testimony of contemporary Buddhists -- including Pulitzer prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama -- provides insight into the ancient narrative. To tell his story is to understand his teaching. And to understand his teaching is to gain new insight into what it is to be human.

Easter Earthquake Is A Reminder For San Diegans To Be Prepared

April 6
By Susan Murphy
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Sunday's earthquake did little more than rattle nerves in San Diego County. The region had minor reports of damage, but emergency officials are warning residents not to let their guard down.

Scientists Study Aftershocks To Watch For Increased Stress On San Andreas Fault

April 6
By Susan Murphy
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Local scientists continue to monitor aftershocks from Sunday’s magnitude 7.2 quake to determine if stress patterns were altered on other nearby faults, including the southern San Andreas Fault.

Water-Use Restrictions Remain Despite Rain

April 6
These Days

San Diego County seems to be getting a lot of rain this year, but residents are still urged to conserve. We discuss what rainfall and snow pack numbers mean, how they compare to previous years and what this means for drought conditions in the region.

Parents Changing Their Lives To Get Kids To College

April 6
These Days

A new study from UC San Diego suggests that increased competition for college admission has lead to increased competition among college-educated parents and more time spent with their children on college preparation.

California Legislature Gets Back To Business Today

April 6
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

Lawmakers in California are back to work and a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit should keep them busy. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

The Ethics Of Studying Crime

April 6
These Days

As part of our monthly segments on ethics in science and technology, we'll look at the controversy over researchers studying crime up close and personal.

25 Dead, 4 Missing After W.Va. Coal Mine Blast

April 6
NPR
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Rescuers in West Virginia were forced to suspend efforts to reach four missing coal miners Tuesday following a massive underground explosion that killed 25 people in the worst U.S. mining disaster in decades.

Calexico Business Owners Worry Quake Rattled Economy Further

April 6
By Amy Isackson

Calexico, 30 miles from the epicenter of Sunday’s earthquake, was not as badly damaged as Mexicali. But its downtown was hard hit.

Embarcadero Compromise Proposed

April 6
By Alison St John

The first phase of San Diego’s long debated North Embarcadero Visionary Plan does not include a bayfront park, but California Coastal Commission staff hope that will come later.