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Stories for July 1, 2010

Schwarzenegger Orders Minimum Wage for 200,000 State Workers

July 1
Associated Press
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday ordered about 200,000 state workers to be paid the federal minimum wage this month because the state Legislature has not passed a budget.

Wonderland: Del Mar

July 1
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Join filmmaker and native San Diegan, Noah Tafolla, as he visits the charming coastal community of Del Mar, California, where he tastes fried food at the San Diego County Fair. He also goes behind the scenes at the Del Mar Racetrack.

State Awards $3 Million Grant To San Diego For Energy Upgrades

July 1
City News Service
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San Diego County was awarded a $3 million grant from the state for programs to improve residential energy efficiency upgrades and to increase green workforce training opportunities, it was announced today.

Simply Ming: Citrus-Mint Syrup

July 1
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Mint is no longer a mere partner to lamb; Ming’s Citrus-Mint Syrup is perfect for meat as well as seafood. Ming’s master recipe is used for Seafood Lumpias, similar to a springroll, Pan-Seared Pepper Lamb Satays, and Blackened Scallops with Carrot Salad. The celebration of mint continues as Ming visits a bar in Boston to see how muddling mint for drinks can add an intense dollop of fresh flavor. Special guest chef Geoffrey Zakarian visits the studio to honor Ming’s master recipe with his Sea Scallop Cru with Rosemary Honey Essence and Sea Bean Salad.

Councilman DeMaio Not Challenging Disqualification Of Outsourcing Ballot Measure

July 1
City News Service
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Hours after saying he would pay for a verification, Councilman Carl DeMaio decided not to challenge the disqualification of his proposed November ballot measure that would make it easier to outsource municipal services in San Diego.

4 Coast Guard Members Charged In SD Boat Collision

July 1
Elliot Spagat, AP
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The Coast Guard filed criminal charges Thursday against four members of the service involving the collision of one of its patrol boats and a civilian craft that killed an 8-year-old boy and injured five other people on San Diego Bay.

SDPD Accepting Crime Reports And Alarm Permit Renewals Online

July 1
City News Service
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San Diegans can now file crime reports with the police department and renew alarm permits online. The new system is designed to free up time for officers and communications staff to handle other police duties.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Surefire Seafood

July 1
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Bridget Lancaster takes on a Seattle favorite home and uncovers the test kitchen’s method for making smoky wood-grilled salmon without a cedar plank. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tartar sauce taste-test in front of a live audience. Erin McMurrer shows host Christopher Kimball how to solve the problem of baked stuffed shrimp.

DMV Registers Millions Of Potential Organ Donors, But More Needed

July 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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Nearly seven million Californians have registered to become organ and tissue donors. It's the fourth anniversary of the DMV's involvement in the effort.

Dead Tree Removal Plan Released For San Diego County

July 1
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego County has a plan to remove dead trees in sections of the county; the goal is to reduce fire risk. The county was sued over the project, but there now appears to be more agreement than disagreement over the project.

Carrier: All Hands

July 1
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"Carrier" is a character-driven, edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction drama and a once-in-a-lifetime total immersion in the high-stakes world of a nuclear aircraft carrier. In this episode, on a bright May morning, more than 5,000 sailors and Marines bid farewell to their loved ones before the mammoth "USS Nimitz" pulls out of Coronado, California, and sets a course for Hawaii and beyond.

Authorities Offering $10,000 Award For Tips On 14-Year-Old SD Murder

July 1
City News Service
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Authorities today announced rewards of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the 14-year-old slaying of a businessman during a liquor store robbery in southeast San Diego's Skyline neighborhood.

Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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I had to let the whole "Twilight" experience sink in a little before writing my review of “Eclipse” (opened June 30 throughout San Diego).

Great White Shark Warning Off California

July 1
Associated Press
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The National Park Service is warning surfers, snorkelers and swimmers that it's the great white shark birthing season off the California coast and the creatures are making their presence known as they attack seals.

Alcohol & Crime In Pacific Beach

July 1
These Days
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Some Pacific Beach residents believe the number of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in their community is excessive and such concentration leads to a high-level of alcohol-related crimes (19X the city-wide rate) in the business area.

San Diego's Economy Grows Slowly

July 1
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's economy should grow slowly through the end of the year, but there's concern the local job market isn't bouncing back fast enough.

Culture Lust Weekend: 'Avenue Q,' Femi Kuti, And Chocolate

July 1
By Kendra Osburn
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This Culture Lust Weekend check out CocoRosie, Friday Night Liberty, and head on over to "Avenue Q" for some R-rated puppet shenanigans.

Carlsbad Cancer Questions Continue

July 1
These Days
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State health officials say they can find no evidence of a cancer cluster in Carlsbad. But some community residents are not satisfied with the results. They are pushing for tests of the soil at one local elementary school.

Theater: Adrian Noble's Shakespeare Festival At The Old Globe

July 1
These Days
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The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival is underway with new artistic direction from Adrian Noble, former head of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England. The plays running in repertory are Shakespeare's tragedy, "King Lear," the comedy "Taming of the Shrew," and the Alan Bennett-penned "The Madness of George III." We'll talk with Noble about the Globe's 2010 Shakespeare Festival.

Music: Conducting The Summer Pops

July 1
These Days
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As the San Diego Symphony kicks off its centennial season, we'll talk with two of the conductors for the Symphony's 2010 Summer Pops season. The legendary Marvin Hamlisch joins us to talk about conducting the "Star Spangled Pops" and Randall Fleischer talks about the popular "Bravo Broadway Rocks" shows in August.

Events: Fireworks, R Gang Eatery, And Pizza

July 1
These Days
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If you want to see some fireworks this Fourth of July, then we've got you covered. We'll also get the skinny on the new restaurants in town.

Money Likely A Factor In Carlsbad Cancer Testing

July 1
By Amita Sharma
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The question of whether toxic substances at a Carlsbad school are causing cancer may be answered soon. The board of trustees is likely to decide this month whether to test the soil and air at Kelly Elementary School.

Interview: Marisa Tomei

July 1
By Beth Accomando
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The Duplass Brothers are part of a film movement known as “mumblecore.” The movement is characterized by low budgets, a focus on personal relationships, and improvised scripts. I spoke with Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei about working with the Duplass brothers on “Cyrus” (opening July 2 at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Cinemas, and Ultrastar Flower Hill). Listen to my radio feature.