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Stories for June 10, 2010

Food Bank Opens Monthly Sign Up Center for Food Stamps At City Hall

June 10
By Alison St John
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The San Diego Food Bank set up a food stamp sign-up clinic outside San Diego City Hall Thursday.

Competition Initiative Threatens San Diego's Living Wage

June 10
By Alison St John
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The primary election is hardly over and the campaign is already gearing up for a measure that will be on San Diego city’s ballot in November. Councilman Carl DeMaio is leading the campaign for the November initiative, the “Competition and Transparency in City Contracting” initiative.

San Diego County Fair To Start 22-Day Run Tomorrow

June 10
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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"Taste the Fun" is the theme of the San Diego County Fair, which begins a 22-day run tomorrow at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Cancer Concerns Prompt Carlsbad Residents To Raise Funds For Environmental Testing

June 10
By Amita Sharma
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A group of people living in Carlsbad plan to raise money to test for toxic substances at public schools, parks and other areas. The residents are worried that contaminants in the air, water and soil might be making them sick.

Possible November Ballot Measure To Ensure Competitive Bidding In S.D.

June 10
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Battle lines are being drawn in San Diego over a possible November ballot measure that supporters say would ensure competitive bidding for municipal contracts, but which opponents argue is deceptive and has hidden consequences.

City Of San Diego Outsourcing Technology Services

June 10
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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San Diego plans to hire a consultant to complete the process of outsourcing technology services provided by the city-controlled San Diego Data Processing Corp., Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.

Bear Island

June 10
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Chichagof Island, Southeast Alaska, is Jurassic Park -- in real time. Its dense rainforests hide more grizzlies per square mile than any other place on Earth. In summer, its surrounding waters erupt with life, as herring congregate and salmon are returning to their rivers of birth. This plenty lures some of the most enigmatic predators on Earth -- humpbacks whales and grizzly bears. The program follows veteran tracker Vern Beier, as he meets Chichagof's brown bears on their own turf -- in the deep, dark forests of Bear Island.

Witnesses Say Border Agents Used Excessive Force

June 10
By Amy Isackson
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Witnesses' accounts of a deadly struggle between federal border agents and Anastasio Hernandez contradict the official version of what happened. Hernandez died three days after being Tasered by federal border agents at the San Ysidro crossing.

Culture Lust Weekend: Shakespeare, Richard Allen Morris, and Maren Parusel

June 10
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam, Kendra Osburn
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This Culture Lust weekend, we think you should double your dose of the Bard (starring a "Happy Days" alum!), see what venerable local artist Richard Allen Morris has been up to, and chill out with Maren Parusel.

FRONTLINE: Growing Up Online

June 10
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"Growing Up Online" peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with: from cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame" to the specter of online sexual predators.

Muslim Cleric's San Diego History

June 10
These Days
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Yemeni cleric Anwar al Awlaki is suspected of inspiring some Americans to commit terrorist acts, including two New Jersey men recently arrested and the shooter in the Fort Hood massacre. Investigative reporter Amita Sharma looks at the five years he spent in San Diego as a imam in a La Mesa mosque.

Antiques Roadshow Still Going Strong After 14 Seasons

June 10
These Days
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Antiques Roadshow is in its 14th season on PBS. We'll talk with the executive producer of the series about its continued success.

Future For San Diego Unified School Board Still Unsettled

June 10
By Erik Anderson
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This week's primary election didn't settle the future for the San Diego Unified School Board...and there are differences of opinion about whether that's good or bad. Incumbents Katherine Nakamura and John DeBeck failed to win re-election to the board. And Nakamura may not even make the run-off in the fall.

Events: Los Tigres del Norte, Richard Allen Morris, And The World Cup Of Sausages

June 10
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Norteño music, the World Cup of sausages, and Marion Cunningham as Queen Elizabeth. San Diego offers an eclectic mix this weekend.

New Report Questions Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men

June 10
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Should gay men be allowed to donate blood? We speak to the co-author of a study on the "Effects of Lifting Blood Donation Bans on Men Who Have Sex with Men."

Shakespeare's Oeuvre Reduced For Laughs

June 10
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The Reduced Shakespeare Company turns the long and serious into the short and funny. In their most popular play, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" the three-man comedy troupe turns all of Shakespeare's 37 plays into a two-hour romp. We'll talk with troupe member Austin Tichenor.

SD Health Officials Launch Investigation Into Carlsbad Cancer Concerns

June 10
City News Service
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San Diego County health officials have launched a task force to investigate parents' concerns that the air, water and soil at a Carlsbad elementary school may be causing cancer in students.

UCSD Musicians Perform Telematically

June 10
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Telematic music is real-time performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. In recent years, University of California faculty including UCSD's Mark Dresser have led new developments in telematic performance and they'll be performing telematically this weekend at UCSD with musicians in New York.

Review: 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done'

June 10
By Beth Accomando
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A new film looks to a decades old San Diego murder case as inspiration. But what’s even more intriguing is the behind the scenes pairing of iconoclastic filmmakers David Lynch and Werner Herzog for "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" (opening June 11 at Reading's Gaslamp Stadium 15 Theaters).

Islamic Cleric Raised Red Flags While in San Diego

June 10
By Amita Sharma
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Two New Jersey men appeared in federal court this week on terrorism charges. Federal prosecutors said the pair listened to Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who is suspected of inspiring recent home-grown terror plots including the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 people dead.