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Stories for June 11, 2010

UC Nurses Prepare For Possible Strike

June 11
San Diego Week
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More than 11,000 nurses who work at UC hospitals throughout the state are threatening to strike because of concerns of what they call "unsafe" staffing levels. Kenny Goldberg gives us the latest details on the story.

Taser Death At Border Under Investigation

June 11
San Diego Week
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Local Border Patrol agents are being accused of using excessive force in the death of Anastasio Hernandez, who died three days after being tasered by agents at the San Ysidro crossing. Border Reporter Amy Isackson gives us the latest details on the investigation into Hernandez's death.

Terror Suspect With Ties To San Diego

June 11
San Diego Week
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For the first time in history, the U.S. government has authorized the killing of one of its own citizens. We speak to Amita Sharma about terror suspect Anwar al Awlaki's ties to San Diego.

A Capitol Fourth 2010

June 11
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"A Capitol Fourth," featuring musical performances by some of the country's best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, is broadcast live in from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, on National Public Radio and around the world to our troops on the American Forces Radio and Television Network.

Voters Approve Strong Mayor, Term Limits For Supervisors

June 11
San Diego Week
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A number of big decisions were made by local voters in Tuesday's primary election. Reporter Alison St. John joins us to discuss the most significant city and county races.

Teen Sailor's Rescue Raises Safety, Expense Issues

June 11
Scott Neuman, NPR
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The rescue of Abby Sunderland, the teen sailor stranded in the Indian Ocean, could reignite a debate not only about the advisability of minors attempting record-breaking feats, but of the cost of difficult and dangerous search and rescue operations for individuals who knowingly embark on high-risk adventures.

Books: The New Yorker Honors UCSD's Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

June 11
By Jen Paton
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UCSD Professor Sarah Shun-lien Bynum wins coveted spot on The New Yorker's "20 Under 40 List" alongside Chimamanda Adichie, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others.

County Confirms This Year's First Case Of West Nile Virus

June 11
City News Service

A dead crow found in El Cajon tested positive for West Nile virus, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health announced today.

Tijuana Tries To Remedy Futbol Fever

June 11
By Amy Isackson

World Cup fever has hit Tijuana. City hall and schools have made special accommodations so people don't stay home to nurse their so-called "soccer sickness."

San Diego's Pension Fund Names New CEO

June 11
City News Service

The interim chief executive officer of the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System was selected today to permanently head the city's pension fund.

Schwarzenegger: Open Elections Can Change Politics

June 11
NPR Staff
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On the heels of a major political primary in California on Tuesday, and as his final term in office comes to a close, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took some time this week to visit a movie theater in Washington, D.C.

San Diego Weatherman Gets Dubious Award

June 11
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club has given awards to people protecting the environment. But the group also gives awards to environmental wrongdoers.

Surprised By S.D. Unified School Board Race Results?

June 11
Editors Roundtable

What do the June election results signal about the public's mood toward the San Diego Unified School Board? We'll discuss the embattled incumbents, the search for a superintendent and budget woes.

San Diego County Primary Election Analysis

June 11
Editors Roundtable

We'll discuss the role of labor, power of name recognition and impact these results will have on the region.

The Pretenders Live In London

June 11
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The Pretenders — Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, James Walbourne, Nick Wilkinson and Eric Heywood — have sold millions of albums and secured their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Pretenders’ concert special, filmed at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, captures one of the many electrifying performances from their 2009 world tour.

Chula Vista Election Recap

June 11
Editors Roundtable

We'll discuss the Chula Vista races, the continuing battle between Mary Salas and Juan Vargas and how Prop G will play out.

Sanders Says No Emergency At Children's Pool

June 11
City News Service
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A rope barrier won't immediately be re-erected at a La Jolla seal cove, despite a City Council request.

Visual Arts: A Guide To San Diego Artist Richard Allen Morris

June 11
Dave Hampton
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Richard Allen Morris is a San Diego artist with an enviable national and international reputation. But here in San Diego, Morris' 50-year career gets less attention. Culture Lust contributor Dave Hampton has created a handy guide to Morris' career on the occasion of a new gallery exhibit featuring the painter's latest work.

Eyewitness Video Raises Questions About Death At Border Crossing

June 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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The family of a man who died after federal agents shot him with a stun gun at the San Ysidro border crossing said they will file a civil lawsuit claiming wrongful death. An attorney representing the family of Anastasio Hernandez said the emergence of an eyewitness video raises a lot of questions.

Band Teacher Breathes New Life Into American History

June 11
By Ana Tintocalis

Most high school students learn about American history by reading textbooks or visiting monuments. However, a group of teenagers at La Jolla Country Day School are learning history from a high school musical.