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Stories for June 14, 2010

5.7-Magnitude Quake In Ocotillo Shakes San Diego

June 14
By Susan Murphy
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A moderate earthquake shook Southern California Monday night. The magnitude-5.7 earthquake was centered near Ocotillo, approximately 70 miles east of San Diego, along the Mexican border.

Christian Conservative Effort to Unseat Judges Unlikely to be Last

June 14
By Amita Sharma

Legal watchers say the failed attempt by Christian conservatives to unseat four incumbent judges in San Diego is unlikely to be the last effort to influence the make-up of local courts, according to legal watchers.

DeMaio Presents Signatures For Competition Initiative

June 14

San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio delivered boxes of signatures to the city clerk today. He is spearheading an initiative for the November ballot that would make it easier to contract out city services.

Federal Government Boosts Central Valley Water Deliveries

June 14
Associated Press
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Late-season storms that provided a robust snowpack and improved pumping conditions have prompted the federal government to increase water supplies to San Joaquin Valley farmers.

Report Says San Diego's Arts Groups Are An Economic Powerhouse

June 14
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report reveals arts groups funded by the City of San Diego return a big economic dividend. The arts commission report shows these organizations generate more than $181 million in salaries and other expenditures.

TV: HBO's 'Treme' Continues to Disappoint

June 14
By Pat Finn
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Culture Lust contributor Pat Finn shares her disappointment in the HBO drama "Treme," as it nears the end of its first season.

Report: U.S. Discovers Huge Afghan Mineral Wealth

June 14
Associated Press
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U.S. geologists have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman said Monday.

Health Officials Say Swine Flu Still A Threat

June 14
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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A year ago, swine flu was a major issue. Now the attention to the so-called H1N1 virus has died down, but health officials say the threat is still there.

The Legend Of Pancho Barnes And The Happy Bottom Riding Club

June 14
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"The Legend Of Pancho Barnes And The Happy Bottom Riding Club" chronicles the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes, one of the most colorful and accomplished women pilots of the early 20th century. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Barnes.

Teen Review: 'The Karate Kid'

June 14
Michael Shymon
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If you lived through the 1980s or have even the slightest inkling of affection for 1980s popular culture, then for you this past weekend is either incredibly exciting or excruciating, as two major pillars of that decade are getting the 21st-century Hollywood makeover.

The Struggle To Build Low-income Housing

June 14
These Days

We'll look at how the San Diego Housing Trust Fund has provided funding for thousands of low-income homes in the 20 years since it was created, and the difficulty it is having to find continued revenue for the program.

How Much Is Too Much Sun?

June 14
These Days

We'll discuss the benefits and the harms of sun exposure, how to protect your skin from the sun, and how to properly use sunscreen. We'll also talk about the ABCs of skin cancer, how to do a self-exam, reduce your risk and about advances in skin cancer treatments.

North County: Election results, Facebook Firings

June 14
These Days

In North County election results, County Supervisor Bill Horn was forced into a runoff, Betty Rexford was booted off the Poway City Council, and Oceanside is now a charter city. Elsewhere, five Tri-City Hospital nurses were fired for discussing patient cases on Facebook.

San Diego Arts Round-Up: 'Memphis,' UCSD's Modern Architecture, And Starlight

June 14
By Angela Carone
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Culture Lust rounds up some of San Diego's best, most interesting, and most surprising art stories from the weekend so you've got plenty of material for this week's water cooler chatter.

Crews Search For Girl Missing In Arkansas Flood

June 14
Wade Goodwyn, NPR
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In Southwest Arkansas, rescuers continue the search Monday for the lone person authorities believe is still missing after flash floods ravaged a campground early Friday morning.

Michelle Obama Visits Camp Pendleton, Vows To Help Military Families

June 14
By Alison St John
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First Lady Michelle Obama visited Camp Pendleton on Sunday. The base lost five Marines in Afghanistan last week. The First Lady challenged communities across the country to find more ways to support military families.

Developer Says Arts The Way Forward For Embarcadero

June 14
By Katie Orr

There’s a new player involved in the ongoing struggle to transform San Diego’s downtown waterfront. A local developer it trying to provide a way forward.

San Diego Budget Shell Game

June 14
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council is scheduled to approve its 2011 budget today. But it turns out this year’s budget isn’t balanced yet.

San Diego High School Students Struggle To Get To School

June 14
By Ana Tintocalis

Thousands of San Diego city students rely on their parents or the yellow school bus to get to class. But other students are not so fortunate. They say just finding a way to get to school is the biggest challenge. However, one high school principal is trying to change that.