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Stories for June 15, 2010

Obama: Spill Can Signal End To Oil 'Addiction'

June 15
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama assured the nation Tuesday that that he will "make BP pay" for the environmental and economic catastrophe caused by the company's damaged deep water petroleum well that for nearly two months has been spewing untold thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

School Board Delays Decision On Superintendent Finalists

June 15
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board delayed its decision on picking finalists for the district's top job. The trustees wanted more time to think.

School Board To Reveal Superintendent Finalists

June 15
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified school board is expected to reveal the names of the top three finalists to be the district's next superintendent on Tuesday evening. The announcement will be made at district headquarters.

S.D. Council Moves To Further Limit DROP Enrollment

June 15
City News Service

The City Council voted today to shut off a contested retirement perk granted to some city employees, but consensus by a majority of members of the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System is required before the change could take effect.

EPA Studying Congressman Bilbray's Request for Probe Into Carlsbad Cancer Cases

June 15
By Amita Sharma

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is studying a request by San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray to investigate cancer cases in Carlsbad.

Parts of Paradise Hills Without Water After Water Main Break

June 15
City News Service

A water main break left dozens of homes and a primary school in Paradise Hills without working plumbing today.

Aftershocks Continue To Rattle Region

June 15
By Nick Stoffel

Hundreds of aftershocks continue to rattle the U.S.- Mexico border after a moderate earthquake struck last night.

Legal Update: Miranda and California Prisons

June 15
These Days

The US Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal by Governor Schwarzenegger about whether federal judges can order California to release state prisoners. On this Legal Update, we'll also discuss a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrows Miranda rights.

Most Californians Live Near Severely Polluted Waterway

June 15
By Ed Joyce
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Several bodies of water in San Diego County are on a new state list of severely polluted waterways in California.

UCSD College Prep School Named Top In San Diego By Newsweek Magazine

June 15
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A college preparatory high school on the UCSD campus, which aims to equip disadvantaged children with skills to excel at the university level, is the highest-ranking San Diego County school in Newsweek magazine's compilation of 1,600 top American schools.

San Diego Geologist Discusses Recent 5.7 Earthquake

June 15
By Dwane Brown

A 5.7 earthquake hit the San Diego- Mexico border region last night.

KPBS CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN 60S STYLE

June 15
Nancy Worlie

KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting organization, has announced plans to honor the station’s 50 year anniversary. KPBS Celebrates the Sixties is the station’s first gala in more than 15 years and will raise funds to support the station’s mission to provide San Diego with informative and educational content.

California Politics Update With Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy

June 15
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis

Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy discusses Schwarzenegger's furlough ruling, proposition 14, and the upcoming November general election.

Three Finalists Named For Coronado Bridge Lighting Project

June 15
These Days

How can San Diego improve one of its most iconic structures? We speak to the public art director for the Port of San Diego about the proposals that have been submitted for the Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Project.

Will The Arts Save The Embarcadero?

June 15
These Days

The Port of San Diego's plan to renovate the Embarcadero is stalled because of a dispute between the Port Commission and the state Coastal Commission over a park first proposed by the Port and later removed from its plan. Now, a developer has proposed that the San Diego arts community be a major player in the project.

How Are Local Public Agencies Spending Your Tax Dollars?

June 15
These Days

How are public agencies spending taxpayer dollars on travel and business expenses? And, what policies can be implemented to insure that public money is spent in an efficient way? We speak to a representative of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association about their recent report on the subject.

Battle Over San Diego City Outsourcing Heats Up Again

June 15
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio delivered thousands of signatures to the city clerk yesterday. It was the opening salvo of an initiative campaign to make it easier for the private sector to bid on city contracts.

Books: Too Much Tinkering In Prize-Winning 'Tinkers'

June 15
Aaryn Belfer
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Culture Lust contributor Aaryn Belfer finds the novel "Tinkers" a tough read, despite its Pulitzer Prize and economic size.