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Stories for June 2, 2010

San Diego Medical Examiner Says Border Death A Homicide

June 2
By Amy Isackson

San Diego's medical examiner says the death of a 42-year-old man tasered by federal border agents is a homicide. San Diego immigrants rights activists and the government of Mexico want a thorough investigation.

Naked Bikers File Suit To Overturn San Diego's Anti-Nude Ordinance

June 2
By Susan Murphy

Dozens of people are planning to bike in the buff next week in downtown San Diego as part of a World Naked Bike Ride. San Diego organizer Sarah Bush said the group is riding nude to protest oil dependence and to show appreciation of the human body.

Police Create Web Link To Security Cameras

June 2
By Tom Fudge

San Diego police have begun a pilot program that gives officers access to security camera video inside their squad cars. Officers see it as the way of the future.

New Study Links Inexperienced Medical Residents To Hospital Deaths

June 2
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study from UCSD suggests new medical residents may be dangerous to patients' health. The report finds fatal medication errors peak in July, at a time when thousands of aspiring doctors begin their medical residencies.

Report Finds S.D. School Officials Are Raiding Student Coffers

June 2
By Ana Tintocalis

A new report finds San Diego public school officials are raiding the coffers of student groups at various San Diego Unified campuses.

Trolley Service Disrupted By Plane Crash

June 2
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A light plane on an emergency landing approach to Gillespie Field clipped trolley power lines and crashed onto a street at the western edge of the East County airport today, coming to rest upside-down with the pilot trapped inside and the severed live electrical wires draped across it.

Tijuana Building Earns LEED Gold Status

June 2
By Amy Isackson

A new Tijuana office building has earned an environmental stamp of approval. Its builders hope the LEED gold certified building sets an environmental trend in the border city.

Simon Schama's Power Of Art: Turner

June 2
Simon Schama's Power Of Art: Turner  Tease photo

One of Britain's most celebrated artists, Turner showed exceptional artistic talent from an early age and entered the Royal Academy aged fourteen. His English landscapes made his name but there was a darker side to his paintings that was difficult for the critics to swallow, both in the increasingly informal use of paint and the subject matter that was critical of the romanticized vision of Britain in the late nineteenth century.

Making Neighborhoods Successful

June 2
These Days

The first-ever Neighborhood Innovation Forum, a colloquium of local and national community groups, funders and city officials, met in San Diego last week to discuss ways to make individual neighborhoods the driving force of community improvement.

Music: Bettye LaVette's British Rock Interpretations

June 2
By Angela Carone
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Blues and soul singer Bettye LaVette takes on classic British rock songs and makes them her own on her new album, "Interpretations: The British Songbook."

San Diego Neighborhood Helps Itself

June 2
These Days
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The small Southeast San Diego neighborhood of Broadway Heights, which borders Encanto and Lemon Grove, has developed a very active community council and a unique youth council which have worked to eliminate drug houses and essentially put a stop to crime. The SDPD has described Broadway Heights as a model community.

Homework: Too Much, Too Soon?

June 2
By Sharon Heilbrunn

Is homework beneficial for very young children?

San Diego International Airport Receives $28.3 Million In Federal Economic Stimulus Funds

June 2
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego International Airport has received $28.3 million in federal economic stimulus funds to install a baggage screening system to detect explosives.

New U.S. Attorney For Southern District Of California

June 2
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Veteran federal prosecutor Laura E. Duffy was sworn in today as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, based in San Diego.

Border Patrol Halts Two Sea Smuggling Attempts

June 2
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Authorities arrested 13 people and seized several thousand pounds of marijuana in two sea smuggling attempts off the San Diego coast.

Bus Driver Accused Of Drunken Driving In Encinitas

June 2
ASSOCIATED PRESS

A San Diego bus driver has been arrested after failing sobriety tests.

How Does County Government Work?

June 2
These Days

What's the role of county government? And why do supervisors reside on the board for so long? We'll look at San Diego's County Board of Supervisors as part of our Envision series "Who's Supervising San Diego."

Election: San Diego's Proposition D

June 2
These Days

We wrap up our weekly primary election previews with a focus on the City of San Diego's Proposition D. It would make the city's experiment with a "strong mayor" its permanent form of government.

Oil Closes In On Florida As BP Readies New Attempt

June 2
Associated Press
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As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP's stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill.

School Board Election Comes At Precarious Time For District

June 2
By Ana Tintocalis

Public education in San Diego city schools is shaped by the decisions of five school board trustees. Two of them are up for re-election next week. Some people say a possible leadership change comes at a precarious time for the San Diego Unified School District.

Books: Recommending Prize-Winning 'Wolf Hall'

June 2
By Angela Carone
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Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" won the Man Booker Prize last year and has critics raving. It's a fresh, smart take on King Henry VIII's reign, told via a brilliant character study of his advisor, Thomas Cromwell.