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Stories for June 23, 2010

Easter Earthquake Shifted Earth's Crust 31 Inches In Some Areas

June 23
City News Service
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The magnitude-7.2 earthquake that struck near Calexico on Easter Sunday shifted the Earth's crust in the area about 31 inches downward and to the south, according to radar images and data collected by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Regulating Big Box Stores Back on City Council Agenda

June 23
By Kyla Calvert

Many San Diegans got mail from Walmart this week urging them to oppose a San Diego City Councilman's attempt to create tougher rules for large retailers.

Brush Fire West Of Palomar Mountain Contained

June 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A fast-moving brush fire spread over brushy open terrain west of Palomar Mountain this afternoon, blackening scores of acres and prompting residential evacuations but causing no structural damage or injuries.

Two UC San Diego Researchers Awarded Grants Totaling $2.5 Million

June 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE

Two UC San Diego researchers were awarded grants totaling $2.5 million today from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

San Diego Supervisors Approve Regulations For Medical Marijuana Collectives

June 23
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors approved an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries that makes it difficult to site a dispensary in the unincorporated area.

Harp Dreams

June 23
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Every three years the world's best young harpists face-off in the USA International Harp Competition. "Harp Dreams" follows several contestants from Russia, France, Switzerland Japan and the United States, as they hone their skills to compete for the grand prize: a performance and recording career and a one-of-a-kind concert harp.

Cases Of Whooping Cough On The Rise In San Diego County

June 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The number of cases of whooping cough in San Diego County is on the rise, and state health officials today declared the disease a epidemic stage in California.

Artist Michael Trigilio Brings Buddhism, Electric Guitars to Museums

June 23
By Jen Paton
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San Diego-based artist Michael Trigilio, whose Neighborhood Public Radio project was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, has a new film on American Buddhism screening at MCASD. He'll also be at SDMA this Thursday creating a bold sound space. Culture Lust contributor Jen Paton explains.

Grocery Store Chain And Major Cola Company Donate Half-Million Dollars For Beach Cleaning

June 23
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A grocery store chain and major cola company said today they are donating more than a half million dollars for beach clean up, dune restoration, and recycling efforts at state park beaches in Southern California.

McChrystal Resigns; Petraeus To Step In

June 23
NPR STAFF AND WIRES
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President Obama has accepted Gen. Stanley McChrystal's resignation as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and is replacing him with Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, the president announced Wednesday.

California Voters To Weigh In On State's Landmark Greenhouse Gas Law In November

June 23
MARIANNE RUSS, CALIFORNIA CAPITAL NETWORK

California voters will weigh in this November about whether to postpone the state’s landmark greenhouse gas law.

Film Club of the Air: 'Toy Story 3', 'Winter's Bone,' 'I Am Love,' and More

June 23
These Days
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We'll find out what our Film Club critics think of the latest "Toy Story" installment and discuss the Sundance award-winning "Winter's Bone." Also on deck, the Tilda Swinton vehicle "I Am Love," and the movie version of a pulp classic, "The Killer Inside Me."

Ocean Beach Divided Over Anti-Homeless Sticker Controversy

June 23
These Days
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A local community newspaper, the OB Rag, has stirred up a hornet's nest in Ocean Beach. The OB Rag's blog posts encouraging a local store to stop selling stickers that say "Welcome to Ocean Beach/Please Don't Feed Our Bums," has divided the community over how to deal with its local homeless population. We speak to the blogger who originally wrote about the controversial stickers, and the executive director of the Regional Task Force on Homelessness.

Film Club: 'Toy Story 3'

June 23
By Beth Accomando

We discuss "Toy Story 3."

Dining: North Park's El Take It Easy

June 23
By Meredith Hattam
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Only the guy who brought you The Linkery could dream up a menu that includes Micheladas alongside pork belly and quail egg terrine and Tosti-locos. Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam pays a visit to El Take It Easy, Jay Porter's newest North Park eatery. Bonus - there's art involved!

Political Analysis: San Diego's Close Races

June 23
These Days

More than two weeks after the June Primary some local races are still not decided. KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner updates us on election results where the margin of victory is razor thin.

How Will The Gulf Oil Spill Affect Human Health?

June 23
Richard Knox, NPR
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Medical researchers are meeting this week in New Orleans to discuss the health effects of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But most of the discussion is about what isn't known.

Students Rally At Border Patrol Headquarters To Protest Border Deaths

June 23
By Susan Murphy
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Dozens of local high school students rallied Tuesday at Border Patrol headquarters in Chula Vista, demanding justice over two recent deaths along the Mexican border.

Study Will Look At Whether Downtown S.D. Blighted

June 23
By Katie Orr

Time is running out for San Diego’s downtown redevelopment arm. The Center City Development Corporation is nearing the limit on how much tax money it can collect. But a move by the city council last night could buy CCDC some more time.

Superintendent Finalist Has Strengths, Weaknesses

June 23
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified Board of Education tapped Bill Kowba to be the district's next school superintendent. The trustees made the announcement during their meeting on Tuesday. Their decision came sooner than expected.