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Stories for March 5, 2010

Alice In Wonderland

March 5
By Beth Accomando
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If you’ve never read Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” then you may enjoy Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” (opening March 6 throughout San Diego and at Edwards Mira Mesa in IMAX 3D).

Detectives Scrutinize Video Possibly Showing Missing Family Crossing Into Mexico

March 5
City News Service

A surveillance camera captured footage of a man, woman and two children resembling a missing Fallbrook family as they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Tijuana on foot last month, a sheriff's investigator said today.

Star Wars In Concert

March 5
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"Star Wars In Concert" is a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams’ epic "Star Wars" scores. The production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, HD LED super-screen – one of the largest ever put on tour. The live music and film elements are synchronized, creating a full multi-media, one-of-kind "Star Wars" experience.

Frye Talks About Why She's Not Running For Supervisor

March 5
By Katie Orr
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San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye says she’s not running for a County Supervisor position because the city is a mess and needs her full attention.

Navy's Concern Over Stolen Cars Spurs 51 Indictments

March 5
By Amy Isackson

A San Diego grand jury has indicted 51 people for allegedly selling cars stolen from around San Diego County. The indictments are the result of a six-month undercover operation.

Memorial Planned For Deputy Killed In DUI Crash

March 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Hundreds of local law enforcement officers are expected to attend a memorial service Saturday for San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Collier. Collier died last Sunday when he was pursuing a wrong-way driver on state Route 52.

Taking Control Of Diabetes With Dr. Neal Barnard

March 5
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Move beyond simply managing diabetes to "Taking Control Of Diabetes With Dr. Neal Barnard." Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, MD reveals groundbreaking research and scientifically-proven methods for turning back the clock on diabetes. Today the disease affects more than 24 million children and adults in the U.S. Through Dr. Barnard’s low-fat vegan diet, diabetics and non-diabetics alike will experience medical results including weight loss, blood glucose control, reduced heart disease risk and, in many cases, prevent the need for medications.

Connerly Questions Validity Of UCSD Agreement With Black Student Union

March 5
City News Service

The former University of California regent who led the effort to remove race from consideration for admission to public colleges said today he will review an agreement by UC San Diego and its Black Student Union to see if it violates the state constitution.

California Unemployment Increases To 12.5 Percent

March 5
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP

California's unemployment rate grew slightly to 12.5 percent in January, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Wildflowers Blooming In Anza-Borrego

March 5
San Diego Week
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The wildflowers are blooming in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. KPBS News Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn takes you on a tour of the natural wonders of the park.

Supervisors Use Of Discretionary Fund Challenged

March 5
San Diego Week
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County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price issued an apology for not properly reporting $1500 worth of free tickets from The San Diego Opera and the Old Globe Theatre. We discuss the controversy over the supervisors use of county discretionary funds.

Editors Discuss Megan's Law And County Elections

March 5
San Diego Week
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Editors discuss the impact of Megan's Law on the local community. Also, San Diego City Councilmember Donna Frye made news this week with the announcement that she will not run against Ron Roberts for a seat on the Board of Supervisors. We discuss the reasons behind Frye's decision, and how it could affect the makeup of the Board of Supervisors in the future.

Should Calif. Change Sex Predator Laws?

March 5
San Diego Week
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San Diego remains shaken by the rape and murder of Poway teenager Chelsea King. We discuss the details of the case, and how it could impact California's sex offender laws in the future.

The Civil War: The Universe Of Battle

March 5
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Ken Burns' epic documentary brings to life America's most destructive — and defining — conflict. With digitally enhanced images and new stereo sound, "The Civil War" is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. This episode opens with a dramatic account of the turning point of war: the Battle of Gettysburg, the greatest ever fought in the Western Hemisphere.

Court Puts San Diego County Backcountry Tree Removal Plan On Hold

March 5
By Ed Joyce

A court has ruled in favor of the California Chaparral Institute in a lawsuit challenging San Diego County's plan to remove dead trees in backcountry areas.

Straight No Chaser: Live In New York

March 5
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The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, whose quirky version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” was a YouTube sensation, provide a captivating and entertaining evening for all. The 10 male vocalists marry impeccable harmony with just the right amount of humor. This special, which includes material from their EP "Six Pack" and from an album to be released this spring, presents a mix of classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown era and contemporary pop hits, all with the classic SNC twist.

Vista And Escondido Receive State Grants To Combat Gangs

March 5
City News Service

State grants of $382,639 each were awarded to the cities of Vista and Escondido to combat gang violence, it was announced today.

Months-Old Tip Prompts Search In Connection To Disappearance Of Amber Dubois

March 5
City News Service

Police officers, a sheriff's dive team and FBI agents searched Kit Carson Park today in response to a 10-month-old tip possibly related to the disappearance of a teenage North County girl more than a year ago.

Brooklyn's Finest

March 5
By Beth Accomando
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When a film is this bad and it has a name like “Brooklyn’s Finest” (opening March 6 throughout San Diego) it’s just asking for a snarky headline from critics. But I will resist – only because my fellow critics beat me to the best ones.

Random Gems From A Culture Lust Week: Lowbrow Galleries, Fiction, And Jeff Bridges

March 5
By Angela Carone
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Through the course of any given week, I come across articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, and videos that I want to share. On this Friday, I give you random gems from the Culture Lust desk.

Celtic Thunder: It's Entertainment!

March 5
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Celtic Thunder, a group of five Celtic male vocalists, undertakes a musical review that spans six decades and will delight and enthrall audiences, whether through the nostalgia of classics such as “Standing on the Corner” or the band’s unique take on contemporary numbers such as Michael Bublé’s “Home” or U2’s “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

How Should Sups Spend $10 Million Fund?

March 5
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego Taxpayers Association is challenging how San Diego County Supervisors use their $10 million dollar discretionary fund. We'll discuss the ethics of what some supervisors get for giving.

Election Deadline Looms - Few Candidates

March 5
Editors Roundtable

Reaction to San Diego Councilwoman Donna Frye’s decision not to challenge long-time San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts in the June primary election and to the new candidate challenging incumbent Dan McAllister for Treasurer-Tax Collector.

Sex Offender Law Enforcement Flawed?

March 5
Editors Roundtable

The community remains shaken by the rape and murder of a Poway teenager. We'll examine the effectiveness of laws designed to protect against sexually violent predators.

Family Matters At Sushi Performance And Visual Art

March 5
By Angela Carone
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A new exhibit called "Family Matters" opens tonight at Sushi Performance and Visual Art in downtown San Diego. The programming includes a music performance on Saturday night featuring the Canadian duo The Cedar Tavern Singers. Beware, they may charm you into singing along at an art show.

S.D. Fire Cuts Could Impact Home Insurance Rates

March 5
By Katie Orr

The San Diego Fire Department’s plan to not use some engines in an effort to save money will impact the department’s response times, and the plan could affect your home insurance rates in the long run.

Korean Film Festival in LA

March 5
By Beth Accomando
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Just a quick note. Last night the Korean Film Festival in LA kicked off last night with "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle." But the event I want to highlight is a tribute today and tomorrow to South Korean action director Ryoo Seung-Wan at the Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Whilshire Blvd. The director will be present and I urge anyone who can make it to attend.

Taxpayer Group Wants Controversial S.D. County Program Suspended

March 5
By Katie Orr

A local taxpayer advocacy group is taking aim at a controversial pool of money controlled by the San Diego County Supervisors.

San Diego Professor Marches 400 Miles For Education

March 5
By Ana Tintocalis
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Thousands of people embark on a 400-mile protest march today. The “March for California's Future” is intended to bring attention to a crisis in public education. One San Diego professor plans to spend seven weeks walking from Bakersfield to Sacramento.