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Stories for May 6, 2010

Anti-Fraud Proposal For In-Home Care Could Cost $42 Million

May 6
By Amita Sharma

A plan to target fraud in California's state-funded in-home care would cost almost $42 million for seven years. The proposal comes at a time when the program for the disabled may be facing further massive cuts.

Rig Survivors Felt Coerced To Sign Waivers

May 6
Joseph Shapiro, NPR
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Hours after they had been rescued, workers who survived an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico were asked to sign form letters about what they had seen and whether they had been injured.

US Retirees Living In Mexico Cross The Border To Use Medicare

May 6
By Tom Fudge

The lower cost of living in Mexico has caused many American retirees to move there, but many of them still come back to the U.S. for health care.

$1.5 Million Grant Awarded To SDSU's College Of Business Administration

May 6
City News Service

The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it was announced today.

Black Abalone Disappearing Off California Coast

May 6
By Ed Joyce
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A court-ordered settlement requires the federal government to protect habitat for the endangered black abalone off California's coast. The Center for Biological Diversity says the black abalone may be the first marine species in California lost to global warming.

Customs And Border Protection Head Visits SoCal

May 6
Associated Press

The head of the Customs and Border Protection is back home in San Diego to talk about the nation's border. Commissioner Alan Bersin is slated to host a public forum Thursday at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Events: Mother's Day, Space Day, And Prom Night

May 6
These Days
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We have brunch ideas for your Mother's Day as well as beer and beach ideas for your Saturday. And we can't forget an event where you can drive a Mars rover! We'll get weekend recommendations from two culture scouts in the know.

Calif. AG Sues Former Pension Officials For Fraud

May 6
CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has sued two former officials of CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund, for fraud. The lawsuit, announced Thursday, is the product of an investigation into the role of so-called placement agents.

Interview: Tom Six

May 6
By Beth Accomando
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All you have to do is describe the premise of "The Human Centipede" (playing midnight May 7 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) and you are guaranteed to get a major “Eeeew!” reaction. (WARNING: You may be grossed out by what follows.)

Fire Officials Warn SD Residents To Prepare For Wildfires, Despite Recent Rainfall

May 6
By Susan Murphy
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As the temperature begins to rise in San Diego, so does the wildfire danger. After several years of drought, San Diego is soaking with relief, but fire officials are warning residents to prepare now because, once summer arrives, there will be more fuel to burn.

Nuñez Son Faces Prison After SD Manslaughter Plea

May 6
JULIE WATSON, AP

Prison could be in the future for the son of a longtime California state Assembly speaker. The 21-year-old Esteban Nunez - son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez - and co-defendant Ryan Jett, 24, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday.

Horn And Challengers Spar Over 5th District

May 6
These Days
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The five qualified candidates for the District Five seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors are in the KPBS studio to discuss issues before the June primary, including budget shortfalls, growth, immigration, and county services.

Crews Gear Up To Lower Giant Dome At Oil Leak Site

May 6
Associated Press
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A boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived Thursday at the spot in the sea where a blown-out well is spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons a day.

Review: No One Knows About Persian Cats

May 6
By Beth Accomando
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In Iran, rock music has been illegal to own and to perform for some three decades. But the new film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” (opening May 7 at Reading's Gaslamp Stadium 15) explores the music underground in contemporary Iran. You can listen to my review and hear some selections of Iranian music.

La Jolla Playhouse's 'Memphis' Wins 8 Tony Nominations

May 6
These Days
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The Broadway production of "Memphis," which originated at the La Jolla Playhouse before transferring to New York, has garnered eight Tony Award nominations, including best director for Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. We'll talk with Ashley about the nominations and the announcement that the Playhouse will stage the world premiere of a musical based on the film "Little Miss Sunshine."

Charlaine Harris Talks Sookie Stackhouse And 'True Blood'

May 6
These Days
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HBO's hit series "True Blood" has launched southern writer Charlaine Harris into a much bigger spotlight. The show is based on her popular southern vampire novels starring the spunky, telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Harris will be signing copies of the latest Sookie Stackhouse novel, "Dead in the Family," in San Diego this weekend.