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Stories for May 10, 2010

Poizner Pushes For Tough Immigration During SD Border Tour

May 10
City News Service

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner toured the border crossing at San Ysidro today, coinciding with the release of a new television commercial focusing on his immigration plan and support for Arizona's recently adopted anti-illegal immigration law.

San Diego Politicians Assail Raid Of Redevelopment Funds

May 10
By Tom Fudge

Elected officials in San Diego County are not happy with a California law that's forcing them to turn millions of dollars in redevelopment funds over to the state.

American Masters: The Doors: When You're Strange

May 10
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The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists — drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison — made the Doors one of America’s most iconic and influential, theatrical and mysterious, thrilling and sometimes frightening rock bands. This, the first feature documentary to tell their story, uses only original footage — much of it previously unseen — shot between the group’s formation in 1965 and Morrison’s death in 1971. Johnny Depp narrates.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Churchill's Deadly Decision

May 10
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“Churchill’s Deadliest Decision” reveals the darkest side of Britain’s Finest Hour. Some call his decision a turning point in the war; others call it a terrible betrayal and a war crime. This is the story of what Churchill did next — and why — and how 1,300 French sailors died in what the French still call “our Pearl Harbour.” In the words of French survivors, some of whom still regard Churchill as a war criminal, and one of the British sailors who opened fire on his former allies, this is the forgotten story of Churchill’s deadliest decision - to sink the French Fleet.

Critics Call Campaign To Eradicate Large Marijuana Growers A Costly Flop

May 10
By Kenny Goldberg

State and federal law enforcement officials are meeting in San Diego this week to plan this year's campaign against illegal marijuana cultivation. Meanwhile, advocates for drug policy reform say the war against marijuana is a failure.

SD School Board To Vote On Policy Against Arizona

May 10
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego's five school trustees will vote on a resolution that warns school kids and their families not to travel to or spend time in Arizona. That same policy has been approved by other governmental agencies in the past weeks. However, San Diego Unified could be the first large, urban school district in California to take a stand.

NOVA: Hunt For The Supertwister

May 10
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A powerful tornado is a terrifying phenomenon that continues to defy decades of scientific efforts to predict it. During one of the worst tornado seasons on record, a NOVA camera team chased across the Midwest, capturing hair-raising footage of highly destructive twisters in action. But this is much more than just another “extreme weather” show, focusing on the efforts of two scientists at the University of Oklahoma to develop radically different approaches to forecasting twisters.

San Diego's Fire Pits Rescued Again

May 10
By Ed Joyce

The concrete fire rings at San Diego city beaches and parks have been saved by public donations again.

BP Considers Options As Oil Keeps Pouring Into Gulf

May 10
Debbie Elliott, NPR
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BP was looking for new ways Monday to stop an oil leak that is gushing an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, after a containment structure placed over the leak clogged during the weekend.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Into The Deep: America, Whaling & The World

May 10
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From director Ric Burns ("New York: A Documentary Film," "Ansel Adams," "The Donner Party") "Into The Deep: America, Whaling & The World" explores America's first global industry. And as Americans now see fortunes rise and fall on the global energy and consumer markets, the rapid commoditization of whales and the sharp decline of the whaling industry serve as a stark reminder of the volatility of the global marketplace.

Politics and Pettiness in North County

May 10
These Days

San Diego's North County is abuzz over the race for the District 5 seat for the County Board of Supervisors; the latest shenanigans of the board of Tri-City Hospital and the outcome of the city council races in Oceanside.

Overseas Military Face Voting Challenges

May 10
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Vote by mail gets underway Monday for California’s June 8th primary as counties begin sending out ballots. Members of the U.S. military began getting their ballots about a month ago. But soldiers and state officials say casting a vote from afar when you’re in the military isn’t always easy.

Obama Nominates Kagan For Supreme Court

May 10
NPR
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President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, praising her as a consensus builder who would make an outstanding justice.

Understanding Depression

May 10
These Days
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Depression is the subject of a new documentary airing on KPBS. The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression explores how depression can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic background. We discuss the disease, its effect on people's lives and the treatments available.

San Diego Indian Tribes Say The Census Ignores Them

May 10
Associated Press

San Diego County's Indian tribes say they're being ignored and disrespected by U.S. census takers.

S.D. Mayor Discusses Budget, Local Jobs, Fire Pits

May 10
These Days
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What are the biggest challenges currently facing the City of San Diego? We speak to Mayor Jerry Sanders about the city's budget, local jobs creation, downtown development, and today's announcement on the future of beach fire pits.

San Diego Padres Not Attracting Record Crowds At Petco Park

May 10
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Padres are still in first place in the National League West. But the team hasn't been attracting record crowds at Petco Park. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

SD County Investigates Welfare Fraud

May 10
By Joanne Faryon

San Diego County spent more money investigating public assistance fraud last year then it uncovered in fraud. But the District Attorney’s office says the county saves far more over the long term.

County Board Of Supervisors Policy Favors 14th Amendment Rewrite

May 10
By Amy Isackson

Arizona's new immigration law has returned immigration to the front-burner. A review of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors policy shows its official position supports amending the U.S. Constitution to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. At least one supervisor said that's news to him.

San Diego County Now Has 'Majority, Minority' Population

May 10
By Katie Orr

The San Diego metro area has one of the largest immigrant populations in the country. A new study out today from the Brookings Institution says more than 22 percent of San Diego's population was born in another country. The State Of Metropolitan America report looked at the changing demographics of the 100 largest metro areas in the country.

SANDAG Gathers Input For San Diego Trolley Extension

May 10
By Tom Fudge

San Diego will get a chance this week to give their input into plans to expand the trolley. San Diego Association of Governments, SANDAG, will host two public meetings.

Calexico Schools Face Loss Of Learning Challenges Following Earthquake

May 10
By Ana Tintocalis
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Calexico elementary and middle school students begin their first full week of classes Monday since an earthquake struck the Imperial Valley last month. All 13 campuses were damaged in the border-city. More than 9,000 Calexico students were forced to stay home.

A Glimpse at San Diego's Modernist Past

May 10
Dave Hampton
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During the 1960's, San Diego served as a playground for some of the art world's most famed mod men (and women), like John Baldessari, Marlene Williams, and Richard Allen Morris. Culture Lust contributor Dave Hampton, the co-founder of Objects USA and an enthusiast of all things mid-century, fills us in.