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Stories for May 19, 2010

Simon Schama's Power Of Art: Rembrandt

May 19
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Despite being known as a portrait painter Rembrandt used his talent to push the boundaries of painting. This direction made him unpopular in the later years of his career as he shifted from being the talk of the town to becoming adrift in the Amsterdam art scene and criticized by his peers.

Legal Battle Heats Up Over Campaign Contributions From Political Parties

May 19
By Alison St John
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The City of San Diego is considering its options following a decision by a federal appeals court to allow unlimited campaign contributions from political parties.

New Father Joe's Project Puts 3 Buildings In 1

May 19
By Katie Orr
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A new building has broken ground in San Diego's East Village. But this complex is a bit different from the pricey condo buildings nearby.

Grand Jury Finds Qualcomm Stadium A Losing Proposition For City

May 19
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A report released today by the county grand jury labels Qualcomm Stadium a losing proposition, finding that the city-owned facility has an annual operating loss of more than $17 million.

County Supervisors Accept Fire Report

May 19
By Tom Fudge
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The head of the San Diego Fire Chiefs' Association told county supervisors they need to make public education part of their fire-fighting strategy. The comments came as supervisors accepted a comprehensive report on fire fighting resources.

Supervisors Approve Recommendations To Improve Fire Preparedness

May 19
Joe Britton, CNS
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to direct staff to develop a plan to implement recommendations in a comprehensive report on area fire preparedness.

Video: 'Lowboy' Author John Wray Interviews Zach Galifianankis

May 19
By Angela Carone
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The critical acclaim surrounding John Wray's third novel "Lowboy" led to many interviews with Wray in the press. Now he gets his chance to conduct an interview, with "writer" Zach Galifianankis. They share a beer and talk writing and noodles. Classic.

Preparing For The End Of A Pet's Life

May 19
These Days
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What can pet owners do to prepare for the end of their animal companion's life? It's usually a conversation that people don't want to have, but planning ahead can help to improve the animal's quality of life in those final days. We speak to a pair of local veterinarians about end-of-life care for pets.

Drug War In Focus As Mexican President Visits US

May 19
Jason Beaubien, NPR
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon is in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the start of a state visit in which insecurity in Mexico and Calderon's drug war are likely to be high on the agenda.

Conservatives Move To Unseat SD Superior Court Judges

May 19
These Days
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Judicial elections are often straight-forward, uncontested races. But in the June primary, a conservative group is challenging four incumbent San Diego Superior Court judges. We'll explore why this group thinks the judges are not following the law.

California Voting: 58 Counties, 58 Procedures

May 19
These Days
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As we approach another election season, we look at the status of voting in San Diego County and across the state, including the modified open primary, mail-in ballots and the lack of standardized voting procedures.

Election: State Propositions

May 19
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Our California Primary preview coverage continues with a rundown of the statewide Propositions on the June ballot.

Many Americans Going To Mexico For Health Care

May 19
By Tom Fudge
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The trouble with getting affordable health care in the U.S. has caused many people to look south for solutions. This isn't surprising in San Diego, where the medical resources of Mexico are within a half-hour drive.

Drug Czar Says His Focus Has Fallen More On Juarez Than Tijuana

May 19
By Amy Isackson
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The U.S. drug czar toured the San Diego-Tijuana border Tuesday. The director of the Office Of Drug Control Policy says he heard a lot of praise for the border fence.

Chula Vista Teachers Keep Jobs But Others Not So Lucky

May 19
By Ana Tintocalis
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Roughly 160 teachers in Chula Vista who were notified in March they would be let go will keep their jobs for the next school year. But teachers in other San Diego County school districts are not so lucky.