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Stories for May 20, 2010

U.S. Authorities Investigating Suspected Cross Border Passageway

May 20
By Amy Isackson

U.S Federal law enforcement authorities say diggers tapped into the storm drain system that runs beneath the International Wastewater Treatment Plant property, about a mile west of the San Ysidro border crossing. It's not clear if there is a U.S. exit.

Mexican Authorities Investigate Migrant Kidnapping Ring

May 20
By Amy Isackson

Mexican authorities say they arrested a group of kidnappers who've nabbed more than 100 migrants trying to cross the border illegally into the United States. Mexican authorities say they're probing the group's ties to the murder of a Border Patrol agent last year.

Obama Nominates San Diego Judge To US District Court

May 20
City News Service

President Barack Obama today nominated San Diego Magistrate Judge Anthony Battaglia to a U.S. District Court judgeship. Battaglia has served as a magistrate in the Southern District of California -- which includes San Diego -- since 1993.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Salmon-Indoors And Out

May 20
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Test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to perfect oven-roasted salmon. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of California olive oils. Finally, science expert Guy Crosby reveals the science behind nonstick seasoning, and test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Kimball the foolproof method to perfectly grilled salmon steaks.

Scientists Reach Milestone On Way To Artificial Life

May 20
Joe Palca, NPR
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Scientists are reporting that they have made a living cell from DNA that was originally synthesized in a lab. This isn't quite a synthetic organism. But the result is an important, and some would say troubling, step on the road to creating life in the lab.

San Diego Hospitals Fined For Putting Patients At Risk

May 20
By Kenny Goldberg

State regulators have penalized four San Diego-area hospitals for incidents that put patients' lives at risk. Scripps Green Hospital was fined a total of $125,000 for two separate events.

CA Lawsuit Seeks To Overhaul School Finance System

May 20
Associated Press

California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will oppose a lawsuit which claims the state's current school finance system is unconstitutional.

Chefs A' Field: Disappearing Act

May 20
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In this episode, "Chefs A' Field" investigates a looming crisis that could affect a third of the plants we see growing around us -- thus having a profound effect on agriculture as well as the economy. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a term first coined in 2006 for a phenomenon in which worker bees mysteriously vanish from a beehive.

Eco-Friendly Complex Opens Its Doors To Low-Income Seniors

May 20
By Susan Murphy
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A large, vacant lot in City Heights has been transformed. It’s now a brand new, eco-friendly and affordable housing complex for seniors and the disabled.

Culture Lust Weekend: Remembering Craig Noel, Vintage Gala, and OK Go

May 20
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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This weekend has plenty in store for you Culture Lusters, from remembering a San Diego theater icon to wine swilling at the MoPA. Plus, OK Go is in town!

Cross Placed In Mojave Desert Where One Was Stolen

May 20
Associated Press

A cross honoring America's war dead that was stolen from a federal park in the Mojave Desert has been mysteriously replaced or returned, officials said Thursday.

NOVA: Mystery Of The Megavolcano

May 20
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A remote lake in Southeast Asia conceals evidence of Earth's greatest volcanic cataclysm of the last 100,000 years. Miles beneath its placid surface lies a magma chamber that exploded so violently during the Ice Age that gases and ash may have encircled the globe and blotted out the sun for years on end. The Toba eruption may have helped kick the climate into an unprecedented freeze and perhaps even pushed ancestral human populations to the brink of extinction. In a classic science detective story, NOVA pieces together the clues about this great catastrophe and probes questions raised about human evolution and Earth's fragile ecosystems.

Events: We Wanna Tijuana, Pet Parades, Kaki King

May 20
These Days
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American Craft Beer week continues, pets will parade in La Jolla, and a finger-picking guitarist takes the stage at the Belly Up Tavern. We'll talk about these and other events on today's weekend preview.

Share The Road, It's Bike To Work Day

May 20
These Days
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Friday, May 21 is Bike to Work Day in San Diego County. We'll discuss commuting by bicycle and learn safety tips for novice cyclists. What would it take to get you to bike to work?

The Splendor Of San Diego's Gems

May 20
These Days
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San Diego's history as a gem mining and gem producing center is one of the county's best-kept secrets. The new exhibit called ALL THAT GLITTERS at the San Diego Natural History museum uncovers those sparkling secrets. We'll speak with the exhibit's curator and the owner of a present-day gem mine in San Diego.

Scientist: BP's Oil Spill Estimates Improbable

May 20
Richard Harris, NPR
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An independent scientist says the Gulf of Mexico oil spill appears to be even larger than he previously thought, based on analysis of a video released by the Senate. The video shows a dramatic gusher of oil coming from near the well's ill-fated blowout preventer.

Review: 'OSS 117: Lost in Rio'

May 20
By Beth Accomando
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Before Ian Fleming created James Bond, the French created OSS 117. The famous spy appeared in nearly 100 novels beginning in 1949. Now he appears in a new film called "OSS 117: Lost in Rio" (opening May 21 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). Listen to my review.