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Stories for May 28, 2010

S.D. City Employees Must Pay Disability Portion Of Pension

May 28
City News Service
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The San Diego City Employees' Retirement System board voted today to require its members to pay the disability portion of their pension, a move City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said will save the city $2.6 million a year.

Sea Bass Released In San Diego Bay

May 28
City News Service
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About 30,000 juvenile white sea bass were recently released into netted pens in San Diego Bay as part of an effort to increase the population off California, the Port of San Diego announced today.

San Diego City's 6th District Is A Political Battleground

May 28
By Alison St John
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The latest campaign disclosures this week reveal a battle is brewing in the City of San Diego’s 6th District. That’s the district held by Donna Frye, who will be termed out.

Chelsea's Law Makes It Out Of Committee

May 28
City News Service
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An Assembly committee today advanced a bill known as Chelsea's Law after slain Poway teenager Chelsea King. It would toughen penalties against sexually violent criminals.

Cities Of Light: The Rise And Fall Of Islamic Spain

May 28
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This film (from the producers of "Muhammad: Legacy Of A Prophet") takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most captivating and important periods of world history — a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians and Jews inhabited the same far corner of Western Europe and thrived. Their culture and beliefs intertwined, and the lost knowledge of the Ancient Greeks was gathered and reborn.

San Diego Unified Faces More Budget Woes After May Revise

May 28
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified School District may now have to cut even deeper into its programs and services next school year.

Guest Blogger: Debuting an Original Silent Film Score in Paris

May 28
Scott Paulson
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On Sunday night, at the invitation of the Black France Film Festival, my ensemble, The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra (re-christened Le Petit Orchestre du Peuple for this venue) accompanied Josephine Baker's 1927 silent film "Siren of the Tropics" as was done in silent movie houses of the era.

Senate Approves Laura Duffy As San Diego's U.S. Attorney

May 28
By Amy Isackson
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Laura Duffy as United States Attorney for San Diego. She now needs President Barack Obama's approval.

Census Has Difficulty Tracking Native Americans

May 28
San Diego Week
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The 2010 Census count is expected to wrap up by July. Now, the final door to door march is on to reach those who haven't been counted. KPBS Reporter Dwane Brown explains why it is difficult for the Census to count one of the smallest population groups in the county: Native Americans.

DNA Sample Backlog Raises Concerns At SDPD

May 28
San Diego Week
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How might a backlog of DNA samples at the SDPD crime lab impact local public safety? We speak to Lorie Hearn, with The Watchdog Institute, about their investigation into the DNA sample backlog.

What Is Role Of County Supervisors?

May 28
San Diego Week
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What role do the San Diego County Supervisors play in our region? We speak to KPBS News Reporter Joanne Faryon about her upcoming Envision documentary that analyzes the priorities of the County Board.

Carlsbad Residents Concerned About Cancer Risks

May 28
San Diego Week
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Residents in one Carlsbad neighborhood are concerned that toxins in the ground, water and air could be causing cancer. We speak to Reporter Amita Sharma about her investigation into what might have caused 265 cases of cancer in one Carlsbad community.

How Clean Are San Diego's Beaches?

May 28
San Diego Week
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How did local beaches grade in Heal the Bay's annual Beach Report Card? Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us which local beaches passed and failed the water quality test.

Bill To Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags Passes State Assembly Committee

May 28
By Ed Joyce
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A bill (AB 1998) that would enact a statewide plastic-bag ban passed out of a California State Assembly committee Friday. If passed and signed into law, AB 1998 would prohibit stores from distributing single-use bags, and require the retailer to offer reusable bags.

The House Of Windsor: Long To Reign Over Us

May 28
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This episode begins with Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne in 1952. Her glamorous sister, Margaret, finally decided to settle down and pinned her heart on the divorcee Peter Townsend. The public loved this fairytale story of a beautiful princess being in love with the dashing war hero. The Queen and the constitution did not. Margaret was given an ultimatum; Townsend or her titles and privileges — she chose the latter.

Huge Study Aims To Find Origin Of California Pollution

May 28
John Antczak, AP
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A huge study of air quality and climate is under way in the skies and off the coast of California.

Gas Line Break Near SDSU Prompts Evacuations

May 28
City News Service
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A construction crew accidentally broke a natural gas line near San Diego State University today, prompting the evacuation of about a dozen nearby apartment residents for about 90 minutes.

How Will National Guard Impact Border Security?

May 28
Editors Roundtable
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What will sending the National Guard to the border accomplish? We discuss the decision to do this now.

San Diego County Supervisors Compared: Politics, Discretionary Funds, Salaries

May 28
Mia Taylor, Research by Hilary Andrews and Renee Villasenor
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How does San Diego County's Board of Supervisors compare to the state's 57 other boards? What we thought would be a simple demographic survey turned out not to be so simple.

Pot Dispensaries Remain In Legal Limbo

May 28
Editors Roundtable
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We examine why some marijuana dispensaries must close before the rules are set.

San Diego Museum Of Art Appoints First Female Director

May 28
By Angela Carone
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The San Diego Museum of Art has hired its first female executive director in the museum's 84-year history.

Crime Lab Backlog Raises Concern For Public Safety

May 28
Editors Roundtable
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An investigation into the San Diego Police Department’s Crime Lab finds a backlog of DNA evidence from unsolved crimes. Has public safety been compromised?

San Diego's Small Businesses Meet About Health Care Reform

May 28
By Tom Fudge
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Health care reform passed Congress in March and now small businesses in San Diego are wondering what's in it for them. Business people and members of the insurance industry met yesterday at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to take an account of the changes.

National City Launches A Major Makeover

May 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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National City has dozens of abandoned or underused industrial sites. Some of these "brownfields" are contaminated. Thanks to federal and state grants, National City is transforming one brownfield in the heart of old town. The city has high hopes for this project.

San Diego County To Issue Alert For Information On Carlsbad Cancer Cases

May 28
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego County plans to issue an alert to help gather data on cancer cases in Carlsbad. The California Cancer Registry is trying to determine if there's a cancer outbreak in the North County town.

Teen Review: 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

May 28
Michael Shymon
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“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (opening May 28 throughout San Diego) has everything you could ask for in a summer blockbuster but...