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Stories for April 8, 2011

How Not To Get Caught By A Cyber Hook

April 8
These Days
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A security breach of the internet marketing firm Epsilon's files has put millions of people at risk for identity teft. There are a few simple rules to follow that will almost certainly prevent you from becoming a cyber attack victim according to our phishing expert, Randy Abrams. Find out how to protect yourself.

Building A 19th Century Vibrator

April 8
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I saw "In the Next Room or the vibrator play" last night at San Diego Repertory Theatre. Today I called the prop designer to find out how she built all those 19th century vibrators.

Trapped On A Terror-Watch List

April 8
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Terror watch lists used at the border, or at airports, have proliferated since the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. Sometimes people without criminal backgrounds end up on these lists; for some, it's not easy to get off of them.

Mexican Authorities Find Bones And Teeth On Land Used By The "Stew Maker"

April 8
By Amy Isackson

Mexican authorities says they've found human remains in Tijuana, tied to a man called the "Stew Maker," who allegedly dissolved more than 300 people in acid.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Stonewall Uprising

April 8
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Told by those who took part, from drag queens and street hustlers to police detectives, journalists and a former mayor of New York, and featuring a rich trove of archival footage, "American Experience: Stonewall Uprising" revisits a time when homosexual acts were illegal throughout America, and homosexuality itself was seen as a form of mental illness. As the streets of New York erupted into violent protests and street demonstrations, the collective anger announced that the gay rights movement had arrived.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

April 8
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Centered on a rare interview that director Tamra Davis shot with her friend and contemporary Jean-Michel Basquiat over 20 years ago, "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" is the definitive chronicle of the short but brilliant life of the young artist who revolutionized the New York art scene almost overnight. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.

Anthem Blue Cross Raises Rates On 150,000 Californians

April 8
By Kenny Goldberg

Hundreds of thousands of Anthem Blue Cross policyholders will soon see an increase in their premiums. The size of the hike, which could be as much as 17 percent, will depend, in part, on which state agency regulates the policy.

Insight: Calexico After The Easter Quake

April 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Calexico lies at the southern end of California’s San Andreas fault system. And one year ago, on Easter Sunday, one of those fault lines served up a 7.2 magnitude quake. People in this border town of close to 40,000 people are still cleaning up the mess

Review: 'In a Better World'

April 8
By Beth Accomando
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Susanne Bier has a good track record that she further extends with her latest film "In A Better World" (opening April 8 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas).

Passports, Pastimes & Projects To Be Affected If Gov't. Shuts Down

April 8
By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Andrés Barraza, Dwane Brown, Amy Isackson, Jude Joffe-Block
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Federal officials have released limited information on how the southwest would be affected if the government shutdown.

Contest May Bring President Obama To Local High School

April 8
City News Service
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High Tech High International is one of six semi-finalists in a competition for an appearance by President Barack Obama at its commencement ceremony.

Stronger Penalties For Gang-Related Crimes Proposed By San Diego Law Makers

April 8
City News Service

A bill co-sponsored by San Diego-area lawmakers to add pimping, pandering and human trafficking to a list of crimes associated with street gangs will receive its first vetting by an Assembly committee next week.

An Homage To Street Fashion Photog Bill Cunningham

April 8
By Angela Carone
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If you didn't already love Bill Cunningham, the jovial photographer who documents street fashion for The New York Times, then the new documentary "Bill Cunningham: New York" will seal the deal.

San Diego-Based Marine Killed In Afghanistan

April 8
Associated Press

The Department of Defense says a 23-year-old sailor from Niles has been killed in Afghanistan.

What's Closed (And What's Not) In A Shutdown

April 8
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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The consequences of a partial government shutdown would be felt most immediately and visibly in areas where the public interacts directly with agencies.

Is The Federal Or State Budget Worse?

April 8
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

It’s hard to tell which budget mess looks worse right now: the federal government, which could shut down Friday night -- or California, which faces the prospect of an all-cuts budget. But the state may seek out this dubious honor.

Water Rates Don't Flow From Usage

April 8
Editors Roundtable

We heard from the Governor that the drought is over. Does that mean we can go back to using water like we did before? Not so fast. We're also told conservation needs to become a way of life. But our water agencies aren't backing that message up with the water rates.

San Diego Reaches Accord On Pension Ballot Measure

April 8
Editors Roundtable

The City of San Diego has reached a compromise on a pension reform ballot measure that's supposed to save the city more than 300 million over 5 years.

How Would A Govt. Shutdown Affect San Diego?

April 8
Editors Roundtable

If anyplace is affected by a government shutdown, it should be San Diego County, with its 50,000 government workers and about 100,000 military personnel and their families as well as hundreds who work for defense contractors.

Teen Review: 'Hanna'

April 8
Lidia Marin, Teen Critic
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The best description I could give for the new film "Hanna" (opening April 8 in select theaters) is to call it a beautifully wicked fairy-tale.

Actors Fly At Lamb's Players

April 8
By Angela Carone
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The Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Of The Dark" is fraught with disaster. The show’s complicated aerial work has left actors suspended in air and resulted in at least one serious injury. Lamb's Players is doing a show in which actors fly, though on a much smaller – and safer – scale.

GOP, Democrats Scramble As Shutdown Looms

April 8
By Npr News
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A late-night meeting with House and Senate leaders Thursday failed to break the budget deadlock. President Obama said he hoped to be able to announce a deal Friday but "there's no certainty yet."

Third Graders Lag In Reading Here

April 8
By Kyla Calvert
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A new study shows third graders who can’t read at grade level are more likely to drop out or finish high school late. Just 29 percent of San Diego Unified fourth graders scored as proficient readers on the most recent national tests.

Ex-Mexican President: End Bloody Drug War Through Legalization

April 8
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is against current drug-war policies, including militarization. Speaking in San Diego, Fox insisted that the U.S. and Mexico need to find a way out of the violence.