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Stories for April 13, 2011

First Phase Of Embarcadero Makeover Gets Final Approval

April 13
By Katie Orr
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Today, San Diego’s downtown waterfront consists mostly of concrete and traffic. But in two years it could look a lot different.

San Diego Students Get Wired With Broadband Grant

April 13
By Kyla Calvert
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About 30,000 San Diego middle school students will be getting a more wired education next year. They’ll be using netbooks provided by a million-dollar federal grant.

Home Post Blog: Toddlers of Deployed Military Mom Injured in San Diego Car Crash

April 13
By Beth Ford Roth

The mother of a 2-year-old boy and 10-month old girl injured in a fatal car crash this morning is returning home to San Diego to be with her children. Debbie Harvey, the toddlers’ grandmother, told NBC San Diego that their mom is in the Air Force and deployed in Turkey, and is being given leave to see her injured children.

Bonds Guilty Of Obstruction Of Justice

April 13
PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press
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Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice Wednesday but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three other counts.

Black In Latin America: Cuba: The Next Revolution

April 13
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In Cuba, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.

Everyday Food: Flavor Packed

April 13
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Sarah prepares the first flavor-packed dish: grilled pork chops with spicy paste, served with a colorful and refreshing salad of shaved beets with orange. John makes a soy-marinated flank steak that is tender and moist, accompanied by a gorgeous tomato salad with olives and lemon zest. Lucinda makes a brined slow-cooked turkey breast that's an easy and foolproof way to juicy and succulent meat that pairs well with corn and zucchini saute with basil.

No Fed Protection For Rare Butterfly

April 13
By Ed Joyce
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An effort to get federal protection for a rare butterfly that only exists in San Diego County has been rejected.

Governor Signs Renewable Energy Bill

April 13
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network
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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that creates one of the nation’s most ambitious energy policies.

Insight: A Surprisingly Walkable Neighborhood

April 13
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Six months ago I moved away from one of the most walkable parts of San Diego. Since then I've redefined what "walkable" truly means.

Tweens Tackle Prescriptive Drugs At Local Middle School

April 13
By Peggy Pico
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Students at a local middle school will be pioneers in a new anti-prescription drug program.

Antiques Roadshow: Billings, Mont. - Hour Three

April 13
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Host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Bruce Shackleford at Billing’s Yellowstone Art Museum to look at its impressive collection of paintings by Joseph Henry Sharp — famous for his realistic depictions of American Indians. Highlights include a beautifully preserved 1843 artillery sword and belt; a circa 1925 sequined flapper dress and gold lamé coat; and a circa 1925 heirloom collection of ruby, diamond and jade rings, valued at $60,000.

SDG&E Announces Plans To Build 21 More Solar Plants

April 13
City News Service

San Diego Gas & Electric today announced solar power deals that are expected to bring its percentage of renewable energy sales to 29 percent by 2015.

Obama Plan Aims For $4 Trillion In Deficit Cuts

April 13
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama, under increasing pressure to address the nation's burgeoning debt, on Wednesday laid out a sweeping vision to cut government deficits by more than $4 trillion in 12 years.

FRONTLINE: The Silence

April 13
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FRONTLINE examines a little-known chapter of the Catholic Church sex abuse story: decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and church workers in Alaska. As part of the recent church settlement with the victims, the bishop of Fairbanks returns to all of the villages where the abuse occurred and apologizes to the victims in person. Also in this hour, a re-airing of “Flying Cheaper,” an investigation into the outsourcing of major airline repair work to lower-cost independent maintenance operations in the U.S. and abroad.

Rants and Raves: Joshua Hoffine

April 13
By Beth Accomando
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With a pair of recent films serving up fairy tale inspired imagery I wanted to showcase visual artist Joshua Hoffine who has created an amazing gallery of stills highlighting childhood fears.

Uncovering San Diego's Darkest Corners

April 13
Randy Dotinga
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Culture Lust contributor Randy Dotinga gathers ideas for a San Diego-based noir novel and then crafts his own, inspired by our city and the current HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce."

Native American Art, Past And Present

April 13
These Days
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When we think of classical art, we often think of urns or statues or the Parthenon. But Native Americans were making art during the same time period. A new exhibit at the Mingei International Museum explores Native American art of the past and present. The work of four contemporary artists is also included in the show.

Tough Transition For Vets From Battlefield Driving To US Streets

April 13
These Days
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The Department of Veterans Affairs reports car crashes are a leading cause of death among combat veterans during their first years home. We'll find out the scope of the problem, why it's happening and what is being done to address it.

How Will USD Basketball Program Be Affected By Sports Bribery Allegations?

April 13
These Days
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The University of San Diego basketball program is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this week. Two former players and a former assistant coach have been indicted on charges that they accepted bribes to fix games in February, 2010. We speak to San Diego Union-Tribune Sports Reporter Mark Zeigler about the charges the former USD players and coach are facing, and how authorities investigated the alleged bribery scheme.

Grand Jury Concerned Over Student Safety In Downtown School Library

April 13
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego County Grand Jury is concerned that some student safety issues were left out of the plans for the new downtown school library.

Pay Gap For California Women Is $37 Billion Annually

April 13
By Pauline Lucas

A recent study shows that on average California working women make $8,300 less per year than men. This gaps totals about $37 billion annually.

Library Money Will Spare Some SD Teachers From Layoffs

April 13
By Kyla Calvert

Some San Diego teachers will get a pink slip reprieve. Money once slated for the new downtown library will instead save some elementary school teacher jobs.

Military Personnel Relearning How To Drive Safely

April 13
By Alison St John
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Motor-vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death among combat veterans in the first years after they return home. Now, local hospitals are helping military personnel relearn how to drive safely on U.S. roads.

Mexican Opera Composer Remembered As Groundbreaker In San Diego

April 13
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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When Daniel Catán's opera premiered in San Diego in 1994, it was the first by a Mexican composer in the United States.

Deficit Forces Question: What Is Government's Role?

April 13
Liz Halloran, NPR
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KPBS Special Coverage: Join us at 10:35 a.m. (PST) on KPBS FM 89.5 and online for President Obama's speech on his plan to tackle the nation's large deficits and debt.