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Stories for April 19, 2011

New White House Plan Targets Prescription Pain Killers

April 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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The White House has announced a new plan designed to reduce the abuse of prescription pain killers. The misuse of these drugs has become one of the leading causes of non-natural death in San Diego County.

SD Zoo Tiger Cubs Open Their Eyes

April 19
City News Service
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A pair of 2-week old Malayan tiger cubs at the San Diego Zoo opened their eyes over the weekend, but they haven't gotten on their feet yet, a spokesman said today.

San Diego Natural History Museum Wins $7 Million Grant For New Exhibit

April 19
By Susan Murphy
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The San Diego Natural History Museum has been awarded a $7 million state grant to renovate and install a new 8,000-square-foot permanent exhibit to feature animals, plants and habitats from Southern California’s major ecosystems.

No Silver Lining For California In Gas Price Surge

April 19
By Erik Anderson
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California won't see a huge tax windfall from rising prices this year. In fact, a state tax collecting change could end up costing the state money at the pump.

Hackers Target Petition In Support Of Ai Weiwei

April 19
By Angela Carone
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Hackers have attacked a website hosting a petition in support of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Ai's work will be exhibited by MCASD at the end of April.

Michelle Obama’s Plane Almost Collides with Military Cargo Jet

April 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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A plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama almost collided with a military cargo jet on the runway at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, and had to abort landing, according to the Washington Post.

Easter Egg Hunts Around San Diego

April 19
By Sarah Kovash
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Easter is only a few days away, so find out where some Easter egg hunts are being offered throughout San Diego County.

City Council To Review Plan For Local Academy

April 19
City News Service
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A project to modernize the campus at Our Lady of Peace Academy will get another look from the City Council today.

Earth Day Lessons In The "Story Of Stuff"

April 19
These Days
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As we approach Earth Day 2011, it's time once again to consider how our actions are affecting the environment. And, there's no better way to do that than to evaluate our part in the "Story of Stuff." Author Annie Leonard is here to make her case that overconsumption and toxic manufacturing is hurting people and the world we all live in.

Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei To Exhibit At MCASD

April 19
These Days
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This week, protesters in LA and New York sat peacefully in front of Chinese embassies to protest the detention of prominent artist Ai Weiwei. Ai's work will be on view at MCASD at the end of April. We'll learn more about his work and the experience of a group of San Diegans who traveled to his Beijing studio last fall.

Insight Into The Latest Drug Violence In Mexico

April 19
These Days
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Mexican authorities continue to find bodies in mass graves near the town of San Fernando by the U.S.-Mexico border. While violence along the San Diego-Tijuana region seems to be decreasing, we'll talk about why the story hits close to home.

FAA Jarred Awake By Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers

April 19
Brian Naylor, NPR
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Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt is visiting air traffic control facilities across the country this week, meeting with controllers about an issue that has gotten the agency a lot of unwanted publicity lately: sleeping on the job.

UC Admitting Greater Proportion Of Out-Of-State, International Students

April 19
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network
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The University of California is admitting a larger percentage of out-of-state and international students this fall.