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Stories for April 21, 2011

Debate Flares Over Firefighter Pay

April 21
By Katie Orr
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Can the work of fully trained city firefighters be compared to that of lower paid private EMT’s and paramedics? A San Diego councilman is trying to make that case.

Congressional Hearing Looks At Biotech Jobs

April 21
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's biotech community got an audience with several members of the local congressional delegation yesterday.

National Business Coalition Wants Tougher Math, Science Standards

April 21
By Kyla Calvert
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A national coalition of corporate executives calls on governors to raise state standards for math and science education. San Diego students performed at or below national averages in these areas.

Rants and Raves: Dark Bridges Film Festival

April 21
By Beth Accomando
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The Canadian grindhouse homage "Dead Hooker in a Trunk" screened in San Diego last year at Horrible Imaginings but the film has run into controversy trying to get a screening in Saskatchewan for the Dark Bridges Film Festival.

Predator Drones Now Used In Libya

April 21
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today during a news briefing that out military will use Predator drones as part of Operation Unified Protector in Libya.

Photos: Chicano Park Day Memories

April 21
By Angela Carone
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Chicano Park Day is this Saturday, which seems like the perfect time to revisit some photos from past Chicano Park Days.

City Considers Solar Panels For Street Lights

April 21
City News Service
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The city of San Diego could save taxpayer money by installing solar panels on as many as 33,000 street lights due to be replaced, a councilman said today.

Internet Voting Starts For Six Schools, Including One In SD, For Obama Commencement Speech

April 21
Associated Press
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San Diego's High Tech High International is a finalist to have President Barack Obama deliver the commencement speech for this year's graduating seniors. Voting is open to the public.

Water Project Allocation Increased

April 21
California Capitol Network
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There’s positive news for farmers and residents who rely on the state’s water project.

Governor Cracks Down On Salary, Travel Advances

April 21
California Capitol Network
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California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered state agencies to get tougher about collecting employee salary and travel advances.

Cutting San Diego's Dropout Rate Would Boost Economy

April 21
City News Service
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Millions of dollars would flow back into the San Diego area economy if just half of the high school students who dropped out last year completed their education, according to a study released today.

Should The City Pay For The Spreckels Pavilion Organist?

April 21
By Angela Carone
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Balboa Park's Spreckels Pavilion organist is paid a performance rate of $555, which comes out of the city's parks and rec budget. As the city looks at major budget cuts for libraries and parks, should the historic Spreckels organ be silenced?

Rants and Raves: Tyler Perry

April 21
By Beth Accomando
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Atlanta filmmaker Tyler Perry makes films outside of Hollywood. His latest release, "Madea's Big Happy Family" (opening April 22 throughout San Diego) looks to build on his highly successful franchise.

An All Ages Breakdance Extravaganza

April 21
By Angela Carone, Katie Schoolov
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We recently visited a rehearsal at Culture Shock Dance Center where young and old practiced head spins, freezes, and good ole' pops and locks.

Chula Vista Councilwoman Rings NYSE Closing Bell

April 21
City News Service
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Chula Vista Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan is scheduled to help ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today, a reward for the city's environmental efforts.

Arrest Made In State Route-163 Shootings, Suspect Identified

April 21
By Susan Murphy
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An arrest has been made in the April 5 State Route-163 shootings that left a college student wounded.

Culture Lust Weekend: Chicano Park Day, 'Faust,' Egg Hunts

April 21
By Angela Carone
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Between Chicano Park Day, hip hop dance performances, an experimental vocalist, and Easter egg hunts, you have no excuse to stay home this weekend.

Events: Easter Eggs And Brunches

April 21
These Days
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If you're wondering where to brunch this Easter or where to take the kiddos for egg hunting, we have plenty of suggestions for you.

Cooking For Mother Earth

April 21
These Days
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Earth Day reminds us to be aware of how our actions, even the food we eat, affect the world around us. We'll speak to organic farmer and author, Myra Goodman about how making small changes in the kitchen can have a big impact on the environment.

A Story About Success, Failure And The School At The Center

April 21
These Days
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The KPBS documentary, Building Expectations, focuses on Lincoln High School -- one of the most expensive campuses in the county, built in one the poorest neighborhoods. Lincoln was supposed to provide a route to college for their kids - the majority of whom live in poverty. But as Lincoln’s first freshman class prepares for graduation, few are destined for college. We'll discuss the expectations set for Lincoln high school and whether the school is living up to them.

The Navy's Expansion Proposal Worries Environmentalist

April 21
These Days
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The Navy is proposing an increase in training activities along the Silver Strand between Coronado and Imperial Beach. Several organizations like the Department of Fish and Game are worried about the danger to marine life and the environment. We speak with the mayor of Imperial Beach and a representative from the Department of Fish and Game about their concerns.

Israel Says Palestinian Statehood Bid Would End Talks

April 21
Sheera Frenkel, NPR
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Israeli officials insist a U.N. resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood would hinder peace.

Citizens' Redistricting Coming To San Diego

April 21
By Ruxandra Guidi
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As the Southwestern region grapples with the results of the 2010 Census count, California is trying a new approach to political redistricting.