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Stories for April 22, 2011

Youth Boxing Club Wins Eminent Domain Case

April 22
By KPBS

A San Diego Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a youth boxing club in an eminent domain case against National City.

High Tech High Students Compete For Barack Obama

April 22
By Dwane Brown
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Seniors at a San Diego charter school are trying to lure President Barack Obama to speak at their graduation ceremony.

Three San Diego Schools Among Best Colleges For Surfers

April 22
City News Service
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Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University and UC San Diego were named three of the best colleges for surfers this week in Surfer Magazine.

Oregon Considers Banning Shark Fin Soup

April 22
Associated Press
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A bill to ban the trade in shark fins used in a traditional Chinese soup eaten to celebrate success is moving through the Oregon Legislature.

Insight: Will San Diego Help Stop Global Warming?

April 22
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Taking a commuter train can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But the modest goals of state law and urban planning won't do much to get people out of their cars.

Japan Struggles With How To Heal 'Children's Hearts'

April 22
NPR
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This week marked the start of the new school year for some of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

SeaWorld To Eliminate Plastic Bags At Gift Shops

April 22
City News Service

SeaWorld San Diego plans to eliminate plastic bags at its gift shops this summer in a move to help the environment, park officials announced today.

Defense Growing Sector Of San Diego Economy

April 22
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego economy is increasingly dependent on the military. A new report out this week shows about a quarter of the jobs in the region are related to Department of Defense spending.

Prop D Threats Prove Empty - So Far

April 22
Editors Roundtable

Mayor Jerry Sanders campaigned for an initiative to raise the city's sales tax last fall by saying that without the extra revenue, the city might have to lay off more than 200 firefighters and police. The initiative failed, but police and firefighters are still there.

Bell Investigation Produces Pulitizer, More Watchdogs

April 22
Editors Roundtable

When news broke last summer that the city manager of the tiny California city of Bell earned twice the salary of the President of the United States, it set off a firestorm of public outrage. A team of reporters at the Los Angeles Times spent weeks uncovering the story. This week the LA Times was awarded the Pulitzer for public service reporting for this series.

Report Says San Diego Would Reap $116 Million Annually From Soda Tax

April 22
By Kenny Goldberg

A measure that would impose a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks will get its first hearing in the California legislature on Monday. A new report finds the tax would generate $1.7 billion a year to fight obesity.

Home Is Where The Seniors Are

April 22
By Peggy Pico
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A free senior care program keeps people in their own homes and out of skilled nursing facilities.

GAO Says Lack Of License Plate Readers Scuttles Southbound Smuggling Crackdown

April 22
By Amy Isackson
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A recent report by a government watchdog reveals a hole in border security. The report says most southbound border lanes headed into Mexico lack license plate readers.