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Stories for April 28, 2011

Distressed Properties Dominate 2011 Home Sales In San Diego County

April 28
By Ed Joyce

A new report shows the majority of home sales in San Diego County this year were considered distressed properties.

Economic Indicators Point To A Faster Recovery

April 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's index of leading economic indicators was up last month and that means the value of the index has not fallen for two straight years.

San Diegans Head To Museum To Learn About Deadly Tornadoes

April 28
By Susan Murphy
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As deadly tornadoes ravage the South, some San Diegans are heading to a Balboa Park museum to reflect and learn more about the powerful storms.

San Diego Zoo Uses GPS To Help Tortoises

April 28
City News Service
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The San Diego Zoo outfitted 36 desert tortoises with radio transmitters, 24 of them with GPS systems, to track their movements and habitat choices in Nevada, the park announced today.

Governor Scraps Death Row Plan

April 28
California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown has pulled the plug on plans to build a new death row at San Quentin State Prison.

SDSU's Veterans Center Is Renamed

April 28
City News Service

The Veterans Center at San Diego State University was renamed today for Joan and Art Barron, who donated $1 million to create an endowment and fund its operations.

Low Crime Rates Reported In San Diego

April 28
City News Service

Crime rates in San Diego County, including for murder, reached 30-year lows in 2010, according to a study released Thursday.

Medical Marijuana Advocates Threaten Legal Action

April 28
City News Service
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A pro-medical marijuana advocacy group sent a letter to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith today saying it might go to court if the City Council does not ease recently adopted regulations for collectives.

Insight: Argument For A Carbon "Charge"

April 28
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

You've heard of the carbon tax. What about a carbon charge?

High Tech High Buzzing With Excitement

April 28
By Dwane Brown
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High Tech High International is the only California school to qualify in the national commencement competition to lure President Barack Obama to their graduation ceremony.

Trailer: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2'

April 28
By Beth Accomando
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Harry Potter fans have been anxiously awaiting the final installment of the film franchise. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" does not open until July 15 but Warner Brothers has a new trailer to whet the appetite of fans.

Modern-Day Slavery In San Diego County?

April 28
These Days

Federal authorities have indicted 38 people in gang-run prostitution ring in Oceanside. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy called the operation "modern-day slavery." We'll find out why teen prostitution has been called a growing problem across the country.

Who Owns Your Cellphone?

April 28
These Days

The news that Apple has been tracking iPhone locations is a reminder that we don't always know what our smart phones are doing. We'll get a preview of the next Ethics in Science and Technology forum called WHO OWNS YOUR CELLPHONE?

U.S. Economic Growth Slows To 1.8 Percent Pace

April 28
Associated Press
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The economy slowed sharply in the first three months of the year as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defense spending by the most in six years.

Death Toll Mounts As Fierce Storms Batter South

April 28
NPR Staff and Wires
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Reports of deaths across five Southern states jumped to nearly 200 the morning after storms roared across the region, spawning tornadoes and wiping out homes and businesses.

Events: Art Alive, Adams Avenue Roots Festival, TV On the Radio

April 28
These Days
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San Diego Museum of Art becomes a floral paradise and Adams Avenue Roots Festival offers a weekend of bluegrass music. We'll talk about these and events for your weekend.

Anna Deavere Smith Takes On Health Care

April 28
These Days
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Anna Deavere Smith's latest one-woman play focuses on the health care industry. Smith conducted over 300 interviews for a performance in which she portrays doctors, patients, and a host of recognizable names like former Texas Governor Ann Richards and cycling champion Lance Armstrong.