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Stories for April 29, 2011

Change Of Heart Could Equal Millions For San Diego

April 29
By Katie Orr

A change of heart by city leaders could result in millions of federal dollars for San Diego.

Antiques Roadshow: Biloxi, Miss. - Hour One

April 29
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Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser David Rago for a look at the eccentric pottery of George Ohr, overlooked in his lifetime during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, but now the celebrated centerpiece of Biloxi’s Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Highlights include a circa 1950 Walter Anderson linocut; an 1899 “Buffalo Bill” poster; and a 1928 Art Deco, bronze sculpture of dancers from the Russian Ballet, created by Romanian artist Demeter Chiparus and valued at $100,000 to $150,000.

Mexican Drug-Lord Benjamin Arellano-Felix Extradited to United States

April 29
By Amita Sharma

Benjamin Arellano-Felix, one of the most wanted and brutal drug cartel bosses, was extradited to the United States from Mexico today to face charges in San Diego.

Bill Could Ban Tanning Bed Use For Minors

April 29
California Capitol Network
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A new bill in the California Senate would ban tanning bed use for all minors. Currently, children under 14 are prohibited from using the salons. All other minors need parental consent.

Masterpiece Classic: South Riding - Part One

April 29
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A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. Anna Maxwell Martin (“Bleak House”) stars in this three-part miniseries based on the beloved 1936 novel by Winifred Holtby, adapted by celebrated screenwriter Andrew Davies (“Little Dorrit,” “Pride and Prejudice”). Also starring are David Morrissey ( “Sense and Sensibility”) as the enigmatic gentleman farmer who crosses swords with the new headmistress before falling in love with her, and Penelope Wilton (“Downton Abbey”) as a progressive town councilwoman.

NATURE: Salmon: Running The Gauntlet

April 29
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This film investigates the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers engage in audacious experiments to shore up their numbers. Each of our efforts to save salmon has involved replacing their natural cycle of reproduction and death with a radically manipulated life history. Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks and farmed in pens. The film explores possible paths to salmon recovery.

Taking Back Prescription Drugs

April 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diegans are being asked to clear out their medicine cabinets Saturday as part of the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The Padres: In The Cellar, But Profitable

April 29
Editors Roundtable
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The San Diego Padres are in last place in the NL West, playing .360 ball with a team batting average of 211. Yet, Forbes called them the most profitable team in baseball.

Preview: 6th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival

April 29
By Beth Accomando
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Straying from cinema but not from my passions, here's a video preview of the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival that takes place Saturday April 30 from noon till 4 in Balboa Park.

Judge Rules On City Retiree Health Benefits

April 29
City News Service

The city of San Diego might be able to lower its $1.36 billion deficit for retiree health thanks to a judge's ruling that the benefit was optional and not vested, the City Attorney's Office announced today.

Endeavor Launch Scrubbed Because Of Technical Issue

April 29
City News Service
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The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour was delayed today for at least three days.

Is San Diego's Economy Recovering Or Not?

April 29
Editors Roundtable

Is San Diego's economy recovering or heading into a double-dip recession? We look into that question as well as the status of home prices.

Home Post Blog: GOP Lawmaker Wants to Stop Draft Registration

April 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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It’s a legal requirement in the United States for young men to register with the Selective Service System when they turn 18, even though there hasn’t been a draft in this country since the Vietnam War era. The Army Times reports Republican Congressman Mike Coffman of Colorado is asking the House Armed Services Committee to shut the agency down.

President To Tour Storm Damage, Death Toll At 300

April 29
PBS NewsHour
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The president and first lady will meet Friday with victims of a series of powerful storms that caused a path of destruction affecting six states and killed 300 people. More than 200 of those deaths took place in Alabama alone, and the city of Tuscaloosa was especially hard-hit.

Britain Welcomes Newest Royal Couple

April 29
Associated Press
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With a smile that lit up TV screens around the world, Kate Middleton married Prince William in a union that promised to revitalize the British monarchy.