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Stories for April 6, 2011

Documentary on Mexican Drug War Opens in San Diego Friday

April 6
By Amita Sharma
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Filmmaker Charlie Minn says if his documentary weren't called "8 Murders a Day," it would be named "No Justice."

San Diego County Seizing Foster Kids' Assets to Pay For Care

April 6
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego, like counties across the country, confiscates the benefits of foster children as reimbursement for their care -- even though there's money already set aside for that purpose.

San Onofre Plans Major Emergency Test

April 6
By Dwane Brown
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One of the largest emergency tests in years will be conducted at the San Onofre nuclear power plant next week.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Great Famine

April 6
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When a devastating famine descended on Soviet Russia in 1921, it was the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Americans responded with a massive two-year relief campaign, championed by a new secretary of commerce, “the Great Humanitarian” Herbert Hoover. This film tells this riveting story of America’s engagement with a distant and desperate people — an operation hailed for its efficiency, grit and generosity — within the larger story of the Russian Revolution.

Refugees in San Diego Seek Representation in Redistricting

April 6
By Andrés Barraza

San Diego is seen as the "refugee capital" of the United States by some. Refugees here seek representation in upcoming redistricting.

San Diego Passes Up Millions

April 6
By Katie Orr
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Employers across the country are lining up to receive federal money for retiree health care costs. But the City of San Diego is not among them.

Queen's Coronation: Behind Palace Doors

April 6
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The Coronation of Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 1953 appeared to be a glittering triumph for the House of Windsor. But behind the scenes there was a three-cornered story of jealousy and rivalry at the highest level. "Queen's Coronation: Behind Palace Doors" reveals the inside story of this momentous 20th century event.

Antiques Roadshow: Billings, Mont. - Hour One

April 6
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Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Christopher Mitchell meet at Little Big Horn National Monument to discuss the weapons used in the infamous battle between American Indian warriors and Lt. Col. George Custer’s Seventh Cavalry Regiment. Highlights include a 1752 English silver coursing trophy; and a long-lost 19th-century Arthur Brown watercolor scene of Yellowstone National Park, valued at $75,000 to $125,000.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Desert Of Forbidden Art

April 6
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This film tells the incredible true story of how one man, Igor Savitsky, saved a treasure trove of art worth millions of dollars by "hiding" it in a museum in the desert in Uzbekistan. A tireless collector of paintings that the Soviet government wanted destroyed, Savitsky traveled thousands of miles scheming, plotting, pleading, doing whatever it took to get his hands on the art he so passionately wanted to preserve.

Local Refuge Among California's Natural Treasures

April 6
By Ed Joyce
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The Nature Conservancy ranked the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge one of its top-10 natural treasures in California.

Garrow's Law: Season Two

April 6
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Based on actual legal cases from the late 18th century, GARROW'S LAW is set in the Old Bailey of Georgian London against a backdrop of corruption and social injustice. Each episode begins with the investigation of a case sourced from the Old Bailey archives — from rape and murder to high treason, and follows Garrow (Buchan) and his associate John Southouse (Armstrong) working to uncover the truth as they fight for justice.

Great Performances At The Met: Boris Godunov

April 6
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René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.

Second Shooting Reported On San Diego Freeway

April 6
By City News Service

The man alerted the California Highway Patrol Wednesday morning to the additional shooting on state Route 163, near state Route 52, in Kearny Mesa.

Preview: 'Frankenstein'

April 6
By Beth Accomando
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Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters continues its NT Live series with Danny Boyle's stage production of "Frankenstein."

Pipe Bomb Prompts Evacuation In San Diego Neighborhood

April 6
By City News Service

The explosive device was found in the chimney of a Bay Terraces home. No injuries have been reported.

Are Foster Kids Getting Short Changed By The System?

April 6
These Days
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We'll hear how foster kids are generally left destitute once they age out of care. Some of the children could have nest eggs if the state didn't confiscate their assets.

Mayor Sanders, Councilmembers Faulconer And DeMaio Agree To Pension Reform Proposal

April 6
These Days

The efforts to reform the City of San Diego's pension system moved another step forward this week when the mayor and two councilmembers agreed to a ballot measure proposing to move all new city workers, except for police officers, to a 401 (k) retirement plan. We talk to Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the details of the proposal, and how the compromise was reached.

Many Penniless Former Foster Kids Call The Streets Home

April 6
By Amita Sharma
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The dream of finding a place to call home for these kids once they turn 18 is even more elusive.

Remembering Artist Italo Scanga

April 6
These Days
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The Oceanside Museum of Art remembers artist Italo Scanga, who lived and worked in San Diego for many years. We'll talk about the work and career of this internationally acclaimed visual artist.

Technology Teaches Drivers To Save Fuel

April 6
By Erik Anderson
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Less is more when it comes to burning gasoline and preserving California's environment. Burning less fuel means there's less pollution in the air and more money in a driver's pocket. However, a team of California researchers thinks the key to less, is actually more.

A Push To Get More Students To Do Their Homework

April 6
By Ana Tintocalis
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An effort to get more Latino and black students to do their homework is under way in San Diego.

Little Improvement for Mexican Drug War Reporters, Despite Increased Attention

April 6
By Amy Isackson

Thirty reporters have been killed in Mexico’s drug war during the last four years. This week, three media summits in San Diego address press freedom and safety south of the border. Though the crisis has received more attention lately, little has improved in Mexico.