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Stories for February 24, 2011

Insight: Border Crossing Expansion Begins At San Ysidro Port

Feb. 24
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The San Ysidro Port of Entry is America's busiest border crossing but it also may be the most frustrating border crossing. That's why government leaders from the U.S. and Mexico showed up to break ground to expand the port.

SDSU Students Play Waiting Game For Tickets

Feb. 24
By Erik Anderson, Sarah Kovash
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An impromptu camp has sprung up around SDSU's Viejas Arena as students camp out to get tickets for the BYU game.

Several Arrested In San Diego During Raids On Mexican Drug Cartels

Feb. 24
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Federal agents arrested eight people and seized three assault rifles, one shotgun, six handguns, about $40,000 and some marijuana in raids in San Diego.

Brown Appears Before Conference Committee

Feb. 24
California Capitol Network
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Governor Brown did something Thursday that no Governor has done for decades, perhaps ever. He appeared before the budget committee made up of both Assembly and Senate members.

Senate Passes Bill Cementing Renewables Goal in State Law

Feb. 24
California Capitol Network

The California State Senate has approved a measure setting rules for how utilities can meet an ambitious alternative energy goal.

Supporters Of Adult Day Health Care Deliver Petitions

Feb. 24
California Capitol Network

Supporters of adult day health care services delivered petitions with 112,000 signatures to the state Capitol Thursday, all opposing the program’s elimination.

Home Post Blog: Is the U.S. Military Now Considering Involvement in Libya?

Feb. 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense sent out an intriguing news release to the media this morning. It’s the first time to my recollection that the DoD has specifically mentioned Libya and our military in the same breath.

INDEPENDENT LENS: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

Feb. 24
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An iconoclast who himself became an icon, William Burroughs explored the outer boundaries of culture and identity in the 1950s. His work was vilified by conservatives and banned by the U.S. government, but emerged to influence artists for generations to come. Burroughs' friends and colleagues remember the public persona and the private man.

Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart - Part Three

Feb. 24
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Part three begins in the 1970s London, with its counter-culture and poverty, Logan is just barely surviving with the occasional freelance writing assignment and the help of his friend Ben, enduring petty humiliation at his literary agency until Gloria reenters his life. An interlude of intimate and true friendship, and the inheritance of a house in France from his old friend, Cyprien, buoy Logan and reignite a tenuous passion for life.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Chili And Cornbread

Feb. 24
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Bridget Lancaster adapts a Texas favorite and shows host Christopher Kimball how to make authentic-tasting chili con carne at home. Then, Lancaster teaches Kimball how to make Southern-style skillet cornbread with hearty corn flavor. Finally, equipment expert Adam Ried tests safety can openers and reveals the winner.

50 Years Of UCSD Ideas

Feb. 24
By Peggy Pico

A one-day exhibit called the “Ideas Expo” highlights five decades of science and technology innovation from University of California San Diego researchers.

Review: 'Kaboom'

Feb. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Gregg Araki says he wants his new film "Kaboom" (opening February 25 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) to be a cult hit. But that's a decision made by audiences not filmmakers. Listen to my radio feature or read my review.

Fight For Libya Edges Closer To Tripoli And Gadhafi

Feb. 24
NPR Staff and Wires
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Libyan army units and militiamen reportedly attacked a mosque where protesters had taken refuge and fired on others protecting a local airport.

Frigid Temperatures Put San Diego's Homeless At Risk

Feb. 24
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego is in for another weekend of wild weather. Frigid temperatures, rain, and low-elevation-snow are headed this way. The conditions could be life-threatening for homeless people who will have to endure the bitter cold on the streets.

State Lawmakers Oppose Taxes With 'Taxpayer Caucus'

Feb. 24
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Governor Brown has been hoping Republicans will signal their openness to a budget deal that includes a ballot measure to extend tax increases.

Proposed Tax On Top Earners Expected To Generate Billions

Feb. 24
California Capitol Network

A Democratic state Assemblyman is calling for raising the income tax rate on California’s top earners. Similar ideas have been proposed and failed but according to supporters, this plan will raise billions.

This Old House: Los Angeles Project, Part 1 Of 10

Feb. 24
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For the second project of the season, "This Old House" goes Hollywood with the first ever renovation project in the Los Angeles area. After seeing some of the local sights, master carpenter Norm Abram and host Kevin O’Connor arrive at the 1933 Spanish Colonial Revival project house in the hillside neighborhood of Silver Lake.

Culture Lust Weekend: NWEAMO, 'Stick Fly', and The Oscars

Feb. 24
By Jocelyn Maggard
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Treat your ears to some electronic music at "NWEAMO and Tribeca's New Music Festival," watch some family drama in "Stick Fly," and end your Culture Lust Weekend finding out who takes home an Academy Award.

Street Photograhers Captured Mood Of The '60s

Feb. 24
These Days
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An exhibit of great pictures from legendary street photographers of the 1960s is up at the museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The images evoke a powerful poetry of mean streets, disaffected people and a changing time in America.

Uprising In Libya Latest Example Of Changing Arab World

Feb. 24
These Days
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What's fueling the political uprisings that are happening across the Arab world? How is the unrest in Libya different from the events that recently took place in Egypt? We speak to a pair of local experts about what these changes could mean for Northern Africa and the Middle East.

Oil Spikes To $100 Per Barrel; Is It Time To Worry Yet?

Feb. 24
Linton Weeks, NPR
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Watching the price of oil go up these days is a little like watching a river rise. At what point do we need to get the sandbags? When should we sound the warning horns? What is flood stage?

The World Of The Black Bourgeoisie

Feb. 24
These Days
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A wealthy African American family gathers at their vacation home in Martha's Vineyard and like at any family gathering, drama and comedy ensue. We'll talk with Lydia Diamond about her play "Stick Fly" opening at Mo'olelo. A professor of black studies joins the conversation to discuss issues facing the black bourgeoisie in America.

Events: CityBeat's Cover Art, Robert Wilson, And Electronic Music

Feb. 24
These Days
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The work of a prominent video artist is on view at the Timken Museum, a festival of electronic music launches, and CityBeat shows their cover art.

U.S. Border Authorities Seize More Methamphetamine, Boats

Feb. 24
By Amy Isackson

Federal authorities in San Diego report a big increase in the amount of methamphetamine they seized along the border in fiscal 2010 compared with the previous year. The border agencies' recently released year end statistics also show more human smuggling by sea.

San Diego's Economic Slump Matched Country In 2009

Feb. 24
By Kyla Calvert

A new federal report shows San Diego’s economic output shrank by 2.4 percent in 2009. That decline matches the average for all metropolitan areas.