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Stories for January 3, 2011

Brothers Plead Guilty To $30 Million Ponzi Scheme

Jan. 3
City News Service
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Two brothers pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court today for their roles in masterminding a $30 million Ponzi scheme and related mortgage cons.

Women's History Museum Changes Its Name

Jan. 3
City News Service
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The Women's History Museum and Education Center announced today a name change to The Women's Museum of California.

Mexican Contingent Meets With Governor Brown

Jan. 3
By Amy Isackson
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In the spirit of binational solidarity, Baja California's governor and tourism secretary and Tijuana's mayor attended California Governor Jerry Brown's swearing-in ceremony. The Baja California contingent met briefly with Brown afterward.

Discovery Channel Show Features Missing Fallbrook Family

Jan. 3
City News Service
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A Fallbrook family who disappeared in February 2010 will be featured Monday night on an episode of the Discovery Channel program "Disappeared."

Project Homeless Connect Looks For Some Help

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego homeless will get a helping hand on Wednesday when Project Homeless Connect takes place.

SD Legal Leaders Blast Sentence Reduction

Jan. 3
By Katie Orr
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Both the San Diego district and city attorneys accused former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today of undermining justice by sharply reducing the sentence of the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez for a fatal stabbing near San Diego State University.

Court Date Set For Man Accused Of Murdering La Jolla Investor

Jan. 3
City News Service
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An April 19 trial date was set Monday for a man accused of strangling a La Jolla investor in his home and transferring $7.5 million from the victim's investment account to a new account opened in the dead man's name.

Secrets Of The Stones: Decoding Ireland's Lost Past

Jan. 3
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The beautifully shot two-part special "Secrets Of The Stones" reveals the cutting edge science that is slowly peeling away layers of the secrets lost in time and rewriting Ireland's ancient story. The truth about Ireland's distant past is finally emerging. There are gaps in history that have never been explained. Can extraordinary new discoveries shine light on Ireland's dark ages?

Ponzi Scheme Leader Pleads Guilty To Felonies, Losses Equal $20k

Jan. 3
City News Service
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The ringleader of a San Diego Ponzi scheme, in which Filipino homeowners struggling to make mortgage payments were urged to transfer titles to their properties into a bogus trust, pleaded guilty today to five felony counts, including grand theft and perjury.

Insight: SD Cityscape Diary

Jan. 3
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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University towns. They have a certain feel and a certain milieu. They are magnets for state pride. They’re colonies of liberal, secular thought in conservative states. They can be like Bloomington, Indiana, home of IU.

Joanna Lumley's Nile

Jan. 3
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British TV, film and stage actress Joanna Lumley ("Absolutely Fabulous," "The New Avengers") is on the trip of a lifetime: exploring the longest river in the world, the Nile, from sea to source. "Joanna Lumley's Nile" finds her traveling in the direction of the earliest explorers as she journeys along Africa's "life line," visiting the people who live and work along this famous river today. Experiencing five different countries, Joanna crosses some of the most inhospitable landscapes on Earth: from deserts where ancient civilizations once ruled to jungles where Victorian explorers underwent unspeakable suffering.

California Insurers Back To Selling Coverage For Children

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg
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California health insurers are back in the business of selling policies for children. A new law requires companies to offer such products, or face a five-year ban in the state's individual market.

Rants and Raves: BleedFest

Jan. 3
By Beth Accomando
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It's that time of the month… for BleedFest. BleedFest is a monthly LA film festival celebrating indie genre movies made by and about women. Yesterday it held its Badass Genre Film Festival.

A Fan Remembers Captain Beefheart's San Diego Show

Jan. 3
Dave Walters
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Walters was an the ardent fan of the recently deceased Captain Beefheart, an influential musician whose music was an acquired taste. Walters saw Beefheart perform in a magical show at SDSU in 1978. He offers this primer on the music of this one-of-a-kind artist who died last month.

Brown Sworn In As Governor

Jan. 3
Juliet Williams, Associated Press
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Democrat Jerry Brown was sworn in Monday as California's 39th governor, returning to the office he left 28 years ago but inheriting a much different and more troubled state than the one he led then.

Group Sues CA Over Cancer-Causing Pesticide

Jan. 3
Associated Press
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A coalition of environmental and farmworker groups said in a lawsuit announced Monday that state pesticide regulators improperly cut off public comment on a controversial agricultural fumigant in order to secure its passage before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's term ended.

New Law Extends Sentences For Child Abusers

Jan. 3
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network
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Beginning this month, people who cause permanent physical damage to children can be sentenced to prison for life. This is because of a new law called Adam’s Law.

Brown Swearing-In Expected To Be Low-Key

Jan. 3
Juliet Williams, Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown will be sworn in Monday as California's 39th governor, promising an era of austerity and a markedly different leadership style than outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Pendleton Marine Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison For Abusing 2-Year-Old Son

Jan. 3
City News Service
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A Camp Pendleton Marine who dropped and shook his infant son over several months, causing irreversible damage to the child's right eye and brain injuries, was sentenced Monday to nine years in state prison.

Being a Stay-At-Home Dad Today

Jan. 3
These Days
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There are plenty of mommy support groups out there, but what resources are available for stay-at-home dads? We'll talk with three dads who all stay at home and raise their kids and gather weekly for playtime and a beer.

No Hollywood Ending To Schwarzenegger's Term

Jan. 3
Ina Jaffe, NPR
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As Arnold Schwarzenegger exits California's governor's office on Monday, he leaves behind a $28 billion budget shortfall.

North County's Top Stories For 2010

Jan. 3
These Days
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If 2011 is anything like 2010, San Diego's North County will be the location of some of the biggest stories of the year. 2010 saw everything from the deepest tragedy to the most complex and controversial construction plans -- with a "bomb house" thrown in -- in the north end of San Diego county.

Ethics Forum: Examining A New Way To Generate Stem Cells

Jan. 3
These Days
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A new technology of creating stem cells from unfertilized eggs may remove one of the biggest ethical hurdles to the research. But controversial aspects to the research remain.

Storm Brings Heavy Snow To San Diego Mountains

Jan. 3
City News Service
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Flooding and snowfall were reported on some San Diego County roads today, and motorists were ordered to put chains on their tires before venturing into Laguna Mountains.

Parents of Murdered San Diego City College Student Await Justice

Jan. 3
By Amita Sharma
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The new year for one National City family brings a continued ache for justice. The parents of San Diego City College student Diana Gonzalez, who was allegedly murdered by her estranged husband in October, are bearing the burden of their loss. But they say they will have no peace without the capture and punishment of their daughter's killer.