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Stories for January 5, 2011

Woman Tied To Kidnap Crew Extradited To San Diego

Jan. 5
By Amy Isackson
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A woman who allegedly used her feminine wiles to help a Mexican kidnap crew capture their victims in San Diego has been extradited from Mexico.

Challenge To Birthright Citizenship To Be Challenged in Washington

Jan. 5
By Ruxandra Guidi
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With Republicans taking the House of Representatives, the next immigration battle is moving to citizenship rights--specifically, the Us-born children of undocumented immigrants.

Cox Cautiously Optimistic About Governor's Plan To Shift Services From State To Counties

Jan. 5
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox reacted with cautious optimism to Governor Jerry Brown’s strategy of cutting costs by shifting responsibility for some services to counties.

SDSU Closes Graduation Gap For Minorities

Jan. 5
Marissa Cabrera
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San Diego State is doing a far better job of graduating minority students than the national average for colleges and universities.

NATURE: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story

Jan. 5
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2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Joy Adamson’s milestone book "Born Free" that was turned into a seminal movie, which won two Academy Awards. The dramatic story of the Adamsons’ rescue of three lion cubs and their attachment to Elsa, whom they released back into the wild, was the first filmic exploration of animals as individuals. NATURE will examine the story, revisit the people featured in the film, and discuss the importance and dangers of viewing animals through a human lens as well as the shifting attitudes about conservation.

State Budget Cuts Complicated With Fewer Options

Jan. 5
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network
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Governor Brown’s budget proposal is expected Monday. But the new governor isn’t just facing a bigger budget gap than in previous years, he also has fewer options when it comes to closing that gap.

Supreme Court Decision Sparks Concerns About Cell Phone Privacy

Jan. 5
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network
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Being arrested in California now means the police can look through the contents of your cell phone. The State Supreme Court has issued a ruling that many critics call an invasion of privacy.

Pelosi Loses Support From Democrats

Jan. 5
Associated Press
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The House vote that elected Republican John Boehner to succeed Nancy Pelosi as House speaker saw Pelosi lose the support of 19 fellow Democrats. That included two Democrats who voted for each other.

UCSD, SDSU Ranked In List Of 100 Best College Values

Jan. 5
City News Service
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UC San Diego ranks 12th and San Diego State University is number 92 on Kiplinger magazine's list of the 100 best college values for in-state students, it was announced today.

Primal Grill With Steven Raichlen: Fired Up, Down Under

Jan. 5
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Ozzies (Australians) and Kiwis (New Zealanders) may live half a world away, but they're every bit as grilling-obsessed as we North Americans are. Case in point: an Australian favorite, the proverbial "shrimp on the barbie," grilled with basil and prosciutto and flambeed with Pernod. Or apostles on horseback-New Zealand sea scallops marinated in wine and grilled with smoky bacon. Grilling doesn't get much more primal than lamb on a shovel (chops grilled over a wood fire on a shovel blade), a specialty of the Australian Outback.

Blocking Evaporation Could Save Great Amounts Of Water

Jan. 5
By Ed Joyce
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A remarkable amount of water in the parched Southwest could be saved each year if the evaporation process were blocked. That's what a San Diego company proposes to do.

President Of The SD Regional Economic Development Corp. Retires

Jan. 5
City News Service
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San Diego business leader Julie Meier Wright announced today that she will retire as president and chief executive of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., effective June 30.

Brown Names Members Of Administration

Jan. 5
Juliet Williams, Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown is naming a handful of people to lead his administration's employment and environmental departments.

Gang Members Make Up Half Of SD Male Juvenile Arrests

Jan. 5
City News Service
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Nearly half of the arrested male juveniles surveyed in San Diego County in 2009 were current gang members, according to a study released today by the San Diego Association of Governments.

Prime Suspect: Season One, Episode One

Jan. 5
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D.C.I. Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. While investigating a murder, her strength of character and skills as a detective are put to the test as she exposes a cover-up within the force. And when a second murder victim is discovered, the inquiry turns into a grisly investigation stretching back over ten years.

"Bomb House" Owner Files $500,000 Claim

Jan. 5
City News Service
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An attorney for San Diego County said Wednesday that an official response to a $500,000 claim filed on behalf of the owner of the so-called "bomb house" in Escondido should come within a couple of weeks.

Film Club of the Air: Best and Worst of 2010

Jan. 5
These Days
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Our Film Club critics will weigh in on the best and worst movies of 2010 and explain the big stories from the year in film.

Solana Beach Weighs In On Debate Over Future Of Del Mar Fairgrounds

Jan. 5
By Alison St John
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Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner wants State Senator Christine Kehoe to amend her bill that paves the way to sell the Del Mar Fairgrounds to Del Mar.

New Congress Officially Opens For Business

Jan. 5
Frank James, NPR
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The 112th Congress, in which Republicans control the House and Democrats have a slimmer Senate majority, officially began at noon Wednesday.

Bowen Starts Second Term As CA Secretary Of State

Jan. 5
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network
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Debra Bowen was sworn in as California’s 39th Secretary of State Tuesday.

Qualcomm Pays $3.1 Billion For Communications Company

Jan. 5
City News Service
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Qualcomm announced today that it finalized a deal to buy Atheros Communications for about $3.1 billion, or $45 per share.

Route 67 To Close For Construction

Jan. 5
City News Service
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Starting Wednesday, state Route 67 between Prospect and Woodside avenues will be closed for two consecutive nights to allow for construction, Caltrans officials said.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis Reacts To Commutation Of Esteban Nunez

Jan. 5
These Days
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In his final hours in the governor's office, Arnold Schwarzenegger used his power to reduce the 16-year prison sentence of Esteban Nunez to seven years. Nunez, son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for his involvement in the stabbing death of a local college student in 2008. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis talks to us about why she is opposed to the decision to commute Nunez's sentence. We also speak to Dumanis about her goals for her third term in office, which began this week.

Does Governor Jerry Brown Have The Skills To Bring Change To Sacramento?

Jan. 5
These Days
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Does Jerry Brown have what it takes to get the state budget passed on time, and to bring an end to the hyper-partisan politics that have defined California government over the last decade? We speak to political consultant Leo McElroy about what Jerry Brown will bring to the governor's office, and discuss the challenges Brown will face in his first couple months in office.

New State Law Decriminalizes Possession of Marijuana

Jan. 5
By Ruxandra Guidi
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While drug seizures continue to grow along the US-Mexico border, California has downgraded the penalty for simple marijuana possession.

Imperial Valley Tribes Oppose Sunrise Powerlink

Jan. 5
By Ruxandra Guidi
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On the eve of his departure from office, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded one of his signature projects: The Sunrise Powerlink. The massive energy transmission line has garnered many opponents, among them Native American tribes.

San Diego Innovation Industry Faces Foreign Competition

Jan. 5
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego’s biotech and innovation industry faces the new year with rising competition from overseas.