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Stories for June 2, 2011

Insight: Renting Starts To Look Pretty Good

June 2
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Home ownership is the American dream but that doesn't mean it makes financial sense. And maybe it's time to do something with Prop 13.

California Dream Act Heads to State Senate

June 2
By Ruxandra Guidi

While the national effort to grant citizenship to undocumented college students has failed, the California State Assembly has passed a bill that would make financial aid available to them.

Possible Measles Exposure In San Diego

June 2
City News Service

Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to San Diego on May 27 may have been exposed to measles, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

No Balanced Budget, No Paycheck

June 2
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network

No balanced budget, no paycheck. That was the message from State Controller John Chiang to California lawmakers. The Controller said he’ll permanently withhold legislators’ salaries and per diem starting June 16th if they haven’t approved a balanced budget by then.

How San Diego County Supervisorial Districts Boundaries Must Change

June 2
By Alison St John

Some trends are already clear in what San Diego County’s redistricting committee must do to redraw supervisors' district lines.

Naval Center Wants To Change Attitudes To Combat Stress

June 2
By Alison St John
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The Navy and Marines are working to create a sea change in attitudes about combat-related stress.

Oceanside Marine Celebrates Cross-Country Bicycle Ride

June 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Maj. Bill Conner left Oceanside on his bicycle, geared up for a cross-country ride, on Easter Sunday. His goal was to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and that’s exactly what he did – to the tune of $35,500.

Five San Diego Hospitals Are Fined For Errors Or Negligence

June 2
By Tom Fudge

Five San Diego hospitals were hit with tens of thousands of dollars in fines for medical mistakes. Three of those incidents resulted in patient deaths.

Feds Deploy Against San Diego County's Wild Pigs

June 2
Associated Press

Federal officials are preparing to mobilize against San Diego's population of wild pigs, which they see as a threat to public health and the area's fragile ecosystem.

Apparent Murder-Suicide Probed In Chula Vista

June 2
Associated Press

The deaths of a woman and her two children and a man whose body was found under a freeway bridge near San Diego are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, officials said.

Why Are SDPD Misconduct Complaints Increasing?

June 2
Midday Edition
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The media spotlight has been focused on the San Diego Police Department in recent weeks due to a dozen reports of officer misconduct since October. We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the number of officer misconduct complaints SDPD receives each year. And, we speak to the department's first chief psychologist about what SDPD can do to reduce officer misconduct.

Teddy Cruz Leads Walking Conference At Border

June 2
Midday Edition
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Ever wanted to walk through a culvert built by Homeland Security and emerge in Mexico? This weekend's Political Equator 3 conference offers that opportunity. PE 3 was conceived by visionary architect Teddy Cruz.

Nicole Murray Ramirez

LGBT Pride Month: 2011 Honoree

June 2

San Diego City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez has been a Latino and gay activist for more than 40 years. He is a national board member of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council, one of the oldest and largest predominantly gay organizations in the world with chapters in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Murray Ramirez is also serving a four year term on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Dr. Delores Jacobs

LGBT Pride Month: 2011 Honoree

June 2

Delores A. Jacobs, Ph. D., is the chief executive officer of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, one of the oldest, largest LGBT community centers in the country. Dr. Jacobs is a trained psychologist who has devoted considerable time and talent to training and education efforts in the public health and non-profit sectors. Dr. Jacobs participates in the San Diego LGBT Leadership Council, the Advisory Board for the University of San Diego’s Non-Profit Leadership and Management Program, and the county of San Diego’s HIV Planning Council.

This Weekend's Best Music Bets

June 2
Midday Edition
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Our music scout, Liz Bradshaw, tells us where the best music is in San Diego this weekend.

Artists Investigate What A City Needs

June 2
Midday Edition
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What does it take to make a city great? Societies have long explored this question but the San Diego Museum of Art will try to answer it in one summer, from an artistic perspective.

Coachella Music Festival Doubles Up

June 2
Midday Edition
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Double the music, double the heat, double the fun. That's the latest plan for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. We'll talk with George Varga, the U-T's pop music critic, about the wildly popular music festival and their bold expansion.

Virulent New Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak

June 2
Scott Hensley, NPR
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The World Health Organization says the E. coli bacterium behind the outbreak of life-threatening infections in Europe is a new strain, never seen in people before.

Ambitious Season At Ion Begins With 'Bash'

June 2
Kathi Diamant
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Culture Lust contributor Kathi Diamant is clearly impressed by ion theatre's revival of "Bash: Latterday Plays" by provocative playwright Neil LaBute. Diamant says ion's whole season looks daring.

Treasury: Debt Default Would Be 'Catastrophic'

June 2
Scott Horsley, NPR
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner travels to Capitol Hill on Thursday with a warning for freshman lawmakers: They must vote to increase the government's credit limit or risk an economic catastrophe.

Rants and Raves: Terrence Malick

June 2
By Beth Accomando
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Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" (opening June 10 in San Diego) won the Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last month. It's his first film in 6 years. I wil be hosting screenings of Malick's "Badlands" and "Days of Heaven" on Saturday beginning at 4:30 pm at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters. Here's a quick look back at Malick's career.

SDPD Misconduct Cases On The Rise

June 2
By Katie Orr
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Police misconduct complaints in San Diego have risen steadily over the years.

Forensic Sleuth Solves Personal Mysteries

June 2
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego has only one private forensic laboratory dedicated to solving your private mysteries.