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Stories for May 13, 2011

NATURE: Bears Of The Last Frontier: The Road North

May 13
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Chris Morgan explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness. This is a new normal for bears and for their human neighbors. Some bears are so comfortable living in urban surroundings that their primary habitat is a golf course. In residential areas, bears frequently raid garbage bins and birdfeeders for easy snacks. But these behaviors are less than ideal for bears and residents alike.

Army Corps Wants to Open the Morganza Spillway

May 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decides to open the Morganza spillway this weekend, it could save the Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding by the Mississippi River.

Council Approves Landmark Retiree Health Agreement

May 13
By Katie Orr

In a decision that was praised by some and condemned by others the San Diego City Council today approved a plan to reform retiree healthcare for city employees.

Counter Rallies Over Tax Extensions on the Embarcadero

May 13
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego teachers, students and parents are rallying against an all-cuts approach to balancing California’s budget at Embarcadero Marina Park Friday. Rallies are happening in cities across the state.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Riders

May 13
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In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. That is, until an integrated band of college students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university—decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Calif. Proposes To Close 70 State Parks

May 13
By Ed Joyce
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The Salton Sea State Recreation Area is one of the California state parks on list to be closed due to budget cuts.

Police Misconduct 'Hotline' Now Open After Crime Allegations

May 13
City News Service

A new police misconduct "hotline" was up and running today in San Diego, as promised earlier this week by SDPD Chief William Lansdowne in response to a recent spate of alleged crimes committed by officers with his department.

City Council To Hold Special Meeting For City Retiree Health Care Agreement

May 13
City News Service

The City Council will hold a special meeting today to consider formal approval of 15-year agreements on health care for retirees with five of the city's six employee unions.

Antiques Roadshow: Biloxi, Miss. - Hour Three

May 13
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Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Beth Szescila at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art to discuss how the beauty of the southern landscape and its creatures inspired the paintings and prints of this prolific, 20th-century Mississippi native. Highlights include a suit worn by Olivia de Haviland in the 1943 film Princess O’Rourke; and four 1827 watercolor portraits attributed to “The Guilford Limner,” a mysterious North Carolina-based artist who never signed his work, valued conservatively at $60,000.

Masterpiece Classic: South Riding - Part Three

May 13
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A lively heroine arrives in Depression-era Yorkshire to shake up education at a school for girls, sparking conflict with a stern landowner. In the final episode, as social improvements move forward in South Riding, Robert Carne (David Morrissey) faces ruin after a principled stand against political corruption, and Sarah (Anna Maxwell Martin) confronts a crisis — both personal and professional. Penelope Wilton also stars.

MCASD Purchases Work By Detained Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

May 13
By Angela Carone
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MCASD purchases a work by detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for its permanent collection.

Running A Gay Bar in the 1950s

May 13
Randy Dotinga
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Culture Lust contributor Randy Dotinga discovers a memoir by an opinionated straight woman bold enough to run a gay bar in the 1950s. He also looks at the gay nightlife scene in San Diego during the 50s.

Review: 'Legend of the Fist'

May 13
By Beth Accomando
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Action fans have something to rejoice about: "Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen" (opening May 13 at Reading's Gaslamp Theaters) will be available on the big screen with Donnie Yen in peak form!

Insight: The Lonely Suburbs And Why People Like Scooters

May 13
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The suburbs come in for a little more abuse. And gas prices are boosting the sale of scooters and making Philadelphia a better place to live.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Bhutto

May 13
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A portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex figures of our time, "Bhutto" is the epic tale of the life and tragic death of Benazir Bhutto, who broke the Islamic glass ceiling as the first woman leader of a Muslim country. Beloved by the people of her native Pakistan, she was reviled by the nation’s military establishment and male-dominated ruling class. More than two years after her death from a suicide bomber, Benazir remains a divisive figure, a symbolic metaphor for the fight between terrorism and moderation.

Live From The Artists Den: Ray Lamontagne And The Pariah Dogs

May 13
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The historic Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas provided a fitting setting for folk troubadour Ray LaMontagne and his band, the Pariah Dogs, on a cool autumn night. Culminating the tour celebrating their latest album, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, the group performed in the ranch’s beautiful Kendall Creek Barn before a crowd of 400 fans who came from all corners of the country to attend.

Tommy Emmanuel And Friends: Live From The Balboa Theatre

May 13
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When guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel throws a party for his talented friends, the result is musical magic. This once-in-a-lifetime concert was taped at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego and features an international cast of musicians. Tommy Emmanuel is considered one of the finest guitar players in the world, and is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a performer.

Doomsday Budget Cuts $1 Billion from CSU

May 13
Editors Roundtable

This week the California State University system unveiled its worst-case-scenario budget, and any family planning to send a kid to college should take note..

SDPD Rogue Officers Cause Embarrassment

May 13
Editors Roundtable

An unprecedented rash of criminal misconduct involving San Diego city police officers prompted San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne to issue a public apology this week.

Federal Court Lambastes Dept. of Veterans Affairs

May 13
Editors Roundtable

Twenty eight thousand veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are enrolled with the VA Medical Center in La Jolla. So a ruling from the state's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week gives us pause here in San Diego.

Osama Bin Laden Raid Caught On Video

May 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The 25 Navy SEALs who stormed bin Laden’s compound were each wearing helmets with tiny cameras on them that were recording the entire event, according to CBS News.

Twin Explosions Strike Pakistani Paramilitary Center

May 13
Associated Press
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A pair of suicide bombers attacked recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Pakistan on Friday, killing 80 people in the first retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Past, Present And Future Of San Diego's LGBT Theater

May 13
By Angela Carone
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San Diego’s gay and lesbian theater is at a crossroads. Diversionary Theatre just celebrated its 25th anniversary and will soon have a new director. Angela Carone looks at how San Diego’s LGBT theater has changed with the times.

Officer Misconduct Hurts Image Of SDPD

May 13
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego Police Department is reeling from a wave of misconduct charges involving officers. It’s something police departments across the nation are dealing with.

Review: 'Priest'

May 13
By Beth Accomando
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The studio was right to keep "Priest" (opening May 13 throughout San Diego) under wraps till the very last moment.

Grocery & Clothing Wholesalers Stock Up As Market Demand Rises

May 13
By Padma Nagappan
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Food, produce and clothing sales have been increasing steadily, prompting wholesale suppliers to boost inventory levels as they anticipate more business from retail clients.

San Diego Veterans Call For Afghanistan Troop Withdrawl

May 13
By Susan Murphy
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A group of San Diego veterans is renewing their call to end the war in Afghanistan. They say with bin Laden dead, the mission is complete.