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Stories for May 16, 2011

Governor's Revised Budget Boon For Schools

May 16
By Kyla Calvert

Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget proposal for the coming fiscal year released Monday contains some good news for San Diego public schools. Increased education funding could ease the $115 million in cuts the district has been planning for.

Review: 'There Be Dragons'

May 16
By Beth Accomando
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Roland Joffe has turned to history for inspiration in the past and now he turns to the Spanish Civil War for the backdrop of his latest film "There Be Dragons" (currently playing at Reading Gaslamp Theaters, Regal Rancho Del Rey, and Regal Parkway).

Consumers Talk With Wallets When Gas Prices Climb

May 16
By Erik Anderson
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California residents are changing behaviors and opinions because of high gas prices, according to key findings in a Consumer Federation of America poll.

City Rakes In Money After Pursuing Ignored Parking Tickets

May 16
City News Service

The city of San Diego raked in $185,000 after referring more than 34,000 previously ignored parking citations to collections, a treasury official said today.

Mexican Pointy Boots Have Me Speechless

May 16
By Angela Carone
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Latest bizarro fashion and dance trend: Mexican pointy boots!

City Council Trying To Boost Small Businesses

May 16
City News Service

Four members of the City Council today unveiled a package of proposals to boost the 90,000 small businesses that operate in San Diego.

Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose: New Zealand: Quest For Kaitiakitanga

May 16
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Richard Bangs travels to the southernmost reaches of civilization to uncover New Zealand's pristine natural beauty, alluring culture and enigmatic mythology. In "New Zealand: Quest For Kaitiakitanga," the father of modern adventure travel traverses the most physically and climatically diverse landmass in Polynesia in the pursuit of an age-old Mâori tradition. Bangs seeks answers to questions rooted in indigenous wisdom, hoping to unearth the meaning and origins of "kaitiakitanga," the responsibility of human beings to protect the natural world.

FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic

May 16
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What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s—methamphetamine—quickly spread across the United States. FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the ongoing meth problem in America: the devastating impact on individuals, families and communities, and the state-by-state battles to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug, a strategy that’s led to significant improvement in Oregon.

Redevelopment Plan Faces Obstacles

May 16
City News Service

Councilwoman Marti Emerald's plan to reorganize the city's redevelopment efforts would have to overcome some procedural obstacles, but nothing that would stop her ideas cold, the City Attorney's Office reported today.

Cross Border Power Line Sparks Tension Between Sempra And Unions

May 16
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego union workers picketed outside a Sempra shareholder meeting in Newport Beach on Friday, protesting a proposed cross-border electricity transmission line.

Revised State Budget Provides Hope

May 16
By Juliet Williams, Associated Press

Governor Brown reports more revenue than expected, but said the state still needs tax extensions.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Triangle Fire

May 16
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It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history. A dropped match on the 8th floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory sparked a fire that killed over a hundred innocent people trapped inside. The private industry of the American factory would never be the same. It took the tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage to force government action. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Insight: Melting-Pot Suburbs And Skeletons For Speeding

May 16
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Suburban San Diego is almost majority-minority and speeders in New York are getting a grim scolding.

Saving Education Top Priority For Many In State

May 16
These Days

Teachers in San Diego and across the stated are bracing for the Governor's revised budget proposal due out today. They are hoping the new budget avoids the worst-case scenario of more deep cuts to California's school districts.

U.S. Demand For Drugs Fueling Violence In Mexico

May 16
These Days
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What role does the United States play in the drug violence that's plagued Mexico in recent years? We speak to Fronteras journalists Peter O'Dowd and Jose Luis Jimenez about their two week-long series "The Drug War at Home."

Shuttle Endeavour Blasts Off On Final Mission

May 16
NPR Staff and Wires
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The space shuttle Endeavour made a picture-perfect liftoff Monday morning as it headed for the International Space Station in the penultimate flight of the shuttle era.

Improvements Made to Border Wastewater-Treatment Plant

May 16
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Water is high on the long list of issues the U.S. and Mexico deal with along the border. The improvement of a wastewater-treatment plant in San Diego highlights increasing collaboration.

Officials: US Addicts Fuel Mexico's Lucrative Drug Trade

May 16
By Peter O'Dowd
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About 22 million Americans use illegal drugs, leading to billions of dollars in profit for Mexico's drug cartels. This is the first in a series of stories exploring "The Drug War At Home."

Healthcare Executives Get Sneak Peek At Hospital Of The Future

May 16
By Kenny Goldberg

It's still under construction, but Escondido's new Palomar Medical Center West will get some important visitors tomorrow. Executives from other health care systems around the country will get a look at what's being called the hospital of the future.

Insight: What’s Good For The Housing Market Is Good For America

May 16
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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This corruption of General Motors CEO Charlie Wilson’s famous quotation should really be a question: Is our still-depressed housing market really that bad for the economy?