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Stories for May 17, 2011

The Smith Westerns' Romantic Pop

May 17
Dave Walters
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Walters gives us an update on his marathon of music shows and previews the Smith Westerns at the Belly Up.

Insight: High Gas Prices Change Lives

May 17
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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California has passed laws and made some scattered attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But there's nothing like expensive gas to do the job right.

Insight: Old Houses Are Doing Better Than Most

May 17
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Cars depreciate as they get older. But old homes in San Diego have done a remarkable job of keeping their value during the housing bust.

Duncan Hunter Slams Navy for Naming Ship after Cesar Chavez

May 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The United States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, is headed to San Diego tomorrow to announce that a ship will be named after labor leader Cesar Chavez. But Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr., a veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, released a statement to the media today to complain about the naming.

Cleaner Ship Fuel Improves San Diego Air Quality

May 17
By Ed Joyce
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California now requires ships to use cleaner fuels when the vessels are in state coastal waters.

Flood-Threatened Towns Keep Vigil Over Levees

May 17
NPR Staff and Wires
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The Coast Guard disrupted a key shipping lane because barge traffic could add to pressure on levees.

Grand Jury Report Blasts San Diego Public School Athletic Directors

May 17
City News Service

A grand jury report released today blasted San Diego public school athletic directors and coaches who are supposed to keep tabs on how athletic fields are used by "for profit" groups.

Insight: Chasing Bad Lenders and Cul-De-Sacs Are Not So Safe

May 17
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The New York attorney general is trying to bust some big banks on mortgage securities, and a Cul-de-sac is a bad place to call 911.

San Diego Police: Is There A Pattern Of Misconduct?

May 17
These Days

We'll speak to former San Diego Police Department official Norm Stamper about the recent rash of police misconduct charges. Why do you think are the reasons behind the recent misconduct accusations against SDPD officers? Have you had a bad experience with a police officer?

Legal Update: A Legal Earthquake And Three Cups Of Tea

May 17
These Days

A recent Supreme Court decision about a California arbitration case has been called an "earthquake" for civil litigation. That story, plus a ruling against the VA and in favor of Vets with mental health issues and the scandal over Three Cups of Tea, all ahead on our Legal Update.

Governor Still Calling For Tax Extensions Despite Rise In Revenue

May 17
These Days
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What are the main elements of the governor's revised budget proposal? Which state agencies are facing the deepest cuts? And, what could be the main areas of disagreement between state Republicans and Democrats? We speak to John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for "The California Report."

Schwarzenegger Reveals He Had Child With Staffer

May 17
Associated Press
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Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week.

As U.S. Military Exits Iraq, Contractors To Enter

May 17
Tom Bowman, NPR
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The State Department will still need security, but its use of private companies draws questions.

San Diego Offers Free Gardening Classes To Produce Healthy Lifestyles

May 17
By Susan Murphy
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Rising food costs and lack of accessible fresh produce can lead to unhealthy eating. That's why San Diego County is launching a gardening project to teach people how to grow their own food.

A Desert Smuggler's Tale

May 17
By Devin Browne
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Roberto Hernandez moved drugs north to the U.S. and dollars south to Mexico. His illegal trade ended when investigators started listening to his phone calls.

Indian Dance Is Therapeutic For Local Girl

May 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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The oldest form of Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam, is said to have divine origins. And for one San Diego girl, the dance has literally changed her life.