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Stories for May 23, 2011

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Messages

May 23
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The "Messages" episode explores the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. The artists selected for "Messages" express many different interests and points of view and include Wisconsin glass artist Beth Lipman, New Mexico santero Charles Carrillo, Baltimore bead artist Joyce J. Scott, and New Orleans metal artist Thomas Mann.

Insight: That’s Not Talmadge, Dammit!

May 23
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego's daily newspaper, the Union-Tribune, managed to pick up a historic house in El Cerrito and put it in Talmadge.

Another Year Of Free Museums For Military Families

May 23
By Angela Carone
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Families of active-duty military will have free access to museums again this summer.

Review: Indie Film Round Up

May 23
By Beth Accomando
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I have fallen behind on some smaller indie titles and want to make sure people have one last chance to catch a screening before these films leave town. None of these films is perfect, but each has an element of perfection worth checking out.

Insight: Foreclosure Ghettos And The Banks That Own Them

May 23
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

What do you do when a bank claims it isn't responsible for a foreclosed property? And can high-speed rail attract private money?

Supreme Court Orders California To Release Thousands Of Prisoners

May 23
Midday Edition
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In an effort to reduce overcrowding and "needless suffering and death," the Supreme Court ordered California to release thousands of prisoners. We discuss the factors that influenced the high court's decision, and what this ruling could mean for San Diego.

Mayor Talks City Budget, Retiree Health Care, Convention Center

May 23
Midday Edition
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders joins us to talk about his revised budget proposal, and the recent deal to reform the retiree health care system. Sanders also discusses the push to expand the convention center, and efforts to build a new stadium for the Chargers.

'Too Big To Fail' Tonight On HBO

May 23
By Angela Carone
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HBO will premiere the film "Too Big To Fail" tonight at 9pm. It's based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin and has a star-studded cast.

Eli Pariser: What Search Engines Are Hiding From Us

May 23
Midday Edition
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You could be getting too much of what you want from the internet, and not enough of what you need. That's one of the concerns in a new book by former Move-on.org director Eli Pariser. "The Filter Bubble" warns that algorythmic editing is transforming the internet experience into a "web of one."

California Is Ordered To Cut Its Prison Population

May 23
Associated Press
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The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.

Missouri Governor Calls Up National Guard

May 23
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has called up the Missouri National Guard to help search for victims of the tornado.

Mayor Sanders Presents Revised Budget With Full Funding To Rec Centers

May 23
City News Service

Mayor Jerry Sanders will present his revised budget plan, with full funding of recreation centers, to the City Council today.

How Drug Cartels Move Cash Across The U.S.-Mexico Border

May 23
By Michel Marizco
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At least one bank has been accused of facilitating the movement of billions in drug cartel cash across the U.S.-Mexico border. Authorities say more banks are under investigation.

Tornado Kills At Least 116 In Joplin, Mo.

May 23
Associated Press
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Officials said the twister cut a path nearly six miles long through the center of Joplin on Sunday night, ripping into a hospital and damaging thousands of buildings in this city of about 50,000 people.

Government Starts Inquiry Into Program Leading to More Deportations

May 23
By Ruxandra Guidi

A controversial program administered by the Department of Homeland Security is the subject of an internal inquiry. Secure Communities has been under fire for stepping up deportations of noncriminals.

NASSCO Sinks Plan To Layoff Hundreds

May 23
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's major shipbuilder will not be laying off hundreds of workers this summer, because the financial picture for NASSCO General Dynamics has brightened significantly.

Growing Pot Could Become A Misdemeanor

May 23
By Kenny Goldberg
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Growing marijuana in any quantity for recreational use is a felony in California. But it could be charged as a misdemeanor if a bill moving through the state Assembly becomes law.