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Stories for May 24, 2011

Fletcher, Young to Host Town Hall Series On Education

May 24
City News Service

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, and San Diego City Councilman Tony Young announced today they will host a seven-month "listening tour" geared toward improving public education in the region.

U.S. Troops in Iraq Under Increased Attack from Militants

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The climate in Iraq is growing increasingly dangerous because militants have stepped up their attacks on U.S. troops and bases.

How Will High Court Ruling On State Prisons Affect SD?

May 24
Midday Edition
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We'll get local reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to release more than 33,000 inmates from California prisons. Governor Brown's realignment proposal would transfer non-violent low-level state prisoners to county jails, what would that mean for San Diego?

What Impact Could Climate Change Have On Public Health?

May 24
Midday Edition
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How should the county's health services and public safety officials prepare for the impact of climate change? We speak to Paula Murray, with the County of San Diego's Division of Public Health Services, about how increases in wildfires, flooding and heatwaves could impact public health in the future.

Will San Diego Unified Reduce Teacher Layoff Plan?

May 24
Midday Edition
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How will the San Diego Unified School District benefit from an expected $6.6 billion boost in state revenue? We talk to school board president Richard Barrera about the governor's revised budget proposal, and whether the district will change its plan to lay off more than 700 teachers.

House-To-House Search For Joplin Tornado Survivors

May 24
NPR Staff and Wires
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Rescue crews were using dogs to search foot-by-foot through the wreckage of Joplin, Mo., hoping to find people who might have survived the deadliest tornado in decades.

Thomas Hom

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

May 24

Thomas E. Hom is a community leader and philanthropist. He was the first Asian American elected to the San Diego City Council in 1962 as deputy mayor, and later served in the California State Assembly. Mr. Hom is also a successful entrepreneur, having been president of Tom Hom & Associates Realtors, Tom Hom Investment Corporation and chairman of The Tom Hom Group. He is also the founder of the Hom Family Foundation that has helped launch the Chinese Historical Museum.

Robin Tarr

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

May 24

Robin Tarr is founder of the Jonathan Tarr Foundation, education-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to a diverse population of underserved boys and girls. The Jonathan Tarr Foundation was established in memory of her son Jonathan who died in a tragic car accident at 17.

Family Deaths Seen As Murder-Suicide

May 24
By Peggy Pico and Associated Press
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The deaths of four family members found at a home in Southeast San Diego, are being investigated as a murder-suicide, according to police.

Screening: 'Theater of Blood'

May 24
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger
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Fellow horror fan and guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez will be hosting a screening of "Theater of Blood" (screening for free on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:15pm at the San Diego Public Library Auditorium, 820 E Street) to honor what would have been horror icon Vincent Price's hundredth birthday this year.

'Just Glad To Be Alive,' Tornado Survivors Say

May 24
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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In the immediate aftermath of the storm, people in Joplin were just starting to get over their shock and still nervously discussing the latest increases in the death toll. For those who survived, that's all that matters right now.

A Dozen Egg Donors Needed For Stem Cell Bank

May 24
By Peggy Pico
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A dozen human egg donors is all its going to take to open a new type of stem cell bank in Carlsbad.

San Diego Researcher Says La Niña May Be Factor In Deadly Tornados

May 24
By Susan Murphy
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A San Diego researcher says La Niña may be partially to blame for the deadly tornado outbreak in the South and Midwest. More than 450 people have died in recent weeks from some of the largest and most powerful twisters on record.

Scripps Breaks Ground On New Cancer Treatment Center

May 24
By Kenny Goldberg

Cancer patients may benefit from a new treatment center in La Jolla equipped with the latest generation of radiation technology.

Texas' Valley Of Corruption

May 24
By Hernán Rozemberg
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Sheriffs, police chiefs and judges from the Rio Grande Valley have been charged with crimes. One expert said it is just a part of life in the impoverished area near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Health Care At The Heart Of Prison Release Ruling

May 24
By Joanne Faryon
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling yesterday that could see thousands of California inmates released. At issue is whether prisons are so crowded that inmates don't have access to health care and mental health services.