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Stories for May 27, 2011

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Electric Dreams

May 27

This three-part series provides a unique insight into how the technological revolution of the last 40 years has transformed all our lives. "Electric Dreams" features the Sullivan-Barnes family, who have bravely agreed to be transported back to 1970 - the dawn of the digital age - and then fast-forwarded at the rate of a day per year through the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties.

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Federal Funding To Prevent "Spillover" Crime To See Cuts

May 27
By Ruxandra Guidi

The Obama administration insists that the border is "more secure than ever," but budgets for border-related crime are getting cut.

Insight: Achieving Critical Mass In San Diego

May 27
By Tom Fudge

Critical mass is part bike ride and part protest, and it’s happening tonight as it does on every final Friday of the month.

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Insight: Busting Rogue Bikers in NYC

May 27
By Tom Fudge

Biker riders have to follow the same traffic rules as cars, and in New York City they're driving home the point.

Roundtable: Grand Jury Slams City Hall Facts

May 27
By Gloria Penner

On Monday, the San Diego County Grand Jury issued a report saying the costs of staying at City Hall rather than building a new civic center were exaggerated by the city and that the city can have a safe and functional city hall without spending almost 300 million.

Roundtable: Behind San Diego's Redistricting Flap

May 27
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner

Every 10 years San Diego City Council districts are redrawn. This time, a ninth City Council seat will be added. Seven citizens have been appointed to the influential San Diego Redistricting Commission. Both the committee and the process are generating some controversy.

Roundtable: California Ordered To Reduce Prison Population

May 27
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner

It's been nine years since a federal court first declared the crowding in California's prisons an emergency. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2002 lower court ruling that gave California two years to move tens of thousands of prisoners our of the state's overcrowded prisons.

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'Flags In' at Arlington for Memorial Day

May 27
By Beth Ford Roth

Memorial Day is a solemn and powerful event at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Pentagon Channel reports the Third Infantry Regiment helped prepare the cemetery for Memorial Day by making sure each and every one of the 220,000 gravesites at Arlington had an American flag placed upon it.

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'August: Osage County' Is Actors' Catnip

May 27
By Angela Carone

The dysfunctional family in "August: Osage County" has a new home on the stage of the Old Globe Theatre. The actors and director talk about performing this intense, hilarious, three-hour play.

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SD Judge To Rule On Whether Environmental Law Should Govern Fireworks

May 27
City News Service

A hearing is scheduled today on whether a judge should affirm her tentative ruling that the city of San Diego is bound by California environmental quality laws when issuing permits for fireworks shows.

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Lebanese Fear Collateral Damage From Syrian Crisis

May 27
Peter Kenyon, NPR

The Alawite minority is warning of chaos if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime falls. Their numbers in Lebanon may be small, but the Alawites are well-armed and fiercely loyal to Damascus.

Patriot Act Extension Came Down To The Wire

May 27
David Welna, NPR

Congress scrambled to renew three controversial provisions of the anti-terror Patriot Act that otherwise would have expired at midnight Thursday.

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Review: 'Last Night'

May 27
By Beth Accomando

"Last Night" (opening May 27 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters) looks to a young couple's marital problems.

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Saving A Music Lover's Mural At SDSU

May 27
By Angela Carone

Efforts are underway to save a secluded 1970s mural on the campus of San Diego State University. Some of the most beloved rock bands in history walked by this mural on their way to perform on campus. But saving it is no easy task.

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Spillover Violence From Mexico's Drug Cartels: How Real Is It?

May 27
By Ruxandra Guidi, Hernán Rozemberg

When is a crime near the U.S.-Mexico border just a crime or a result of spillover violence? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.