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Stories for May 3, 2011

San Diego Teachers of the Year Honored

May 3
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego's teachers of the year share what keeps them excited about education.

Tony Nominee 'Scottsboro Boys' Coming To San Diego

May 3
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The nominations for the 2011 Tony Awards were announced today, and a swell of pride could be felt in San Diego once again. "Book of Mormon" sweeps and runner-up nominee, "The Scottsboro Boys," comes to San Diego next April.

Gloria Says There's Money To Save LIbraries And Rec Centers

May 3
By Katie Orr

San Diego’s libraries and rec centers are on the chopping block in the coming city budget. One councilman believes there’s a way to save them.

City College Student Diagnosed with TB

May 3
City News Service

A student who took classes at both San Diego City College and San Diego Mesa College was diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have infected fellow pupils and staff at both campuses, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

Without Bin Laden, How Dangerous Is Al-Qaida?

May 3
Alan Greenblat, NPR
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Al-Qaida can survive without Osama bin Laden, its slain leader. But how dangerous a threat will the terrorist group be without him? Even as al-Qaida prepares retaliatory attacks — and, doubtless, a propaganda campaign that will seek to elevate bin Laden into martyrdom — the group's fear factor, which dogged the West and thrilled some in the Muslim world, may diminish.

State Charges Former SEDC Officials With Embezzlement, Voice Of SD Reports

May 3
By KPBS

California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed criminal charges today against embattled ex-SEDC officials, the Voice of San Diego reports.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: China's Terracotta Warriors

May 3
By Jennifer Robinson
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The extraordinary story of China’s 8,000 terracotta warriors begins two centuries before the birth of Christ. The first emperor of China was preparing an extravagant tomb for his journey into the afterlife — and decreed that he be protected forever by a monumental army. Since then no one has seen these ancient warriors in their original splendor, brightly painted and fully armed, ready to protect their Emperor for all eternity. Now this once mighty army will be returned to its former glory for the first time.

UC San Diego Researchers Say Sea Level Rise Making West Coast Comeback

May 3
By Ed Joyce
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In a new study, UC-San Diego researchers said sea level rise is returning to the North American coast after a 30-year break.

A Window Wrapped around the Sun: Interview with Susan Vreeland

May 3
Linda Salem
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Author Susan Vreeland’s recent novel "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" (2011) tells the fascinating story of Clara Driscoll, a gifted artist and the creator of leaded-glass Tiffany lamps. In a recent interview, One Book, One San Diego's Linda Salem asked Vreeland about the novel and her own thoughts about writing.

Insight: Electric Cars Make Modest Sales

May 3
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Two electric cars from Nissan and GM are rolling down American highways but they aren't flying out of car dealerships.

Home Post Blog: Conspiracy Theories Surround the Sea Burial of Osama bin Laden

May 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Perhaps the most controversial aspect about the death of Osama bin Laden is the way his body was disposed of: a burial at sea from aboard the USS Carl Vinson. For conspiracy theorists, this fact smacks of cover-up, that bin Laden didn’t really die.

Book Review: 'What You See in the Dark'

May 3
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger
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I'm happy to announce that from time to time Miguel Rodriguez will be guest blogging about books related to film here on Cinema Junkie. His first post is about "What You See in the Dark," a novel by Manuel Muñoz.

Sierra Snow Pack Leaves Water Officials Optimistic

May 3
California Capitol Network

The colossal snow pack in the Sierra is holding up well so far this spring and that’s encouraging news for state water officials.

The Chaos and Creativity Of Mexico City

May 3
These Days

The drug cartel wars in northern Mexico have been dominating headlines for so long, it seems that's the only thing we hear about Mexico. Now, a new book gives us an intimate look at that nation's rich, wild and creative capitol. We'll speak with Daniel Hernandez, author of "Down and Delirious in Mexico City."

State Lawmakers Reflect On Bin Laden's Death

May 3
California Capitol Network
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California State lawmakers took time Monday to reflect on the death of Osama Bin Laden. Republican Assemblyman Paul Cook was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and said he was proud of the troops who carried out the dangerous mission.

Oceanside Water Restrictions Lifted

May 3
City News Service

Water restrictions in Oceanside have been lifted, city officials announced today.

State Senate Signs Off On Labor Union Contracts

May 3
California Capitol Network

After several hours of arm-twisting, the California State Senate has narrowly signed off on new contracts with six labor unions – including the one that represents prison guards.

Dr Edith Eva Eger

May 3

Dr. Eger has always found ways to use her personal experiences to inspire, educate and help others. She is a prolific author, lecturer, a member of several associations and has appeared on numerous television programs and documentaries. Dr. Eger has a clinical practice in La Jolla, California where she uses her past as a powerful analogy to inspire people to reach their potential and shape their destinies.

Jackie Gmach

Jewish History Month: 2011 Honoree

May 3

Jackie Gmach is the community outreach coordinator for San Diego State University's Initiative for Moral Courage (IMC). The new interdisciplinary think-tank focuses on the critical study, promotion and recognition of moral courage through a mentoring project that brings together academics, world leaders and students.

Local Reaction To Death Of Osama Bin Laden

May 3
These Days
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Learn how the local Muslim community and people who lost loved ones in 9/11 are reacting to the news that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has been killed. Plus, find out what the local military community thinks about the news. And, hear how bin Laden's death could impact terrorist networks around the world.

Humane Society President On Human Bond With Animals, Preventing Cruelty

May 3
These Days
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The President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, joins us today to talk about the biggest threats currently facing animals in the U.S. We also speak to Pacelle about his new book "The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them."

How Should Schools Teach Kids About Sustainable Living?

May 3
These Days

What's the best way to teach children about today's environmental challenges? What are some of the creative things schools are doing around the country to teach kids about sustainable living practices? We speak to the Creative Director for the Center for Ecoliteracy about some of the innovative programs they are working on with schools across the nation.

Al-Qaida's Next Leader: After Bin Laden, Who?

May 3
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR
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Al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, could take charge of the organization he helped create. But there are other rising stars, including U.S.-born radical Internet imam Anwar al-Awlaki.

Consumer Groups Hopeful About Brown's Picks For Energy Board

May 3
By Amita Sharma

Consumer groups say the three new appointments to the California Public Utilities Commission could signal tighter regulation of the energy companies.

Osama Bin Laden's Attack On America Changed The Border Forever

May 3
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Officials along the border recount the changes along the U.S.-Mexico border and the changes in store for the future.