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Stories for May 31, 2011

Labor Accuses DeMaio Of Taking Early Campaign Contributions

May 31
By Katie Orr
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The relationship between San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and San Diego’s labor groups is a chilly one. Their latest tussle isn’t likely to thaw things out.

3 California Condors Die Of Lead Poisoning

May 31
Associated Press
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A conservation group says three California condors found in northern Arizona and southern Utah have died of lead poisoning and three others had toxic levels of lead in their bodies.

No Textbook Answer: Communities Confront The Achievement Gap

May 31
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This film tells the story of seven communities around the country that realized that their minority and low-income children were falling significantly behind their white and affluent counterparts in school. So each community came together to talk about the "Achievement Gap" as they saw it. From those conversations, community members began to think about what they could do on their own, as a community, without waiting for a state or federal agency to provide funding to close the gap.

Midsomer Murders: Beyond The Grave - Part 1 & 2

May 31
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DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood. While Barnaby was away, Supt. Ronald Pringle, just before his retirement, quickly arrested a local young man. But Barnaby suspects that he is innocent, which is only reinforced when there is an apparent suicide at the same spot. He tries to uncover the connection before there can be a further murder.

Leading Indicators Shine Brightly On San Diego's Economic Future

May 31
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's economic outlook is mostly positive for the second half of the year. The San Diego Index of Leading Economic Indicators jumped almost one full percent in April.

American Masters: James Levine: America's Maestro

May 31
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Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke follows Levine during coaching sessions, rehearsals and performances at the world’s leading opera house. Included in the film are intimate scenes between the maestro and longtime collaborator Plácido Domingo as they rehearse Verdi’s "Simon Boccanegra;" intense rehearsals with the MET Orchestra as they prepare for their first performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and Levine’s poignant coaching sessions with aspiring young singers preparing to launch their careers.

Miltary Funeral Protesters Make Enemies With The KKK

May 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Those most unappealing of folks, the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, have made some new enemies in the Ku Klux Klan.

Insight: Case-Shiller Index Shows Home Prices Drop To New Lows

May 31
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The latest Case-Shiller home price index has more bad news for the housing market.

Rants and Raves: Takashi Miike

May 31
By Beth Accomando
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In anticipation of Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins" (opening June 10 at Landmark) I wanted to take a look at the diverse and prolific career of the Japanese filmmaker. WARNING: Miike is not for the squeamish or easily offended, and his trailers contain graphic and violent material. You have been warned.

New Stem Cell Implant Holds Hope For Diabetics

May 31
By Peggy Pico
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A new kind of stem-cell implant shows promising results for treatment in insulin-dependent diabetics.

Some Optimism About San Diego Economy, Real Estate

May 31
Midday Edition

Everyone's watching the economic indicators looking for good news and signs of recovery. The latest Case- Shiller index of home prices around the nation was not the kind of sign we are looking for. Is San Diego following the national trend?

Advice For Families Facing Major Financial Problems

May 31
Midday Edition

Many questions are still unanswered about the murder-suicide in Skyline that dominated local headlines last week. We may never know why Alfredo Pimienta and his wife Georgina would kill their two daughters and themselves. According to multiple reports, the couple was dealing with financial problems. Family Psychotherapist Dr. David Peters joins us to talk about where families can go for help if they are facing financial difficulties, and to offer advice for people who may be feeling overwhelmed by their own life challenges.

San Diego Water Rates Are High, Is There Any Good News?

May 31
Midday Edition
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San Diegans are stuck with high water rates, and not much can be done about it. That's according to a San Diego County Grand Jury report released today. We'll find out if there's any good news.

Trailer: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

May 31
By Beth Accomando
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Remakes don't generally excite me but when you have Guillermo Del Toro producing, well it gets my attention. So here's the new trailer for "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (opening August 26).

Experts Say Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

May 31
Associated Press
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An international panel of experts says cellphones are possibly carcinogenic to humans after reviewing details from dozens of published studies.

Al-Qaida's Paper Trail: A 'Treasure Trove' For U.S.

May 31
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR
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From its earliest days, al-Qaida leaders insisted on receipts for everything from floppy disks to explosives. That obsession with record-keeping has come back to haunt the organization.

Tougher Mileage Standards Could Fuel Economic Growth

May 31
By Erik Anderson
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An economic review of fuel economy and vehicle emission standards finds tighter controls actually lead to the creation of more jobs.

Bill Aims To Boost Breastfeeding In California

May 31
By Kenny Goldberg

A recent report shows only about half of all new mothers leave California hospitals exclusively breastfeeding their newborns. A bill designed to improve that rate has cleared the state senate.

Growing Terror Watch List Flags People In Error

May 31
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The Terror Watch List has grown exponentially since 9/11, but some with no terrorist connections end up on the list and can't find their way out.