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Stories for May 4, 2011

Council Begins Work Of Crafting San Diego Budget

May 4
By Katie Orr
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Libraries may be considered important, but how important? That’s the question being posed by one San Diego official.

Targeting Latino Families for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

May 4
By Kyla Calvert
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Two out of every three teen moms in California are Latina. Cal State San Marcos’ first teen pregnancy prevention summit focused on changing that.

California's Golden Fairs: Calaveras County Fair

May 4
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Huell travels to the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. There is a reason this area is referred to as "Frogtown." In 1865, Samuel l. Clemens (Mark Twain) penned "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," a tall tale of the life and happenings of the gold rush town. When the town was looking for a theme for the fair in 1928, they remembered the story and the first Jumping Frog Jubilee was held on main street, downtown Angels Camp.

The Storm That Swept Mexico

May 4
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This film tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Fueled by the Mexican people’s growing dissatisfaction with an elitist ruling regime, the revolution was led by two of the most intriguing and mythic figures in 20th-century history — Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa. At stake was Mexico’s ability to claim its own natural resources, establish long-term democracy and re-define its identity.

Papers Shed Light On Courier Who Led To Bin Laden

May 4
NPR Staff and Wires
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The courier who inadvertently led U.S. intelligence agents to Osama bin Laden also played host to high-level al-Qaida operatives and helped facilitate communication among the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Bill To Ban Copper Hull Boat Paint Moving Through Calif. Legislature

May 4
By Ed Joyce
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A bill banning copper-based boat paint is moving through the California state legislature.

Film Series: 'Rammbock: Berlin Undead'

May 4
By Beth Accomando
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Bloody Disgusting, AMC Theaters, and The Collective are partnering to bring foreign horror films to mainstream theaters. The first film playing here in San Diego under the "Bloody Disgusting Selects" Banner will be "Rammbock: Berlin Undead" (playing at AMC Mission Valley tonight at 10pm and Saturday at midnight) from Germany.

Insight: Kehoe Bill Gets Transported Though Committee. But What Is It?

May 4
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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State Senator Chris Kehoe introduced a "transit first" bill to slow the widening of I-5. But it's a different bill now and we're not quite sure what it's become.

San Diego To Show Off New Purple Heart Stamp

May 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Our president awards the Purple Heart to troops injured or killed while in combat. Now the the United States Postal Service is honoring those servicemembers’ sacrifices with a new stamp that depicts the Purple Heart, and the agency has chosen the the USS Midway in San Diego Bay as the place to unveil the new stamp.

Cruise Ship Passenger Sought Off California

May 4
Associated Press
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The U.S. Coast Guard has resumed a search for a cruise ship passenger believed to have disappeared somewhere between Mexico's Baja California coast and San Diego.

Navy SEAL Team Likely Honored In Secret For Raid

May 4
Associated Press
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The highly secretive Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden will likely be honored in the only way such a covert group can be: in private with nobody but themselves and their commanders in the know.

Bin Laden Is Dead: What Does It Mean To The Arab World?

May 4
These Days
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Why do you think the move toward democracy in the Arab world seems to to have gotten stronger than the move toward Jihad?

State Files Embezzlement Charges Against Former SEDC Officials

May 4
These Days
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We speak to voiceofsandiego.org reporter Will Carless about the embezzlement charges that have been filed against two former Southeastern Economic Development Corp. officials.

City Hall Update: Budget Cuts, Trash Pickup, Business Taxes, Fire Pits

May 4
These Days
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It's been a busy week for city politics, and KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr is here to give us an update on the latest news coming out of City Hall. What are the details of the latest proposal to keep libraries and recreation centers open? Could a public-private partnership save the beach fire pits? And, why are the business fees in San Diego less than other California cities?

Stevie And The Hi-StaXX Perform Live

May 4
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Today, we bring you the soulful sounds of Stevie and The Hi-StaXX. We speak to vocalist Stevie Harris about what inspires his music, and about the experience he wants to create for the people who attend The Hi-StaXX live shows.

Bin Laden Mission Called For SEAL Team Six

May 4
Tom Bowman, NPR
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SEAL Team Six is a highly select group with a long history. Before the Osama bin Laden operation, the unit went after Balkan war criminals, and fought in Somalia and Afghanistan.

Millions More Victims Of Hacked Online Sony Accounts

May 4
By Peggy Pico
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Another 25 million Sony PlayStation customers were told Monday the security of their personal accounts were breached.

Bin Laden's Hard Drives Could Yield Intelligence Trove

May 4
By Amita Sharma
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U.S. Navy SEALs found documents, thumb drives and DVDs in the bin Laden compound.

Higher Biz Taxes: Boom Or Bust For San Diego?

May 4
By Katie Orr
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Local leaders are loath to raise taxes in San Diego. And voters typically shoot down the idea, as we saw last fall. Yet talk about a tax increase is bubbling up again.

SD Leads Effort to Bring Solar To Latinos

May 4
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Southern California is a leader in urban and residential rooftop solar technologies. But this green energy boom has left many working-class Latinos behind.