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Stories for April 10, 2012

Drug Traffickers Dupe Job Seekers Into Smuggling

April 10
By Jill Replogle
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Law enforcement officials in the San Diego area say they've seen a recent spike in cases of Mexican job seekers lured into transporting drugs across the border without their knowledge.

SDIFF Screening: 'Refugees in Cinecittà'

April 10
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off a series of events exploring new Italian documentary with filmmaker and professor Marco Bertozzi.

A Reader's Guide to Mateo Camarillo

April 10
Andrew Donohue, Voice of San Diego
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The District 9 City Council candidate has a simple pitch: 'I'm running because underserved populations need representation.'

Nail Polish Labeled "Non-toxic" Not Always As Advertised

April 10
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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A new California study finds some nail polish brands that claim to be free of certain toxins are not.

State Controller Reports March Revenues Lag Projections

April 10
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California Controller John Chiang says March revenues came in below state budget projections.

New State Website Proposed To Streamline New Business Applications

April 10
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A bill that would create a “one-stop shop” database for all California license and permitting applications needed to start a new business is off to a strong start.

San Diego Endures Severe Weather Events

April 10
By Erik Anderson
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A new report from Environment California finds 80 percent of the state's residents have been affected by an extreme weather event between 2006 and 2011.

First Magnetic Fix For Heartburn

April 10
By Peggy Pico
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A San Diego man is among the first in the nation to get a magnetic implant to control chronic heartburn.

Vera: Series One

April 10
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Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Brenda Blethyn ("Secrets and Lies," "Atonement") stars as Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera is an experienced and brilliant murder investigator in the North East England county of Northumberland. Kind-hearted but an inherent loner, Vera freely admits she can become obsessed with her job; driven by her own demons, the detective faces the world with caustic wit, guile and courage. In this episode, after two beautiful young people are killed in the same manner – placed in water and surrounded by flowers – DCI Vera Stanhope knows that she must find the murderer before he strikes again.

All That In April

April 10
By Alex Morales
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Treat yourself to something new, surprising and potentially perplexing. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales shares her ten arts and culture findings for the month of April.

Navy Finds Flight Recorder from F/A-18D Jet Crash (Video)

April 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy has found the flight recorder from the wreckage of a F/A-18D jet that crashed into a Virginia Beach apartment complex on Friday.

San Diego Padres To Change Ownership

April 10
City News Service

The majority owner of the San Diego Padres affirmed his intention to sell the team today, saying he has hired investment bankers to shop it around.

Contrary to Media Reports, Convention Center CEO Did Not Resign

April 10
City News Service

The San Diego Convention Center Corp.'s chief executive said today that a memo to the board of directors, asking for a meeting on her contractual status, was not a letter of resignation.

San Diego Transit Forums Begin Today

April 10
City News Service
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The Metropolitan Transit System is launching a series of public forums today to get input on expanding bus and trolley services.

NOVA: Deadliest Tornadoes

April 10
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In April 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in decades left a trail of destruction across the U.S., killing more than 360 people. In this NOVA special, get a look at the science behind the last year’s outbreak, meeting those affected and the scientists striving to understand the forces behind the outbreak. Could their work improve tornado prediction in the future? Learn how we all can protect ourselves and our communities in the future.

Candidates For County Supervisor's Seat Face Off

April 10
By Alison St John
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The top three candidates running to replace San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price will hold their first election forum today at the Rancho Bernardo County Club.

Does Project 25 Save San Diego Money?

April 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Organizers say the effort to find permanent housing for the most desperate of San Diego's chronically homeless is working. We hear about the first year of Project 25, what's been learned and how the program might expand.

Report: California's 1% Hurting State's Recovery

April 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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A group has released a new report called "Meet California's 1%" that targets 12 corporations and their CEOs who the group says are stopping economic recovery through their business practices and lobbying efforts.

Santorum Suspends GOP Presidential Campaign

April 10
Associated Press
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Bowing to the inevitable, Rick Santorum quit the presidential campaign Tuesday, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to claim the Republican nomination.

'Bully' Doc Stirs Discussion

April 10
Midday Edition
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Lee Hirsch's documentary "Bully" (opening April 13 in select theaters) had its San Diego premiere at the San Diego Film Festival last September. We talk with one of the parents from the film and a San Diego family therapist about the issue of bullying.

Sesame Street Kicks Off New Touring Show for Military Families

April 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The "Sesame Street/USO Experience" - a free traveling show just for military families - is kicking-off an eight-month tour this month. The Sesame Street gang will head to Camp Pendleton and MCAS Miramar in August.

Camp Pendleton Military Dog Adopted by Handler (Video)

April 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military Working Dog Sgt. Rex, based at Camp Pendleton, has finally been adopted by former handler Megan Leavey after a six year effort.

High-Stakes Vote Nears In California Water Wars

April 10
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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California's water wars have long been waged in courtrooms, but shots are now being fired on the Internet as well.

California-Based Sailor Who Died in Djibouti Identified

April 10
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The Department of Defense has identified the California-based sailor who died at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on April 7th as Constructionman Trevor J. Stanley, 22, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Navy is investigating the circumstances surrounding Stanley's death.

Calif.'s Prescription-Drug Monitoring System Feels Pain From Budget Cuts

April 10
Sarah Varney, KQED
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California's relentless budget crisis is threatening a drug tracking system and causing deep concern among doctors and law enforcement.

Rain, Wind, Cool Temperatures Headed For San Diego

April 10
City News Service

A significant shift in the weather is expected today in San Diego County, where rain, gusty winds and colder temperatures are in store.

Women Encouraged To Donate Their Baby's Cord Blood

April 10
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new program at San Diego's Sharp Mary Birch Hospitals offers women a chance to donate their baby's cord blood at no cost.