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Stories for April 11, 2012

Course Crunch Hitting Students At San Diego Community Colleges, Too

April 11
By Kyla Calvert
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Course crunches that lead Santa Monica College officials to consider offering more sections at higher prices are also hitting San Diego community colleges.

San Diego Officials Slam Water Rate Hikes

April 11
By City News Service
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San Diego water officials are upset over rate hikes of 10 perent over the next two years approved by the Metropolitan Water District.

California Bills Detail Baseline Benefits Under Health Reform

April 11
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers considered a pair of bills this week that would establish minimum benefits health plans would be required to offer by 2014.

Digital Textbooks Measures Move Forward at Capitol

April 11
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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A pair of measures at the State Capitol would require textbook publishers to make free digital textbooks available to California college students taking the most popular courses.

San Diego-Based USS Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Japan (Video)

April 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Bonhomme Richard arrived in Sasebo, Japan this week for a hull swap with the USS Essex.

Zimmerman Charged In Shooting Death Of Trayvon Martin

April 11
BRENDAN FARRINGTON, GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press
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Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.

Live From The Artists Den: Amos Lee With Special Guests Calexico

April 11
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Amos Lee made a triumphant return to Tucson on a sweltering night in the desert with an epic performance at the historic Fox Theatre. The acclaimed singer-songwriter came back to the city where he recorded his “Mission Bell” album, and invited a number of his friends to join the show, including local heroes Calexico. The 19-song concert ranged from solo showcases to arrangements for a dozen musicians, and featured highlights from Lee’s latest album, as well as some of the finest songs from his catalogue.

San Diego Schools Receive Academic Achievement Awards

April 11
City News Service
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Nine elementary schools, one high school and a charter campus in San Diego County were selected for 2011-12 Title I Academic Achievement Awards, the California Department of Education announced today.

San Diego Philanthropist Conrad Prebys Shares Love for Masterpiece

April 11
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San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys has joined the KPBS and MASTERPIECE families with a gift of $500,000. Mr. Prebys’ gift to The MASTERPIECE Trust will benefit both MASTERPIECE and KPBS.

Most Medi-Cal Caregivers Earn Poverty Or Near-Poverty Wages

April 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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The majority of Californians who work as caregivers for Medi-Cal patients live in poverty or close to it. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals some disturbing figures.

Downtown's Shade Trees May Be Replaced With Palms

April 11
By Adrian Florido
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A proposal to line Broadway with palm trees would come at the expense of more than 100 shade trees.

David Alvarez On The Convention Center Kerfuffle

April 11
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Turmoil at the top at the San Diego Convention Center after the San Diego City Council switched sales and marketing duties to the private tourism industry group ConVis.

Clock Is Ticking Toward Tax Filing Deadline

April 11
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his weekend is the tax procrastinators' deadline. You may have been meaning to get around to taxes for weeks now, but the crucial date of Tuesday April 17 is fast approaching.

A Small, Furry Way to Support Military Children

April 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Looking for a way to show support for children whose military parents are deployed overseas? The non-profit group Operation Gratitude has come up with a new program for military kids called "Battalion Buddies."

Coachella Comes To San Diego

April 11
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The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. But if you don't have tickets to the sold-out event, don't despair. Several of the bands are playing smaller venues here in San Diego.

Anti-Obama Marine Says He'll Take His Case to Supreme Court (Video)

April 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sgt. Gary Stein, the Camp Pendleton Marine recommended for dismissal from the service for writing anti-Obama Facebook posts, says he'll take his case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Mayor Sanders Issues Final Budget Proposal

April 11
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Mayor Jerry Sanders will issue his final budget proposal today. The fiscal year 2013 budget proposal will be the "first truly-balanced one in a very long time,'' according to the mayor's office.

First Of Two Storms Arrives To San Diego

April 11
City News Service
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The first of two storms expected to strike San Diego County this week arrived early today, bringing colder temperatures, light to moderate rain and gusty winds.

No Sign Of Tsunami After Powerful Indonesian Quake

April 11
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Two massive earthquakes triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia on Wednesday, sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

99 Percent Rally At Two San Diego Banks

April 11
By Erik Anderson
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Community activists rallied outside two La Jolla banks Tuesday, hoping to raise awareness about issues facing the 99 Percent. The protesters are upset about the way most people are treated.