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Stories for April 27, 2012

Profile: San Diego Webcomics

April 27
Evening Edition
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San Diego artists Paul Horn and Rebecca Hicks describe themselves as cartoonists. Hicks is the creator of "Little Vampires." Check out the video.

SANDAG Buys 75 Acres Of Land As Open Space Habitat

April 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The San Diego Association of Governments today announced it had acquired almost 75 acres of land in Oceanside and Otay Mesa for open-space habitat to offset the impacts of two railroad-related transportation projects.

Man Arrested For Switching Barcodes At Home-Improvement Stores

April 27
CITY NEWS SERVICE

A San Diego man was behind bars today and facing a slate of felony charges for allegedly switching bar codes on copper wire and other costly merchandise at area home-improvement stores so he could buy it at lower cost and re-sell it at a large profit, authorities said.

Thousands Pitching In To Clean The County Tomorrow

April 27
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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San Diegans are stepping out in the thousands to support tomorrow’s Creek to Bay Cleanup around the county. So far there are 5,500 registered volunteers that will be participating in the 10th annual I Love a Clean San Diego cleanup.

Rally Near San Onofre This Weekend

April 27
By Alison St John
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Anti-nuclear activists plan to rally near the San Onofre nuclear power plant 50 miles from San Diego on Sunday.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Facing The Storm: Story Of The American Bison

April 27
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Bison have had a rich and complex relationship with the people of North America. From the first Americans who relied on bison for food, shelter and clothing to modern wildlife conservationists who are struggling to re-establish a place for bison in the Great Plains, this program introduces viewers to a rich history of human sustenance, exploitation, conservation and spiritual relations with the ultimate icon of wild America.

New Webcam Offers Live Forest View

April 27
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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Today is Arbor Day - and to commemorate, two environmental groups are launching a new webcam from a Northern California forest with some of the tallest trees on earth.

How can we motivate people to vote?

April 27
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In a democratic society, the right to vote is among the most important and powerful tools to affect change in one's country. So why do so few people actually do it?

Under The Bridge

April 27
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Chicano Park was created in 1970 when residents of San Diego's Barrio Logan objected to the building of a Highway Patrol substation in their neighborhood. They had been promised a park on the same piece of land under the Coronado bridge. They demanded justice and they got it. It is a victory the community has never forgotten. "Under the Bridge" through remarkable observational footage, archive and in-depth interviews reveals the true meaning of the park and of the ripple effects it created that are still being felt today.

Not Guilty Plea From Marine Accused In Death Of Military Wife

April 27
KELLY WHEELER, City News Service
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A veteran Camp Pendleton Marine accused in the death of a 22-year-old military wife who went missing after a planned night on the town with him pleaded not guilty yesterday to murdering her.

Antiques Roadshow: Atlanta, Ga. - Hour Three

April 27
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In Atlanta, Georgia, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Wes Cowan at a collector’s home to examine extremely rare photographs of Sherman’s 1864 March to the Sea and the burning of Atlanta. Highlights include a circa 1961 Willie Mays jersey and pants; a 17th-century Ming bronze guardian figure picked up by the owner’s grandmother during a world tour in the 1950s; and a circa 1861 Confederate officer’s sword.

Obama Targets Colleges That Prey On Veterans' GI Bills (Video)

April 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today to protect veterans from for-profit colleges that prey on G.I. Bill benefits.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice And Ruth Simmons

April 27
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Samuel L. Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and Brown University president, Ruth Simmons, have each climbed to the pinnacle of their profession, yet each started life as a second-class citizen in the Jim Crow south. DNA is used to investigate family mysteries: Where in Africa do they come from and who are the white men in their family trees?

Roundtable: Leaving Political Parties, Voting on Rent Control, Raising Hotel Taxes

April 27
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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This week, several San Diego executives followed mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher's lead by bailing on their political parties; Oceanside is deciding whether to phase out rent control on 17 mobile home parks; and San Diego hoteliers voted to raise taxes on hotel rooms -- if the courts will let them.

First Gay Marriage Proposal on Military Base at Camp Pendleton

April 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy veteran and active-duty Marine may be the first gay couple ever to have gotten publicly engaged on a military base. It happened this week when Cory Huston proposed to Avarice Guerrero at Camp Pendleton.

Husband of Slain Marine Wife Brittany Killgore Speaks Out

April 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Cory Killgore, whose estranged wife Brittany Killgore was murdered earlier this month, is speaking out for the first time.

San Onofre Operators Begin Study On Earthquake Risk

April 27
City News Service
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Operators of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are about to embark on a costly study on earthquake risk that could determine the future of the plant, it was reported today.

Teaching The L.A. Riots At Two City Schools

April 27
Carrie Kahn, NPR
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It's been 20 years since four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles erupted in race-fueled riots. NPR visited two schools — one not far from the flashpoint of the riots, and the other surrounded by million-dollar homes — to see how the riots are being taught to students who weren't born when the violence hit.

Hospital Building Boom In San Diego Continues

April 27
By Kenny Goldberg
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Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas is launching a major expansion project.

Controversial 'Scottsboro Boys' At Old Globe

April 27
By Angela Carone
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"The Scottsboro Boys" may be the most controversial musical you'll see in San Diego all year.

Sewage Spills Highlight Continued Challenges Along U.S.-Mexico Border

April 27
By Jill Replogle
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Some 4.5 million gallons of raw sewage have flowed into the Tijuana River this month from two separate spills. Observers say wastewater treatment has improved along the border, but more work is needed.