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Stories for August 10, 2012

Rants and Raves: UBU

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando
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How could I resist a youth theater company that takes its name from the character Jason Schwatrzman played in the Wes Anderson film "Rushmore." The Max Fischer Players present "UBU" (tonight through Sunday at 8:00 pm at Space 4 Art).

Cal ISO Calls Off Statewide Flex Alerts For Weekend

Aug. 10
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

Cooler temperatures on the coast eased engineers worries about draws on the state's power grid.

Judge Rules In Favor of Current Death Penalty Ballot Language

Aug. 10
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that much of the ballot language on California’s Proposition 34 will remain the same.

Untangling Operation Fast And Furious

Aug. 10
By Michel Marizco
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On a cold December night in 2010, a Border Patrol agent was shot and killed along the U.S.-Mexican border in southern Arizona. His murder exposed a government operation known as Fast and Furious that’s become a major scandal.

County’s Top Job Filled With No Public Notice

Aug. 10
By Alison St John
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When San Diego County Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard announced his resignation, he also announced his successor. Advocates of open government have concerns about how the transition of the top job at the county was handled.

Power Outage Hit 4,400 In Hillcrest, Now Cleared

Aug. 10
By Claire Trageser

A power outage in Hillcrest left 4,435 SDG&E customers without power Friday afternoon, according to the utility, but power was quickly restored.

Introducing Nathan Pacheco

Aug. 10
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Popular young American singer-songwriter Nathan Pacheco, accompanied by renowned musicians, is seen in his first solo concert special, performing beautiful original compositions as well as newly created renditions of beloved classics such as “Nessun Dorma” and “Danny Boy.”

Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

Aug. 10
By Adrian Florido
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The Federal Highway Administration said new highway projects must stop because the California county hasn't taken steps to improve air quality.

City Council Makes Last Decision Before One Month Break

Aug. 10
City News Service

The City Council approved annual charges to property owners in 56 assessment districts throughout San Diego today, in its last meeting for a month.

Ed Sullivan's Top Performers 1966-1969 (My Music)

Aug. 10
By Jennifer Robinson
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From the U.S. television debut of the Beatles in 1964 to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance, THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW brought the greatest musical acts in the world into America’s living rooms every Sunday night. This MY MUSIC special features both the Beatles and the Doors as well as memorable performances from other superstars of the 60s pop-rock era, including the Mamas & the Papas, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Rivers, the Beach Boys, Tom Jones and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Watch Navy Cross Ceremony For Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

Aug. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Today Marine Sgt. Matthew T. Abbate was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross at Camp Pendleton on the base's 3/5 parade deck. Home Post has a link where you can watch a video of the ceremony.

Review: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry'

Aug. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei provides the fascinating and provocative focal point for the documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" (opening August 10 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters).

Roundtable: Poway Unified's Big Bond; Padres' Big Sale; San Onofre's Big Trouble

Aug. 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Last night's mayoral debate got testy. Poway Unified School District must pay back almost $1 billion on a loan of $105 million. The Padres' sale includes more than the team and part of Petco. San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station is on thin ice with regulators.

Pegi And Neil Young's Concert For The Bridge School

Aug. 10
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Organized by musician Neil Young and his wife Pegi, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, nonprofit charity event held every October to raise funds for the school’s programs for the communicative and educational development of children with severe speech and physical impairments. The anniversary concert special includes performances that span the past 25 years. Performers include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and others.

Afghan Gunman In Security Uniform Kills 3 U.S. Special Forces Marines

Aug. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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An Afghan man wearing a security uniform shot and killed three U.S. Special Forces Marines on Friday in Afghanistan. This is the third attack on U.S. troops in a week by Afghans who were supposed to be allies.

Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Music Of The Movies

Aug. 10
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In June 2011, eleven year-old singing sensation Jackie Evancho dazzled viewers with her first GREAT PERFORMANCES solo concert from the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. In follow-up to her GP debut, the little girl with a big voice returns with a new special showcasing the great songs from the silver screen. Recorded in the movie palace splendor of the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, Jackie puts her unique stamp on such audience favorites as “My Heart Will Go On” ("Titanic") and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” ("The Lion King").

Orangutan Diary

Aug. 10
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Deep in the Borneo rainforest, veterinarians and caregivers have a massive and emotional task ahead of them: rescuing and nursing the jungle’s most appealing — and most vulnerable — animals back to health. There are approximately 600 orangutans being cared for day and night at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Centre. Most have had traumatic lives, clinging to survival as rainforests are burned around them, while others are snatched from the wild to be sold as pets. Every day is a challenge for the team as they care for the orphans and deal with the human crises of life in a rainforest hospital.

Firefighters Battling 1,650-Acre Chihuahua Fire In Warner Springs

Aug. 10
City News Service
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Ground and air crews labored amid oppressive humidity and triple-digit heat today to subdue a wildfire that has blackened more than 1,650 acres and prompted evacuations in back-country territory northeast of Palomar Mountain.

For Baja California Winemakers, It's Fiesta Time

Aug. 10
Maya Kroth
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August is the time for festivals in Baja, California - from cheese and bread to salads to seafood. The grandaddy of them all is the Fiestas de la Vendimia, the harvest festivals in Ensenada's lush Guadalupe Valley wine country.

California Public Health Officials Release New Report On Hospital Safety

Aug. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report provides detailed information on infection rates in California hospitals.

The 'Caravan For Peace' Drug War Protest Crosses US-Mexico Border

Aug. 10
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Javier Sicilia - the renowned artist who turned the grief over the loss of his son into a movement - brings his campaign to the U.S. He will travel across the Southwest and plans to end it in Washington D.C. next month.