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Stories for May 1, 2012

Teachers, Parents, Students March Against Cuts

May 1
By Kyla Calvert
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Teachers, parents and students rallied Tuesday afternoon to protest education spending cuts and teacher layoffs.

San Diego Providers Having Problems With Anthem Blue Cross

May 1
By Kenny Goldberg, Nicholas McVicker
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San Diego's largest private providers of psychiatric care complain Anthem Blue Cross frequently refuses to pay for emergency hospitalizations.

Report Of Pipe Bombs Investigated At IB School

May 1
10 News

Investigators are responding to a report of pipe bombs planted at Imperial Beach school.

S&P Worried About California Budget Gimmicks

May 1
JUDY LIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A credit rating agency on Tuesday warned that California could return to budget gimmicks this summer, in part because a court has removed an incentive for lawmakers to pass a budget that is truly balanced.

Hundreds Converge In Downtown May Day Demonstration

May 1
By Helen Hawes
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May Day is The International Day of the Worker. Hundreds of San Diegans marched, as did workers in 125 other U.S. cities.

Higher Ed Leaders To Brown, Lawmakers: Get Your Priorities Straight

May 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The heads of California’s three higher education systems are lobbying Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers to change their budget priorities.

Head Of Navy Drug Screening Lab In San Diego Fired

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The commanding officer of Navy Drug Screening Laboratory San Diego was fired today. Capt. Mike Macinski, commanding officer of Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, relieved Cmdr. Lee D. Hoey of his duty, citing "a loss of confidence in Hoey's ability to command due to fostering a poor command climate."

Compassion Without Borders: His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

May 1
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San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego were honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's first visit to America's finest city, April 17-19, 2012. This program is a taping of the conference at SDSU on April 19. The public lecture at SDSU provided an opportunity for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to share his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness, tolerance and coping with the challenges found in today's modern society.

Watch Obama's Live Speech from Afghanistan Here

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama is addressing the nation this evening from Afghanistan, on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. This post will stream live video of the president's speech via The Pentagon Channel.

Judge Criticizes Prosecutors for Dismissing Gay Jurors

May 1
City News Service

A judge today dismissed an entire jury pool after lawyers for six same-sex marriage activists accused of trespassing complained that prosecutors had challenged prospective jurors based on their sexual orientation.

The Red Tail

May 1
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On August 19, 2005 Roy Koch, along with 4,400 airline mechanics, custodians, and cleaners, went on strike against Northwest Airlines, the fourth largest airline in the world. Northwest, otherwise known as “The Red Tail” by its employees, wanted to lay off 53% of their union and outsource their jobs. What followed was a 444-day strike that would end with 4,000 union members out of work, including Roy. Instead of being left in the wake of this battle, Roy and his daughter Melissa set on a journey to meet the worker to whom Roy’s job was outsourced in China.

California Remains On Slow Path Of Recovery

May 1
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

Analysts say Californians can expect a slow pace of economic recovery for a few more years.

Report: Poor Planning, Communication To Blame For Massive 2011 Southwest Blackout

May 1
Evening Edition
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Last September's historic Southland blackout, which left communities from northern Mexico to Orange County and Arizona without electricity for almost 12 hours, stemmed from inadequate preparedness and subpar coordination among the agencies that operate the region's power systems, according to a government-industry report released today.

Obama In Afghanistan To Sign Security Pact

May 1
BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent
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Under intense security and the cover of night, President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan on Tuesday to sign an agreement cementing a U.S. commitment to the nation after the long and unpopular war comes to an end.

County Supervisors Vote To Support Increased Penalties For Cockfighting

May 1
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today threw its support behind a state senate bill that would increase criminal penalties for hosts and spectators of cockfights.

America Revealed: Made In The U.S.A.

May 1
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Cross the country with host Yul Kwon to look at traditional and not-so-traditional types of manufacturing. Meet the men and women who create the world's best and most iconic products, engineers who are reinventing the American auto industry and steelworkers who brave intense heat to accommodate radical new ideas about recycling. Investigate the emerging notion that manufacturing itself is changing — from a system based on the movement and assembly of raw materials to a system in which ideas and information are the raw materials of a new economy.

County Has $500 Million Project Backlog, Report Finds

May 1
CITY NEWS SERVICE

The county of San Diego has a backlog of unfunded or partially funded major capital improvement projects of nearly half a billion dollars, according to a report scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors today.

Marine Veteran Finds Success With Energy Drink Invention

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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A California Marine veteran is preparing for a new kind of battle - the cola wars. He's invented the energy beverage "Re-Up," but competing against the big guys won't be easy.

Feds: Loss Of Arizona Power Line Caused Massive September Blackout

May 1
By Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Adrian Florido
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Federal regulators said the loss of a power line in Arizona sparked the blackout. But they said if the electricity grid had been operating properly, it should have prevented the ensuing blackout, which affected millions in Southern California, Arizona and Northern Mexico.

California Leads Nation In War Casualties, According To New Study

May 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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California leads the nation in the number of casualties it has suffered in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This, according to a new study by the Center for Investigative reporting.

Feds To Review Policies After Student Forgotten In Holding Cell

May 1
Associated Press

Federal authorities say they are reviewing their detention policies after leaving a forgotten 24-year-old student from the University of California, San Diego in a holding cell for five days.

After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement

May 1
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR
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A year ago Tuesday, Navy SEALs attacked Osama bin Laden's secret compound in Pakistan and may have fundamentally changed al-Qaida as we know it.

Security Heightened At San Diego Airport On Anniversary Of Bin Laden Killing

May 1
City News Service
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Security is expected to be heightened at airports nationwide today, including Lindbergh Field, for the one-year anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.