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Stories for April 4, 2013

Review: 'Evil Dead'

April 4
By Beth Accomando
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As any “Evil Dead” fan will tell you, when plans for a remake were announced we all shuddered and screamed, “NO!” But as the project eventually shaped up our anger started to subside and our interest grew about this new “Evil Dead” (opening April 5 throughout San Diego).

High Tech High Team Headed to Robotics Championship

April 4
By Dwane Brown
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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be 1.2 million job openings in the science, technology, engineering and math fields by 2018. But estimates show that there may not be enough qualified graduates to fill them. That's where the First Robotics competition hopes to change the playing field.

Ex-USD Assistant Basketball Coach Sentenced to Year in Prison

April 4
City News Service

Thaddeus "T. J.'' Brown, who left USD in 2007, admitted introducing a member of the current USD team to bettors in 2011, as part of an unsuccessful attempt to fix games after star player Brandon Johnson left the school.

San Diego Home Price Ranking In Step With Job Growth

April 4
By Alison St John
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As home prices begin to rise again, some ask whether another housing bubble is in the works. One analyst suggests San Diego’s housing market is on firmer footing than some other big cities.

Great Performances At The Met: The Tempest

April 4
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This production by Robert LePage ("The Ring Cycle") of Thomas Ades’ opera, with a libretto by Meredith Oakes, features Audrey Luna (Ariel), Isabel Leonard (Miranda), Iestyn Davies (Trinculo), Alek Shrader (Ferdinand), Alan Oke (Caliban), William Burden (King of Naples), Toby Spence (Antonio) and Simon Keenlyside (Prospero). The opera is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same title.

Bill Takes Aim At Drug Overdose Deaths In California

April 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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As the death toll from drug overdoses continues to rise, a bill in the California Assembly would require the state to take steps to address the problem.

New Mexico: We'll Decide If We Want Washington's Nuclear Waste

April 4
Elaine Baumgartel
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WIPP has been prohibited from receiving Hanford Nuclear Reservation tank waste for nearly a decade. Now, New Mexicans are debating whether to reverse course and accept some of the waste.

Antiques Roadshow: Chatsworth

April 4
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Fiona Bruce and the team of experts head to Derbyshire where thousands await them at Chatsworth House for another busy day. Amongst the pieces intriguing the experts are a rare boxing tile commemorating one of the biggest bare knuckle fights, a portrait painted by Stanley Spencer brought in by the model for the picture, while an Egyptian head found buried in a Derby garden surprises everyone.

NYC's Fast Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'

April 4
Joel Rose / NPR
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Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.

San Diego City Council Approves Changes Over Commission Appointments

April 4

The San Diego City Council today approved policy changes aimed at improving the maritime economy and lessening tensions over how appointments to to city commissions and boards are made.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Hatfield House

April 4
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Fiona Bruce and the team visit Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Amongst the objects exciting the experts are a collection of almost 500 ornamental pigs, dolls house furniture made out of shell cases on the Somme in World War I, and three small tiles salvaged by a builder turn out to be worth a fortune. Meanwhile Fiona takes a spin in the car that stars in the program's opening sequence; the classic Daimler Dart.

Oregon Weighs Own Gun Measures After Mall Shooting, Newtown

April 4
Chris Lehman / NPR
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Oregon state lawmakers have scheduled a marathon public hearing Friday on four gun control bills. The proposals include a ban on guns in schools and criminal background checks for private gun sales.

For Pulitzer Winner Critic Roger Ebert, Films Were A Journey

April 4
Cheryl Corley / NPR
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He won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing, but just as influential as his print essays were his "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" movie reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday after struggling for years with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Sun-Times: Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies

April 4
CARYN ROUSSEAU / Associated Press / Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Roger Ebert, the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who became the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb, died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70.

Antiques Roadshow: Cincinnati, Ohio — Hour Two

April 4
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During a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW discusses with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service how today’s endangered rhinos are affected by the antiques trade. Discoveries in “the city that sings” include a suit that belonged to chicken magnate Colonel Sanders, a bronze horse sculpture by Solon Borglum and an 1846 wall map of the western United States valued between $11,000 and $12,000.

U.S. Pilot Killed In Afghanistan Jet Crash

April 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. pilot died in an F-16 jet crash in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, according to NATO.

Memo Shows Options For Balboa Park Plan Revival

April 4
City News Service
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The San Diego City Attorney's Office revived a plan to remove vehicles from the center of Balboa Park, but probably not in time for a yearlong celebration of the park's centennial, City Council President Todd Gloria said Thursday.

Discounted Dog Adoptions At Camp Pendleton Shelter

April 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter has a very special place in my heart. It's where we adopted our beloved Chihuahua mix, Frida. And now's your chance - the shelter is offering a discount on dog adoptions until April 10.

Never Forget — San Diego's Childen Of the Holocaust Share Their Stories

April 4
Midday Edition
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is this weekend and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in San Diego will observe the day with its event, "Remember, Honor, and Teach: Children of the Holocaust."

AP Drops 'Illegal Immigrant'; Language For A New Reality

April 4
Midday Edition
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Does a shift in language reveal a shift in attitudes? You won't be hearing the term illegal immigrant from most news organizations. The Associated Press has joined many news outlets in dropping the term 'illegal immigrant' - in favor of more specific descriptions in news stories.

Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Retro Desserts

April 4
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In this episode, test kitchen chef Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to perfect Banana Pudding. Then, resident equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for finemesh strainers. And finally, chef Erin McMurrer updates a lost recipe and shows Chris Kimball how to make the ultimate Chiffon Cake.

Even Dictionaries Grapple With Getting 'Marriage' Right

April 4
Geoff Nunberg / NPR

It's a funny thing about dictionaries. First we're taught to revere them, then we have to learn to set them aside. Nobody ever went wrong starting a middle-school composition with, "According to Webster's..." But that's not how you start an op-ed commentary about terrorism or racism. When it comes to the words that do the cultural heavy lifting, we're not about to defer to some lexicographer hunched over a dusty keyboard.

Post Office Named In Honor Of Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine

April 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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A post office in the hometown of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Victor A. Dew is being named this morning in his honor.

'Rites of Passage' Exhibit Celebrates Cultures Of Southeast San Diego

April 4
Midday Edition
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A new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man presents the various ways that 'Rites of Passage' are celebrated, with an emphasis on the different customs and ceremonies observed by cultural communities living in Southeast San Diego.

Navy Relieves 4 USS Guardian Officers After Grounding

April 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy announced today it has relieved four officers from the former USS Guardian - including the commanding officer - in response to the ship's grounding on the environmentally-sensitive Tubbataha Reef near the Philippines.

San Diego Gas Price Drops to Lowest Amount Since February

April 4
City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell four-tenths of a cent today to $4.058, its lowest amount since Feb. 6.

In Reversal, Friendship Park Will Stay Open

April 4
Khari Johnson / Imperial Beach Patch
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Friendship Circle, also known as Friendship Park, will not close after all. San Diego Sector Border Patrol Chief Paul Beeson had notified the group Friends of Friendship Park last month that sequestration cuts would lead to closure.

Federal Program Helps Divert Smugglers From Criminal Life

April 4
By Jill Replogle
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego runs a program that gives low-level migrant smugglers a chance to get straight with the law, before they get a record.

Lululemon's Product Chief To Depart; See-Through Pants Have Been A Problem

April 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Two weeks after being embarrassed by the news that some of its yoga pants were way too sheer, there's word from Lululemon that chief product officer Sheree Waterson is leaving the company on April 15.

Music Made Miles Apart

April 4
By Angela Carone
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Some UCSD musicians will perform a concert this weekend with musicians from Massachusetts. Not that unusual — except that the concert will be on two stages: one here in San Diego, and the other in Massachusetts.

State Report Points to Calif. Prison Abuses

April 4
Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

Prison guards and parole agents in California have been accused of numerous crimes in a new report, from murder solicitations to rape. But the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the numbers need to be put in perspective.

'Historic' Gun Bill To Become Law In Connecticut

April 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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NBC Connecticut is streaming its coverage as Connecticut Gov. Dannel Mallow (D) signs what is being described as the most sweeping gun control legislation in the nation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System

April 4
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR
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Amber Bartlett was waiting last Friday for her kids to come home from school. One of them called from the entrance to the upscale subdivision near Little Rock, Ark., to tell her the community was being evacuated because of an oil spill. Bartlett was amazed by what she saw out her front door.

The Hunt Is On For A New FBI Director

April 4
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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Robert Mueller became FBI director just days before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, he's been the U.S. government's indispensable man when it comes to national security.

A Letter On Finding A Husband Before Graduation Spurs Debate

April 4
Jeff Brady / NPR
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More than a week after Susan Patton's letter to the editor of TheDaily Princetonian prompted heated criticism, the 1977 Princeton alumna says she still stands by her words.