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Stories for April 26, 2013

Review: 'Graceland'

April 26
By Beth Accomando
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"Graceland" (opening April 26 at Reading Gaslamp and Varmel Mountain Theaters for one week) has nothing to do with The King. It's a Philippine thriller that mixes melodrama with complex moral questions.

San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival Hosts Moscow School

April 26
Evening Edition
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The 8th Annual San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival (April 27 at noon in Balboa Park) proves the international appeal of the Bard with a school from Moscow joining the lineup.

How A Rat-Tickling Neuroscientist Influenced a Local Composer's Music

April 26
By David Wagner
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San Diego composer Joseph Waters tends to invite a mixed group of musicians to his annual music festival. But this year, one of the people he's bringing isn't a musician at all.

Q&A: Obamacare's Effect On Insurance Rates, Medi-Cal Eligibility

April 26
Emily Bazar / CHCF Center for Health Reporting

I work at a family-owned restaurant and my boss has cut back my insurance coverage. I have to pay a lot more out of pocket on top of my monthly premium. Can I find a better deal on insurance under health reform?

With Immigration Reform Pending, Calls For An End To Workplace Audits

April 26
By Adrian Florido
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Hundreds of people marched through downtown San Diego on Friday, calling on President Barack Obama to stop workplace immigration enforcement until an immigration reform bill is passed.

Driver Hijacked By Tsarnaev Brothers Helped Police Trace Them

April 26
Scott Neuman / NPR

A lucky escape and quick thinking by the man who was carjacked by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have helped police catch the brothers, according to Eric Moskowitz, a Boston Globe reporter who got an exclusive interview with the driver.

Wedged Between Buildings, Plane Part Could Be From Sept. 11

April 26
Dana Farrington / NPR
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Surveyors have found what appears to be part of a plane that hit the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, New York police say. The piece of landing gear is about 3 feet wide and 1.5 feet deep, police tell The Associated Press.

San Diego To Consider Ban On Retail Sale Of Animals

April 26
City News Service
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The City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

Thousands Prepare For Beach Clean Up

April 26
By Erik Anderson
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Clean-up organizers expect to pick up less trash on San Diego beaches and creekbeds this weekend.

SD Pet Shops

April 26

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee is scheduled next week to consider banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and other commercial establishments in San Diego.

Oregon's Math Problem: How To Measure Health?

April 26
Kristian Foden-Vencil / NPR
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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to track the health of a population: the average blood pressure, the rate of mental illness and the average weight.

30 Years On, Educators Still Divided On Scathing Schools Report

April 26
Claudio Sanchez / NPR

Thirty years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan's administration released "A Nation at Risk," a report warning of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American public education.

Budget Politics Forcing Congress To Pick Favorites

April 26
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Call it the Whac-a-Mole approach to budgeting.

Old Globe's 2013-14 Season Lineup Unveiled

April 26
Midday Edition
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Artistic Director, Barry Edelstein is getting ready to launch his inaugural season at The Old Globe. The season's lineup includes new musicals, award winning plays, classics and big names.

San Diego Group Celebrates Planting Of 10 Million Trees

April 26
By Hailey Persinger
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How many trees does it take to give some of the poorest people in the world a better future? To the leaders of Plant With Purpose, the answer is easy: about 10 million.

Miramar Marine Gets Award For Heroic Actions During Camp Bastion Attack (Video)

April 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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MCAS Miramar Marine Maj. Robert Weingart has been named the Alfred A. Cunningham Marine Aviator of the Year for his heroic actions during the September 2012 insurgent attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Undocumented

April 26
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The blistering deserts of southern Arizona have been littered with the scorched and desiccated bodies of more than 2,000 illegal border crossers in the past decade and a half. The grisly task of locating and identifying them falls to overwhelmed local coroners and tireless volunteers, who attempt to provide closure to devastated families.

On-The-Job Deaths Continue At Steady, Grim Pace

April 26
Howard Berkes / NPR
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Dying on the job continues at a steady pace according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Flight Delays Push Congress To End Controller Furloughs

April 26
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

The U.S. Congress -- a body not exactly known for its swift feet -- raced Friday to complete legislation to help travelers avoid delays at airports.

Great Performances At The Met: La Clemenza Di Tito

April 26
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Elīna Garanča, star of the GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET broadcasts of "Carmen" and "La Cenerentola," appears in the trouser role of Sesto in the Met’s rare revival of Mozart’s opera of ancient Rome, "La Clemenza di Tito." Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham hosts the telecast and conducts backstage interviews with the stars. Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti takes on the title role of the Roman emperor Titus, the target of an assassination scheme by the vengeful Vitellia (Barbara Frittoli).

Roundtable: Sanders' Legacy, Immigration Bill, Bitumen Oil Spill Exposed, Boston Media Madness

April 26
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Jerry Sanders' legacy of achievements is a bit wobbly. The Immigration Reform Bill getting kicked around in the Senate. A huge and dangerous oil spill in Michigan wins a Pulitzer Prize in San Diego. Traditional and social media mess up the Boston bombing story.

Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Attempted Adultery Gets Sentenced

April 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Camp Pendleton Marine who was convicted of attempted adultery, despite her claim of rape, has been sentenced to a loss of $3,000 in pay and a letter of reprimand.

Will Chemical Weapons Change U.S. Policy Toward Syria?

April 26
Greg Myre / NPR

The U.S. has remained at arm's length during two years of bloodletting in Syria that has claimed some 70,000 lives. But when the White House said Thursday it believed Syria has used chemical weapons, even in small quantities, it immediately set off a renewed debate on whether the U.S. might pursue a more aggressive policy.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Breakfast Standbys

April 26
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Man on the Street John "Doc" Willoughby challenges viewers to a blind oatmeal tasting to see if steel-cut really is better than instant. Then, host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen with test cook Bridget Lancaster to learn how to make the best bowl of 10-Minute Steel Cut Oatmeal. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried is in the Equipment Corner reviewing his favorite moka pots, and Chris answers questions from viewers. Finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making perfect Home Fries.

House OKs Bill To End Air Traffic Controllers' Furloughs

April 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

The furloughs of air traffic controllers that have slowed air travel in the past week and frustrated thousands of fliers should soon come to an end.

San Diego Mayor Signs Tourism Pact

April 26
Associated Press

A long feud over how to promote tourism for the nation's eighth-largest city has ended in San Diego.

Meal Service Supports Those With AIDS, HIV

April 26
By Tarryn Mento
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For nearly 22 years, the owner of a Mission Hills restaurant has delivered meals to those suffering from severe illnesses, including AIDS and HIV.

Marines Relieve Commander Of School Where Murder-Suicide Took Place

April 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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The head of the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidates School - the site of a murder-suicide in March that left three Marines dead - has been relieved of his position as commander.

Country Star George Jones Dies

April 26
Mark Memmott / NPR

Country superstar George Jones, known for "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and a long string of other hits, has died.

UC San Diego Celebrates Arbor Day

April 26
City News Service
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More than five dozen trees will be planted at UC San Diego today in honor of Arbor Day.

First confirmed Japanese tsunami debris in Calif.

April 26
Associated Press

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (AP) -- A barnacle-covered fishing boat that washed ashore this month in Crescent City, Calif., has been confirmed as the first debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan to reach California's shores.

George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81

April 26
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81.

San Diego Gasoline Price Drops One Cent

April 26
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today to its lowest amount since Feb. 1, dropping 1 cent to $3.896.

In Mexico, Talk Of Immigration Reform Raises Hopes For Visits Home

April 26
By Jude Joffe-Block
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For many Mexicans, an anticipated part of a potential immigration reform is the chance to reunite with family members living in the U.S. without papers who they haven’t seen for years.

Boston Bombing Suspect Moved To Prison Medical Center

April 26
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center "and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday morning.

As Florida Bill Looks To Aid Feral Cats, Opponents Claw Back

April 26
Greg Allen / NPR
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In state legislatures around the country, lawmakers are debating important subjects -- education reform, election laws, gun control and abortion. But in Florida, one of the hottest issues to come before the Legislature this term involves cats.