AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for April 23, 2013

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Arraignment for the man accused of beating a prominent San Diego architect to death is this afternoon. 31-year-old Higinio Soriano Salgado allegedly beat 56-year-old Grahm Downes to death at a house party. Salgado is being held without bail pending his arraignment.

Preliminary hearing begins today for the 7th and 8th grade English teacher accused of brining a loaded gun to work following the Sandy Hook shooting. 41-year-old Ned Carter Walker allegedly brought a 38 caliber pistol and a knife onto school grounds. He is looking at up to 5-years in prison if convicted.

At 10 Am San Diego’s City Council will talk about what it’s going to spend the new $5.5 million budget surplus on. One is spending $250,000 to keep a shelter for homeless veterans open until July 7th. The 150 bed shelter normally closes this time of year but with a new budget surplus announced Mayor Bob Filner wants to keep it and another shelter open longer. The other big ticket item is a $500,000 payment to end litigation of a parochial schools expansion plans.

Down in Southern San Diego County the Chula Vista City Council is considering a resolution in support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Two final Earth Day events today at noon. First the County of San Diego is collecting recyclables and demonstrating composting at the County Operations Center 5520 Overland Ave. Second the University of San Diego is announcing its plans to become a “Zero Waste” campus at the Student Life Pavilion on campus.

Tonight at 5:00 the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education is thinking about starting a $1.9 million dollar summer school program for at-rick-kids. The proposed four-week program is for kids in first, third, and eighth grade that are in danger of being held back.

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On this day 50-year-ago President John F Kennedy gave the commencement speech at San Diego State University. The university is memorializing it today with a symposium about the speech at 12:30 PM in the Alumi Center

And tonight at 6:30 the Environmental Health Coalition is hosting its 2013 awards event. This year they are honoring advancements in children’s health.

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