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These were the top stories for the week of April 18 – 24, 2011.

  How Many Firefighters Have Died in San Diego?

A seemingly straightforward question is up for debate. We explain why.

  The Community College Crunch

As spaces shrink in California public universities, even come-one, come-all community colleges are running short on classes for thousands of students who want in.

  Millions in Fines Under Schools’ Fix-It Guy

The head of the County Office of Education amassed millions of dollars in fines for financial mistakes as head of Oakland Unified, newspaper says.

  Morning Report: Big Benefits Headache

San Diego’s health insurance challenge, grocery strike may lie ahead, dead whales in need of disposal and diapers.

  Libraries to Check Out at Dozens of Schools

More than one quarter of elementary schools in San Diego Unified are slated to have nobody working in its libraries next year.

  The $66 Million Question

San Diego Unified and its teachers union lock horns over whether a pot of money can be used to roll back layoffs.

  The Donut Hole in SD’s Retiree Health Care

In his nearly three decades at city landfills, Bill Craig has seen some incredible things. Now, he wonders who will pay for his health care when he retires.

  Fact Check: D.A. Says the Media Did It

Statement: “I think you, the collective media, have made it all about elected officials,” District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told us in an interview about the focus of her Public Integrity Unit. Determination: Huckster Propaganda

  Spending $110B on Transportation: Five Things to Know

What to watch for as San Diego’s $110 billion transportation plan unfolds.

  Arts vs. Libraries in Mayor’s Budget

Sanders proposes draconian cuts to libraries, but arts funding remain unscathed. Here’s why.

Grant Barrett, engagement editor for voiceofsandiego.org: grant@voiceofsandiego.org or (619) 550-5666 or @grantbarrett on Twitter.

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