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Stories for July 12, 2006

D.G. Wills

July 12
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Commentaries

A cozy huddle of friends and customers gathers in the early evening at D.G. Wills Book Shop. For an hour or two, you can imagine yourself visiting a Dickensian bookseller in old London.

KPBS Commentaries

July 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Uncertainty washes over downtown waterfront project

July 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego appears to be applying the brakes to a redevelopment project that could re-define the city's downtown landscape. The Center City Development Corporation has postponed its final public hearing on the bay front Navy Broadway Complex until September. KPBS reporter Alison St. John has more.

UCSD launches new Science Research Park

July 12
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local biomedical research company is expanding onto the UC San Diego campus today. It's the first of five buildings in the university's new Science Research Park. Mitch Kronenberg, president of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, says the company will explore possible cures for diabetes and cancer.

Superintendent proposes "eighth grade promotion policy"

July 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Eighth-grade students who don't pass two of their four core subjects in the San Diego Unified School District may not move onto high school next year. School superintendent Carl Cohn is currently drafting a proposal which calls for that requirement.

Mixed reactions over beach, park smoking ban

July 12
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Smokers and non-smokers at Ocean Beach have mixed reactions to the new smoking ban on San Diego city beaches and parks. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps was there.

Trolley's Greenline reviving public transportation interest

July 12
By Stephanie Collins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week the San Diego Trolley is celebrating its first year of providing direct transportation between Old Town and East County. Trolley officials say the Green Line has revived San Diego's interest in public transportation.

Rear Admiral Hering on proposed Navy Broadway Complex

July 12
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

A final decision on the Navy Broadway Complex has been stalled by the Center City Development Corporation. Tom Fudge gets the latest on the story and speaks with Rear Admiral Len Hering to get his reaction.

Free anchorage in National City to end

July 12
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The A8 Anchorage in National City is home to many boaters and the only free anchorage on the West Coast. But the Port of San Diego is changing that. Tom Fudge has more on the story.

Despite housing slowdown, SD economy continues to shine

July 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An economist forecasts that Southern California's economy will turn in a solid performance this year. The mid-year economic report also shows positive trends for San Diego County. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce with details.

Study scrutinizes health savings accounts

July 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High-deductible insurance plans with health savings accounts are touted as a way to control runaway costs. But a new study in the journal Health Affairs casts doubt on that claim. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

SD City School Board revokes charter school

July 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City School Board members voted to revoke the charter of an independent school during their monthly meeting Tuesday. District officials say the school's administrators were mishandling money and not delivering quality programs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

First-generation college students get head start at SDSU

July 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A record number of incoming freshman are getting a head start on studying and living on the campus of San Diego State this week. Its part of an intensive academic program that helps low-income, first-generation college students survive their freshman year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.