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Stories for August 3, 2009

What Can I Do to Protect Myself From Catching Swine Flu (H1N1)?

Aug. 3
World Health Organization
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The main route of transmission of the new influenza A(H1N1) virus seems to be similar to seasonal influenza, via droplets that are expelled by speaking, sneezing or coughing.

CDC: Novel H1N1 Influenza Vaccine

Aug. 3
Center for Disease Control
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Vaccines are the most powerful public health tool for control of influenza, and the U.S. government is working closely with manufacturers to take steps in the process to manufacture a novel H1N1 vaccine. Working together with scientists in the public and private sector, CDC has isolated the new H1N1 virus and modified the virus so that it can be used to make hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine. Vaccine manufacturers are now using these materials to begin vaccine production. Making vaccine is a multi-step process which takes several months to complete. Candidate vaccines will be tested in clinical trials over the next few months.

County and School Officials Prepare for Swine Flu Season

Aug. 3
By Tom Fudge
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Officials from San Diego's largest school districts met today with county health officials to discuss ways to combat the swine flu.

Counties Say State Hasn't Reimbursed Them For Special Election

Aug. 3
California Capitol Network
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County governments are complaining that the state has failed to reimburse them for the cost of May’s special election.

The Big Band Years

Aug. 3
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This “Big Band” retrospective features the songs that brought the country through WWII and kick-started the baby boom. The program mixes vintage live, rare and unreleased footage of bands and vocalists from the 1930s and 40s. Peter Marshall (“Hollywood Squares”) hosts.

Northbound I-15 Closed Due To Spill

Aug. 3
City News Service
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A truck carrying bottles of pool chlorine and muriatic acid crashed today on Interstate 15 in the Kensington area and spilled its cargo of chemicals across the roadway, forcing the full closure of the northbound side of the route for several hours.

Treating Addiction

Aug. 3
These Days
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The UCSD Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application (CCARTA) is holding its annual Summer Clinical Institute in Addiction Studies. The conference is open to the public and of interest to anyone interested in discovering the latest in addiction science, treatment, and social impacts.

New Vets Learn about 9/11 GI Bill

Aug. 3
By Alison St John
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Combat veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan showed up at a “Welcome Home” event at the V.A. Medical Center in La Jolla over the weekend. Many of them were looking for information on the new post-9/11 GI Bill.

Public Baffled By Health Care Arguments

Aug. 3
Liz Halloran, NPR
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As members of Congress head home for the summer recess, they will use the time to either sell to their constituents the national health care and insurance overhaul being fiercely debated in Washington.

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 1)

Aug. 3
San Diego Week
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The high cost of health care in America is forcing more people to make difficult choices about their medical care. We'll explore how high costs and lack of health insurance are impacting public health in San Diego.

Padres' Pitcher Jake Peavy Traded to White Sox

Aug. 3
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel
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Pitcher Trevor Hoffman returned to Petco Park this weekend, but he didn't get the last laugh against his former team. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

The Latest and Greatest Gadgets

Aug. 3
These Days
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What new gadgets are on the market that will make your life easier? How can using green electronics save you money? We chat with a technology expert to break down the latest and greatest.

High-Tech Robot Explores Waters Off California

Aug. 3
By Ed Joyce
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An environmental group is using an underwater robot for ocean research off the California coast. The high-tech tool will explore areas beyond the reach of divers.

The Coronado Bridge Turns 40

Aug. 3
By Katie Orr
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The Coronado Bridge officially marks its 40 year anniversary today. The bridge opened for traffic at midnight on August 3rd, 1969. The original architect was on hand to celebrate the bridges birthday over the weekend.

Health and School Officials to Discuss Flu Season

Aug. 3
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego county health officers will meet with the local school district officials today to discuss the coming flu season.

What Can Arts Organizations Learn from Comic-Con? (Part 1)

Aug. 3
By Angela Carone
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A week after Comic-Con and reflecting on its successes, I wondered how one builds such a dedicated fan base. I also wondered if arts organizations had anything to learn from the Comic-Con approach, as they struggle to survive an economic downturn and build new audiences. I consulted three local arts leaders who are long-time attendees of Comic-Con and asked them to consider the question: What can the arts community learn from Comic-Con?