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Stories for August 10, 2009

Volunteers Line Up For Swine Flu Vaccine Test

Aug. 10
Joanne Silberner, NPR
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Researchers have begun testing a vaccine engineered to fight the new H1N1 swine flu that first appeared in the spring. The tests are being done quickly, in a race to have something available before a possible fall outbreak.

Tamper-Proof Electronic Voting Unlikely

Aug. 10
By Alison St John

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have devised a software program that once again challenges assumptions that electronic voting machines can be made secure.

Star Of India To Undergo Repairs

Aug. 10
City News Service
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The historic ship Star of India will be towed from its berth at the Maritime Museum of San Diego to the South Bay next week for maintenance, it was announced today.

Customs Agents Angling For New Boats

Aug. 10
By Amy Isackson

Customs and Border Protections officials say a new boat that's faster and has cameras could help agents intercept more smugglers at sea. Customs officers completed their week-long test drive of the vessel Monday.

Sunday Kids' Day: Pokémon Tournament

Aug. 10
Aaron Watanabe
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Hundreds of kids compete at Sunday's Pokémon Tournament at Comic-Con. Note to parents: If you’re looking for an oasis of calm in the chaos that is the Comic-Con, check out the Pokémon Hall.

David Garrett: Live In Berlin

Aug. 10
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Virtuoso violinist David Garrett, one of the most popular entertainers in Europe and Japan, performs selections ranging from Bach to Metallica, Vivaldi to AC/DC, European folk songs to Broadway melodies — redefining music from classical to rock to pop.

Schwarzenegger Cancels Appearance at Energy Summit

Aug. 10
Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has pulled out of the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

Local Astronaut Set to Blast Off Into Space

Aug. 10
City News Service
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An astronaut raised in Lakeside will be at the helm of the shuttle Discovery when it blasts off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in two weeks, it was announced today. Rick Sturckow, a veteran of three previous space flights, will command Discovery's 13-day mission to the International Space Station, according to NASA.

What's the Best Meal You Ever Ate?

Aug. 10
These Days

Food is a vital part of life, but sometimes, a favorite meal can be so good, that we remember everything about it. As part of our monthly Food Hour, we'll recount memorable meals in San Diego and around the globe.

Chargers Fans May Have to Listen to Games on the Radio

Aug. 10
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

Thousands of San Diego Charger fans packed Qualcomm Stadium this weekend. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Farmers Say Elimination of "Williamson Act" Is A Financial Blow

Aug. 10
California Capitol Network
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Rural counties and farmers are worried about the protection of agricultural land in California after Gov. Schwarzenegger's use of a line-item veto.

Is Horse Racing Safe?

Aug. 10
These Days
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Recent horse deaths at the Del Mar Racetrack have left people wondering if the new track is safe. We chat with the Equine Medical Director for the California Horse Racing Board.

Midlife Cholesterol Linked To Dementia

Aug. 10
NPR
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Attention 40-year-olds: This may be the time to start thinking about maintaining your brain. One action item: Check your cholesterol.

Making San Diego Plug-In Ready

Aug. 10
By Ed Joyce

San Diego will be one of the testing locations for a plug-in electric vehicle charging device. San Diego Gas and Electric and the company that has developed the device will unveil a prototype during a conference that starts Monday in Long Beach. It's part of making San Diego plug-in ready.

Scripps Ranch Eucalyptus Trees Iconic, Dangerous

Aug. 10
By Katie Orr

Despite the recent removal of some iconic eucalyptus trees in Scripps Ranch most of the trees that remain will be spared the woodsman’s ax.

Commander of Navy Region Southwest Retires

Aug. 10
By Alison St John
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The Commander of the Navy in San Diego, Admiral Len Hering, retires this week. Hering has been in charge of all naval operations in the Southwest for the past four years. He has a lot to say about the need for the military to promote sustainability and to become a better employer.

Struggling Schools To Get Smaller Classes, More Control

Aug. 10
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego schools with the largest numbers of disadvantaged students will benefit from an extra $32 million in federal economic stimulus money over the next two years.