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Stories for August 12, 2009

Mexico One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

Aug. 12
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With a houseful of weekend guests, Rick and his daughter, Lanie, whip up an extra-special brunch buffet that turns Sunday morning into a mini Mexican vacation, inspired by the relaxed breakfasts they've enjoyed all over Mexico. Just for fun, they set up a hotel-style omelet station, complete with a propane burner, in the dining room-a great way for the host to join in the party-where Rick makes individual Chorizo and Chile Omelets to order as the guests sip orange juice. The buffet also includes Chilaquiles, a comforting casserole of crispy tortillas, softened in a rich, brothy chile sauce with shredded chicken and sour cream.

San Diego County Tallies 3 New Swine Flu Deaths

Aug. 12
Associated Press
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San Diego County health officials are reporting three more swine flu deaths. County health agency spokesman Tom Christensen says a total of 16 deaths have been tallied.

S.D.-Based Commander: Major Improvements at Iraq Detention Facilities

Aug. 12
By Alison St John

The Deputy Commander of the Navy Region Southwest says the culture at U.S. detention facilities in Iraq has changed dramatically since the abuses were uncovered at Abu Ghraib. Admiral Gar Wright addressed defense contractors in the San Diego Chapter of the National Defense Industries Association today.

U-T Announces More Job Cuts

Aug. 12
San Diego Week

The San Diego Union-Tribune today announced an undisclosed number of layoffs. In their press release touting new advertising offerings and a redesign of SignOnSanDiego.com, the Union-Tribune euphemistically said it plans a "reduction and realignment of staffing levels."

3 More Swine Flu Deaths Reported in S.D.

Aug. 12
City News Service

Three more deaths in San Diego County have been linked to the swine flu pandemic, and two of the people had no known underlying medical conditions, county health officials reported today.

Appeals Filed Challenging Sunrise Powerlink Approval

Aug. 12
By Ed Joyce

Opponents of the proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line are appealing a state agency's approval of the project. The Utility Consumers Action Network is filing two appeals with different courts.

City, Water Regulators Disagree on Qualcomm Clean-up Plan

Aug. 12
By Amita Sharma

Water pollution regulators and the city of San Diego are at odds over how best to clean up contaminated groundwater at Qualcomm Stadium. The two sides along with Kinder Morgan Energy - the company responsible for the cleanup - are set to meet today.

State Parks to Raise Fees Next Week

Aug. 12
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network

It’s going to cost more to visit most California State Parks. Starting Monday, fees will increase for day use permits by $2 to $5. Camping fees will go up an additional $10 to $21.

Kaiser Cuts 1,850 Jobs in Calif. as Rolls Drop

Aug. 12
Associated Press

Kaiser Permanente says it is eliminating 1,850 jobs in California as the Oakland health care giant faces a drop in subscribers and shrinking reimbursements for Medicare.

Judge Orders New Filings in Gay Marriage Lawsuit

Aug. 12
Associated Press
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A dissatisfied judge has ordered all involved parties to resubmit court documents in the federal lawsuit challenging California's gay marriage ban.

Fantasy Sports Growing from Hobby to Multi-Million Dollar Industry

Aug. 12
These Days

Are you ready for some fantasy football? More than 30 million North Americans regularly play fantasy sports. But if you're one of the rest of us, you might ask, "what the heck is fantasy sports?" We speak to the president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, and the "godfather of fantasy sports market research" about why people play fantasy sports, and how the industry has grown over the last decade.

Remote Area Medical to the Rescue in LA

Aug. 12
These Days
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America's health care system is in crisis with costs skyrocketing and close to 50 million people are uninsured and millions more are underinsured. We'll look at how one volunteer-based organization is traveling across America offering free medical services to those in need.

Loose Part Caused SoCal Marine Helicopter Crash

Aug. 12
Associated Press

The Marine Corps says two Marines who died in a helicopter crash in San Diego County forgot to tell mechanics about a loose cowling that struck the tail rotor.

An Imperial-Sized Portrait of Imperial County

Aug. 12
These Days
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Imperial County sprawls across deserts, date groves and labor camps from Julian to Arizona and from Riverside County to the border. William Vollman has written a 1,300-page portrait of this immense hot and dry land, the people who pioneered it and the people who live and work there today.

Is the Airport Authority Skirting Travel Rules?

Aug. 12
These Days

In an era of transparency and accountability, we'll look at whether the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is wisely managing their budget when it comes to travel.

Health Care Debate Comes to San Diego

Aug. 12
By Katie Orr
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The health care debate came to San Diego last night. Congresswoman Susan Davis was in town to speak at a Hillcrest Town Council Meeting. When word of her appearance leaked, people on both sides of the debate showed up to make their voices heard.

Marines Target Taliban Stronghold Before Vote

Aug. 12
Associated Press
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Helicopter-borne U.S. Marines backed by Harrier jets stormed a Taliban-held town in southern Afghanistan before dawn Wednesday, the launch of a new operation to uproot Taliban fighters from a longtime base and provide security for next week's presidential election.

Grier Says San Diego Unified Unlikely to Secure Special Stimulus Funds

Aug. 12
San Diego Week

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier says the district may not be eligible for more federal stimulus money because the school board doesn't support linking student test scores to teacher performance.