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Stories for August 13, 2009

Curfew Sweeps Net More Minors

Aug. 13
By Ana Tintocalis

Curfew sweeps in San Diego's inner city neighborhoods have netted more and more unsupervised minors over the past couple months.

First 5 Commission Adds $81.4 Million to Healthy Families

Aug. 13
By Tom Fudge

The First 5 commission, which spends tobacco tax dollars under Proposition 10, says it will contribute $81.4 million to California's Healthy Families program.

P.O.V. Made In L.A.

Aug. 13
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Los Angeles is now the country's center for apparel manufacturing, but many of its factories bear an eerie resemblance to New York's early 20th-century sweatshops. "Made in L.A." follows the remarkable journey of three Latina immigrants working in L.A.'s garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring a major clothing retailer to the negotiating table.

Consumer Groups Question Some Clunkers Deals

Aug. 13
Dan Strumpf, Associated Press

Consumer advocacy groups are calling on the Department of Transportation to crack down on dealerships offering questionable sales terms to customers participating in the government's Cash for Clunkers program.

Airport Seeks Approval for 2nd Phase of Expansion

Aug. 13
By Katie Orr

Work has already begun on expanding San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. The airport still needs approval from the California Coastal Commission for a major part of the expansion.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Reveals New and Bizarre Stories in Book

Aug. 13
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The new Ripley's Believe It or Not! book was just published and is filled with bizarre, interesting and unbelievable facts. We speak to the vice president of Ripley Entertainment Publishing and Communications about the new book.

San Diego Stages Take a Comedic Turn

Aug. 13
These Days
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As summer winds down and the recession lingers, San Diego's stages are full of comic diversions. The Old Globe, the La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theater and New Village Arts are all running comic plays.

Calif. to Stop Issuing IOUs as Budget Stabilizes

Aug. 13
Juliet Williams, Associated Press

California's top financial officers said Thursday they will stop issuing IOUs, ending a practice that became the most visible symbol of the state's fiscal crisis.

Celebrated Composer Featured at La Jolla Summerfest

Aug. 13
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A distinguished composer and famous jazz musician, Gunther Schuller, is the composer-in-residence at this year's La Jolla Summerfest, which runs through Aug. 23. Schuller speaks with us about how he became interested in jazz music, about attending school in Germany in the late 1930's and about playing with Miles Davis.

Authorities Say Mexican Murder Crew in San Diego Dismantled

Aug. 13
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San Diego law enforcement authorities say they've dismantled a Mexican drug trafficking ring that operated in San Diego and killed nine people.

NorCal Wildfire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate Homes

Aug. 13
Associated Press

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a wildfire that has forced the evacuation of about 2,400 residents in Santa Cruz Mountains.

Newly-Hired Chula Vista Police Chief Drops Out of Race for Sheriff

Aug. 13
By Katie Orr

Newly-hired Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano is officially dropping out of the race for San Diego County Sheriff. Chula Vista's new top cop used to be San Diego's Police Chief and was also a U.S. Marshall at one point. Bejarano was appointed as Chula Vista's police chief earlier this week.

Budget Cuts Are Putting Squeeze on Local Fire Departments

Aug. 13
San Diego Week
These Days

How will local fire districts deal with the budget cuts from Sacramento? What can residents do on their own to improve local fire protection? We speak to two fire chiefs about the impact of budget cuts on local districts, and to discuss the importance of individual fire preparation.

Tracking Spiny Lobsters in San Diego Bay

Aug. 13
By Ed Joyce
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A research team led by a marine ecologist at San Diego State University is studying spiny lobsters in San Diego Bay. They're trying to determine how many live there. I joined the team as they checked metal traps in the bay.

Why Obama Can't Brush Off Health Care Protests

Aug. 13
Liz Halloran, NPR
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A hint of the gathering storm came more than two weeks ago, when a polite older woman named Mary called into an AARP-sponsored health care "tele-town hall" with a question for President Obama.

Ponyo

Aug. 13
By Beth Accomando
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Japanese master animator Hayao Miyazaki is best known here in the U.S. for films such as “Spirited Away” and “Princess Mononoke.” Now he delivers a magical tale called “Ponyo.” You can read my full review or listen to my radio feature. Plus checkout a panel highlight from Comic-Con and a trailer.

Republican San Diego Congressmen Address Health Care

Aug. 13
By Tom Fudge

The health care debate has moved out of Washington as members of Congress have gone on recess. Two of San Diego's Republican congressmen say what they want from health care reform.

A Love Made Out of Paper Hearts

Aug. 13
Mike Shymon, Teen Critic
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"Paper Heart" (now playing at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) is a film unlike most anything else you’ll see this year -- or from any other year for that matter. It’s part documentary, part romantic comedy, part performance piece, and part puppet show (seriously). However -- perhaps because it manages to integrate all these pieces so naturally and wonderfully -- it also has more charm and yes, heart, than most other films you’ll see this year.