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Stories for August 17, 2009

The Quasi-Controlled Madness That is The Burning of Rome

Aug. 17
By Andy Trimlett
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See video and interviews of San Diego's own megaphone-toting rock band The Burning of Rome.

Feds Tap into Latino Education Issues in San Diego

Aug. 17
By Ana Tintocalis

Part of President Barack Obama's education team is traveling through California this week to talk about which reforms are needed to help Latino students. The first stop was in San Diego on Sunday at San Diego Mesa College.

Chasing China's Chariots of Steam

Aug. 17
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"CHASING CHINA'S CHARIOTS OF STEAM" is the true story of one man's obsession to track down and record the last steam trains in the world. When train fanatic and intrepid traveler John Agnew heard the Chinese were still using 10, 000 steam engines, he set off on a journey to track them down. Once in China, however, government officials began telling him there was no such thing as a steam train in modern China. His curiosity piqued by the denials, Agnew set out to prove the authorities wrong.

UCSD Surgeons Perform Complex Surgery Using One Small Incision

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

Surgeons at UCSD have removed a cancerous kidney and reconstructed a patient's bladder using a single small incision in the navel. Doctors say it's the latest development in minimally invasive surgery.

Attorney: Landslide Caused by Leaking Water

Aug. 17
City News Service

A landslide that damaged dozens of La Jolla homes was caused by water leaking into the soil, a homeowners' attorney said today, but a lawyer representing the city of San Diego said shifting earth was to blame.

Mexico Replaces Customs Force and Doubles Size

Aug. 17
By Amy Isackson
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Mexico has replaced its entire force of customs inspectors in order to catch more contraband that's smuggled into that country. The shake up is part of a bigger effort to root out corruption in Mexican customs and increase vigilance at border crossings.

Lawmakers to Tackle Overcrowded Prison Problem

Aug. 17
Steve Shadley, CCN

It’s back to work today for California lawmakers who’ve been on summer recess. And, they’ve got some big challenges ahead, including the state’s overcrowded prisons.

Stargazing in August in San Diego

Aug. 17
These Days
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August is a great month to stargaze. We'll find why San Diego County has some of the best places in the country to explore the night sky.

Calif. Lawmakers Boost Staff Pay

Aug. 17
Juliette Williams, Associated Press

Against a backdrop of deep fiscal distress, several state lawmakers rewarded their employees with pay hikes during the first half of the year, an Associated Press review of legislative pay records showed.

Chula Vista Little League Headed to World Series

Aug. 17
By Alan Ray, Alison St John, Nick Stoffel

A Little League team from Chula Vista is going to the World Series. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Special Education and Schools

Aug. 17
These Days

With school starting soon, we take a look at the obstacles special education students face and how parents can advocate for better care.

Stem Cell Center Asks Regents for Help

Aug. 17
By Tom Fudge

San Diego's stem cell consortium has abandoned efforts to get commercial financing for its planned research center. So the group has a new plan to get the project off the ground.

White House Appears Ready To Drop 'Public Option'

Aug. 17
Associated Press
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Bowing to Republican pressure and an uneasy public, President Obama's administration signaled Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.

Close Encounters in South Africa

Aug. 17
Mike Shymon, Teen Critic
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"District 9" (opened August 14 throughout San Diego) is the best movie of the year. I’m not going to dance around it, or give you some kind of long-winded introduction to that statement because it would simply be an unnecessary waste of time for a film that so greatly deserves your attention.

Half of Arrested Kids Using Drugs

Aug. 17
By Katie Orr

An annual study of drug use among juveniles arrested in the San Diego region found half tested positive for drugs. And researchers discovered many were abusing prescription medication.

Should Your Daughter Get the HPV Vaccine?

Aug. 17
These Days
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Controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus vaccine continues as parents consider whether or not their young daughters should receive it. We speak with a pediatrician about the latest research on the vaccine.

Camp Yellow Ribbon Teaches Kids Surfing

Aug. 17
By Alison St John
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If you’ve been at the beach in Del Mar in the past week, you might have seen a group of about 20 youngsters in bright yellow T-shirts, wading into the surf to ride the waves for the very first time. Camp Yellow Ribbon is a summer camp for children of military families.

In the Loop

Aug. 17
By Beth Accomando
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I did a radio Film Chat about “In the Loop” (opened July 31 at Landmark’s Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Cinemas) when the film opened but failed to post anything before I left for a trip back East. But since the film is so good and is still playing, I thought better late than never…