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Stories for August 18, 2009

Prison Overcrowding Could Impact County Jails

Aug. 18
By Katie Orr

Financial and legal pressure on California’s prisons could have implications for San Diego County jails.

Community Clinics See Big Decline in Dental Patients

Aug. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Local community clinics say a lot fewer people are coming in for dental care. California eliminated dental benefits to adults on Medi-Cal on July 1st.

NOW With David Brancaccio

Aug. 18
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"NOW On PBS" has come to the end of its broadcast run. The last episode will air on April 30, 2010. PBS announced last fall it was canceling "NOW" and providing funding for a new public affairs show called "Need To Know."

San Diego State Parks Threatened

Aug. 18
By Alison St John

San Diego has 14 state parks, any of which could be threatened with closure next month as a result of the state budget cuts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Inventor of Mobile Phone Talks Texting, Future of Communication

Aug. 18
These Days

How have cell phones changed our lives? Inventor of the mobile phone, and purveyor of portability, Marty Cooper is still at it. We'll find out what the "father of the mobile phone" thinks about texting, and how he thinks we can improve wireless communications.

San Diego Unified Posts Biggest Gains

Aug. 18
By Ana Tintocalis

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell praised San Diego City Schools today for posting some of the highest gains on state standardized test scores throughout California.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Unchanged

Aug. 18
By City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was unchanged today for the second time in three days, remaining at $3.057.

Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Dies At 78

Aug. 18
NPR

Conservative columnist Robert Novak has died after a battle with brain cancer, NPR has confirmed. Novak, who wrote one of the longest-running syndicated political columns in the United States, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer.

Internet is Increasing Access to Education Around the World

Aug. 18
These Days
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How is the internet increasing learning opportunities for people, and revolutionizing education around the world? We speak to the author of the new book "The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education."

District 9 Comic-Con Panel Highlights

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando
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Here's one last post about "District 9" (currently in theaters). Here are more highlights from the Comic-Con panel on "District 9" with producer Peter Jackson, director Neill Blomkamp, and actor Sharlto Copley. I mainly posted this because you can also see footage from the film in case you're still not sure about checking it out in theaters .

Farmers Protest Canal to Redirect Sacramento River

Aug. 18
By Steve Shadley
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About a hundred people rallied at the state capitol Monday to show concerns about the future of one of California's deltas. They want lawmakers to vote against a proposal that calls for construction of a massive canal.

Trailer Tuesday: Twilight New Moon

Aug. 18
By Beth Accomando
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Trailer Tuesday is back! Once again I will start posting trailers for upcoming films every Tuesday. Today take a look at the trailer for the next installment of the "Twilight" saga that Summit Entertainment debuted last Friday at the head of "Bandslam." But after all the hype they gave it, it turns out to be a mere tease.

California's Domestic Violence Shelters Lose All State Funding

Aug. 18
These Days

All state funding for California's domestic violence shelters was eliminated by the Governor's line-item veto when he signed the state budget. We explore what this means to those shelters and the women and children who rely on them and options for restoring some funding.

Security Chief Concern Ahead Of Afghan Elections

Aug. 18
Jackie Northam, NPR
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A suicide car bomb attacked a NATO convoy Tuesday on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least seven civilians and wounding more than 50 people. Mortar rounds also struck near the presidential palace and police headquarters in Kabul.

Will Swine Flu Sideline Your School This Year?

Aug. 18
NPR

As the summer break comes to an end and schools begin to open around the country, parents are no doubt wondering whether their kids' schools will be affected by the H1N1, or "swine flu," virus this year.

Study Says Generation Gap Is the Widest Since the 1960s

Aug. 18
These Days
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A new Pew poll takes a look at what it calls the widest generation gap among Americans since the 1960s. We speak with a local psychology professor about the findings of the study and how generations are changing over time.

Blind Students Confront the Chemistry Lab

Aug. 18
By Tom Fudge
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Theoretical science is a field that's open and accessible to all. But lab work poses some real challenges to blind students interested in becoming chemists. A dozen blind San Diego teenagers visited a UCSD lab to feel and hear the results of some basic chemical experiments.

Sweetwater Teachers Protest Stalled Contract Talks

Aug. 18
By Ana Tintocalis

Sweetwater Union High School teachers staged a rally in Chula Vista yesterday protesting stalled contract negotiations with the district.

Mexico's Southbound Screening Plan Delayed at San Ysidro

Aug. 18
By Amy Isackson

Tijuana's Customs Director says customs agents at the San Ysidro border crossing won't begin testing a plan to screen all cars headed into Mexico until September. Customs officials had wanted to start the program at the end of last month.

Data, Tailored Instruction Credited for Higher Test Scores

Aug. 18
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School District officials say more sophisticated data analysis was critical in helping students do better on state standardized tests.