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Stories for August 24, 2009

Following Dreams

Aug. 24
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In "FOLLOWING DREAMS", director Susan Polis Schutz ("Anyone and Everyone") journeys across the United States and South America to document the stories of ordinary Americans pursuing their extraordinary dreams. These remarkable men and women embarked on their own personal pursuits of happiness and found their true callings as dairy farmers, professional magicians and singers, Paralympics medalists and saviors of Amazon rainforest.

Couples Describe San Diego's First "Paired Donor" Transplants

Aug. 24
By Tom Fudge

Two San Diego couples who were looking for healthy kidneys today described their "paired donor" transplants, which were the region's first transplants of their kind.

Lakeside-Raised Astronaut Set To Blast Into Space Tuesday

Aug. 24
City News Service
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An astronaut raised in Lakeside will be at the helm of the shuttle Discovery, which is set to blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday. Rick Sturckow, a veteran of three previous space flights, will command the Discovery's 13-day mission to the International Space Station, according to NASA.

Legal Update: Internet Pornography

Aug. 24
These Days

Our legal update with Dan Eaton looks at a recent California Supreme Court ruling that involves internet pornography at work.

Calif. Assembly Speaker Postpones Vote on Prisons

Aug. 24
Don Thompson, Associated Press
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California's Assembly speaker postponed a vote Monday as she tries to line up enough votes on a controversial plan to trim the state's inmate population to save $1 billion. Speaker Karen Bass already had stripped out the most contentious provisions from a bill that passed the state Senate last week.

How a Local Journalist Sees God

Aug. 24
These Days
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Local journalism professor and author talks about how to see God in a chaotic world. Author Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University and an award-winning reporter.

Educator Lights Up Kids' Lives

Aug. 24
These Days
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How do you get kids to success in school and life? One way is to send them to Room 56 at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles and let 5th grade teacher Rafe Esquith, the only teacher to be awarded the president's National Medal of Arts, work his magic on them.

Panel Calls H1N1 'Serious Health Threat'

Aug. 24
NPR
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As many as 120 million Americans may show symptoms of the H1N1 swine flu as it continues to emerge in the United States this fall, and the illness could kill from 30,000 to 90,000 people, according to a government report released Monday.

Terry Grier Set to Leave SD Unified

Aug. 24
These Days

It is all but certain that San Diego Unified Superintendent Terry Grier will leave San Diego to become Superintendent of Houston's school district. Why is he leaving? Why has San Diego Unified provided a revolving door for superintendents in the last few years?

Chula Vista Sluggers Advance in Little League World Series

Aug. 24
City News Service

Park View Little League will play in its final pool play Tuesday before advancing to the U.S. semifinals of the Little League World Series.

Iran And The Bomb: U.S. Keeps Options Open

Aug. 24
Mary Louise Kelly, NPR
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While Iran has long denied it is seeking nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say the window to stop the country from obtaining them is closing: U.S. intelligence estimates suggest Iran could produce weapons-grade material as soon as 2013.

Patent Backlog Bothers Biotech Firms

Aug. 24
By Tom Fudge

The increasing backlog of U.S. patent applications, and the time it takes to get a patent, are raising concerns in San Diego's biotechnology industry.

SD County Ready if Fire Season Picks Up

Aug. 24
By Katie Orr

San Diego County has experienced a quiet fire season so far, but Supervisor Diane Jacob says the county is ready if the season picks up.