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Stories for August 27, 2009

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Park View Advances to U.S. Little League Final

Aug. 27, 2009
Associated Press

Nick Conlin had barely touched the plate with the winning run when he was surrounded by his teammates from Chula Vista, Calif. Their arms were flapping up and down and their faces had ear-to-ear grins. Then a bunch of the boys fell to the ground in a heap, still smiling as the crowd roared.

Schwarzenegger Visits Chula Vista School, Lobbies for Stimulus Funds

Aug. 27, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging state lawmakers to change key education laws so California can secure more stimulus spending. He visited the Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School to get his message across.

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Thousands Expected To Pay Respects To Kennedy

Aug. 27, 2009

Sen. Edward Kennedy's flag-draped casket was placed inside a black hearse by a military guard at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., on Thursday as his family — young and old — looked on, many wiping away tears.

New Bacterial Target Could Lead to a New Class of Drugs

Aug. 27, 2009
By Tom Fudge

Scientists at San Diego's Burnham Institute say they've found a new and valuable target in the hunt for deadly bacteria.

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Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series II: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea

Aug. 27, 2009

Stolen rare books and the murders of a brilliant Oxford fine arts student and a library maintenance engineer lead Lewis and Hathaway to a treatment center for gambling addicts and two talented painters. Can Oxford’s finest trace the killers before they claim their next victim?

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Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch May Be Killing Marine Life

Aug. 27, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

UC San Diego researchers are trying to figure out what's going on with a huge patch of garbage in the North Pacific Ocean.

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Napolitano: Politics Didn't Push Stimulus Projects

Aug. 27, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday that politics did not influence the decision to spend millions of dollars in stimulus money on little-used border checkpoints while passing over higher-priority projects.

Electric Cars in San Diego

Aug. 27, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

It might be easier than ever to drive and maintain an electric car in San Diego. We chat with experts about the benefits of going electric.

Documentary Looks at the Pursuit of Happiness

Aug. 27, 2009
By Josette Herdell, Maureen Cavanaugh

Following Dreams is a documentary that looks at the lives of people whose pursuit of happiness has led them down unconventional paths. We speak with the director of the film and a "dreamer" who says he's the "luckiest man alive."

16 Alleged Sinaloa Drug Cartel Members Indicted

Aug. 27, 2009
By Amy Isackson

Sixteen people allegedly tied to Mexico's Sinaloa Drug Cartel have been indicted in Imperial County. The group supposedly trafficked hundreds of pounds of drugs into the United States.

Nurses Say Hospitals Aren't Ready for Swine Flu

Aug. 27, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

The California Nurses Association says many hospitals aren't prepared for an outbreak of swine flu. The nurses union says a number of hospitals don't have the proper masks to protect staff.

S.D. Community Group Continues to Focus on Food Stamp Program

Aug. 27, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A San Diego community group is continuing to draw attention to how few people take advantage of the county’s food stamp program. The group thinks more can be done despite recent changes to the program.

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Scripps Scientists Exploring the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Aug. 27, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown

Researchers are trying to find out the effects on marine life from a massive collection of plastic and other debris 1,000 miles off our coastline. Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists have returned from a three-week trip exploring what's called the "Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch."