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Stories for August 31, 2009

Fire Near Los Angeles Grows In Triple-Digit Heat

Aug. 31
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A deadly wildfire destroyed more than four dozen homes as it blackened a wide swath of Southern California forest, forced thousands of residents to flee and burned close to a vital mountaintop broadcasting complex.

Report: Border Patrol Checkpoints Useful But Data Flawed

Aug. 31
By Amy Isackson

A new government report dings the US Border Patrol for overstating the effectiveness of highway checkpoints. Nevertheless, the Government Accountability Office concludes the checkpoints are an important line of defense for illegal immigrants and drugs.

Calif. Assembly Approves Scaled-Down Prison Plan

Aug. 31

The California Assembly has approved a bill seeking to reduce the state corrections budget as Republican lawmakers assailed it as a threat to public safety.

Hundreds of San Diego State Students Protest Cuts

Aug. 31
By Amita Sharma

Fuming San Diego State University students railed against deep budget cuts in a protest that drew hundreds to the campus. The university is grappling with a $35 million reduction.

El Niño May Not Help State Water Supply

Aug. 31
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

California water managers are concerned about a fourth year of drought in 2010. Three years of dry conditions have brought mandatory conservation to San Diego and other areas of the state.

Street Scene Photos, Including Flavor Flav's Bling and Various Shoes!

Aug. 31
By Angela Carone
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Check out our photo gallery of this year's Street Scene. We adored Public Enemy and it shows. Also, see our pictures of Busta Rhymes, Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, Thievery Corporation, M.I.A., The Dead Weather and more.

Scripps Scientists Discuss Expedition to Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook
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Why is there a Texas-sized patch of garbage floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean? How did the trash get there, and what can be done to remove it? We speak to a group of researchers who recently returned from a Scripps Institute of Oceanography expedition to study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

2 Firefighters Die As L.A. Wildfire Spreads

Aug. 31
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Firefighters continued to fight a fire that threatened homes in the Los Angeles area on Monday, just one day after two colleagues were killed as they headed to battle the fire in Angeles National Forest.

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Aug. 31
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Swine Flu Update

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Sharon Heilbrunn

The White house is predicting that the swine flu will affect 20 to 40 percent of all Americans - that's between 600,000 and 1.2 million people in San Diego County. We take an updated look at how San Diego is preparing.

Mark Quint Put San Diego on the Art World Map

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn
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Mark Quint is the subject of Quint: Three Decades of Contemporary Art, a retrospective at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. He talks about running one of San Diego's most influential galleries, the San Diego gallery scene, and how the current economic climate is affecting artists and galleries.

How to Help Your Depressed or Suicidal Teen

Aug. 31
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Josette Herdell

Many teens who are depressed or suicidal are undiagnosed. We speak with the executive director from the TeenScreen National Center about a voluntary mental health check-up program for schools. We also speak with a local therapist about adolescent depression, how to tell if your teen is at risk and what to do about it.

Critic Says Convention Center Expansions Don't Pay Off

Aug. 31
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The mayor’s task force is considering whether San Diego should expand its convention center, and is expected to recommend moving forward at Monday’s meeting.

Many San Diegans Saddled With Medical Debt

Aug. 31
By Kenny Goldberg

One in ten adults in San Diego County is saddled with medical debt. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research reveals medical debt is a problem statewide.

San Diegans Attend a Hot Health Care Forum

Aug. 31
By Tom Fudge

The last and the biggest health care town hall meeting in San Diego County took place in this past weekend. It was in a gym, next to the Spring Valley Library.