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Stories for August 5, 2009

UCSD Finds a New Way to Reduce Appetite

Aug. 5
By Tom Fudge
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Surgeons at UCSD have created a new way to reduce the size of the stomach in obese people. Doctors believe this new surgery reduces trauma and risk of infection.

AVID Programs Survive Despite State Cuts

Aug. 5
By Ana Tintocalis
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Roughly 4,000 teachers from across the country are in San Diego to learn how they can help immigrant and minority kids get into college.

Environmental Group Calls Some School Supplies Unsafe

Aug. 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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The non-profit Center for Environmental Health says some school supplies sold at major retailers contain high levels of lead. The Oakland-based group says it found a pencil pouch and a backpack that consumers should avoid.

No Firm Proposals for Marine Reserves Off San Diego Coastline

Aug. 5
By Ed Joyce
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A long process to determine which areas off the coast of San Diego County should be set aside for marine reserves is nearing an end. A group trying to come up with three proposals has been meeting this week in Carlsbad.

Budget Cuts Devastate California Higher Education

Aug. 5
Terence Chea, Associated Press
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When California college students return to campus this fall, they'll find crowded classrooms, less access to faculty and counselors, fewer campus services and more difficulty getting classes they need to graduate.

Marijuana Dispensaries in Unincorporated Areas Placed on 45-Day Hold

Aug. 5
James R. Riffel, CNS
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas so staff can develop land-use regulations.

Federal Judges Order Calif. To Reduce Prison Population

Aug. 5
Steve Shadley, California Capitol Network
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A panel of three federal judges is ordering the state to reduce its prison population by 44,000 inmates within two years. But, the state’s top corrections official is vowing to appeal.

S.D. Courts To Have Furloughs Through 2010

Aug. 5
City News Service
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All courts of the San Diego Superior Court will be closed to the public on the third Wednesday of every month beginning next month in response to the state's budget crisis, court officials announced today

Calif. Nurses Protest Lack of Swine Flu Equipment

Aug. 5
Associated Press
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A California nurses union says some hospitals are failing to protect workers from swine flu.

Freed Journalists Home in U.S. After North Korea Pardon

Aug. 5
Associated Press
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Two American journalists freed by North Korea returned home to the United States on Wednesday for a jubilant, emotional reunion with family members and friends they hadn't seen in nearly five months.

S.D. Zoo Panda Gives Birth to 5th Cub

Aug. 5
Associated Press
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Prized San Diego Zoo panda mom Bai Yun has given birth to her fifth cub, the zoo announced Wednesday.

John Dean Revisits Watergate

Aug. 5
These Days
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John Dean, former counsel to President Richard Nixon and arguably the star of the Senate Watergate Hearings, has written a new ending for his book on Watergate and the Nixon presidency, Blind Ambition. We ask what new information he reveals and his opinion of the Bush administration.

Domestic Violence Shelters Struggling After Budget Cuts

Aug. 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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When Governor Schwarzenegger signed California's new budget, he used his line-item veto to cut spending on a variety of programs. In one move, he eliminated funding for 94 domestic violence shelters statewide.

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 3)

Aug. 5
San Diego Week
These Days
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How do we make a health care system that meets the needs of the American public? We'll look at various proposals for reforming health care.

Political Analysis: Competition for County Supervisor

Aug. 5
These Days
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Members of the San Diego Board of Supervisors often run for reelection with little opposition. But a real political race is heating up for Ron Roberts seat on the Board. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner explains.

Rising Gas Prices Due to Weak Dollar

Aug. 5
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San Diego gas prices have inched up more than 10 cents in the past week, but some experts are baffled as to why. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at PFG Best Research in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

What Can Arts Organizations Learn from Comic-Con? (Part 3)

Aug. 5
By Angela Carone
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In this final stage of our series "What Can Arts Organizations Learn from Comic-Con?", our panelists discuss the role of arts criticism and citizen bloggers in creating dialogue around the traditional and popular arts. They also agree that, if traditional arts organizations can remain flexible and inclusive, the future is bright for building new audiences.

County Expected to Delay Marijuana Dispensaries

Aug. 5
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego county board of supervisors vote today on whether to put a hold on medical marijuana dispensaries.

SD Unified Backs Biliteracy

Aug. 5
By Ana Tintocalis
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Biliteracy will now be a priority in the San Diego Unified school district. The school board approved a policy yesterday that makes learning two languages a goal for all district students.

Somali Community Gets Approval For Charter High School

Aug. 5
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified school board will allow a Somali charter school in City Heights to expand. That came despite concerns over the diversity of the school's student population.