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Stories for July 7, 2009

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Michael Jackson Memorial

July 7
Gina Gold, Guest Blogger

NOTE: Since I knew someone who actually won the lottery for tickets to the Michael Jackson Memorial, I thought you might enjoy hearing what she had to say about the experience. Michael Jackson's Memorial Service at the Staples Center this morning was rife with amazing, heart-felt star performances, tributes, and sermons, but, in my book, the showstopping turn of the day belonged to--no surprise--Michael Jackson. A two or three minute clip of 10-year-old Jackson singing Smokey Robinson's "Who's Loving You?" on the Ed Sullivan show was as spectacular and mesmerizing a performance as I've ever seen.

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Funding for Waterfront Vision Cobbled Together

July 7
By Alison St John

The San Diego Port District has cobbled together financing for the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan -- a new waterfront esplanade on San Diego Bay.

Pedicab Driver Charged with Felony

July 7
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

A San Diego pedicab driver has been charged with a felony in the death of a woman who fell from his cab this past weekend. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says the woman’s death could prompt the city to tighten its regulations on the pedicab industry.

San Diego Recycled Water Project Moves Ahead

July 7
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The San Diego City Council voted to continue a 12-million-dollar recycled water project. The pilot project was reconsidered Tuesday because one councilmember raised concerns about the plan.

Most California Voters Support Higher Tobacco Tax

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg

A new statewide poll shows overwhelming support for the idea of raising the tobacco tax by $1.50 a pack. The survey reveals seven out of ten California voters favor the tax to help balance the state budget.

San Diego Woman Died After Contracting Swine Flu

July 7
Associated Press

Health officials in San Diego say a 50-year-old woman who died last month was suffering from swine flu. County Health and Human Services Agency spokesman Jose Alvarez says the woman had an underlying medical condition and the flu created extra medical stress on her body.

6 Charged with Corruption in SPAWAR Fraud Case

July 7
City News Service

A 25-count federal indictment unsealed today charges a half-dozen people with corruption and fraud related to defense contracting at San Diego-based Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

Paying Tribute to Michael Jackson

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Kurt Kohnen

These Days honors Michael Jackson with music from his "Off the Wall Special Edition" album featuring "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."

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Obama Asks Russians To Partner With U.S.

July 7
Associated Press

Working to turn Russia from antagonist to ally, President Obama asked the Russian people Tuesday to "forge a lasting partnership" with the U.S. But he acknowledged after talks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that on divisive issues there won't be "a meeting of the minds anytime soon."

3 Police Dead in Less Than 24 hours in Tijuana and Rosarito

July 7

Gunmen shot up the Red Cross in Tijuana Tuesday morning. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains a Tijuana policewoman died in the hail of bullets.

Cal State Pushes Furloughs to Close Budget Hole

July 7
Associated Press

California State University officials are preparing a plan to furlough 47,000 employees for two days a month to help offset sharp cuts in state funding. The CSU Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting in Long Beach Tuesday to discuss ways to close a projected $584 million budget shortfall for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Local Real Estate Market Confusing to Both Buyers and Sellers

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

What's going on with the local real estate market? Local home sales are increasing, and housing prices are starting stabilize. But unemployment is still high, and another wave of foreclosures could be coming soon. We speak to local real estate broker Matt Battiata and reporter Kelly Bennett to get their take on what's happening in the local housing market.

Grilling Up Good Food

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Summer is a great time for cooking outdoors. In our monthly food segment, we'll explore all aspects of barbequing, from charcoal and gas, to peaches and pork.

How Do You Cope with Losing Your Job?

July 7
By Maureen Cavanaugh

With the county's jobless rate at 9.4 percent, many San Diegans have had to adapt to a life without work. We speak with a local psychotherapist about how people are coping with losing their jobs.

Lower Credit Rating will Hurt State in the Future

July 7
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

California lawmakers met again Monday to discuss how to solve the state's $26 billion budget crisis. And again, we don't have a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

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Fans Gather For Jackson Memorial In Los Angeles

July 7
Associated Press

Barricades were up, streets were closed and police were out in force, as Los Angeles braced for tens of thousands of Michael Jackson fans to crowd a downtown area for Tuesday's star-studded memorial service for the King of Pop.

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Clean Syringe Exchange Tries to Reduce Risky Behavior

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg

IV drug users are at high risk of spreading blood-borne diseases like hepatitis C and HIV. To combat this threat, the City of San Diego has a mobile clean syringe exchange program that operates twice a week.

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Food, Inc. and Under Our Skin

July 7
By Beth Accomando

In the heat of the summer I have to confess that I sometimes get delirious and get distracted by the big, noisy summer blockbusters, and end up missing some of the smaller, more substantial films. So in an attempt to make up for that oversight, here is a pair of worthy documentaries that you can still catch in theaters: "Food, Inc." (still playing at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) and "Under Our Skin" (currently playing at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters).

UCSD Health Sciences Asks for Budget Flexibility

July 7
By Kenny Goldberg

Medical staff and other employees that work in health sciences at UCSD say proposed system-wide budget cuts don't make sense. Health science officials are asking the UC president for some flexibility.

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Transformers 2 Still Attracting the Teens

July 7
Raymond Mai, Teen Critic

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (opened June 24 throughout San Diego) hasn't quite been dethroned by "Ice Age 3," but the Autobots and Decepticons are being given a run for their money by those 3-D prehistoric beasts and dinosaurs. One of the KPBS Teen Critics explains why "Transformers" is still holding on to the top slot."