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Stories for July 8, 2009

SPAWAR Bribery Case in Court

July 8
By Alison St John

All five defendants in the alleged bribery case involving San Diego SPAWAR defense contracts pleaded not guilty in court today.

Attacks Highlight Flaws In U.S. Cyberdefenses

July 8
Ari Shapiro, NPR
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The coordinated attacks that swamped Web sites in the U.S. and South Korea in the past several days may be a harbinger of things to come, cybersecurity experts say.

California AG Joins Movement to Open Friendship Park

July 8
By Amy Isackson
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California's Attorney General and more than 200 community groups and leaders are asking the Department of Homeland Security to reopen Friendship Park along the U.S.-Mexico border. Federal officials closed the park to build more border fencing.

Calif Students quarantined for swine flu exposure

July 8

A group of 20 students studying in Japan through the University of California Davis have been quarantined after two of their Japanese tutors were diagnosed with swine flu.

Group Sues San Diego County Over Fire Protection Project

July 8
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Environmental groups are supporting a lawsuit by the Chaparral Institute that challenges part of San Diego County's fire protection plan.

Expansion Begins at Lindbergh Field

July 8
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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Ground was broken at Lindbergh Field on an expansion of Terminal 2 Wednesday. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says the airport’s being expanded now that it’s definitely staying near downtown San Diego.

Efforts to Close Calif. Budget Deficit Stalled

July 8
Associated Press

Negotiations over closing California's $26.3 billion deficit are on hold as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic legislative leaders have no formal plans to meet.

Greyboy Allstars Add A Little Funk to KPBS

July 8
By Angela Carone
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I know it's hard to imagine, but KPBS can get funky, especially with the help of San Diego's Greyboy Allstars.

San Diego Funk and Jazz Band Greyboy Allstars Play the Belly Up Tavern

July 8
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh
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The Greyboy Allstars have been bringing funk and jazz to San Diego's music scene since the early 1990's. The band is playing two nights at the Belly Up Tavern this weekend and have been in the recording studio working on a new album. We'll talk to two founding members of the band, Karl Denson and Chris Stillwell.

Strategies for Dealing With Struggling Job Market

July 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Are you having trouble finding a job right now? You're not alone. The California unemployment rate rose to 11.5 percent last month, and there are no signs the trend will reverse in the near future. So, where can you go to find the jobs that are available? And, what can you do to set yourself apart from the other applicants? We speak to Scott Silverman, with Second Chance, and Mark Cafferty, with the Workforce Partnership, about what you can do to improve your chances of getting a job during this down economy.

Political Analysis: Proposed California Budget Reform

July 8
By Maureen Cavanaugh

If the California legislature can't fix the state's budget shortfall, some people say we must resort to drastic measures. We'll discuss calls for a constitutional convention and a federal bailout.

G-8 Summit Picks Up Where G-20 Left Off

July 8
Tom Gjelten
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Three months ago, at the G-20 summit in London, President Obama and other world leaders promised a collective effort to promote a global economic recovery. Everyone pledged to keep markets open and avoid protectionist measures.

County Supervisors Say No to Clean Syringe Exchange

July 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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People who inject illegal drugs are at highest risk of spreading hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood-borne diseases. To reduce that threat, communities all across the country have launched clean syringe exchange programs. The City of San Diego allows a needle exchange to operate twice a week. In part three of a four part series, KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg explores why the County Board of Supervisors refuses to consider that option.

Council Advances New Library Project

July 8
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to keep moving forward with a new downtown library. But as KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains some council members have a lot of doubts about the project.