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Stories for July 20, 2009

San Diego Still Paying for Mistakes

July 20
By Alison St John

San Diego is still paying for the mistakes it made seven years ago when the city failed to disclose its billion-dollar pension deficit to investors. But a monitor, who reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, says the city is cleaning up its act.

Cal State Trustees to Vote on Fee Hikes, Furloughs

July 20
Associated Press

California State University's governing board is set to vote on an emergency budget plan that would significantly raise student fees, shrink enrollment and furlough most employees at its 23 campuses.

San Diego Biotech Shows Good Results with Anti-Obesity Drug

July 20
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego-based company Orexigen reports its anti-obesity drug has met FDA standards in late-stage trials. Company executives expect to apply for FDA approval next year.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Could Break Ground in November

July 20
By Ed Joyce
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The company that plans to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad has hired three people to oversee the project's construction. Poseidon Resources hopes to break ground this fall.

Economy Draws More Homeless Vets to S.D. Event

July 20
By Dwane Brown

The economic recession didn't stop volunteers from extending a helping hand to San Diego's homeless veterans at this year's annual Stand Down event.

Report: City Employees Don't Use Whistleblower Hotline

July 20
By Alison St John

The city of San Diego’s whistleblower hotline to report fraud, waste or abuse received more than 100 calls over the last 9 months. However, none of them came from employees.

On Comic-Con, Transformations, and Ludacris

July 20
By Angela Carone
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By mid-week downtown will transform into ground zero for all things pop culture as Comic-Con begins it's 40th convention of popular arts.

Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose: Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros

July 20
Richard Bangs' Adventures with Purpose: Assam India: Quest for the One-Horned Rhinoceros  Tease photo

In the shadow of the Himalayas and along the misty banks of the Brahmaputra River glides a grey blur that almost became a ghost—the one-horned rhinoceros—a rare species that a hundred-years-ago nearly vanished from the earth. What kept these rare rhinos from falling into extinction? What does their story reveal about the world and about saving precious wildlife? Richard sets off to discover what this elusive rhino represents to the people of Assam — and to the world.

Court Says Seals Must Go, But New Law Says "Not So Fast''

July 20
City News Service
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Earlier today it seemed as if the seals were sure to be evicted. A judge gave the city of San Diego 72 hours to comply with a court order to remove the colony of harbor seals. But then late today Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger complicated the debate by signing into law a measure giving control of Children's Pool back to the city of San Diego

Deal Reached To Close California's $26B Budget Gap

July 20
Associated Press
Deal Reached To Close California's $26B Budget Gap Tease photo

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's legislative leaders agreed Monday on a plan to close the state's $26 billion budget shortfall, potentially getting the state back on firm financial ground so it can stop issuing IOUs.

Padres Pitcher Mat Latos Makes his Major League Debut

July 20
By Dwane Brown, Josette Herdell, Alan Ray

It was a weekend of old guys and young guys in the sports world. There were disappointments for both, but no surprises. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

When California was the Land of Possibilities

July 20
These Days

Golden Dreams: California in an age of abundance 1950-1963 is the 8th volume in Kevin Starr's monumental history of California, Americans and the California Dream. This volume covers the time when the California we know today first rose into prominence. Starr talks about how San Diego reluctantly grew into one of the largest cities in the nation and the people who influenced its growth

The Enduring Appeal of Burning Man

July 20
These Days

Next month, the 23-rd annual Burning Man event takes place in the Nevada desert. People attend to celebrate self-expression in one of the harshest environment's imaginable. What brings them back year after year?

Find Freebies and Steals in San Diego

July 20
These Days

In this tight economy, it's all about finding bargains. We'll take a look at how you can find freebies and steals in San Diego.

Officials Scramble To Prep Swine Flu Vaccine By Fall

July 20
Richard Knox, NPR
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It's never been done before — vaccinating Americans against two different flu threats in one season. But that's what public health officials all over the country are beginning to plan for. They need to deploy two different flu vaccines that will be available on different schedules — and targeted at different people.

No Damage Reported From 3.7-Magnitude SoCal Quake

July 20
Associated Press

An earthquake has rattled the San Diego County desert but there are no reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 struck at 5:10 a.m. Monday.

Health Care Advocates Examine the Path to Reform

July 20
San Diego Week

The high cost of health care reform, and the high cost of doing nothing, were subjects of conversation last Friday. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge attended a forum hosted by San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage.

Research into Premature Births Ongoing

July 20
By Katie Orr
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The UCSD Medical Center’s Infant Special Care Unit hosted a picnic over the weekend to reunite nurses and doctors with the small patients they’ve helped save. The hospital handles a high proportion of premature births. KPBS Reporter Katie Orr says research about why some babies are born early is on going.

Officials: Health Care Proposal 'A Work In Progress'

July 20
Associated Press
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Administration officials defended President Obama's broad health care proposals on Sunday and urged a skeptical public not to judge the Democrats' overhaul until Congress writes a final version.