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Stories for July 21, 2009

SDSU Hires Scientists to Focus on the Flu

July 21
By Tom Fudge

San Diego State has increased its health science research capacity by adding five immunologists to its Bioscience Center. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge says that two of them are focused on fighting the flu.

Admiral Reflects on San Diego's Growing Navy Presence

July 21
By Alison St John

The top Navy commander in San Diego says the region benefits from growing Defense Department spending.

CSU Approves 20 Percent Tuition Hike

July 21
City News Service

Just two months after approving a 10 percent tuition hike, the California State University Board of Trustees authorized another 20 percent increase in student fees today as it tries to compensate for a sharp reduction in state funding.

S.D. Mayor Not Sure What CA Budget Deal Means for City

July 21
By Katie Orr

It’s not yet clear what impact California’s budget deal would have on the city of San Diego. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says a lot could depend on how much money redevelopment agencies are willing to give up.

San Diego Wants Seal Pool Ruling Tossed Out

July 21
By Ed Joyce
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The city of San Diego plans to ask a judge to vacate an order giving the city 72 hours to scare harbor seals away from the Children's Pool in La Jolla. It's the latest move in a decade-long battle over the use of the pool.

Calif. Budget Deal Could Cost San Diego Millions

July 21
Joe Britton, City News Service

A tentative deal reached by state legislators to close California's $26 billion deficit could cost the city of San Diego $100 million and the county another $150 million, officials said today.

Tijuana Tourism Merchants Say Screening Could be Catastrophic

July 21

Tijuana merchants who cater to tourists are worried Mexico's plan to screen all cars headed south into Tijuana will be another blow to their business. They estimate sales have dropped 80 percent since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Navy Imposes Swine Flu Quarantine

July 21
Associated Press

Dozens of sailors and Marines who tested positive for swine flu have been quarantined aboard four Navy ships at or near Pearl Harbor. Health officials say at least 69 people had been confirmed with the virus.

Cal State Students Protest Fee Hikes, Campus Cuts

July 21
Associated Press

Dozens of California State University students are outside the chancellor's office to protest an emergency budget plan that would sharply increase student fees, shrink enrollment and furlough most employees.

Comic-Con Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

July 21
These Days
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This year, Comic-Con celebrates its 40th anniversary with a number of milestones, including record attendance and the first-ever appearance of fan idol Peter Jackson. North America's largest pop culture convention begins Wednesday.

Californians Want Change After Budget Impasse

July 21
KPBS News & Ina Jaffe/NPR
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In California, the governor and legislative leaders finally have a tentative budget deal. If lawmakers approve it, the plan will use massive spending cuts to erase the state's $26 billion deficit. But many Californians have grown weary of these regular budget stalemates. And they're saying that now is the time to fundamentally change the way the state does business.

Will Manufacturing Return to America?

July 21
These Days

How will the U.S. recover from the current recession? We'll talk with economist Peter Navarro about the role of manufacturing in the future of a sound economy.

California Lawmakers Agree on Budget Deal

July 21
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray

It looks like California legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed on a new budget. But as a wise man once said, "it ain't over 'til it's over." We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Sacramento Insiders Discuss Details of State Budget Agreement

July 21
These Days

California's legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to eliminate the state budget deficit. Now, the proposal goes to the full legislature for a vote. Could this be the week that California lawmakers approve a plan to close the state's $26.3 billion budget deficit? We talk to Sacramento Bee reporter Kevin Yamamura, and Political Consultant Leo McElroy about the latest news on the budget talks.

Walt Disney Filmmaker Discusses New Animation Book

July 21
These Days

Walt Disney Filmmaker Don Hahn has produced classics such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. He just published a new 2-volume book covering the animation lectures of Walt Stanchfield. He joins us to discuss his new book and his upcoming panel at Comic-Con.

(500) Days of Summer

July 21
By Beth Accomando
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Early on in "(500) Days of Summer" (opened July 17 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), the narrator announces that this is not a love story. But of course that's precisely what it is – it's a story about the possibilities and impossibilities of love. It's less conventional than most love stories and does try to position itself as something of an anti-love story, but deep down it is exactly what it denies it is and that's kind of the point. (Check out the behind the scenes video.)

Graphic Novel Shopping at Comic-Con

July 21
Rocco Versaci
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If you're intrigued by graphic novels but have no idea where to start, Comic-Con offers plenty of shopping opportunities and Palomar professor of English Rocco Versace has created the perfect shopping list for you, complete with suggested author events.