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Stories for July 23, 2009

On the Trolley Headed To Comic-Con

July 23
By Angela Carone
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Taking the trolley to Comic-Con was the best decision I made today. It was cheap, relaxing, and full of colorful company.

Wide Angle: The Market Maker

July 23
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WIDE ANGLE travels to East Africa to tell the dramatic story of an Ethiopian economist on a mission: Seeking a market-based solution to end hunger in her famine-plagued country, she creates Ethiopia’s first commodities exchange. What she didn’t count on was a world financial crisis getting in the way.

Wonderland: Ocean Beach, Part Four

July 23
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In this episode, Noah returns once again to Ocean Beach for an exciting new adventure. Noah covers the 50 year Anniversary of the OB Kite Festival and visits the Secret Garden in OB and the Farmer's Market. He discovers a hidden cave and tunnel at Sunset Cliffs that was used during prohibition to smuggle alcohol. Then he takes a nice swim in the ocean with a five foot Iguana! Only in OB.

San Diego School District Waiting on State Legislature

July 23
By Ed Joyce
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The California Assembly and state Senate are expected to debate and possibly vote on a complex budget plan Thursday in Sacramento.

Seals Can Stay for Now

July 23
San Diego Week
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The seals at the La Jolla Children’s pool can stay where they are for at least a few more months. KPBS reporter Katie Orr says a state judge has delayed his earlier ruling that the seals be removed by Thursday.

American Masters: Walter Cronkite: Witness to History

July 23
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Everyone knew Walter Cronkite from the CBS Evening News, where he earned distinction as "The Most Trusted Man in America" during his 19 years at the anchor desk. Throughout his award-winning career --which began as a field reporter in World War II -- Cronkite covered such historic events as the first trip to the moon; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy; the Watergate scandal; the Vietnam War; the Iran hostage crisis; and John Glenn's return to space. Through it all, he steadfastly adhered to a credo of fast, accurate and unbiased news reporting.

Vanishing Clouds Could Worsen Global Warming

July 23
By Ed Joyce
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A UC San Diego study shows evidence that changes in the Earth's cloud patterns could increase global warming.

SDSU Professor Teaches "Fat Studies"

July 23
By Tom Fudge
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A San Diego State professor wants to change the way we talk about being fat.

State Lawmakers Face Long Debate on Budget Deal

July 23
Judy Lin, Associated Press
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Lawmakers braced for a long debate Thursday as they vote on a complex budget plan struck by Gov. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers designed to reverse the state's slide toward insolvency.

Are City Workers Paid Too Much?

July 23
These Days
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Does the city of San Diego pay its workers too much, given the current fiscal crisis? Are city workers and their unions responsible for the financial trouble the city finds itself in? Vlad Kogan of VoiceofSanDiego.org discusses his study of the pay (including salaries, fees, wages, commissions and bonuses) of San Diego's public sector workers.

Eisner Winner James Jean Thrills Art World and Comic-Con

July 23
By Angela Carone
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Illustrator and fine artist James Jean returns to Comic-Con after a sold-out solo show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York. The seven-time Eisner winner will sign copies of his new print book "Kindling" and host a "Spotlight" panel.

Comic-Con Begins

July 23
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Live from Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center, Beth Accomando gives us an update on the events, people, stars, crowds at this annual festival of popular culture.

Making Science Hip

July 23
These Days
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Who cares about science these days? We'll talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the hip host of NOVA scienceNOW, about how to make science fun, cool and interesting to the masses.

Shawn Clement Composes Quantum Quest Film Score With Space Sounds

July 23
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Composer Shawn Clement has had a long and acclaimed career scoring films and television shows, including "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He's in San Diego for Comic-Con, where he'll talk about composing the score for the new 3-D IMAX animated film "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey." He recorded the score with members of the San Francisco Symphony at Skywalker Sound.

Thursday Panel Highlights

July 23
By Beth Accomando
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OMG! It's only Thursday and the panels already boast the incredible line up of Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Park Chan-Wook, and Bruce Campbell. Plus Comic-Con begins its series of panels looking back at the convention with The Secret Origins of Comic-Con at 11:00am in Room 2.

Twilight Moms are Back

July 23
By Beth Accomando
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For the second year in a row the first in line for Hall H are the Twilight Moms. But unlike last year, no one is surprised to find them there. In fact multiple news crews were out in full force interviewing them. "Twilight," the teen vampire saga based on Stephenie Meyer's books, scored big at the box office last year and surprised a lot of people. But not the Twilight Moms who were ahead of the curve in gauging the film's popularity.

School Shots Harder To Get Under Healthy Families Freeze

July 23
Kelley Weiss, CCN
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Many California kids are getting ready to go back to school. Before being allowed to return, their vaccinations must be up to date. But thanks to the state’s budget crisis, this will be a difficult and expensive task for a growing number of low-income families.