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Stories for July 29, 2009

FBI Offers $10,000 for Border Patrol Agent's Gun

July 29
Associated Press

The FBI is offering $10,000 for help finding the gun of a Border Patrol agent who was slain last week in a rugged area outside San Diego.

Comic-Con Video Game Demo: DC Universe Online

July 29
Aaron Watanabe
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DC Universe Online is an MMO set in the world of DC Comics. Anyone can play alongside iconic heroes like Batman and Superman or fiendish villains like Joker and Lex Luthor.

Report Shows Beach Water Quality Jeopardizing Health

July 29
By Ed Joyce
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We may think of San Diego County's beaches as five-star attractions. But an environmental group says the water quality at many of our beaches get lower ratings. Part of the problem is the lack of testing.

Schwarzenegger Eliminates HIV Prevention and Treatment

July 29
By Kenny Goldberg

Advocates for HIV treatment and prevention say Governor Schwarzenegger has effectively dismantled California's efforts to battle the disease. When he signed the new budget, the governor used his line-item veto power to cut an additional $52 million from HIV/AIDS programs.

S.D. Zoo Says 17-Year-Old Panda is Pregnant

July 29
City News Service
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The San Diego Zoo's 17-year-old giant panda Bai Yun is pregnant, it was announced today. The mother of four was subjected to an ultrasound examination on Monday that clearly showed a panda fetus, which was seen moving its paws and tucking in its head, according to the San Diego Zoo.

No Federal Stimulus for San Diego Police

July 29
By Katie Orr

The low crime rate is good news for people living in San Diego. But it’s bad news when the San Diego Police Department tries to get money from the federal government.

Health Care Progress Seen on Capitol Hill

July 29
Liz Sidoti, Associated Press
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Congress reported progress on legislation to overhaul the nation's health care Wednesday as President Barack Obama introduced a retooled message asserting his plan would protect Americans and limit insurers' power.

Trends in Defense Spending Boost San Diego

July 29
By Alison St John

A new analysis of military spending in San Diego suggests defense dollars account for a growing share of the local economy.

S.D. City Council Talks Trash

July 29
San Diego Week
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Trash collection in San Diego has a messy history. The City Council waded into the issue Tuesday when it was forced to respond to the County Grand Jury’s report calling for San Diego to start charging for garbage pick up. It’s an issue that’s vexed local lawmakers for years.

Calif. Budget Crisis Prompts Calls for Constitutional Reform

July 29
These Days

If California is ungovernable, what can we do about it? Overhaul the constitution or tweak it here and there through the initiative process? Common Cause and the League of Women Voters are examining the alternatives, and we talk with Thad Kousser about possibilities.

Who Owns Your Genes?

July 29
These Days

Nearly 20 percent of the human genome is patented by private companies, amounting to thousands of genes. But should what exists in nature be patenting, and what impact will that have on cures for disease?

Activists Want Marijuana on the 2010 Ballot

July 29
San Diego Week

A group of activists from Oakland have filed a ballot initiative that could legalize marijuana in California.

More Teens Arrested Smuggling Drugs Across Border

July 29
By Amy Isackson

U.S Federal officials say are arresting more U.S. Teenagers trying to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Unified School Board May Approve District-Wide Biliteracy Programs

July 29
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified school board is leaning toward approving a proposed policy that would allow all students in the district access to full-spectrum biliteracy programs.