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Stories for July 31, 2009

Receive 2-for-1 admission during the month of August for La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest

July 31
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Join now at the $60 level or above and enjoy benefits at hundreds of restaurants and attractions with the KPBS MemberCard. Join or renew today!

Survey: Calif. Hospitals Not Ready for Earthquake Retrofit Deadline

July 31
By Kenny Goldberg

A new survey finds most hospitals in California won't meet the state's 2013 deadline for seismic retrofitting. The state could force those hospitals to close their doors.

Diesel Trucks Serving Calif. Ports Must Cut Emissions

July 31
By Katie Orr

The air around San Diego’s port terminals should become a little cleaner next year. But first, trucks traveling in and out of the terminals have to clean up their engines.

"Welcome Home" Event for New Vets

July 31
By Alison St John

The Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego will host a “Welcome Home” event tomorrow, designed to help vets from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Glitch In New GI Bill For Some California Veterans

July 31
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The number of military veterans attending college in California and across the country is expected to go up this fall.

Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration From Madison Square Garden

July 31
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Pete Seeger, legendary folk artist and pioneer of protest music, turned 90 in May 2009. Joining him for a concert event at Madison Square Garden to celebrate this milestone birthday are Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Dave Matthews, Roger McGuinn, John Mellencamp, Peggy Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and many others who perform songs inspired by his music and activism.

The Brain In Love With Dr. Daniel Amen

July 31
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Following up on his two blockbuster successes, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life" and "Magnificent Mind At Any Age," award winning psychiatrist, brain imaging researcher, and multiple bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen brings to public television an exciting new special with a fresh and compelling twist on brain health: How to use your brain to bring and keep more love in your life. Research clearly tells us that being in a healthy, loving, affectionate relationship helps you be happier, live longer and even have a better memory.

San Diego Biotech Looks for a New Approach

July 31
By Tom Fudge

San Diego's biotech industry has been built on venture capital. But one local industry executive says that won't be the way of the future.

Update: House Approves Fresh 'Cash For Clunkers' Money

July 31
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With the government's "cash for clunkers" program overwhelmed by demand and out of money, the House passed legislation Friday pouring an addtional $2 billion into the program.

Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Begone!

July 31
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On the 10th anniversary of his first public television pledge special, Dr. Wayne Dyer presents a program based on his newest book, Excuses Begone! After identifying the 18 most commonly used, self-defeating excuses, Dr. Dyer teaches viewers a method they can immediately use to change damaging habits and move into new realms of possibility.

Free Trash Pickup in San Diego

July 31
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

Should San Diego resident continue to get free trash pickup? The County Grand Jury says the city should charge for trash collection, but the City Council hasn't voted on idea.

Local Price Declines Slowing, National Home Sales Increasing

July 31
Editors Roundtable

What's going on with the local housing market? The decline in housing prices is slowing down, and home sales are on the rise. Yet, the number of foreclosures is increasing, and unemployment remains high.

Memorial Service for Slain Border Patrol Agent Takes Place Today

July 31
By Dwane Brown, John Decker, Nick Stoffel

A large gathering of family and law enforcement are expected this morning in El Centro to pay tribute to a Border Patrol agent. Joining us on Morning Edition is Brad Jennings, Editor of the Imperial Valley Press.

SDG&E's Controversial Power Shut-Off Plan

July 31
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

Is shutting off power to San Diego's back country a good idea when the fire danger is high? SDG&E and the San Diego City Council think so, but many back country residents are opposed to the plan.

SPAWAR Hosts Underwater Robotic Competition

July 31
By Alison St John
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The U.S. military is seeking to develop unmanned robots to take over dangerous tasks in the air, on land and underwater. This weekend, SPAWAR - the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - on Point Loma, hosts a competition at its testing pool for the best new unmanned submersible. The designers in this competition are not highly paid researchers, they are students.