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Stories for July 9, 2009

"Not One Step Back," says Tijuana's Mayor at Memorial for 2 Dead Police

July 9
San Diego Week

Police in Tijuana and Rosarito said goodbye to three of their own today. Gunmen ambushed the agents in separate attacks within 24-hours earlier this week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson was in Tijuana and brings us this story.

Furloughs to Close Calif. Offices Starting Friday

July 9
Associated Press

Most California state government offices will be closed Friday, the first of three monthly furlough days intended to save the state money.

New Palliative Care Hotline for SD's Health Care Providers

July 9

San Diego's Institute for Palliative Medicine has launched an informational hotline for doctors and other health care providers. As KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us, it's the first service of its kind in California.

Seal Legislation Passes Calif. Assembly

July 9
San Diego Week
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A bill giving the San Diego City Council control over the Children’s Pool in La Jolla has passed overwhelmingly in both the State Senate and Assembly. But nothing will change in San Diego until the Governor decides to act.

Construction Begins on San Vicente Dam Raise Project

July 9
By Ed Joyce
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The San Diego County Water Authority celebrated the final phase of a project to double the capacity of the San Vicente Dam Thursday in Lakeside.

San Diego County Reports 5th Swine Flu Death

July 9
City News Service

A 36-year-old man has become the fifth person in San Diego County whose death is associated with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

Mysterious Tremors Detected on San Andreas Fault

July 9
Associated Press

Scientists have detected a spike in underground rumblings on a section of California's San Andreas Fault that produced a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1857. What these mysterious vibrations say about future earthquakes is far from certain.

Imperial Valley Update: State Budget Cuts, Sunrise Powerlink, SDSU-IV Campus

July 9
These Days

We know it is definitely hot out there right now...but how is Imperial County being affected by the state budget crisis? Why aren't residents in Brawley and Calexico facing mandatory water restrictions this summer? What's the latest news on the construction of the Sunrise Powerlink? We speak to Brad Jennings, editor of the Imperial Valley Press, about the top stories in the Imperial Valley.

The High Cost of Hepatitis C

July 9
San Diego Week
These Days

Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the U.S., affecting four million Americans. We'll explore the cost of the disease to society, and how clean needle exchange programs can prevent its spread.

How To Rescue the Golden State from the Junk Heap

July 9
San Diego Week
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We didn’t need the Governor to tell us that California is in a financial disaster. After all, the state is paying for goods and services with IOUs. There is growing alarm that the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and the sick children are on the verge of losing their safety net. What more needs to be said about a state legislature that can’t agree on a budget that was due July 1st?

G-8 Leaders Agree To Limit On Temperature Rise

July 9
Associated Press
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Targeting global warming, President Barack Obama and other leaders of the world's richest industrial countries pledged Wednesday to seek dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to slow dangerous climate change. Setting a marker for success, they agreed for the first time that worldwide temperatures must not rise more than a few degrees.

San Diego's Annual Cost of Obesity Tops $3 Billion

July 9
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study estimates obesity and a lack of exercise costs San Diego County more than $3 billion a year. The report comes from the non-profit California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

Syringe Exchange Widespread in New York City

July 9
San Diego Week
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New York City has more IV drug users than any other city in the U.S. To prevent the spread of blood-borne diseases like hepatitis C, it has a wide network of clean syringe exchange programs.

The Hurt Locker

July 9
By Beth Accomando
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"The Hurt Locker" opens with this quote from journalist Chris Hedges: "The rush of battle is often a potent and lethal addiction, for war is a drug." Then for the next 130 minutes the film mainlines adrenaline as it follows a three-man bomb squad on its daily missions in Iraq. You can read my extended review, listen to my radio feature on the film, or listen to our discussion about the film on last month's Film Club of the Air.

Under Our Skin Special Screening Today

July 9
By Beth Accomando
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I just caught up with the Lyme disease documentary "Under Our Skin" (currently still playing at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters) and had a number of people posting comments about the disease's impact right here in San Diego. I'd like to thank local San Diego Lyme disease activist Anne Corazza for letting me know about a special screening of "Under Our Skin" July 9 at the Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters. Following the 4:30pm screening and preceding the 6:55pm one, there will be a Q&A with Dr. Therese Yang, who is being promoted as the only Lyme Literate Medical Doctor here in San Diego County. Check out the trailer for the film.