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Stories for May 11, 2009

Calif. Lawmaker Urges 'Silver Alerts' to Help Track Wandering Seniors

May 11
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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Some California lawmakers want to set up an alert system to help find senior citizens who wander away from home. It would work much like the Amber Alert, where the public is notified about a missing child.

Will Veteran Teacher Buy-Out Deals Work?

May 11
By Ana Tintocalis
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Hundreds of veteran teachers in two San Diego county school districts have taken a financial buyout plan in exchange for retiring early. But it's unclear whether that'll translate into big savings for their districts.

Calif. Teen Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Level on Record

May 11
By Kenny Goldberg
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California's teen birth rate has fallen to the lowest level on record. State health officials say there's been a big decline in teen births since 1991.

Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Adventure of the Clapham Cook

May 11
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Poirot is un-enthusiastic when a Mrs. Todd asks him to find her a cook. He is positively insulted when she proceeds to dismiss him from the case with a one guinea fee for his services. There's no mystery too small for Hercule Poirot, and once he agrees to take on a case he sees it through to a conclusion. Poirot has also realized that there is a great deal more to the cook's disappearance than meets the eye.

San Diego Weekend: OK Go, Shiny Toy Guns, and the Sun

May 11
By Angela Carone
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Every weekend in San Diego, photographers are making images and capturing the city's energy. Culture Lust showcases the best of the photographs tagged "San Diego" on Flickr.

UCSD Graduate Blasts Into Space Aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis

May 11
By Ed Joyce
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An astronaut who earned her doctorate at UC San Diego was blasted into space today aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, which took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a mission to make improvements to the Hubble Space Telescope.

New Bill Targets Motorcycle Owners

May 11
Steve Shadley, California Capital News
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State lawmakers are considering legislation that would require motorcycles to pass smog checks starting in 2012. State Senator Fran Pavley says motorcycles create greenhouse gasses linked to global warming and owners make the problem worse by altering the engines of their bikes.

Strausberg Has Positive Performance, Ramirez Tests Positive

May 11
By Alan Ray, Alison St John
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One of the most high-profile players in the National League West has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball. And San Diego State Pitcher Stephen Strausberg is making a name for himself in a better way.

Will Wild Fire Season Come Early to San Diego?

May 11
These Days
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Wildfires can strike in the West at any time, as Santa Barbara is currently demonstrating. We'll get a look at how the conditions are shaping up for wildfires in the San Diego region for summer and fall and how the county is preparing to combat them.

Safety Measure May Have Sparked Santa Barbara Wildfire

May 11
Associated Press
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A wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes is 70 percent contained and firefighters are mopping up hot spots before nightfall when moderate winds are predicted.

State Assembly Tries to Put a Cap on Litter

May 11
By Ed Joyce
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The California state Assembly has passed legislation intended to reduce litter from plastic bottle caps. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the idea is to recycle the caps and keep them out of the ocean.

Coronado Considers Toll to Ease Traffic

May 11
San Diego Week
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Coronado is considered a paradise by many. But as traffic clogs the streets, the city is now looking at options like a new toll on the bridge to alleviate congestion on it streets.

Oceanside May Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

May 11
Associated Press
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Oceanside may temporarily suspend medical marijuana dispensaries from opening until the city council decides how to regulate them.

East Village Residents Concerned About Neighborhood

May 11
By Katie Orr
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Living in Downtown San Diego’s East Village means being close to a lot of the city’s main attractions. But the urban lifestyle also brings with it several challenges. KPBS reporter Katie Orr attended an East Village community forum during the weekend to hear the concerns of residents and business owners.

Drought, Politics Trouble Farmers In California

May 11
John McChesney, NPR
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California is in its third year of drought, and many farmers in the state's crop-rich Central Valley are looking at dusty fields, or worse, and are cutting down their orchards before the trees die.

Salk Researcher Seeks a Cure for Blindness

May 11
By Tom Fudge
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Technological advances have helped many disabled people perform normal functions again. Helping blind people to see is beyond today's technology. But tomorrow's technology may be able to do it. A researcher at San Diego's Salk Institute is trying to create a prosthetic device that can restore sight. KPBS health reporter Tom Fudge explains.

Astronauts To Give Hubble One Last Hug

May 11
Nell Greenfieldboyce, NPR
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The Hubble Space Telescope is about to get a long-awaited makeover, as NASA astronauts head out on a final mission to repair the aging but beloved observatory. Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off Monday just after 2 p.m. ET.