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Stories for September 17, 2009

Rebates Return For Buying Water-Saving Devices

Sept. 17
By Ed Joyce

A program that provides rebates on water-saving devices has been re-funded with $10 million. San Diego County business and homeowners can apply for the rebates starting next Monday.

Pension Fund Changes Could Save S.D. Millions Next Year

Sept. 17
By Katie Orr

The board that controls the city of San Diego’s pension fund could make a change Friday that would save the city millions of dollars on next year’s payment. San Diego is facing its largest pension payment ever.

Stem Cell Therapy May Cure Cystinosis

Sept. 17
By Tom Fudge

San Diego researchers say they have used stem cells to cure a rare but deadly disease in lab animals.

Big Fan

Sept. 17
By Beth Accomando
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San Diego fans are probably feeling a bit of Charger fever after the Bolts’ Monday night victory over arch rivals The Raiders. But the new film “Big Fan” (opening September 18 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) looks at the darker side of sports obsessions.

Obama Scraps Bush's European Missile Defense Plan

Sept. 17
Associated Press
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The Czech prime minister says President Obama has told him that the U.S. is abandoning plans to put a missile shield in the Czech Republic and Poland. Czech Premier Jan Fischer told reporters in Prague on Thursday that Obama phoned him to say that Washington has decided to scrap the plan that had deeply angered Russia.

How Can Businesses Be More Charitable And Profitable At The Same Time?

Sept. 17
These Days

How can businesses be more socially responsible, and increase profitability at the same time? We speak to participants from a USD conference on "Increasing Market Share through Social Branding."

Teens Used To Smuggle Drugs Across Border

Sept. 17
These Days
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We'll look at how teenagers are being lured into smuggling drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.

National Geographic Photographer Discusses Development In Baja California

Sept. 17
These Days
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A photographer who has worked for National Geographic has been exploring development taking place in beautiful areas and his latest focus is Baja California. Ralph Lee Hopkins joins us to discuss his three month journey into the depths of Baja California.

Companies Concerned About Data Leaks, E-mail Security

Sept. 17
These Days

Companies are increasingly concerned about data leaks caused by employee misuse of e-mails, blogs, social networks and text messages. We speak with two experts about what companies are looking for and how the recession is affecting data leaks.

In Congress, 'A Lot Of Angst' Over Afghanistan

Sept. 17
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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President Obama said Wednesday that there is no "immediate decision pending" on sending another new wave of U.S. troops to Afghanistan, but Congress is already bracing for the move

Study Finds Strong Link Between Soda And Obesity

Sept. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new study shows about six out of 10 San Diego adolescents drink at least one soda or sugary soft drink a day.

Debating San Diego's 'Hard Line' On Medical Marijuana

Sept. 17
By Tom Fudge

Suspects arrested in last week's raid on medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego are expected to make their first court appearance today. San Diego has developed a reputation as a place that's not friendly to the legal sale of marijuana. The crackdown on 14 local dispensaries has been called yet another example of the county's hard-line approach. But was it?

Student Smugglers Viewed As 'Cool' By Peers

Sept. 17
San Diego Week
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Federal officials have caught three times as many teenagers so far this year compared to last, trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with drugs duct-taped to their bodies. In the second part of this two-part series, KPBS border reporter Amy Isackson looks at how law enforcement is trying to deal with the problem which is complicated by a certain "cool factor."