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Stories for September 28, 2009

Young Cancer Patients Get A Gift

Sept. 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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A group of cancer patients from Rady Children's Hospital were given a special treat today. They got to play with dolphins at SeaWorld. The kids were outfitted in special SeaWorld wetsuits as they waded in the dolphin tank. They were guided by two trainers, one of them a cancer survivor herself.

¡Thinking Grande! Creating California's Mexican Wonderland

Sept. 28
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Mexican immigrant Jose Luis Bonilla, dishwasher turned businessman, spent over 20 years building his colossal, handmade 'Mexican Disneyland' in the heart of California, only to abandon it after permit problems. A new grassroots effort is underway to complete the village and develop it into a public center for Mexican arts and culture.

Promising Biotech Fires CEO Over Test Data

Sept. 28
By Tom Fudge

A promising-but-troubled San Diego biotech company has forced out four executives, including its CEO. This follows news that employees of Sequenom mishandled trial results for its Down syndrome test.

Rural Residents Benefit From Stimulus Dollars

Sept. 28
By Alison St John
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Residents of San Diego’s backcountry will be some of the first to see the benefits of Federal “Transit” stimulus dollars.

Solar Plan Ignites Some Environmental Concerns

Sept. 28
Jeff Brady, NPR
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An Obama administration plan to build huge new solar energy plants in the Southwest is causing heartburn in the environmental community. The Interior Department has proposed allowing two dozen solar energy study areas on public land in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Six In Ten Undocumented Hispanics Lack Health Coverage

Sept. 28
By Tom Fudge

The Pew Hispanic Center found that 60 percent of undocumented Latinos have no health insurance.

State Park Visitors Will Notice Some Changes

Sept. 28
Marianne Russ, CCN
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State parks officials are pleased that a new plan from the Schwarzenegger Administration will keep parks open, but they’re warning that people will notice some changes.

Scientist Discusses Plan To Reduce Calif. Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2050

Sept. 28
CCN

Governor Schwarzenegger will host representatives from 70 countries at a global climate summit in Los Angeles this week. It happens just as California celebrates the third anniversary of approval of its historic plan to reduce the state’s greenhouse gases.

San Diego Judge Closes Courtroom To Cameras

Sept. 28
By Ed Joyce

A San Diego Superior Court judge has decided not to allow cameras in his courtroom.

Water Conservation In San Diego Is Working

Sept. 28
San Diego Week
These Days

Mandatory water restrictions have been in place for about three months now. So, are San Diegans conserving? We take a look.

What Can We Learn From Songs Of Other Animals?

Sept. 28
These Days
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How does human song relate to the songs of other animals? We talk to Dr. Aniruddh Patel about the connection between human and animal songs. We also discuss how song relates to language, and other cognitive functions.

Gustavo Arellano At The 4th Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair

Sept. 28
These Days
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This year's San Diego City College International Book Fair adopts the theme Lucha Libro, a play on "lucha libre," or freestyle, Mexican wrestling. We'll find out why and we'll talk about the addition of children and young adult programming to the festival line-up.

Iran Conducts Third Round Of Missile Tests

Sept. 28
Associated Press
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Iran said it successfully completed two days of missile tests that including launching its longest-range missiles on Monday, weapons capable of carrying a warhead and striking Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe.

San Diego Chargers Gain Sweeping Victory Over Miami Dolphins

Sept. 28
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

The San Diego Chargers got back on-track with their victory over the Miami Dolphins. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

In-Home Care Program Fraud Claims Don't Add Up

Sept. 28
By Amita Sharma

Thousands of disabled, blind and elderly people in San Diego County will no longer have help to cook their meals, bathe, change their sheets or take their medicine. Gov. Schwarzenegger cut In-Home Supportive Services to help resolve the state budget crisis. But in slashing the program he also alleged massive fraud.

Adams Avenue Street Fair Rocks Normal Heights

Sept. 28
By Katie Orr
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Vendors, bands and people filled Adams Avenue in Normal Heights this weekend for the annual Adams Avenue Street Fair.

Hopes Of A CSU Chula Vista Back Again?

Sept. 28
By Ana Tintocalis

A bill on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk could determine whether Chula Vista is a viable place for a new California State University campus.

Lifeguards Head To Baja To Train Guards There

Sept. 28
By Amy Isackson

A group of lifeguards from San Diego and New Zealand head to a small town on Mexico's Baja California peninsula this week to train lifeguards and teach kids about beach safety.