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Stories for August 3, 2010

Tease photo for Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s, The Way We Were

Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The '70s, The Way We Were

Aug. 3

Marvin Hamlisch hosts a television special featuring performers re-creating their big hits from the 1970s: BJ Thomas, Three Dog Night, Debby Boone, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Ray Stevens, Freda Payne, Guy and Ralna, Bobby Goldsboro, Billy Joe Royal, Peaches and Herb, Jonathan Edwards, Gloria Gaynor and Hamlisch himself.

Tease photo for Clay Aiken: Tried And True Live

Clay Aiken: Tried And True Live

Aug. 3

Chart-topping “American Idol” vocalist Clay Aiken brings his clarion voice and personal interpretations to new arrangements of iconic songs, including “Mack the Knife,” “It’s Impossible,” “Moon River,” “Misty,” “Unchained Melody” and a duet with Broadway star Linda Eder on Roy Orbison’s classic lament “Crying.” Fellow “American Idol” star Ruben Studdard guest stars.

Chiang Will Post City And County Salaries On His Website

Aug. 3
By Alison St John

California Controller John Chiang says since he checks the books of California cities and counties, he’ll post the salaries of all city and county officials on his website.

San Diego's Plan For Electric Car Stations

San Diego's Plan For Electric Car Stations

Aug. 3
By Tom Fudge

County and regional officials have unveiled a draft plan to equip San Diego with at least 1500 electric car charging stations.

Ethics Panel Recommends $25,000 Fine For Former Head Of CCDC

Aug. 3

A panel of San Diego Ethics Commission members is recommending a $25,000 fine for the former head of the Centre City Development Corp. for an alleged conflict-of-interest with a downtown developer, it was announced today.

State Department Considering Cross-Border Pedestrian Bridge

Aug. 3

A decision by the State Department is pending on whether to grant a presidential permit for a cross-border pedestrian bridge that would link Tijuana's Rodriguez International Airport to Otay Mesa, officials said today.

SD Supervisors Approve Ballot Measure To Ban Pre-Bid Deals With Labor Unions

Aug. 3

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave final approval today to a November ballot measure for changing the county charter to ban pre-bid deals with labor unions for taxpayer-supported projects.

Boat That Ferried Undocumented Immigrants Found On North County Beach

Aug. 3

A small fishing boat that apparently had ferried undocumented immigrants into the United States overnight was found abandoned on a North County beach today.

What It Will Take For Schwarzenegger To Sign The State Budget

Aug. 3
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

Governor Schwarzenegger says he won't sign a budget deal if pension increases aren't addressed. We're joined on Morning Edition by Sacramento Bee columnist, Dan Walters.

Pet Insurance Bill Clears Key Committee In CA Legislature

Aug. 3

A bill aimed at increasing transparency for pet insurance has cleared a key fiscal committee in the California Legislature.

Several High-Profile Health Care Bills Being Considered By State Lawmakers

Aug. 3

With state lawmakers returning to the capitol to finish up this legislative session, there are several high profile health care bills to be considered.

OxyContin Abuse In San Diego County

Aug. 3
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Has OxyContin abuse in San Diego County been exaggerated? How do you think authorities should handle cases of prescription drug abuse?

State Board Of Education Sets New Academic Standards

Aug. 3

California will soon have a new set of academic standards that it will share with other states. In a move that’s being called historic, the State Board of Education voted unanimously today Monday to approve the change.

Tease photo for Dreams Surreal And Feverish At La Jolla Playhouse

Dreams Surreal And Feverish At La Jolla Playhouse

Aug. 3
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

La Jolla Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley has long wanted to stage his vision of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a vision that came to him in a fever dream. Now that dream has come true and it includes acrobats, an on-stage orchestra, and a topsy-turvy world for the Bard's lovers.

Book Explores Fixes For California's Broken Government

Aug. 3
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Do you think the problems that face California are bigger Democrat versus Republican or left against right? "California Crackup" is a new book that offers some solutions. We talk to the book's co-author, Mark Paul, and UCSD Political Scientist, Thad Kousser, about what they think could fix our broken government.

Tease photo for While Baby Mila Dreams, Mother Creates

While Baby Mila Dreams, Mother Creates

Aug. 3
By Angela Carone

Adele Enersen photographs her infant daughter Mila while she sleeps, creating adventures and imaginative characters that are the stuff of dreams.

City Council Finalizing Sales Tax/Reform Proposal

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

What issues need to be worked out before the City Council's scheduled Wednesday vote on a sales tax increase/financial reform package for San Diego? We speak to Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the latest news on the council's efforts to craft a ballot measure before Friday's deadline.

Proposal To Offer Cheerleading As A High School Class

Aug. 3
By Sarah Gonzalez

The San Diego Unified School Board is considering whether to expand options for physical education credits, and cheerleading could soon be offered as a class.

Tease photo for Mother Urges Adults To Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

Mother Urges Adults To Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

Aug. 3
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

A San Diego mother who nearly lost her newborn baby to whooping cough earlier this summer is encouraging adults to get immunized.