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Stories for August 5, 2010

Debate Begins Over Where Sales Tax Money Would Go

Aug. 5
By Katie Orr
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The debate over whether San Diego should raise its sales tax is heating up. There's disagreement over what the new revenue would be spent on.

LACMA's 'Cell Phone Stories' Has Origins In San Diego

Aug. 5
By Angela Carone
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LACMA's "Cell Phone Stories" is the brainchild of UCSD visual arts professor Steve Fagin, who was inspired by Japan's wildly popular cell phone novels.

New Cancer Center Will Feature Proton Therapy

Aug. 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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Scripps Health has broken ground on a $185 million cancer center in Mira Mesa. When the center opens in 2013, it will be the first in San Diego County to offer proton therapy to cancer patients.

Antiques Roadshow: Las Vegas, Nev. - Hour Three

Aug. 5
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What better place to discuss diamond rings and antique diamond cuts than Las Vegas, Nevada's Little White Wedding Chapel, where "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Gloria Lieberman. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, collectors and appraisers are a match made in heaven, unveiling such fascinating treasures as an early example of American-made porcelain - an 1870s Belleek vase made in Trenton, New Jersey.

Bridge From Otay Mesa To Tijuana Airport Gets Federal Approval

Aug. 5
By Kyla Calvert
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A pedestrian bridge between Otay Mesa and Tijuana’s international airport has come one step closer to becoming a reality after getting U.S. State Department approval.

Invasive Moth Worries County Farmers

Aug. 5
By Ed Joyce
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Farmers in San Diego County are hoping that agricultural officials come up empty when inspecting traps for an invasive pest. The insect could have a serious impact on local farmers.

Former San Diego Resident Among 14 Accused Of Helping Somali-Based Terror Group

Aug. 5
Kelly Wheeler, CNS
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A 28-year-old former San Diego resident was among 14 people charged with helping a Somalia-based terrorist group, the Justice Department announced today.

Events: Ringo Starr, Searsucker, And El Cajon Boulevard

Aug. 5
These Days
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This weekend, we'll talk food and music in San Diego. If you want to dine at the latest hot spot or see some live live music, we have a Weekend Preview for you.

What Role Could Water Reclamation Play In San Diego's Future?

Aug. 5
These Days
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Last week, the city council voted to take San Diego one step closer to using recycled wastewater for drinking water. We talk to representatives from the San Diego Water Department, and the County Water Authority, about how water reclamation fits into their long-term plans for the region. We also talk to Bruce Reznik, from San Diego Coastkeeper, and a representative from the Orange County Water District.

Culture Lust Weekend: The Fatum Brothers, 'Packing for Mars,' and Sandcastle Competitions

Aug. 5
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Whether you are getting jazzy with the Fatum Brothers and their orchestra, playing like the Victorians with paper or learning what to pack on your trip to Mars, you'll be busy this Culture Lust Weekend.

Plug-in Hybrids And EVs Coming to San Diego

Aug. 5
These Days
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As more and more plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles are hitting the market in San Diego, one of the earliest markets to have them, and across the U.S. -- including the new the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf -- questions are coming up. What are the region's infrastructure plans for these vehicles? What are these new cars like to drive? What else is on the horizon?

Review: 'Get Low'

Aug. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Back in 1938, Roane County Tennessee got national attention for a resident who decided to throw himself a funeral while he was still alive. “Get Low” (opening August 6 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) looks to this southern tall tale as a showcase for actor Robert Duvall.

Todd Gloria Discusses "Reform Before Revenue" And Prop. 8 Ruling

Aug. 5
These Days
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San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria joins us today to talk about two of the biggest news stories of the week. We will discuss the council's approval of the "reform before revenue" ballot measure. And, we'll also talk to Councilmember Gloria about Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker's decision to overturn Proposition 8.

Boy Dies In Hospital Following Plane Crash

Aug. 5
city news service
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One of three young siblings hospitalized in critical condition following a light-plane crash in Tierrasanta in which his mother was killed upon impact, also has died, according to the local coroner's office.

Mexico's Vacation Paradise Marred By Drug Carnage

Aug. 5
Jason Beaubien, NPR
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Acapulco remains a huge draw for tourists, lured by its azure bay fringed by palm trees and pearly white beaches stretching for miles along the Pacific Ocean coast, but Mexico's drug war has tarnished this tropical getaway's international sheen.