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Stories for August 11, 2010

Group Proposing Homeless Facility in Point Loma Faces Hurdles

Aug. 11, 2010
By Kyla Calvert

The U.S. Postal Service is putting its Midway Distribution Center up for sale. A new nonprofit has submitted a proposal to turn the Loma Portal site into transitional housing for the homeless.

CAL FIRE Not Considering Flying At Night

Aug. 11, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Fire season is heating up but CAL FIRE is not considering reversing its ban on nighttime water drops. The agency believes its equipment is too old to do the job safely.

North County Transit Receives Federal Grant For Added Security On Coaster

Aug. 11, 2010
city news service

The North County Transit District announced today it has received a $1.53 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for security systems on the Coaster.

Ramadan Is Met With Renewed Religious Tension

Aug. 11, 2010
By Tom Fudge

The Islamic month of fasting, called Ramadan, has begun in the wake of a new wave of anti-Muslim sentiment here and around the U.S.

SDG&E Reminds Customers To Call Before Digging On National 811 Day

Aug. 11, 2010
city news service

San Diego Gas & Electric today reminded customers to call 8-1-1 prior to starting any digging projects to avoid damaging hidden utility lines and causing injury.

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NATURE: Violent Hawaii

Aug. 11, 2010

Hawaii's breathtaking beauty was forged in fire, created by the awesome power of volcanoes on land and in the sea, by earthquakes and tsunamis, natural wonders that continue to shape the islands today. Shot in high definition by a team of award-winning filmmakers who live on the islands, this spectacular film features volcanic eruptions, rivers of molten lava, monster waves, humpback whales and perhaps most surprising of all, snow.

NTSB Says SD Coast Guard Crew Members Were On Cell Phones At Time Of Bay Crash

Aug. 11, 2010
By Susan Murphy

Federal investigators said San Diego Coast Guard crew members were using cell phones when they crashed into a pleasure boat in December. National Transportation Safety Board officials want the Coast Guard to develop a more thorough cell phone policy to prevent future accidents.

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The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!™

Aug. 11, 2010

PBS KIDS and Random House join to support science learning for preschoolers nationwide with the premiere of "The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!™" on Monday, September 6, 2010. KPBS will air the program daily at 8:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. Voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat guides friends Sally and Nick - with a little help from the Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2 - on fun-filled adventures where they make natural-science discoveries, from how bees make honey to why owls sleep during the day.

Political Analysis: The Otay Mesa Terminal

Aug. 11, 2010
By Gloria Penner, Maureen Cavanaugh

A proposed pedestrian terminal linking Otay Mesa with Tijuana's Rodriquez airport has passed a major hurdle. We'll hear about the project and how it's gotten so much support on both sides of the border.

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Geisel Library Shows Up (Kind of) in 'Inception'

Aug. 11, 2010
By Jen Paton

Is it possible that UCSD's Geisel Library was the inspiration for a snow fortress in Christopher Nolan's latest film "Inception?" We explore the Geisel Library's history of film and TV appearances.

How Important Is Local News To A Community?

Aug. 11, 2010
By Natalie Walsh

What's the role for local media in the 24/7 digital age? We'll look at the changing relationship between the media and public and how local news organizations will survive in the future.

Locals Begin Observance Of Ramadan

Aug. 11, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Wednesday, August 11, marks the first day of Ramadan. We discuss the significance of Ramadan to the Muslim faith and find out how American Muslims observe the holy month. We'll also learn about plans for a new Islamic Center in Temecula and hear how the Muslim community there is dealing with protests from some community members.

LA Homeless Project is Controversial

Aug. 11, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Los Angeles is trying something new with its chronic homeless population: It is taking 50 of the most hard-core homeless and giving them housing with no strings attached. Why? It may be cheaper than leaving them on the streets, and it may even help them to stay off.

San Diego Families Get Involved In HIV Prevention

Aug. 11, 2010
By Dwane Brown, Kenny Goldberg, Nick Stoffel

A conference exploring ways families and communities can help battle HIV is bringing some nationally-recognized researchers to San Diego today. Local providers will also talk about what's being done to get family members more involved in HIV prevention and care.

Local Doctors Test For Head Injuries Among Student Athletes

Aug. 11, 2010
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

Football players from high school to the professional level are putting on the pads across San Diego this summer, and local doctors are trying to make sure they're aware of how head injuries could affect their lives. Dr. Michael Lobatz is a neurologist with Scripps Health in San Diego.

New Study: Minorities Face Health Care Challenges

Aug. 11, 2010
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

A lack of minority doctors and nurses is one of many challenges facing certain ethnic groups in California. That’s the finding of a new report out of UC Berkeley.

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Duration Of Drilling Moratorium Angers All Sides

Aug. 11, 2010
Ari Shapiro, NPR

President Obama's approach to domestic oil drilling has shifted over this year. Taken together, those shifts have managed to anger just about everyone in the oil drilling debate at one time or another.