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Stories for August 16, 2010

School Nurses Recommend Kids Get Meningitis Vaccine

Aug. 16
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

With classes getting underway around California, school nurses are urging parents to vaccinate their children against meningitis.

Court Halts Calif. Gay Marriages Pending Appeal

Aug. 16
Associated Press
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A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

Appeals Panel Puts Same-Sex Marriage On Hold

Aug. 16
city news service

Same-sex couples in San Diego and across California will have to wait until at least December before they can get married, a federal appeals court panel ruled today.

New Study Finds Racial Disparities In Childhood Obesity

Aug. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study from UC San Francisco finds childhood obesity rates in California have leveled off for Latino children, but are on the rise for African-American kids. Experts believe the environment has a lot to do with it.

Bureau Of Land Management Investigating Off-Road Race Events

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce

The federal Bureau of Land Management is conducting an official review of a weekend accident at an off-road race in the California desert.

SD Unified Student Test Scores Improve Despite Budget Cuts

Aug. 16
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego public school students posted gains on state standardized tests last year, despite a district budget that's been slashed by more than $300 million over the past few years.

Efforts To Close Achievement Gap Target Black Students

Aug. 16
By Ana Tintocalis

State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell releases annual state standardized test scores today. Local and state educators say they're trying more this year to help close the persistent achievement gap affecting black students.

Public School Fees - What Are You Paying?

Aug. 16
By Kyla Calvert
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The San Diego Unified School District has said it is putting an end to fees for everything from padlocks to sports team uniforms. But what about your child's school?

Lifeguards Warn La Jolla-Area Beachgoers About Shark Sightings

Aug. 16
By Ed Joyce
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Lifeguards were alerting beachgoers in and around La Jolla today about several shark sightings that occurred over the weekend.

Salk Institute Gets $21 Million To Study HIV

Aug. 16
City News Service

A research consortium, co-led by a scientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, won a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the immune system's response to the early stages of HIV infection, it was announced today.

SummerFest Artists Perform Live: Wu Man, Christopher O'Riley And Jimmy Lin

Aug. 16
These Days
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We'll get a taste of SummerFest 2010 with in-studio, musical performances by some of the visiting artists, including Wu Man, pianist Christopher O'Riley, and San Diego composer Chinary Ung.

Prop. 8 Backers Argue More To Stop Same-Sex Marriages

Aug. 16
Associated Press

The lawyers defending California's gay marriage ban are making one last argument on why an appeals court should block same-sex weddings while it decides the case.

SD Unified Working To Make School Lunches Healthier

Aug. 16
These Days
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What is the San Diego Unified School District doing to make school lunches healthier? We speak to the district's food services director, and dietitian about their plans to improve nutrition, and reduce childhood obesity by eliminating processed foods and buying more local produce.

Music: Rodrigo y Gabriela Visit San Diego

Aug. 16
By Meredith Hattam
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Rodrigo y Gabriela's show tonight may be sold out, but you can still get a primer on this Mexican rock duo courtesy of Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam. They're an ex-metal group who draw on Metallica as much as Santana, and were discovered on the streets of Dublin by Damien Rice. Need we say more?

Sacramento Update: Budget Delays, Race For Governor

Aug. 16
These Days

The down economy, and state budget delays are dominating the political conversations in Sacramento these days. We speak to non-partisan political consultant Leo McElroy about why the budget is more complicated this year, and how the state's financial woes will play into the governor's race.

Family, Friends Mourn 8 Killed In Off-Road Wreck

Aug. 16
Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

Zachary Freeman loved to fish, dirt bike and camp - but most of all, he loved to watch off-road truck racing in the vast Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles. That love would cost the 24-year-old pipe welder and seven other off-road enthusiasts their lives when a truck competing in the annual California 200 careened off the sand track Saturday and into the crowd, instantly killing Freeman and his best friend.

Calif. Leads In Clean Energy, But Challenges Loom

Aug. 16
Lauren Sommer, NPR
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California has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable power, and the state's clean energy business is flourishing. One of the first large-scale wind farms in the country was built just outside the Bay Area at the Altamont Pass, and this year, California regulators are reviewing twice as many renewable power contracts as last year.

Border Bill Could Hamper San Diego High-Techs

Aug. 16
By Tom Fudge

A bill to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border could be a mixed blessing for San Diego. That's because paying for more for border security will require a hike in H1B visas.

SDG&E Modifies Plan To Shut Off Power In High Fire Risk Conditions

Aug. 16
By Alison St John

San Diego Gas and Electric has not reached a consensus with a group of stakeholders who oppose the company’s plan to shut off power if winds cause a high fire risk. The power company believes it has the authority to go ahead with a modified version of the plan.