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Stories for August 18, 2010

Voters Choose "Gangster" For Next One Book, One San Diego Selection

Aug. 18
By Angela Carone, Jen Paton
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The voters have spoken! The next One Book, One San Diego selection is "The Gangster We Are All Looking For" by Vietnamese American lê thi diem thúy.

Project 25 Targets Most Costly Homeless

Aug. 18
By Tom Fudge
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The City and County of San Diego have entered into a partnership with the United Way to house and treat 25 chronically homeless people.

Governor Schwarzenegger Calls For More Manpower At Border

Aug. 18
By Amy Isackson

The California governor says the federal government should dedicate more manpower and money to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. Schwarzenegger toured the border in San Diego on Wednesday as 250 National Guard troops get ready to deploy.

Plastic Bag Ban Bill Gets Rewrite In Sacramento

Aug. 18
By Ed Joyce

California could become the first state in the country to ban plastic shopping bags. A bill to do just that is being amended to gain support from legislators.

Culture Lust Looking For Arts Intern

Aug. 18
By Angela Carone
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The KPBS arts and culture blog is looking for an intern to write about the local arts community, help manage a social media presence, and generally have a swell time.

How Often Should You Take A Cat To The Vet?

Aug. 18
These Days

Why do cats owners take their pet to the veterinarian less often than dog owners do? We speak to two local veterinarians about the benefits of preventive care for cats, and some of the most common illnesses that cats face.

Drug And Alcohol Treatment Center Founder Fears For Its Future

Aug. 18
By Tom Fudge

The McDonald Center is one of San Diego's most successful and enduring drug and alcohol treatment centers, but construction plans to bring the Scripps La Jolla Hospital up to earthquake code could spell its demise. That has brought a strong reaction from the woman whose name the center bears.

WWII Aircraft To Be Raised From Reservoir After 65 Years Underwater

Aug. 18
city news service

A World War II dive bomber that crashed into a reservoir near Eastlake more than 65 years ago is scheduled to be raised from the depths today.

The Latest Electronic Gadgets For Back To School

Aug. 18
These Days

As schools start back up, we'll look at the latest high tech gadgets that students young and old will be interested in.

Is I-5 Expansion An Environmental Disaster?

Aug. 18
These Days

We've heard from SanDag and CalTrans. Today, we find out what environmentalists think of the proposed 1-5 expansion's impact on land-use, energy and air quality in San Diego County.

Political Analysis: The State GOP Convention In San Diego

Aug. 18
These Days

California Republicans will gather in San Diego this weekend for their Fall convention. KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner joins us for a preview of the convention and examines GOP enthusiasm for the upcoming mid-term elections.

California's Telehealth Network Launched To Connect Calif.'s Health Care Providers

Aug. 18
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined state and federal officials Tuesday to launch the California Telehealth Network, intended to bring medical care to underserved areas statewide.

Lawmaker Calls for Increased Disclosure From Insurance Companies for Deceased Veterans' Families

Aug. 18
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

When a member of the armed services dies, his or her insurance company will often put the money it owes to family members into a “checkbook” account. That bothers Democratic State Assemblyman Dave Jones, who’s running for Insurance Commissioner.

WikiLeaks: US Army Willing To Discuss Afghan Files

Aug. 18
Associated Press
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the U.S. Army has expressed willingness to discuss the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could harm civilians.

Contemplative Moment: Enjoying The Singing Trees At UCSD

Aug. 18
By Jen Paton
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Local filmmaker Megan O'Connor serves up a moment of introspection with Terry Allan's "Trees" sculpture at UCSD, and previews her upcoming podcast series on UCSD's Stuart Collection.

San Diego Defies National Trend By Removing Fewer Unauthorized Immigrants

Aug. 18
By Amy Isackson

San Diego defies a record increase in the number of unauthorized immigrants removed from the United States. Removals include deportations and voluntary repatriations.