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Stories for August 23, 2010

Triple-Digit Temperatures Forecast For Parts Of San Diego County

Aug. 23
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County is heating up after a relatively mild summer. A heat wave with low humidity is forecast this week throughout the region, with the hottest temperatures expected Tuesday and Wednesday, said Philip Gonsalves, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Democrats Aim to Hold On To Voter Edge With Outreach

Aug. 23
By Kyla Calvert

Local republicans are hoping a statewide voter registration push could return their party to the majority in San Diego County. But Democrats are confident they'll hang on to the edge they first gained in 2008.

In Pakistan, Militants Use Flood Aid To Seek Support

Aug. 23
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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The United Nations is calling on the international community to step up flood relief efforts in Pakistan after Pakistan's president warned that terrorist groups could take advantage of the disaster to win support from the flood victims.

Prosecutors Unable To Tie Tijuana Police To Organized Crime

Aug. 23
By Amy Isackson

Thirteen Tijuana police officers detained a year-and-a-half ago for their alleged ties to organized crime have been freed. They were arrested as part of an unprecedented crack down on police corruption.

NOVA: The Four-Winged Dinosaur

Aug. 23
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Long ago in the age of dinosaurs, a volcano in eastern China erupted and buried a host of strange creatures in ash, creating exquisite fossils that preserved a big surprise--many dinosaurs were covered in feathers. In "The Four-Winged Dinosaur," NOVA investigates the most bizarre of these feathered dinosaurs, which has rekindled a fierce, decades-long debate over the origin of bird flight.

Nearly 650,000 San Diegans Uninsured in 2009

Aug. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report estimates the number of uninsured Californians grew in every county in the state last year. Nearly 650,000 people in San Diego County lacked health coverage in 2009.

Local Event: Rifftrax 'Reefer Madness'

Aug. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Last Thursday the creative folks behind Mystery Science 3000 joined forces to provide a live Rifftrax for the cult classic "Reefer Madness." If you missed this hilarious event you'll have a second chance on August 24.

Immigration Plays Major Role In Arizona Primary

Aug. 23
Ted Robbins, NPR
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Arizona voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates for November's general election. The vote could be key to Republican efforts to regain control of Congress, but some of the party's luminaries have struggled.

What Makes A Photograph Art?

Aug. 23
These Days
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We'll find out what turns an ordinary photograph into art by talking with curator Natasha Egan, judge of the sixth annual Art of Photography Show. The exhibit of 111 winning photographs opens this weekend.

What It Means To Be A California Republican

Aug. 23
By Julien Pearce
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California Republicans who attended the Fall Republican Convention in San Diego over the weekend talk about what it means to stand behind the GOP.

Photo Gallery: International Photography Show In San Diego

Aug. 23
By Angela Carone
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The sixth annual Art of Photography Show opens this weekend, showcasing 111 winning images out of 14,000 entries from all over the world. Steven Churchill, director of the annual competition and exhibition talks to Culture Lust about photography and what makes a winning photograph.

Sports Update: Padres Rolling, Chargers & Aztecs Preparing For Season

Aug. 23
These Days

The Padres have the best record in the National League, but are still not getting the respect they deserve from the national media. We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about why the Padres are playing so well, and how the Chargers and Aztecs are faring as they prepare for the upcoming football season.

Calif. GOP Offering "Most Diverse Ticket Ever"

Aug. 23
These Days

The California Republican Party says it has nominated its "most diverse ticket ever" for the November 2010 election. We speak to the chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County about his goals for this year, and how the state party will move forward now that their fall convention has concluded.

San Diego Republicans Hope To Retake Majority

Aug. 23
By Kyla Calvert

The eyes of California’s political community were on San Diego this weekend. They were watching the state’s Republican Party convention. San Diego delegates said they left the convention focused on expanding their local base.

Hunger Strikes, Water Rates And Drunk-Driving Fatality In East County

Aug. 23
These Days

Two candidates for Duncan Hunter, Jr.'s seat in the House are on a hunger strike until he agrees to debate; Helix Water District has announced a rise in rates that has large homeowners up in arms; and the state's handling of a drunk driving fatality has outraged many.

Community Clinics Face Financial Pain From Budget Impasse

Aug. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

As California's budget impasse drags on, community clinics are bracing for some financial pain. Beginning this week, the state will no longer pay clinics for Medi-Cal services.

San Diego Farmers Wait On Possible Quarantine

Aug. 23
By Ed Joyce

San Diego County farmers are waiting to find out when a federal quarantine takes effect due to an invasive pest. The Light Brown Apple Moth is a potential threat to the county's multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry.