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Stories for August 24, 2010

City Hall Project Shelved For Now

Aug. 24
By Katie Orr
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The debate over whether San Diego should build a new city hall has been put on the back burner for now. The City Council decided at a special meeting Tuesday not to act on the issue.

Hot Temperatures Increase Fire Risk

Aug. 24
By Kyla Calvert
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Rising temperatures mean increased risk of wildfires. Local CAL FIRE officials are urging San Diegans to be prepared.

San Diego Schools Chief Introduces Plan For New School Year

Aug. 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified School Superintendent Bill Kowba rolled out his new plan for the district when classes begin in a couple weeks. His plan involves a team of veteran educators.

San Diego Researchers Jarred By Stem Cell Ruling

Aug. 24
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego's medical research community has seen yet another sharp turn of federal policy on stem cells. A judge has stopped federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

San Diego Unified Shows Slight But Steady Gain In Exit Exam Results

Aug. 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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More San Diego high school students are passing the state's exit exam. State test results show 80 percent of sophomores in San Diego City schools passed the English portion of the test last year. About 82 percent passed the Math portion.

POV: The Edge Of Dreaming

Aug. 24
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Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When one night she dreamed her horse was dying, only to wake and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as coincidental. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 — the next year. When Hardie does get ill, just as the dream predicted, her search takes her to neuroscience and finally a shaman. “The Edge of Dreaming” is an evocative, intimate chronicle of that year and a fascinating investigation into the human subconscious.

California Senate Passes Chelsea's Law

Aug. 24
By Ed Joyce
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State senators unanimously approved a law allowing some convicted child molesters to be locked up for life, in response to the slayings of two teenagers in San Diego County.

San Diego Non-Profit Seeks To Transform Students' Lives Through Science

Aug. 24
These Days
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Learn how the Ocean Discovery Institute is connecting urban youth with science and the environment.

S.D. Reporter's 1932 Bestseller Still Holds Water

Aug. 24
Randy Dotinga
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Max Miller was a hard-bitten San Diego reporter in the 1930s who wrote a much praised account of S.D.'s port community titled "I Cover the Waterfront." Culture Lust contributor Randy Dotinga decided to find out if the book holds up.

What Are The Unique Challenges Faced By A River That Runs Through A City?

Aug. 24
These Days
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It might surprise you to learn that the San Diego River spans 52 miles from the mountains of Julian to the Pacific Ocean. We'll speak to San Diego River Park Foundation Executive Director Rob Hutsel about what the organization is doing to preserve the ecosystem of the San Diego River.

High-Tech Personal Stereos May Be Linked to Teenage Hearing Loss

Aug. 24
These Days
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A new national health survey finds the rate of hearing loss rising in US teenagers. We'll discuss whether the use of personal music devices, like IPods, are increasing hearing problems and find out ways to decrease that risk.

Rancor Over Mosque Could Fuel Islamic Extremists

Aug. 24
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR
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Experts worry the controversy surrounding an Islamic center near ground zero in Lower Manhattan is playing right into the hands of radical extremists. The supercharged debate over the proposed center has attracted the attention of a quiet, underground audience — young Muslims who drift in and out of jihadi chat rooms and frequent radical Islamic sites on the Web.

More Parents Not Vaccinating Kids

Aug. 24
By Joanne Faryon
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The number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children for kindergarten enrollment in California has nearly quadrupled in the last 20 years. A report by the San Diego Watchdog Institute examined immunization data in California for the past two decades. The report found a growing number of parents sending their kids to school without state-mandated immunizations.