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Stories for August 25, 2010

AC Problems At SDSU Hampers Back To School Prep Work

Aug. 25
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego State University is suffering from a heat wave. A water main break has left the county's largest university without air-conditioning, and the problem is throwing a wrench in the university's back-to-school preparation.

EPA Draws A Line In The Water For Sewage

Aug. 25
By Tom Fudge

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will outlaw the dumping of sewage from cargo and cruise ships within three miles of the California coast, but that may have little affect on San Diego's cruise ship traffic.

Buying Antibiotics In Mexico Without A Prescription A Thing Of The Past

Aug. 25
By Amy Isackson

A new law in Mexico means everyone who buys antibiotics south of the border must have a prescription from a Mexican doctor. The new law takes effect today.

Paris: Blood And Chocolate

Aug. 25
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Sandrine Voillet takes a look beyond the glittering surface of Paris at the underground worlds and movements that defined the city in the 20th Century, in this BBC/OU series. In this episode, Sandrine traces the growth of Paris from its origins on a small island in the middle of the River Seine to the world capital of revolution, revealing a city of haves and have nots in an era of the Salon, theatre and chocolate, which famously and bloodily divided a nation.

Medical Examiner: Drug-Related Deaths Up 85 Percent Over Decade

Aug. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

Cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in autopsies performed by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office last year, followed closely by drug-and medication-related deaths, officials said today.

Anti-Sales Tax Campaign Begins In San Diego

Aug. 25
By Katie Orr

The opponents of the proposed sales tax increase in San Diego are officially kicking off their campaign with a rally Wednesday. The opposition is stressing the lack of reforms the city has made so far.

Film Club: 'Mesrine: Killer Instinct'

Aug. 25
By Beth Accomando
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Check out our KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion about the French gangster film, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" (opening August 27 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). Be listening Thursday morning for my interview with Vincent Cassel.

Brush Fire Reported Near Ramona

Aug. 25
By KPBS News

The Mesa Fire near Ramona has burned 80 acres. The spread of the fire has slowed, but as of now there are no reports of containment. Although no structures are in immediate danger, the fire is close to the Barona Mesa community.

One Stop Shop: The Best of Local Etsy

Aug. 25
By Meredith Hattam
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Want to shop local? From forgotten dime store treasures to hand-crafted stationary and vintage finds, online craft haven Etsy and Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam have got your number.

Finding The Joy In Local Food

Aug. 25
These Days

As part of our monthly segment about food, we'll look at how you can buy, cook and enjoy more local foods.

Helping Children Prepare For Preschool

Aug. 25
These Days

How should a parent respond when their toddler throws a temper tantrum? We speak to the chair of the Child and Family Development Department at SDSU about behavioral problems that are common in toddlers and preschoolers, and what parents can do to better prepare their child for preschool.

For-Profit Colleges Concern Congress

Aug. 25
These Days

The Government Accountability Office report on 15 for-profit colleges earlier this month found that all 15 misled students and four engaged in fraudulent behavior. We look at the role of for-profit colleges in the U.S. educational system; the findings of the report and what questions students should be asking when they enroll.

Alaska Primary A Toss-Up; McCain Wins In Arizona

Aug. 25
Associated Press
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Her re-election quest suddenly in jeopardy, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski struggled to avoid becoming the latest incumbent lawmaker to be fired. She fought against a political novice with the backing of Sarah Palin and tea party activists in a stunningly tight Republican primary race.

Who's Responsible For Alerting The Public During An Emergency In San Diego?

Aug. 25
By Dwane Brown, Susan Murphy

One of the largest wildfires in San Diego this year sent plumes of black smoke over East County. It briefly threatened a few structures and received a lot of attention from the public. It had some people asking who's responsible for alerting and informing the public during an emergency.

San Diego Unified Puts Reform Power Into Hands Of Schools

Aug. 25
By Ana Tintocalis

School reform has been a top-down process in San Diego Unified for a long time. But that’s changing under Superintendent Bill Kowba. School communities will develop and adopt their own strategies for success.