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Stories for August 31, 2010

Obama Turns Page On Iraq, But Story Isn't Over

Aug. 31
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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President Obama has drawn an official end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, but challenges lie ahead in a country that faces persistent insurgent violence and political turmoil.

Viral Showdown: Dancing Dogs Vs. Dancing Movies

Aug. 31
By Angela Carone
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In 24 hours, I've received links to two videos featuring dancing. One showcases an amazing dog dancing the Merengue and the other a montage of dancing footage from movie history. Both seem to teeter on the precipice of viral domination. Which do you like better?

Diabetes On The Rise In California

Aug. 31
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows obesity is on the rise in California, and so is diabetes. The study reveals there was a 26 percent increase in diabetes between 2001 and 2007.

Paris: Bohemian Rhapsody

Aug. 31
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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.

Chelsea King's Parents Blame State For Daughter's Death

Aug. 31
By Amita Sharma

The parents of Chelsea King have filed a claim blaming the California Department of Corrections for their daughter's murder. The Kings say the state had numerous reasons to send John Gardner back to prison before he killed their daughter in February.

Concrete To Replace Wooden Trestles Bridge At San Onofre

Aug. 31
By Ed Joyce

The wooden trestles that have given the surf break at San Onofre State beach its name are being replaced with a reinforced concrete structure. Construction starts soon on the project to replace the wooden trestles bridge.

New on DVD: 'Harry Brown,' 'Red Riding,' and More

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando
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Here's a new addition to Cinema Junkie. Each week I will highlight what's new and worth checking out on DVD. This week it's Michael Caine and British serial killers topping the list.

Consumer Confidence Adds Boost To San Diego Economy

Aug. 31
By Tom Fudge

The University of San Diego's Index of Leading Economic Indicators rose again in July, led by strong gains in local consumer confidence and help wanted advertising, it was announced today.

Why Are So Many Vets Killing Themselves?

Aug. 31
These Days

We'll talk about the latest Department of Defense report on suicides in the military. We'll speak with a woman who's launched an initiative to build more resilience among marines, soldiers and sailors dealing with the stress of war.

Iraq War Takes Its Toll On San Diego's Military

Aug. 31
By Susan Murphy
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President Obama declared the end of combat operations in Iraq last night. The seven-year war has taken its toll in San Diego County.

SANDAG Offers School Carpool Matching Service For Busy Parents

Aug. 31
These Days

School's back and so is the daily duty of ferrying the kids to class every morning. With traffic only getting more frustrating around San Diego County, we've got an alternative to driving your children to class.

Let's Talk: Parking At Balboa Park

Aug. 31
By Angela Carone
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A new plan for Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama was announced yesterday and the rallying cry seems to be No More Cars! The hitch? To make it happen, a two-story parking garage may be built in the Spreckels lot and visitors may end up paying for parking. We want to hear from you.

How Will National Guard Troops Contribute To Border Security?

Aug. 31
These Days

An inside look at the deployment of 260 National Guard troops at the U.S. - Mexico border here in San Diego County. Why did so many troops apply for the job, and what are they doing on a daily basis to help the Border Patrol?

Promise Of The Pill Not Always Met

Aug. 31
These Days

"America & the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation," a new book by Elaine Tyler May, marks the 50th anniversary of the development of 'The Pill'. This history of how the birth control pill has affected Americans since its inception in 1960 explores everything from population control to Playboy, libido to liberation.

Chelsea's Law Headed To Governor

Aug. 31
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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In a rare unanimous vote the State Assembly has approved new tougher penalties for some sex offenders. The bill known as “Chelsea’s Law” is now on its way to the governor.

Obama On Iraq: Not Quite 'Mission Accomplished'

Aug. 31
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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When President Obama uses a prime-time address Tuesday to mark the official end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, he'll have to sidestep the shadow of former President George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner. Watch it live here.