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Stories for July 20, 2010

Workshop Helps Long-Term Jobseekers Avoid Burnout

July 20, 2010
By Kyla Calvert

The United States Senate is one step closer to extending unemployment benefits for people out of work for 26 weeks or longer. A workshop in San Diego is aiming to help long-term jobseekers avoid burn out.

Civic Leaders Call San Diego Unified "Failing School System"

July 20, 2010
By Ana Tintocalis

A group of civic leaders is calling the San Diego Unified School District a "failing school district." The leaders blame a series of leadership changes within the top ranks.

SD City Council Creates "Flying Leathernecks Day" To Honor Marine Corps Aviation

July 20, 2010

The City Council paid tribute today to the history of Marine Corps aviation by declaring it "Flying Leathernecks Day'' in San Diego.

Scientists Attack Sickle Cell Anemia

July 20, 2010
By Tom Fudge

Researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology are testing a drug that could dramatically improve the lives of people with sickle cell anemia.

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Video: Jace Everett Of 'True Blood' Fame In San Diego Tonight

July 20, 2010
By Angela Carone

If you're a fan of HBO's "True Blood," you'll want to head to the Casbah tonight to see alt-country crooner Jace Everett, the man behind the show's "Bad Things" opener.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Has $54 Million Impact On Economy

July 20, 2010

This year's Rock `n' Roll Marathon had a $54 million impact on San Diego's economy, including $34 million in direct visitor spending, according to a study released today by race organizers.

New Method Of HIV Prevention Found

July 20, 2010

Women in Sub-Saharan Africa are at especially high-risk of getting infected with HIV. Health officials say a clinical trial testing a new method of HIV prevention has shown remarkable results.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's 71st Season Starts Tomorrow

July 20, 2010

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's 71st season of horse racing gets under way tomorrow in Del Mar with the traditional showiness, including the "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.''

Few Opponents To New SD City Hall At First Public Hearing

July 20, 2010
By Alison St John

The City of San Diego will present voters with a choice in November of whether to build a new city hall or renovate the existing building. Very few people opposed the plan to build a new city hall at a public hearing last night.

Minimum Wage For State Workers And The Gubernatorial Race In California

July 20, 2010
By Dwane Brown

State employees in California get a reprieve from the governor's minimum wage order. We'll talk about that with Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Fees At SD Parks And Recreation Centers To Be Increased

July 20, 2010
By Alison St John

The San Diego City Council has voted to raise fees at city parks and recreation centers for the second year in a row. The increases will raise $123,000 dollars for the city’s general fund. The city is facing a $72 million deficit.

Whooping Cough Is Now An Epidemic In California

July 20, 2010

Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California. So far this year, nearly 1,500 Californians have been infected with whooping cough, and state health officials are pushing a more aggressive vaccination policy.

Democrats And Republicans Squabble Over Late State Budget

July 20, 2010

Democratic and Republican party leaders gathered near the capitol today to throw figurative pies at each other about the late state budget.

The Economics Of San Diego's Water Supply

July 20, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

Find out what San Diego leaders need to do to ensure an adequate supply of water for the people of the region.

Summer Means Alfresco Dining

July 20, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Summer means eating fresh food in the fresh outdoors. We'll talk about great cooking and eating with summer produce and fresh ingredients.

Tijuana Was Once "Satan's Playground"

July 20, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

"Satan's Playground," a new book by SDSU Professor Emeritus Paul Vanderwood, chronicles the rise and fall of the gambling industry that developed in and around Tijuana, particularly the Agua Caliente Resort and Casino, as prohibitions against alcohol, horse racing, gambling, and prostitution swept the United States.

Border Agents Nab Would-Be Smuggler Carrying Cache Of Guns

July 20, 2010
city news service

A 19-year-old U.S. citizen was behind bars today accused of trying to sneak an arsenal of firearms - including machines guns - into Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, authorities said.

Coast Guard Investigates Volunteer Worker's Fatal Fall From Star Of India

July 20, 2010
City News Service

The U.S. Coast Guard today was investigating a volunteer worker's fatal fall off the Star of India docked into San Diego's bay. Gregory Vance Gushaw, 68, of Coronado was conducting an annual test on the historic ship when he fell about 50 feet from its rigging around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, authorities said.

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Eating Nutritiously A Struggle When Money Is Scarce

July 20, 2010
Pam Fessler, NPR

Alex Williamson, 8, doesn't look very hungry — in fact, he's a little chubby. But Alex, who lives in Carlisle, Pa., is one of 17 million children who live in U.S. households where getting enough food is a challenge.

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The Border's Bottom Line

July 20, 2010
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Three million unauthorized immigrants live here in California. The statistics raise an important economic question – just what are the financial implications of such a large undocumented population? KPBS begins its special Envision series, Crossing the Line: Border Stories.