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Stories for July 28, 2010

City Council To Hold Special Meeting On Sales Tax Increase Proposal

July 28, 2010
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council will hold a special meeting to see if it can hammer out a compromise on a November ballot initiative for a sales tax. The pressure is mounting; citizens at a public safety committee demanded action.

Whooping Cough On The Rise In San Diego County

July 28, 2010
city news service

The number of whooping cough cases in San Diego County so far this year is nearly double the level for all of 2009, and is on track to set a new record, it was announced today.

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Work On Downtown San Diego Library Now Underway

July 28, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

More than 30 years of work culminated Wednesday in the groundbreaking of a new downtown central library in San Diego. The event drew a large crowd and a lot of politicians.

Schwarzenegger Orders Government Worker Furloughs

July 28, 2010
Judy Lin, AP

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is bringing back furloughs for thousands of state workers until California passes a budget. Schwarzenegger released a new executive order Wednesday that requires state workers to take three unpaid days off per month starting next month.

Prosecutor Says Cross-Border Racketeering Case Is Historic For Southern California

July 28, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A cross-border racketeering case against more than three dozen people is having a ripple effect across the San Diego-Tijuana region. The lead prosecutor says the case is historic for Southern California.

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The New Season Of 'Mad Men'

July 28, 2010
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

The new season of AMC's much heralded drama "Mad Men" began this week. The last season ended with the the world of Don Draper and the advertising firm Sterling Cooper completely upended. We'll talk with two Slate editors who've been following the drama through an online TV club devoted to the series.

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Linking Pollution And Bacteria To Coral Reef Health

July 28, 2010
By Hilary Andrews, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego State University professor Dr. Forest Rohwer's recent book "Coral Reefs In the Microbial Seas" gives evidence linking pollution and bacteria to coral reef health.

San Diego's Downtown Library Breaks Ground Today

July 28, 2010
City News Service

Officials today will mark the start of construction on a $185 million new central library in downtown San Diego's East Village.

How Smart Are Smart Phones?

July 28, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Currently 21% of all cell phone users in the U.S. have smart phones which can surf the web and play music, movies and games. We look at the current state of the art, especially I Phone 4 and the Android operating system, the future of Blackberry, and how sales are affecting Qualcomm, which produces smart phone software.

New Efforts To Combat HIV/AIDS Locally And Abroad

July 28, 2010
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

What is our county government doing to combat the spread of HIV? We speak to Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg about local HIV prevention efforts, and discuss the big news stories that came out of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.

Political Analysis: Ethics Rules For Ballot Measures

July 28, 2010
By Gloria Penner, Maureen Cavanaugh

Measures placed on the ballot sometimes have the avid support of elected officials. But there are ethics rules that spell out how politicians can legally support those measures.

City Council Votes To Go Ahead With Recycled Water Demonstration Project

July 28, 2010
By Alison St John

The city of San Diego will move ahead with a pilot project to test the viability of recycling sewage water to make it fit to drink. The San Diego City Council’s decision to award a contract for a pilot project suggests the unfortunate expression “toilet to tap” may have been flushed out.

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Caltrans Holds First Public Meeting On I-5 Expansion

July 28, 2010
By Kyla Calvert

Caltrans held its first open house in Encinitas last night to gather public input on the proposed expansion of Interstate 5 in North County. More than 100 people turned out to submit comments and ask questions.

Carlsbad School Officials To Debate Environmental Testing To Check For Cancer Link

July 28, 2010
By Amita Sharma

Carlsbad school officials may decide today whether to test the soil at one of its campuses to see if toxins in the environment are causing cancer.