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Stories for July 30, 2010

Review: 'Agora'

July 30
By Beth Accomando
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“Agora” (opening July 30 at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theaters) looks to religious zealots in the 4th Century in the hopes of drawing some parallels to contemporary times.

Mosque Planned For Temecula Sparks Protest

July 30
Gina Diamante

There were about two dozen people who came in response to an Internet call to protest a planned mosque in Temecula. Some, like Mano Bach, came because of personal experience with Muslim extremism. He was born in Iran, and says he fled to America after the 1979 revolution.

Proposal To Increase San Diego Sales Tax

July 30
San Diego Week
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It's battle of the ballot measures. We discuss whether San Diego politicians will ask voters to decide on taxing themselves for both city and school expenses.

Crossing The Line: One Immigrant's Journey

July 30
San Diego Week
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KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson tells the story of why one man risked illegal crossings to live and work in San Diego County.

CalTrans Asks For Public Input On Interstate 5 Expansion

July 30
San Diego Week
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Hear the details on see the proposed plans to widen Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside.

Groundbreaking For The New Downtown Library

July 30
San Diego Week
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The new downtown library is born. KPBS Reporter Katie Orr speaks to Qualcomm Founder and Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs, and San Diego City Councilman Kevin Faulconer about the project.

Whooping Cough Blamed In Death Of SD Infant

July 30
San Diego Week
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Find out why whooping cough is now an epidemic in California.

City Council Approves Sales Tax Increase Measure With Conditions

July 30
By Katie Orr

The City Council has crafted a tentative measure for the November ballot that asks San Diego voters to approve a temporary half-cent sales tax increase that would be levied only if a set of nearly a dozen financial reform milestones are met.

Teen Review: 'Dinner for Schmucks'

July 30
Michael Shymon, Teen Critic
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This weekend’s new comedy, “Dinner For Schmucks” (opening July 30 throughout San Diego) falls into the category of terrible films that are made semi-watchable by the inherently funny people in them.

Supervisors' Spending Priorities Questioned

July 30
Editors Roundtable

Supervisor Bill Horn is under fire for giving $80,000 in public money to a local Christian organization. And, the board of supervisors agreed to give the district attorney and sheriff pay raises of more than $10,000 while working with a budget that Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price described as "the worst budget I've seen since my early years on the board."

How Will Arizona Immigration Law Impact San Diego Region?

July 30
Editors Roundtable

Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law was set to go into effect this week, but a federal judge has blocked some of the major elements of the bill. We discuss how the legal battle over Arizona Senate Bill 1070 could play out, and the long-term impact the law might have on our region.

Schwarzenegger Tells Local Business Leaders Why California Has No State Budget

July 30
Sarah Gonzalez

Governor Schwarzenegger made a stop in San Diego Thursday to discuss California's overdue budget with local business leaders.

San Diego Sales Tax Proposal Still Alive

July 30
Editors Roundtable

Will San Diego voters be asked to decide on a ballot measure that includes a sales tax increase, and a package of financial reforms?

ICE's Online System Will Help Relatives And Attorneys Find Detainees

July 30
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials have launched a new online system to help relatives and attorneys find people who are in immigration lock-ups. In the past, locating people was sometimes impossible.

Public Urged To Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

July 30
By Joanne Faryon
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The death of a San Diego baby this week has prompted health officials to call for people of all ages to be immunized against whooping cough. Seven babies in California have died from whooping cough since January, 2010.