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Stories for June 22, 2010

Calif. Bill Would Mandate Coverage Of Stop Smoking Treatments

June 22
Marianne Russ, California Capital Network

Health insurers would be required to help Californians kick the smoking habit if one state lawmaker gets his way. Democratic Senator Leland Yee is pushing a measure to make coverage of patches, gums, counseling and other anti-smoking treatments mandatory.

Abandoned Sierra Nevada Mines Could Pose Health Risks

June 22
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

Abandoned mines in the Sierra Nevada could be posing health problems for recreational visitors. The Sierra Fund, a Nevada City environmental group, released those findings Tuesday in Sacramento.

City Council Approves "Quiet Zone"

June 22

The San Diego City Council gave final approval Wednesday for a plan to improve safety at railroad crossings in downtown San Diego.

Sheriff's Officials Say Social Host Laws Are Working

June 22
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County Sheriff's deputies say their crackdown on underage drinking parties in Vista last weekend was a success. Officials say the city's social host ordinance is having a deterrent effect.

Two SD Teachers Receive Amgen Award For Science Teaching Excellence

June 22

Two San Diego area educators are among 34 science teachers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico named today as recipients of the 18th annual Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence.

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Video: Artists Draw Johnny Cash Video

June 22
By Angela Carone

A love letter from artists to Johnny Cash fans. A project invites artists to draw every frame of Cash's last music video for the song "Ain't No Grave."

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San Diego Unified Selects Bill Kowba As Superintendent

June 22

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education today selected Bill Kowba for the superintendent post.

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San Diego Loses An Important Voice In The Arts

June 22
By Angela Carone

Late last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune laid off its veteran visual arts critic, Robert Pincus. For a city with multiple museums, galleries, working artists and nationally respected university art programs, this marks a major loss for San Diegans and the visual arts community. We want to know what you think.

SD County To Seek Bids For Las Colinas Replacement

June 22

The Board of Supervisors today authorized staff to seek bids for the design and construction of a once-controversial replacement for the Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in Santee.

Scripps To Build $185 Million Proton Therapy Center In Mira Mesa

June 22

Scripps Health announced plans today to build a $185 million proton therapy center in Mira Mesa to treat cancer patients.

San Diego Regains Title Of Eighth-Largest City In The Country

June 22

San Diego has regained the title of eighth-largest city in the country, surpassing Dallas in population last year, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

California Governor and Senate Elections Discussion With Political Consultant Leo McElroy

June 22
By Pamela Davis, Alison St John

California governor and Senate elections discussion with Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

California Counties Having Hard Time With Federal Healthcare Legislation

June 22

Ninety days have passed since Congress approved healthcare legislation, with many of those policies taking effect in 2014. That means the next several years will be what the White House calls “a bridge period.” For most California counties, it’s going to be a tough few years.

What Does Your Libido Reveal About Your Life?

June 22
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Have you ever wondered how to maintain a healthy libido or what your libido says about you? We speak to San Diego obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Diana Hoppe, about her new book, "Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You."

Documentary Attempts To Lift The Curtain On Prop 8

June 22
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

A new documentary, "8: The Mormon Proposition," focuses on individuals and families impacted by Prop 8. We speak to filmmaker Steven Greenstreet. Closing arguments in the Prop 8 Marriage trial took place last week. A ruling is expected this summer.

Camp Pendleton Marine Recounts His Battle At Iwo Jima

June 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

Sixty-five years after the battle of Iwo Jima, retired Sgt. John Thurman talks about his experience as one of the first Marines to hit the beaches of Iwo Jima in steel amtracs.

Mexican Federal Court Challenges to Shut Down Sempra Plant

June 22
By Erik Anderson

Sempra is dealing with a legal challenge that threatens to shut down the San Diego-based company's facility near Ensenada.

What's Being Done Locally To Study And Treat ALS?

June 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a devastating disease that is almost always fatal and has no known cure. We discuss the challenges the scientific and medical communities face in their efforts to fight the disease. We'll learn about some innovative research taking place in San Diego, and meet a man who is living with ALS.

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San Diego's Architectural Community Honors Region's Best

June 22
By Jen Paton

The American Institute of Architects San Diego held their awards show last weekend at the Neurosciences Institute. And the winners are...

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Top U.S. General In Afghanistan Summoned To D.C.

June 22
Associated Press

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has been summoned to Washington to explain derogatory comments about President Obama and his colleagues, administration officials said Tuesday.