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Stories for September 6, 2010

Coast Guard Hearing To Weigh San Diego Boy's Death

Sept. 6
Elliott Spagat, Associated Press

Alan DeWeese had just finished watching the fireworks display when he saw a Coast Guard vessel racing straight at him in a crowded San Diego Bay. He furiously turned his boat but there was no time: The vessel landed on his 8-year-old son, Anthony, crushing him to death and seriously injuring four other passengers.

East County 'Cowboy Fire' 95 Percent Contained

Sept. 6
City News Service

The Cowboy Fire in East County is now 95 percent contained, and firefighters said they expect full containment today. Firefighters expect to completely control the blaze by Tuesday at 6 p.m., said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

What Did Mayans Think Would Happen in 2012?

Sept. 6
These Days

What is supposed to happen in 2012? Will the world end? Does it mark the dawn of a new age of consciousness? We speak to the author of "2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya."

School Starts in San Diego County

Sept. 6
These Days

This week, many districts begin the school year with shrunken budgets and larger classes. We survey the education landscape at San Diego Unified and other districts to find out what to expect.

Young And Middle-Income Californians Hit Hardest in Recession

Sept. 6
These Days

The young, the long-term unemployed and middle-income households continue to bear the brunt of the recession in California. We discuss the Labor Day report of the non-profit, non-partisan California Budget Project.

Why Aren't Employers Hiring?

Sept. 6
Jim Zarroli, NPR
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The fragile U.S. economy has made gains in several areas, but jobs isn't one of them. The unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent last month, with big political implications ahead of November elections. So why aren't employers hiring, and what will it take for them to create jobs?

Evolving Culture: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sept. 6
Joe Palca, NPR
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For billions of years, the environment and how it affected organisms' genes was the key to evolution. But in the past 10,000 years, for humans at least, genetic evolution has been nudged aside by something more powerful.

California Budget Project Labor Day Report

Sept. 6
By Alison St John

The California Budget Project reports nearly one million Californians have been out of work now for more than half a year. The number of Californians who have been unemployed for the last 6 months is now bigger than the population of San Francisco.

San Diego Researchers Developing New Anti-Malaria Drug

Sept. 6
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego researchers have discovered what they say is a new class of drugs that target malaria. That's hopeful news to the 40 percent of the world's population who live in malaria-infected areas.

Study Links PTSD And Dementia

Sept. 6
By Tom Fudge

San Diego veterans who suffer post traumatic stress disorder may be more likely to develop dementia late in life. That's the conclusion of a study done by the VA Medical Center in Houston.