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Stories for September 7, 2010

San Bernardino Brothers Accused Of Massive Foreclosure Fraud

Sept. 7
By Kyla Calvert
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Two San Bernardino brothers, John and David Zepeda, have been charged with running a foreclosure fraud scheme throughout Southern California since 2006. They are accused of defrauding more than 300 victims of at least $1.5 million.

Organovo Aims To Recreate Body Organs

Sept. 7
By Peggy Pico
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Organovo, a small biotech company in San Diego, has found a way to print human blood vessels and some nerve cells, but the ultimate goal is to recreate whole organs.

Stevie Wonder In Performance At The White House: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song

Sept. 7
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An evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of musician Stevie Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song took place February 25, 2009. The concert included performances by Wonder with a cavalcade of popular musicians, including India.Arie; Tony Bennett; Wayne Brady; Anita Johnson; Diana Krall; Mary Mary; Martina McBride; Rickey Minor; Paul Simon; Esperanza Spalding; and Will.i.am. performing a selection of Wonder's hit songs.

New on DVD: The Best This Week is Old

Sept. 7
By Beth Accomando
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This week the best of what’s new on DVD is actually old so topping my list are collections of Warner Brothers gangster films, Hammer Horror, and Steve McQueen.

Musical About Charlie Chaplin At La Jolla Playhouse

Sept. 7
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The La Jolla Playhouse is staging a world premiere musical about the life of Charlie Chaplin. "Limelight" named after one of Chaplin's late films, focuses on the personal life of the film legend and includes a book written by the Tony Award winning writer of "Hairspray" and "The Producers." We'll talk with the musical's creative team.

How Difficult Is It To Make Ends Meet In San Diego County?

Sept. 7
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How much do you need to earn to make ends meet in San Diego County? We'll discuss which groups are falling below the self-sufficiency standard.

Little Lie On Resume Can Cost You Big Time

Sept. 7
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We discuss the legal ramifications of lying on your resume with our legal analyst, Dan Eaton. With so much competition for quality jobs nowadays, applicants must really set themselves apart from other candidates. Be careful about lying on your resume, though, because it can cost you in the long run.

How Well Do Current Vaccines Protect Against Whooping Cough?

Sept. 7
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We'll discuss the seriousness of the whooping cough epidemic and we'll hear what public health officials have to say about the protections vaccines offer.

Rep. Brian Bilbray Supported Cigar Club Lobbyists

Sept. 7
Brooke Williams, Watchdog Institute's Washington D.C. Bureau
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In the months after Rep. Brian Bilbray sponsored a Congressional cigar club—where politicians and their staffers have puffed and partied with lobbyists around D.C.—he introduced or lent his name to legislation that would benefit some of those lobbyists’ clients.

City's Focus Shifts To Retiree Health Liability

Sept. 7
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s increasing pension payments get a lot of attention. But the city’s retiree health care liability may be more of a problem. The city council will get a full report on the issue Tuesday from the Joint Committee on Retiree Health.

Is Whooping Cough Vaccine Working?

Sept. 7
By Joanne Faryon
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A KPBS investigation has found that nearly two out of three people diagnosed with whooping cough in San Diego County this year were fully immunized. California is in the midst of the worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. The numbers raise questions about how well the vaccine works.

Vaccinated People Getting Whooping Cough In SD

Sept. 7
By Joanne Faryon
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A KPBS investigation has raised questions about how effective the whooping cough vaccine is in preventing people from getting sick. Nearly two out of three people diagnosed with whooping cough in San Diego County this year, were fully immunized.

A Very Different School Year Ahead

Sept. 7
By Ana Tintocalis
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School is back in session today across San Diego County. However, it will be a very different kind of academic year.