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Stories for August 15, 2011

Big Jump In San Diego County Fires Caused By Target Shooting

Aug. 15, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Cal Fire San Diego says there has been an increase in fires caused by target or recreational shooting across San Diego County.

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Southern California Home Sales Slip In July

Aug. 15, 2011
By Erik Anderson

July was a sluggish month for home sales in Southern California, as sales fell from the previous month and from the same month a year ago.

Mexico Collaborating With San Diego Domestic Violence Experts

Aug. 15, 2011
By Marissa Cabrera

A new effort is underway to crackdown on violence against women south of the border.

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Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy - Cancelled

Aug. 15, 2011

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy-nominated singer, pianist and musical anthropologist, guides viewers on a musical exploration of how Sinatra affected his contemporaries and how they, in turn, affected him. Backed by a 32-piece Big Band, Feinstein conjures up the biggest musical legends of that golden era using their extraordinary music, spiced with intimate stories about their larger-than-life personalities.

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Slain Officer's Gesture To Boy In McDonalds Captures Mourners

Aug. 15, 2011
Megan Burks, Speak City Heights

Jeremy Henwood has been described as a hero with a personality that commanded the room and a confidence that intimidated even veteran officers. But it was his gentle kindness that has captured mourners.

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Should Online Businesses Pay California Sales Tax?

Aug. 15, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Amazon.com is pushing to overturn a California law requiring the firm to collect sales tax on internet purchases from California consumers.

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Foraging Your Own Food - In San Diego County!

Aug. 15, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Forget about Farmers' Markets and organic, how about hunting fishing and foraging your own food-right here in San Diego?

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Siblings Of Autistic Children At Higher Risk For Autism

Aug. 15, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

If you have an autistic child, the chance of you having a second child with autism is higher than previously thought.

Test Scores Up At San Diego Unified

Aug. 15, 2011
Neiko Will, KPBS

San Diego Unified students improved their standardized test scores in 2011. The results were released by the state Department of Education today.

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Radiation From Japan Spiked On West Coast

Aug. 15, 2011
Associated Press

A spike in radioactive sulfur from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant was detected in California in late March, but researchers say it posed no threat.

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Discharged Airman Fights to Rejoin Military

Aug. 15, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post Blog: Former Air Force major Mike Almy was kicked out of the service after 13 years when a fellow Airman exposed Almy’s homosexuality (after reading his private emails). Now that don’t ask, don’t tell has been repealed, Almy is hoping to serve his country once again.

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Arctic Warming Unlocks Fabled Waterway

Aug. 15, 2011
Jackie Northam, NPR

Melting Arctic ice will have profound consequences on the roof of the world, opening strategic waterways to shipping, reducing the ice cap on Greenland, and spurring a rush to claim rights to the wealth of natural resources that lie beneath.

State May Modify Controversial Fire Prevention Fee

Aug. 15, 2011
By Alison St John

A controversial wildfire fee passed by the state legislature to help balance the budget could be up for discussion again this week. But legislators may not be able to modify the measure to allow the money to be used for fire protection.

Study Reveals Autism Has A High Rate of Recurrence In Families

Aug. 15, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

New research reveals the risk of a child developing autism is much higher if they have an older sibling with the disorder. The study was conducted in San Diego and 12 other cities worldwide.

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Oil Price Dip May Buoy San Diego Economy

Aug. 15, 2011
By Erik Anderson

Oil prices have been falling steadily in the past few weeks and that could give San Diego's economy a bit of a boost, because gas prices are trending down, as well.

Immigration Officials Warn About Dependence On Government Aid

Aug. 15, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

During an era of budget cuts and stricter immigration enforcement, many immigrants wonder whether getting public assistance can affect their ability to stay in the U.S.