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Stories for August 29, 2011

Mitt Romney's La Jolla Home Plans Revealed

Aug. 29
City News Service

The living space for the home Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to build in La Jolla would be about 8,200 square feet, according to plans obtained from the city.

Ramona Fire 100 Percent Contained

Aug. 29
KPBS News and City News Service
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One firefighter sustained a minor heat-related injury today while battling a brush fire near Ramona that had blackened more than 70 acres by late afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

North County Transit Seeks Ridership Boost With 'Flex' Plan

Aug. 29
By Alison St John
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Travel around North County figures to become more convenient this week, but the improvements will cost customers more.

Brush Fire Burning Near Pala

Aug. 29
By Ed Joyce, Susan Murphy
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A brush fire that burned more than 300 acres near Pala in San Diego's North County is 60 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

UCSD Professor Teaches Computers To Listen To Music

Aug. 29
Neiko Will

Can your iPhone put you to sleep with a lullaby? Or play something upbeat when you’re jogging? Sure, if you ask it to. But a UCSD professor is teaching computers to know what you want to hear based on what you are doing.

SDSU Expands Course List To Offer Secular Studies

Aug. 29
Midday Edition

Southern California colleges are ahead of the curve as more universities offer courses in the study of secularism and unbelief.

U-T Watchdog Report Reveals Highest Paid State Workers In SD County

Aug. 29
Midday Edition
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According to an investigative report by The San Diego Union-Tribune six state employees in San Diego County earned more than $200,000 in 2010. We'll tell you who's earning a bundle and why their agencies say they are worth so much.

Urban Farming-Grow It Yourself Movement

Aug. 29
Midday Edition
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When food is accessible anywhere from supermarkets to drive-throughs, why is the movement to grow your own food becoming so popular?

UCSD Ranked Number 1 In Colleges That Benefit Country

Aug. 29
City News Service
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UC San Diego scored the number one spot, for the second year in a row, in a list of U.S. colleges that benefit the country, according to rankings posted today by the Washington Monthly.

Grocery Negotiations Resume With Help From Mediator

Aug. 29
By Susan Murphy and City News Service
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Grocery negotiations are continuing this week with the help of a federal mediator. Union officials are armed with an authorization to strike.

More Americans Hungry For Food Stamps

Aug. 29
Marilyn Geewax, NPR
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This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to release its latest update on the food stamp program. It's an important indicator of the nation's economic health — and the prognosis is not good.

Irene: Wet, Deadly And Expensive As Cleanup Begins

Aug. 29
NPR Staff and Wires
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The storm left millions without power across much of the Eastern Seaboard, left more than 20 dead and forced airlines to cancel about 9,000 flights.

Pensions No Longer Top Benefit For Blue Collar City Workers

Aug. 29
By Ruxandra Guidi
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City and state workers across the Southwest have historically put up with mediocre salaries because of the guaranteed pension benefits that came with the job.

Navy Not Required To Do Further Studies Of Expansion On North Island

Aug. 29
By Alison St John

The Navy says its plan to add 53 helicopters to its fleet on North Island by 2016 will have no significant environmental impact.