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Stories for February 15, 2011

Audit Reveals Misappropriation Of Funds From Gambling Tribes

Feb. 15
City News Service

A state audit has revealed that local governments are misappropriating millions of dollars from casino-operating Indian tribes that are supposed to address the negative effects of gambling.

lê thi diem thúy decribes her novel, The Gangster We Are All Look For

Feb. 15
By Roland Lizarondo, One Book One San Diego, Clare Pister
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The Gangster We Are All Looking For is the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection. Listen to a plot summary by the author, lê thi diem thúy, given during her visit to San Diego in February 2011.

Amtrak Launches New Express Surfliner Traveling To LA

Feb. 15
City News Service

Amtrak today launched an express run of its Pacific Surfliner service, designed to get business travelers from San Diego to Los Angeles by 10 a.m.

Woman Whose Leg Was Crushed By Taxi Expected To Spend Years Recuperating

Feb. 15
City News Service

A woman whose leg was crushed by a taxi that veered off a street and pinned her against a building in the Gaslamp Quarter is likely to spend years recuperating and could wind up losing the limb, a doctor assigned to her case said today.

SDUSD Looking For Help Funding Supplies

Feb. 15
City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District plans to open a school supplies fund with help from the San Diego Foundation, an umbrella group for area charities, it was announced today.

Affordable Housing Advocates Rally In The Capitol

Feb. 15
California Capitol Network

You can add affordable housing advocates to the list of people upset by Governor Brown’s budget proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

City Council Approves Water Study Contract

Feb. 15
City News Service

A contract was approved Tuesday by the San Diego City Council which will enable the U.S. Geological Survey to study groundwater below Chollas Creek and the San Pasqual Valley to determine if it can be used for drinking water.

Report Says Health Reform Will Slash California's Uninsured Problem

Feb. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study finds the federal health-reform law will greatly reduce the number of Californians who are uninsured. The report says nearly 5 million Californians will be eligible for coverage.

Open Records Laws Possibly Jeopardized By Proposed Spending Cuts

Feb. 15
Associated Press

A new plan to cut state spending could jeopardize the state's open records laws by eliminating the requirement that government bodies give fair notice to the public about meetings.

Debra Brown To Run For Congress

Feb. 15
Associated Press

Secretary of State Debra Bowen is jumping into the race to succeed Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in Congress.

Insight: SD Squash Takes A Step Forward

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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A team of low-income girls from San Diego stepped into the lion's den of junior squash and came out with a ranking of 11th in the country.

Sec. Of State Clinton Urges Need For Internet Freedom

Feb. 15
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The Obama administration will pump $25 million this year into helping cyber dissidents foil Internet repression in autocratic states and plans to broaden the reach of its online mini-appeals for human rights and democracy.

Bill Aims To Allow Renters To Post Campaign Signs

Feb. 15
City News Service

Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, introduced a bill today that would allow renters to post political campaign signs in the windows of their apartments or homes.

County's Homeless Population Grew Through 2010

Feb. 15
By Kyla Calvert
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About 300 more people joined the homeless ranks in San Diego County over the last year. That number has grown for the last four years.

SDSU Starts Construction On New Projects

Feb. 15
City News Service

Construction is under way on the first of two projects at San Diego State University to replace the Aztec Center student union, the school announced Tuesday.

Lawmaker Pushes For Additional Test In Newborn Screenings

Feb. 15
California Capitol Network

One state lawmaker says permanently adding an additional test to newborn screenings could save lives and save the state money.

Father Of Amber Dubois Backing Bills Protecting Against Sex Offenders

Feb. 15
California Capitol Network

The father of 14-year-old murder victim, Amber Dubois, has returned to Sacramento to seek more state legislation he says will protect children.

Study Finds SD Needs More Fire Stations To Reach Acceptable Response Times

Feb. 15
Associated Press
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A new study says San Diego needs to build 10 new fire stations if it wants to reach acceptable response times in emergencies.

Obama: Medicare, Social Security Need Compromise

Feb. 15
Associated Press
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President Obama said Tuesday that the nation's major entitlement programs — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — must be adjusted by Democrats and Republicans acting together rather than by dictates from the White House.

What Is Race?

Feb. 15
These Days
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We'll discuss a new traveling exhibit, RACE Are We So Different?, which opens this weekend at the San Diego Museum of Man.

"Crash Tax" Revenue Stops Short

Feb. 15
These Days

We'll find out about the status of the "crash tax" in California. Where did the idea for the tax come from and who is responsible for paying?

Writing Tips From San Diego Writing Women

Feb. 15
These Days

Nine members of San Diego Writing Women are organizing an offshoot group, not only for themselves but for aspiring writers in San Diego who want some advice on how to write that book and get it published.

Why are knee replacements and other orthopaedic surgeries on the rise?

Feb. 15
These Days
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Why are knee replacements and other orthopaedic surgeries on the rise? We talk to two of the doctors who are participating in The Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting taking place in San Diego this week.

Mubarak's Fall Spurs Calls For U.S. Policy Rethink

Feb. 15
Jackie Northam, NPR
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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was a key U.S. ally for three decades, but his sudden departure from power has shaken the fundamentals of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

From Juvenile Hall To The Classroom

Feb. 15
By Ana Tintocalis

A recent report finds nearly half of teenage boys arrested in San Diego County are gang members. When they return home from juvenile hall, they are faced with living a normal lifestyle, which includes going back to school.

Gainsborough's Notorious Women At SDMA

Feb. 15
These Days
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The paintings of Sir Thomas Gainsborough could be viewed as the 18th century version of celebrity portraiture. Gainsborough's portraits of notorious and fashionable women of the day are currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Art, along with the work of 20th century abstract painter Howard Hodgkin.

Qualcomm Respected On International List

Feb. 15
By Erik Anderson

San Diego-based Qualcomm slipped a bit on the Barron's list of the most respected firms among the 100 largest publicly traded companies.

Vista May Turn Off The Lights To Balance The Budget

Feb. 15
By Alison St John

The City of Vista holds a budget workshop this morning to figure out how to plug a $9 million budget gap. The measures should get residents’ attention.

San Diego Home Sales Drop In January

Feb. 15
By Erik Anderson

The number of San Diego homes changing hands last month was down more than 29 percent from December. San Diego-based Dataquick tracks real estate trends in California.