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Stories for July 8, 2011

Officials Close Cedar Creek Falls

July 8
By Ed Joyce
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To protect public safety the Cleveland National Forest is closing the San Diego River Gorge Trail and Cedar Creek Falls.

Urban Gardening Program Helps Juvenile Offenders Uproot Their LIves

July 8
Sasha Doppelt
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A group of young inner-city offenders graduated today from an urban-gardening program that teaches them life skills.

Everyday Edisons: I Just Know I'm An Everyday Edison!

July 8
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Thousands of people from around the world pitched their ideas to our panel of judges at five casting calls held around the United States. In Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Providence and San Jose, lines of anxious inventors wrapped around convention centers hoping for their chance to become an ‘Everyday Edison.’ Our cameras caught all the excitement and drama from each "Everyday Edisons" casting call held across the country, giving viewers a backstage pass to nervous inventors just before they made their pitch.

San Diego Unified Recalls About 300 Teachers

July 8
By Kyla Calvert
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About 300 more teachers in kindergarten through third grade will be heading back to city classrooms in the fall. The school district announced it will use additional state funds to trim the layoff list.

Roundtable: City Could Lose $70 Million in Redevelopment Funds

July 8
Midday Edition
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The dust is still settling after the California budget passed last week. And one of the questions on a lot of peoples' minds is how redevelopment projects will be affected. Redevelopment money - the property tax increment that local governments can keep for building projects in their own communities - has been a major driver of economic growth.

Roundtable: Illegal Immigration From Mexico Declines

July 8
Midday Edition
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Immigration reform is stalled, but in the meantime, the immigration picture is changing. Fewer immigrants are choosing to cross the US-Mexican border than are leaving.

Roundtable: I-5 Widening Option Chosen

July 8
Midday Edition
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When Caltrans first unveiled its options to expand Interstate 5 from La Jolla to Oceanside, there was an outcry against so much planned paving. But gridlock looms over our future, and so this week everyone is analyzing the plan Caltrans has picked.

Unemployment Rises To 9.2 Percent As Hiring Stalls

July 8
Associated Press
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Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month. Employers added the fewest jobs in nine months and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent.

Shuttle Program's Final Space Odyssey

July 8
By Beth Ford Roth and Associated Press
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The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off this morning at 11:26 Florida time. The launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was the final one ever for the storied shuttle program.

Bringing HIV Testing To The Streets

July 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Health officials say one of the keys to getting a handle on the HIV epidemic is to make HIV testing more widespread. A new study in San Diego is attempting to do just that, one block at a time.

Preview: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"

July 8
By Beth Accomando
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In exactly one week it all ends. Not the world, just the "Harry Potter" film franchise. You can see two "Harry Potter" films a night at the AMC Mission Valley and Reading Clairemont starting Monday, July 11 and ending on FridayJuly 15 at 12:01am with the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." You can listen to my radio feature.