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Stories for June 10, 2011

Federal Judge Rejects State Request For Delay in Foster Care Reimbursement Hike

June 10
By Amita Sharma

State officials want to delay the start of higher payments to foster parents, but a judge says there are no grounds to do so.

Firefighters Save Pets With Muzzle Masks

June 10
By Peggy Pico
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Man’s best friend and his cat pals got some help from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on Friday.

State Slapped With Suit Over Elimination Of Adult Day Health Care

June 10
By Kenny Goldberg

California has been slapped with a federal lawsuit over its plan to eliminate funding for adult day health care centers. The programs offer skilled care to some 35,000 seniors and people with disabilities.

NCIS: A Whiter Shade of Pale?

June 10
By Pat Finn
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The word "cast" has a gazillion meanings. Pat Finn is bothered by a couple of them regarding the CBS series NCIS.

Insight: Here's How Sprawl Happens

June 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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If you want to prevent sprawl you should know how it occurs. Here's a road map, courtesy of the New Jersey DOT.

Roundtable: Why Was California Homeowner Protection Act Scuttled?

June 10
Midday Edition

California Assemblymember Juan Vargas is raising his profile in preparation for a run for Bob Filner's congressional seat. But Vargas' recent no vote on a bill to help families struggling to avoid foreclosure, has people scratching their heads.

Roundtable: North County Cities Deal With Budget Woes

June 10
Midday Edition

We hear so much about the City of San Diego's budget because it's five times bigger than the next largest city in San Diego County. So let's get some perspective on how different cities are coping with cuts.

Roundtable: City Budget Agreement Offers Short-Term Fixes

June 10
Midday Edition

The City of San Diego is at the cutting edge of budget deficits because its pension problems have forced it to deal with deficits since well before the economic downturn began.

NOVA scienceNOW: Dark Matter; Of Mice And Memory; Hany Farid; Wisdom Of The Crowds

June 10
NOVA scienceNOW: Dark Matter; Of Mice And Memory; Hany Farid; Wisdom Of The Crowds Tease photo

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson reports from a half mile underground in an abandoned mine, where scientists are using special detectors to look for evidence of a ghostly substance that they believe makes up most of the matter of the universe—a hypothetical entity called dark matter. And while scientists are yet in the early stages of translating research in mice into treatments for humans, it's striking that many Alzheimer's sufferers temporarily improve in an activity-rich environment, providing a tantalizing clue to further research and therapies. Also, a profile on Hany Farid, a self-proclaimed "accidental scientist" is inventing new ways to tell if photos have been faked.

SD Councilman Vows Plaza de Panama Will Be Ready For 2015 Celebration

June 10
By Katie Orr
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Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama will be overhauled by the 2015 Centennial Celebration. A San Diego Councilman is making that vow even though elaborate plans for the plaza have stalled.

San Diego County Fair Opens Today

June 10
City News Service

The San Diego County Fair will begin its 22-day run today at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Race to the Fair'' and the fair will feature displays showcasing historic and modern cars, along with music, food and fun.

Gates Says NATO Alliance Faces 'Dim' Future

June 10
Associated Press
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America's military alliance with Europe — the cornerstone of U.S. security policy for six decades — faces a "dim, if not dismal" future, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

Grocery Workers Check Out Possibility Of A Strike

June 10
By Erik Anderson
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Baggers, checkers and butchers at San Diego's three largest grocery store chains may exchange their smocks for picket signs soon.

Trailers: 'Yellowbrickroad' and 'True Legend'

June 10
By Beth Accomando
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"Yellowbrickroad" (Friday midnight at AMC Mission Valley) and "True Legend" (opening June 10 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters) were both unavailable for preview but might offer good alternatives to summer mainstream releases.