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Stories for June 27, 2011

New Law Requires Carbon-Monoxide Detectors

June 27
By Andrés Barraza

Residences in California will be required to have working carbon monoxide detectors as of Friday, July 1st.

Equality Nine Vow To Keep Fighting

June 27
By Erik Anderson
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A legal fight that grew out of last summer's federal decision to overturn Proposition 8 is moving forward. The nine people arrested at the county clerk's office lost a bid to have charges against them adjusted or dropped.

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Military Malpractice Case

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not hear the case of Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, who died after a military doctors botched his appendectomy, according to the Stars and Stripes. The Supreme Court’s decision means the Feres Doctrine will remain the law of the land, as it has been since 1950.

Blagojevich Found Guilty On 17 Charges

June 27
Associated Press

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he is disappointed and stunned after he was found guilty of 17 of 20 charges in his corruption retrial. He spoke only briefly, after saying that one thing he'd learned was not to talk so much.

Personal Information Breached At Department Of Public Health

June 27
By Kenny Goldberg

A data breach at the California Department of Public Health has officials pledging to beef up security. The agency says the personal information up nearly 9,000 has been compromised.

Key Vote Tuesday In Calif. On Shark Finning Bill

June 27
By Ed Joyce
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Legislation to ban the sale, possession or trade of shark fins in California is up for a vote Tuesday in a state senate committee.

Skipping School Costs San Diego Districts More Than $100 Million

June 27
Midday Edition
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We'll hear how, during a time of severe austerity, student absenteeism costs schools in San Diego County more than one hundred million dollars a year in funding.

San Diego's Darkside Exposed In Latest Noir Anthology

June 27
Midday Edition
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Since 2004 more than 50 cities and their writers have been featured in books celebrating the dark and disturbing genre of mystery fiction called "noir." This year San Diego's dark corners have been exposed in "San Diego Noir." We discuss the art of noir fiction set within the San Diego region.

New Technology Helps Children With Autism

June 27
Midday Edition
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For the sixth year in a row, the University of San Diego is hosting the Annual Autism Conference.  We'll hear how educators are using iPad apps to help children with learning disabilities communicate in the classroom.

Court: California Can't Ban Violent Video Game Sales

June 27
NPR Staff and Wires

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children, saying it ran afoul of the First Amendment right to free speech.

N.Y. Gay Marriage Vote Expected To Ripple Nationally

June 27
Tovia Smith, NPR
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New York City's annual Gay Pride Parade became a rolling victory party Sunday, two days after the state became the second largest in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Latino-African American Coalition Creates County Redistricting Map

June 27
By Alison St John

The Coalition says it was easy to redraw the lines to give minorities a better chance to be represented.

School Districts Offer Incentives To Boost Attendance

June 27
By Andrés Barraza

When your school district depends on student attendance for funding, some go to great lengths to make sure they show up.

Chronically Absent Students Cost County Schools Millions

June 27
By Joanne Faryon and Kevin Crowe Watchdog Institute
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There are thousands of chronically absent kids in San Diego County schools who together cost their districts millions of dollars in state funding.

Smell-O-Vision Has Pleasant Aroma For San Diego Researcher

June 27
By Peggy Pico
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The latest in TV technology bypasses your eyes and aims straight for your nose.