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Stories for June 29, 2011

Take-Home Vehicles Costing S.D. MIllions

June 29
By Katie Orr

A San Diego program that sends city vehicles home with employees is meant to speed up emergency response times. But a new report shows it’s needlessly costing San Diego millions.

Fate Of Redevelopment Agencies Unclear

June 29
By Katie Orr

The stroke of a pen could drastically alter redevelopment agencies in California today when the governor signs several bills related to the budget.

Camp Pendleton Marine Sent Video to Parents Weeks Before He Died

June 29
By Beth Ford Roth

Lance Cpl. John F. Farias was less than a month away from his 21st birthday when he was killed yesterday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense reports Farias died during combat operations in Helmand province.

Where Is Your Favorite Place In San Diego To Celebrate July 4th?

June 29
By Susan Murphy
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San Diegans across the county will celebrate Independence Day 2011 with fireworks, festivals, entertainment and fun. We want to hear from you! Where is your favorite place in San Diego to celebrate July 4th?

Is Perception Of Success More Important Than Actual Success Nowadays?

June 29
Midday Edition
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Why are today's teenagers and young adults more arrogant and conceited than previous generations? We speak to SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge about her new study that looked at how self-perception among young people has changed over the last 45 years.

Governor Agrees To Democrats' Budget Plan

June 29
Midday Edition
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Governor Jerry Brown appears ready to sign a majority-vote budget crafted by state Democrats, thus ending his efforts to broker a bipartisan deal in the legislature. We speak to KQED's Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers about the key elements of the budget plan, and the impact it could have throughout California.

Who Are The Rastafari?

June 29
Midday Edition

We will be providing discussion and insight into the very small religion of the Rastafari. Who are the most vital historic figures? What tenets does it prescribe to? And how do they respond to the public view of the Rastafari?

Obama Calls On Lawmakers To Stop 'Playing Games'

June 29
By Npr
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It is time for lawmakers in Washington to stop "playing games" and "do the right thing" to cut the federal deficit, President Obama declared at a White House news conference today.

California Lawmakers Pass Deep-Cuts Budget

June 29
Associated Press
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Democrats and Republicans both found something to dislike in California's newest spending plan, which passed with only Democratic votes after months of budget negotiations proved fruitless.

Report Shows Pollution Increased At Calif. Beaches In 2010

June 29
By Ed Joyce
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A report released Wednesday shows California had persistent problems with pollution at its beaches last year.

Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

June 29
NPR Staff and Wires
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Greece's Parliament on Wednesday approved harsh new austerity measures aimed at forestalling a devastating default, but street protests vented popular anger over the plan for deep public-sector cuts and tax increases.

San Diego City Schools Finalize Budget Cuts

June 29
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego city schools won’t get a reprieve from $114 million in budget cuts for the coming year. This is the fourth year of funding decreases for the district.

Minority Groups Speak Out Against SD County Supervisors' Redistricting Plan

June 29
By Alison St John
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A panel of some of San Diego’s most powerful politicians is facing a challenge from a coalition of minority communities.

Why Sushi Went Belly Up

June 29
By Angela Carone
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During the 1980s, a downtown arts organization brought cutting-edge artists to San Diego. Thirty-one years later, Sushi Performance and Visual Art is closing its doors. Angela Carone looks at how Sushi thrived and eventually died.