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Stories for June 6, 2011

San Diego Council Restores Fire Engines, Library Hours In Budget Vote

June 6
City News Service
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All eight fire engines taken out of service earlier this year to save money will be back in rotation as of July 1, and libraries will continue operating under normal hours, under a budget passed today by the San Diego City Council on a 7-1 vote.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Teens More Likely To Compromise Health, Safety

June 6
By Kyla Calvert
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A new report shows gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior than their straight classmates. San Diego Unified was one of six urban school districts included in the survey.

Military Probes E. Coli Risks For Troops

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The U.S. military is conducting its own risk assessment into the fresh produce served to troops on American bases in Europe.

Federal Agency Says California Is Weak In Nursing Home Care

June 6
By California Capitol Network
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A federal agency has released health quality data that show troubling statistics about nursing home care in California. The data show almost one in 10 long-term nursing home patients was physically restrained in 2008.

SD County Supervisors Choose Who Gets Community Enhancement Grants

June 6
By Alison St John
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Hundreds of San Diego non-profits are appealing to the County Board of Supervisors today, hoping to get a share of tourist tax dollars. Supervisors each have half a million dollars to hand out.

Mexico Considering Organized Crime Charges Against Former Tijuana Mayor

June 6
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Former Tijuana mayor and larger-than-life business tycoon, Jorge Hank Rhon is in custody for allegedly stockpiling weapons.

Battle Over Insurance Regulation Moves To Calif. Senate

June 6
By Kenny Goldberg
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Many Californians have been slammed with repeated health insurance premium hikes. The state senate will take up a measure that would gave regulators the power to reject increases they considered to be unreasonable.

Insight: San Diego Bars Offer A $30 Taxi Ride

June 6
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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San Diego bars are offering a $30 cab ride, no matter where you're going. Also, Des Moines, Iowa is the place to live if you want get the most for your dollar.

Local Group Provides Microloans To Impoverished Women

June 6
Midday Edition
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Local San Diego women are providing little loans that add up to big change in impoverished countries.  WomensTrust and Women’s Empowerment International have provided microloans ranging from $55 to $5000 to help women in poorer countries start their own businesses.

City Prepares For Budget Vote

June 6
Midday Edition
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San Diego City Councilmembers Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez will preview budget cuts, what will be spared and how the City Council will address the city's structural deficit.

SANDAG Wants Your Opinion On Regional Transportation

June 6
Midday Edition
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Starting this week, the people of San Diego get to weigh in on a wide-ranging plan to tailor the county's bus, train, trolley, bike and highway options for the next 40-years when Sandag, the San Diego Association of Governments, holds a series of public meetings on their draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan.

Insight: You Can You Ride A Bike If You Just Believe In Yourself

June 6
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This inspiring video shows us the only thing keeping you off a bike is a lack of faith and spirit.

Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert

June 6
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"Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert," marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice. Already familiar to national audiences from her debut appearances on "America’s Got Talent," Jackie is the youngest star in the special "Hitman Returns: David Foster And Friends" concert, performing virtuoso interpretations of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” and Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro.” Foster will co-host the special, and serve as music director.

Arizona Wildfire Triggers New Evacuation Orders

June 6
Associated Press
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More than 2,000 firefighters from several states battled a 287-square-mile wildfire in eastern Arizona that forced the evacuation of mountain communities.

Five U.S. Troops Killed In Central Iraq

June 6
Associated Press
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Five American troops were killed Monday in central Iraq, U.S. officials said the single largest loss of life for the American military in Iraq in the past two years.

Mexico Weighs Organized Crime Charges For Ex-Mayor

June 6
MARIANA MARTINEZ and ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press
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Mexican prosecutors say they are considering organized crime charges against a Tijuana gambling magnate who is accused of keeping 88 guns in his house. The Attorney General's Office says it will hold former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon and 10 of his employees and associates for another two days while officials weigh the charges.

Book Review: 'The Hunger Games'

June 6
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger
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“The Hunger Games” Trilogy by Suzanne Collins is currently in production with the first film set for release on March 23, 2012. Collins is co-writing the screenplay and Jennifer Lawrence stars. Guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez has this review of the books.

San Diego County Budget Hearings Begin

June 6
By Alison St John
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San Diego County Budget hearings begin today. The public cannot weigh in until Tuesday afternoon.

County Jails To See Influx of Inmates Starting in July

June 6
By Ruxandra Guidi
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On the heels of the recent Supreme Court ruling that California must reduce its prison population, San Diego County jails are preparing for a big shift come July 1st.

California's Tax Coffers Get A Boost in 2011

June 6
By Erik Anderson
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California Tax Receipts jumped more than 8 percent in the first quarter of the year. The jump in revenue could be happening for a couple of reasons.