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Stories for May 9, 2011

Richard Bangs' Adventures With A Purpose: Egypt: Quest For The Lord Of The Nile

May 9
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In "Egypt: Quest For The Lord Of The Nile," explorer and travel writer Richard Bangs sets off for an incredible adventure on the great Nile River to uncover the history, myths and culture of the lost crocodiles of ancient Egypt. From Alexandria to Cairo, from the pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Kings, Bangs explores the way the river and its fearsome "Lord" molded a civilization.

School Board Will Consider More Busing Cuts

May 9
By Kyla Calvert
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More than 17,000 San Diego public school students ride district school buses every day. Board members will consider plans that could end busing for more than half of those students.

San Diego County Considers Drug Discount Program

May 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Cheaper prescription drugs could be on the way for some people in San Diego. The County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a new program that would provide free prescription drug discount cards.

Black In Latin America: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma In The Closet

May 9
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In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people — the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States —brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific and in and around Lima, Peru.

City Council Vows To Protect Libraries And Recreation Centers From Cuts

May 9
City News Service

A group of San Diego City Council members vowed today to keep local libraries and recreation centers from painful budget cuts, and outlined a plan to maintain the facilities' hours and employees.

Insight: The Housing Market Just Got Worse

May 9
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

A report from housing consultant Clear Capital shows more dark times for the U.S. housing market, which has gone into a double-dip recession.

Suspect In Flight Disturbance Had Calif. ID

May 9
Associated Press

Federal agents are investigating the background of a California man with a Yemeni passport who pounded on the cockpit door of an American Airlines flight as it approached San Francisco before a flight attendant tackled him, authorities said Monday.

Insight: One Of The First Leafs To Hit The Ground

May 9
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Donna Dipaolo of San Diego is one of the first motorists to own a Nissan Leaf. She likes the car but she doesn't like the fact that it's so hard to find a charging station.

Why Do Women Make Less Than Men?

May 9
These Days
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California working women make on average $8,300 less per year than men. This costs California women about $37 billion annually. The Equal Pay Act was signed into law in 1963 to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers. In passing the bill, Congress denounced sexual discrimination in the workplace. It has been 48 years since the law was enacted. Many women are supporting a new equal pay act called the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed in the U.S. House but fell short in the Senate. This would close loopholes in the old act to ensure that women aren't underpaid. We are going to discuss the current equal pay rules as well as the struggle women are facing, and the ways that women are trying to gain equality.

How Can Children Be Protected From Impacts Of Armed Conflict?

May 9
These Days
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Last month, a news story about the conflict in Libya ended with this short, tragic line. One of the victims of the shelling in Misrata was a 3-year old girl. Too often, children become the casualties in armed conflicts. And sometimes they become unwilling participants.

San Diego Could Lose Billions If National Debt Ceiling Is Not Raised

May 9
These Days

The legal limit for the national debt is $14.3 trillion, and the federal government could run out of money later in the summer if the limit is not raised. We'll discuss how San Diego will be affected if the debt ceiling is not raised. Plus, hear the main arguments against raising the debt limit.

Inside The United States' Secret Sabotage Of Iran

May 9
Mike Shuster, NPR
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U.S. success with covert efforts like cyberattacks is making Iran's leaders nervous, analysts say.

What Happens In San Diego If Feds Don't Lift Debt Ceiling?

May 9
By Alison St John

San Diego could be hit hard if the federal government can't agree to lift the debt ceiling.

Gas Prices Make Road Bumpy For Meals On Wheels

May 9
By Erik Anderson
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Soaring gas prices are making it tougher for Meal on Wheels San Diego to deliver food to seniors. The agency is traveling the same road it was on when price spikes drove away volunteers three years ago.

Calif. Ballot Measure Would Create Oil Tax

May 9
By Ed Joyce

A proposed California ballot measure would create a tax on oil and use the money for education.