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Stories for September 12, 2011

SDSU Begins Information-Systems Master's Program

Sept. 12
City News Service
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San Diego State University's College of Business Administration announced today that it is offering a master's degree in information systems.

Blackout Unplugs San Diego Economy

Sept. 12
By Erik Anderson
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The San Diego region suffered about $100 million in damages during last week's regional power outage, and many insurance policies don't cover damages homeowners incur during a blackout.

Scripps Chula Vista Hospital's Generator Fails During Blackout

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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Scripps Hospital officials in Chula Vista are trying to figure out why their generator failed during the blackout. Officials point out power was restored within 90 minutes.

Planning A Fall Garden - Challenges And Rewards

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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Fall is one of the best seasons for the San Diego gardener - but it can also be the most challenging.

Violent Crime On the Decline In San Diego

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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Violent crime is down statewide, we look at what's contributing to a local decrease.

A Visit To 'Inner Earth'

Sept. 12
Midday Edition
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We know that good teachers can inspire but so too can bad ones. Greg Passmore's science teacher was a football coach whose inability to teach the subject inspired Passmore to become a filmmaker who could share his passion for science with students. His latest film, "inner Earth" (playing now through November 30 at the San Diego Natural History Museum) takes viewers on a 3-D journey through a still vastly uncharted subterranean world.

Thousands Attend 9/11 Memorials In San Diego

Sept. 12
By Marissa Cabrera
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Dozens of commemorative 9/11 events took place around San Diego County over the weekend. One of the largest was aboard the USS Midway.

9/11 Memorial Plaza In NYC To Open To Public

Sept. 12
Samantha Cross, AP
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The plot of land known for a decade as "the pile," "the pit" and "ground zero" is opening to the public for the first time since that terrible morning in 2001.

How A Clever Virus Kills A Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sept. 12
Jon Hamilton, NPR
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Scientists have found the gene that drives a virus to kill gypsy moth caterpillars in a particularly gruesome way.

San Diego Students Return To Class Following Blackout

Sept. 12
City News Service
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San Diego Unified School District students will go back to school today for the first time since last week's far-flung power outage, which left about 5 million people without electricity.

Disaster Preparedness Pays Off For Hospitals

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg
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It was smooth sailing for hospitals during the blackout. Hospital officials say that was by design.

What The Blackout Taught Us About Disaster Preparedness

Sept. 12
By Ruxandra Guidi
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There are questions about whether the region was really prepared for a shutdown of this scale.