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Stories for September 12, 2011

SDSU Begins Information-Systems Master's Program

Sept. 12
City News Service

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

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

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

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.