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Stories for September 15, 2011

UC Regents Hear Plan That Includes More Tuition Hikes

Sept. 15
By Kyla Calvert
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University of California officials are considering a four-year budget plan that could rely on raising student tuition to as much as $22,000 a year by 2016.

Groups File Suit Over California Gnatcatcher

Sept. 15
By Ed Joyce
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The California gnatcatcher weighs less than an ounce - but it's in the middle of a heavyweight battle over whether it should remain federally protected.

Worries About Economic Damage After Border Crossing Shutdown

Sept. 15
By Marissa Cabrera

Part of the San Ysidro border crossing is reopened to traffic, but some worry about the economic damage to the region.

2 San Diego Schools Receive Blue Ribbons

Sept. 15
City News Service

The winners were Los Penasquitos Elementary in Rancho Penasquitos and Santa Fe Christian Lower School in Solana Beach.

SDSU Launches Public Fundraising Campaign

Sept. 15
City News Service
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San Diego State University today launched the public phase of a seven-year, $500 million fundraising campaign.

San Diego Fleet Week Starts Friday

Sept. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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San Diego Fleet Week kicks off tomorrow with Operation Liberty Call in the Gaslamp District.

Pension Reform Backers To Make Big Push For Petition Signatures

Sept. 15
By Katie Orr and James R. Riffel, CNS

Supporters of a proposed ballot measure to reform the city of San Diego's debt-ridden employee pension system will hold a petition "Sign-a-Thon" tonight in a bid to collect enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the June 2012 election.

San Diego Blues Festival Brings The Blues Back To The Bay

Sept. 15
Alex Morales
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The missed San Diego Blues Festival returns this Saturday after a seven-year long hiatus.

UC Regents Consider A Multi-Year Tuition Hike

Sept. 15
Midday Edition
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University of California officials say the multi-year proposal for tuition hikes they're presenting to University of California Regents today will maintain the quality of schools like UC San Diego. But students say they're tired of paying more and getting less of an education.

Official Slams Corn Syrup Rebranding

Sept. 15
Thomas Watkins, AP

A recent attempt by the corn industry to change the name of a widely used but increasingly controversial sweetener was misleading and could have robbed consumers of important information.

Fall Theater Season Begins

Sept. 15
Midday Edition
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The fall theater season in San Diego has begun. Dramas, musicals, and even a site-specific work are all opening across the county.

Local Composer Scores New Thriller For "Straw Dogs"

Sept. 15
Midday Edition
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Larry Groupé is a local film composer who scored the music for the new thriller "Straw Dogs." It opens in area theaters this weekend.

San Diego Celebrates Mexico's Independence Day

Sept. 15
By Marissa Cabrera
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Dozens of events are taking place around San Diego County to mark the more than 200 years of Mexico's independence.

San Diego Border Crossing Collapse Snarls Traffic

Sept. 15
Jose Luis Jiménez and Elliot Spagat, AP
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The morning commute threatened to be unusually long Thursday at the nation's busiest border crossing after all U.S.-bound traffic was halted the previous day because scaffolding had collapsed, falling on more than a dozen cars and injuring 11 travelers and construction workers.

Calif. Notices Of Default Increase By 55 Percent

Sept. 15
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

California saw a big jump last month in the number of homeowners who got a default notice – which is usually the precursor to a foreclosure.

San Diego Beaches Reopen After Sewage Spill

Sept. 15
City News Service

All San Diego beaches closed as a result of sewage spills triggered by last week's massive power outage were open today.

For A Marine Hero, A Medal Of Honor

Sept. 15
Tom Bowman, NPR
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Cpl. Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and charged into a Taliban ambush to save American and Afghan troops. President Obama is giving him the Medal of Honor on Thursday.

Child Advocates Sue State To Release More Details In Child Fatality Cases

Sept. 15
By Amita Sharma

Child advocates have sued the California Department of Social Services to force it to reveal more details about child deaths. Advocates say the agency’s rules block potential reforms that could save lives.