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Stories for September 2, 2011

USS Reagan Sailor Surprises Family with Early Reunion

Sept. 2
By Beth Ford Roth

The young children of USS Ronald Reagan Chief Warrant Officer 3 Dwight Koller did not expect to see their dad until the end of the month. But yesterday Dad pulled off quite a surprise for sons 5-year-old David and 6-year-old Dwight Jr., and Dwight Jr.’s twin sister Frankie-Ray.

Monument To Prisoners Of War Unveiled At Miramar

Sept. 2
Neiko Will

A monument honoring prisoners of war was unveiled yesterday at the Miramar National Cemetery.

Death In Pharmaceutical Magnate's Coronado Mansion Ruled Suicide

Sept. 2
By Amita Sharma

Officials say the death of the man's son the same week was from an accidental fall; sheriff says science best witness in the case.

Fire Danger Elevated In Cleveland National Forest

Sept. 2
By Ed Joyce

If you're planning to spend time in the Cleveland National Forest during the holiday weekend, fire restrictions have been moved to "Elevated" due to hot temperatures and dry vegetation.

San Diego County Promotes Suicide Prevention

Sept. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

On average, suicide claims the life of one San Diegan every day of the year. County health officials are urging people to learn some of the warning signs.

SD County Sheriff Gore: Woman's Death At Mansion A Suicide

Sept. 2
KGTV-10 News
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When a 32-year-old woman's naked body was found hanging from a historic Southern California mansion's balcony, investigators were quick to say they weren't ruling out suicide.

Roundtable: Pensions For City's Blue Collar Workers Endangered

Sept. 2
Midday Edition
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City worker Tommy Salazar, who has taken care of Ski Beach in Mission Bay for 19 years, exemplifies how blue-collar workers are caught up in the debate over pensions for government workers.

Roundtable: Cuts To Food Bank Will Hurt Poor

Sept. 2
Midday Edition
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Federal cuts to USDA hunger-relief programs could be devastating to the San Diego Food Bank and the people it serves, say officials.

Roundtable: Initiative Process May Be Changed

Sept. 2
Midday Edition
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There are several reforms to the process of getting an initiative on the ballot being considered by state legislators. As the legislative session ends, we look at why ths is happening and who's behind the reforms.

Camp Pendleton Marines’ Adopted Donkey Makes Fair Debut

Sept. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: The donkey so beloved by Camp Pendleton Marines that they brought him home from Iraq made his debut this week at the Nebraska State Fair.

Police To Release Investigation Results In Spreckels Mansion Death

Sept. 2
City News Service

Authorities are expected to announce today that a woman found dead inside her boyfriend's historic Coronado mansion committed suicide.

Gas Prices Surge In San Diego

Sept. 2
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County recorded its largest daily increase since Feb. 25 today, rising 4 cents to $3.913, the highest since June 15.

Job Growth Halts, While Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Sept. 2
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP

Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession.

Democrats Urge Obama To 'Go Big' With Jobs Package

Sept. 2
Mara Liasson, NPR
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When a president asks for a prime-time slot to address a joint session of Congress, he is signaling to the country that he has something very important to say.

San Diego Trolley Turns 30 Amid Praise And Higher Expectations

Sept. 2
By Tom Fudge
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Most people believe the San Diego trolley has been a success in serving San Diego. But some say it needs to do better to justify the investment in new lines.

Two Art Labs Examined: "Picnic" And "(In)Visible"

Sept. 2
By Angela Carone
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If you ever wondered what San Diego’s visual artists are up to, this is your weekend to find out. A contemporary art fair inspires over 150 local artists to set up satellite events showcasing their work. Two of these events focus on San Diego’s civic life.

Casino Money Goes To Protecting Indian Sacred Sites

Sept. 2
By Alison St John

Two major projects in San Diego’s North County suffered set backs this week. Now both the Gregory Canyon Landfill and the Liberty Quarry are attracting money from Indian casinos to protect sacred Indian sites.

Review: 'Shark Night 3D'

Sept. 2
By Beth Accomando
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"Shark Night 3D" (opening September 2 throughout San Diego) had a big Comic-Con presence but Relativity Media didn't see any point to screening it for the press.