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Stories for August 8, 2012

SD Women's Football Team To Watch First NFL Female Make History

Aug. 8
By Kyla Calvert
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The first NFL game refereed by a woman takes place in San Diego Thursday. But San Diego already has its own distinguished group of women in football.

Undocumented Immigrants Applying For Deferred Action Targets Of Scams

Aug. 8
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo

Undocumented immigrants applying for permission to remain in the United States under President Obama's new deportation policy should beware of scammers.

California's Top Wildlife Official Replaced After Cougar Killing

Aug. 8
Julie Small, California Capitol Network

California’s top wildlife official lost that job today seven months after he shot a mountain lion in Idaho. The state Fish and Game Commission voted him out of office.

Officials Meet To Address Border Environmental Health

Aug. 8
By Adrian Florido
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson joined her Mexican counterpart to commit to find bi-national solutions to environmental hazards along the U.S.-Mexico border.

County Marks One Year Anniversary Of Prescription Drug Discount Program

Aug. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County officials say their free prescription drug discount program has been a big hit.

County's Chief Administrative Officer Resigns

Aug. 8
City News Service
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The longtime chief administrative officer for San Diego County announced today that he will step down on Dec. 1.

City Council To Meet With School Board On Ways To Improve Schools

Aug. 8
City News Service

The San Diego City Council will hold a joint meeting with the board of the San Diego Unified School District Sept. 18 to take suggestions on ways to improve schools, two councilmen said today.

Study Shows California Tribal Gaming Casinos Have Big Economic Impact

Aug. 8
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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A new study shows that tribal gaming casinos have a $7.5 billion impact on California’s economy.

Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!

Aug. 8
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Savor a retrospective that includes some of the most memorable episodes from Julia Child’s classic cooking series, THE FRENCH CHEF: “Bouillabaisse à la Marseillaise,” “To Roast a Chicken” and “The Omelette Show.” In addition to testimonials from noted chefs, the program features commentary from Meryl Streep, who played Julia in the movie "Julie & Julia," and author Julie Powell, who wrote the book on which that film is based.

Dole Food Expected To Sign 25-Year Lease With Port

Aug. 8
City News Service
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Dole Food Co. is expected next week to sign a new lease with the Port of San Diego that could keep the port's biggest tenant in town for the next 25 years, according to city documents posted online today.

Review: 'The Campaign'

Aug. 8
By Nathan John
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If you can't wait for the election madness to get into full swing, then Hollywood may have the answer: "The Campaign" (opening August 10 throughout San Diego). Check out the review from Cinema Junkie's new guest blogger, Nathan John.

New Play Explores The Darker Side Of Sunny San Diego's History

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
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San Diego's rough-and-tumble history inspired a former local writer to pen his first play, "Talking Woman," which will have its first staged reading this Saturday.

What's The Solution To High College Costs?

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Most parents looking for a college that suits their child financially and academically have no idea how to go about it. Neither, says author Lynn O'Shaughnessy, do high school counselors.

Health, Energy Officials Urge Caution As San Diego Bakes In The Heat

Aug. 8
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The heat is on for at least the next few days, and it's the first real test of our ability to survive heavy demand on the power grid with San Onofre nuclear plant offline.

Bomb Threat Prompts Walter Reed Evacuation (Video)

Aug. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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A bomb threat prompted the evacuation today of a building at Walter Reed Medical Center, the largest military medical center in the country. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought through the building under threat, which was later reopened.

Convention List Grows: Carter (By Video) At Democrats'; Santorum At GOP's

Aug. 8
Frank James, NPR
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The Democrats announced Tuesday that the one-term president will have a prime-time speaking role at their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Carter won't be there live, however; he'll speak by video.

Moderate Earthquake Shakes Southern California

Aug. 8
By Susan Murphy
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A magnitude-4.5 earthquake shook parts of Southern California at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered near Anaheim.

Hot Temperatures Scorch San Diego

Aug. 8
City News Service

Torrid conditions are expected in San Diego County today, especially in the desert areas, where an excessive heat warning is scheduled to take effect this afternoon.

Escondido Woman Makes Olympics History In Run For Saudi Arabia

Aug. 8
City News Service
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Escondido High School graduate Sarah Attar today became the first woman to compete for Saudi Arabia in track and field in the Olympics and the second in any sport.

Tule Wind Project Up For Key Vote in San Diego

Aug. 8
By Alison St John
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A major wind turbine project in San Diego County faces a crucial vote before the San Diego Board of Supervisors today.

Researchers Hope To Scrub Out Pollution With Algae

Aug. 8
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego researchers are exploring the idea of using algae to keep major gas-burning power plants from clogging the atmosphere with carbon dioxide. The solution could also generate fuel as the algae scrubs power plant emissions.