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Stories for August 1, 2012

Mexico Launches Fundraising Campaign For Mexican Students In The U.S.

Aug. 1
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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Our neighbors south of the border are starting a fundraising campaign to support Mexican and Mexican-American college students in the United States. The Mexican Consulate in San Diego launched the three month IME BECAS campaign called "For a Better Life."

Entertainment District Proposed For Downtown San Diego

Aug. 1
By Katie Orr
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The Gaslamp Quarter is bumping. The East Village is happening. Now San Diego officials may start to focus on another part of downtown.

San Diego Lifeguards 'Fill The Fin'

Aug. 1
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner

Starting on Friday, San Diego lifeguards will be raising money to help under-privileged kids learn to swim.

San Diego Economic Outlook Positive

Aug. 1
By Erik Anderson
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The region's leading economic indicators paint a positive picture for the local economy. The index has now risen eight straight months.

Review: 'Inherit The Wind'

Aug. 1
By Beth Accomando
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Last month protesters outside Comic-Con held signs urging people to "Read Their Bible." You will see similar signs in the Globe's new production of "Inherit the Wind" (running through September 25 at the Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Stage). Listen to my radio feature.

Sailor Surprises Son Ready For Video Chat With Old School Homecoming (Video)

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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A U.S. Navy sailor returning home from deployment Tuesday surprised his young son who thought he'd only be able to connect with his dad through video chat.

The Barnes Collection

Aug. 1
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Follow Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.

UC Irvine Prof.'s Email Reveals Shooting Plot

Aug. 1
AMY TAXIN, ASSOCIATED PRESS

A California university professor who was arrested on arson charges wrote in an email that he was thinking of getting a dozen machine guns and shooting at least 200 students at his late son's high school, according to court papers obtained Wednesday.

One Home Burned, Others Threatened in Murietta

Aug. 1
10News
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One home was destroyed and others are threatened by a brush fire in Murietta, just north of San Diego County.

The War: A Deadly Calling

Aug. 1
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Despite American victories in the Solomons and New Guinea, the Japanese empire still stretches 4,000 miles. In November 1943, on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, the Marines set out to prove that any island can be taken by all-out frontal assault. Back home, the public is devastated by color newsreel footage of the furious battle and grows more determined to do what's necessary to hasten the end of the war. Mobile, Sacramento and Waterbury have been transformed into booming, overcrowded "war towns"; in Mobile this leads to confrontation and racial violence.

Health Insurance Premium Rebates Headed To Californians

Aug. 1
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Health insurance premium rebates are heading to about 1.9 million California policyholders this week. The rebates are the result of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Marine Free Fall Instructors Honor Deceased Marine In Unique Way

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps free fall instructors honored late Marine Corps Sgt. Brett Jaffe last week by releasing his ashes in mid-air, above the Phillips Drop Zone on Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona.

Small Business Owners More Confident This Year, Report Says

Aug. 1
City News Service

Small business owners, particularly in the southern part of San Diego County, and general contractors are more confident in their outlook this year than two years ago, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce reported today.

U.S. Marine Boxer And Iraq War Vet Eliminated From Olympics (Video)

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Iraq War veteran and Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring was eliminated from the Olympic Games after losing his boxing match to Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan.

The Legality And Ethics Of Political Support

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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When does a casual political discussion at the workplace cross the line? Can your boss urge employees to donate to a political campaign, or can your pastor tell you how to vote? We take a look!

Supervisor Jacob, Senator Kehoe Battle It Out Over Fire Fee

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob is leading the charge against a new fire fee. She told KPBS the fire fee asks too much of rural residents.

New UCSD Chancellor Hopes To Raise Endowment Into The Billions

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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UC San Diego's eighth chancellor started work at the La Jolla campus today, with a long list of events scheduled.

As Romney Heads Home, Campaign Steers Talk Back To Running Mate

Aug. 1
Greg Henderson, NPR
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After a weeklong international trip took the focus off of Bain Capital and taxes, the Mitt Romney campaign may be ready to take the focus off of its international trip. As Romney wrapped up his three-nation tour, his campaign announced a new app to keep track of the running mate selection process.

Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor For Convention Keynote

Aug. 1
Frank James, NPR
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President Obama chose Castro, the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio, to be the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September.

U.S. Military Force An Option Against Iran, Says Panetta

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters today that U.S. military force is an option in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Panetta is visiting Israel today as part of a five-day trip to the Middle East.

New Art Show Brings The 'Sights And Sounds' Of Egypt To San Diego

Aug. 1
Midday Edition
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Former local artist returns to San Diego with new work inspired by his time living in Alexandria, Egypt. The show opens Saturday at Voz Alta Project in Barrio Logan.

July Deadliest Month In Almost A Year For NATO Forces

Aug. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The month of July saw 46 deaths among NATO International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan, the highest number of fatalities in Operation Enduring Freedom in almost a year.

Insiders Say San Onofre Failed To Fix Fire Safety Problems This Year Despite 2010 Warning From Feds

Aug. 1
By Amita Sharma
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Federal regulators warned Southern California Edison about fire safety lapses at San Onofre two years ago. Now KPBS has learned of continued employee complaints of fire risks at the nuclear plant. Edison wants to reopen San Onofre by the end of the year. If that happens, some insiders worry the violations – left unchecked –could injure workers and jeopardize safe operation of the plant.

Chick-fil-A Controversy Brings 'Em Out On Both Sides

Aug. 1
Julia Smith-Eppsteiner

What came first, the Chick-fil-A recantation — or the protests?

Science Summer Camp Opens Minds, Doors For Latin American Students

Aug. 1
By Kyla Calvert
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One San Diego summer camp opens the door to science courses for Latin American students by offering classes in Spanish.

DeMaio Has Fundraising Lead In Mayor's Race

Aug. 1
By Kevin Crowe, Ryann Grochowski
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Councilman Carl DeMaio outspent and outraised Congressman Bob Filner in the primary election for San Diego mayor, but pro-Filner forces are lining up to make the runoff in November competitive and expensive.