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Stories for August 17, 2012

San Diego Family Lives Out Of Their Van

Aug. 17
By Acacia Squires
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Finding a safe place to sleep just got a little harder for homeless people living in San Diego County. Last month Cornerstone Christian Church opened its parking lot for people to sleep overnight in their cars, but the City of Vista said the program is required to have costly permits and undergo public hearings in order to continue.

San Diegan Among Navy SEALs Killed In Helicopter Crash

Aug. 17
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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A San Diego resident was one of the seven members of the military who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Thursday.

Mechanical Heart Patients Gather In San Diego This Weekend

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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Some 40 people who owe their lives to mechanical heart pumps will have a picnic in San Diego this weekend.

Health Company Promises 250 Jobs For San Diego

Aug. 17
By Erik Anderson
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A United Health Group company is planning to create 250 new jobs in San Diego by the end of next year. The company promises 600 new jobs around the state during that time.

Another Strong Month on the California Job Front

Aug. 17
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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It looks like California's economic recovery is continuing its strong pace, as the state added 25,000 new jobs last month.

Romney Says He Paid A Tax Rate Of At Least 13 Percent

Aug. 17
Greg Henderson, NPR
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday revealed a bit more about his tax history, telling reporters: "I never paid less than 13 percent" in the past 10 years. The Obama campaign's response: "Prove it."

Ecke Family Sells Poinsettia Ranch in North County

Aug. 17
By Alison St John
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The Ecke family, known for developing the poinsettia as a Christmas favorite, is selling their ranch in Encinitas.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir: Songs Along The Road And Time

Aug. 17
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For the first time, public television audiences will have the opportunity to experience the reknown Vienna Boys’ Choir as you’ve never seen them before. The world-renowned boys’ choir presents performances featured in the internationally acclaimed film "Silk Road." The feature length film “Silk Road” was released in 2010 in 30 countries. The boys take you on a musical journey through time and space. Experience the music through the eyes of these gifted boys and through director Curt Faudon’s unique, sumptuous cinematography.

Shrubbery Most Valuable Agriculture In County Three Years In A Row

Aug. 17
City News Service
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Ornamental trees and shrubs were the most valuable agriculture product in San Diego County last year, for the third year in a row, according to the 2011 Crop Statistics and Annual Report released today by the county Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.

Agriculture Sees Modest Gains, Driven By Avocados

Aug. 17
By Nicholas McVicker
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The San Diego County Department of Agriculture released the 2011 crops report today and also issued a warning.

Roundtable: Mayor's Race Gets Ugly; Port Gets Tenant; Escondido Gets Rights Issue

Aug. 17
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The Mayor's race is getting as hot as the weather. The Port of San Diego gets a long-term delivery of fresh fruit. And the City of Escondido is wrestling with a voting-rights lawsuit.

City Reaches Deal With Labor On 401(k) Plan

Aug. 17
By Katie Orr
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There’s been a thaw at San Diego City Hall. The city’s reached a tentative interim agreement with its labor unions on a 401(k) plan. That means a hiring freeze will soon be lifted.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Down Slightly

Aug. 17
By Erik Anderson and City News Service
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County in July was 9.2 percent, compared to 9.3 percent the previous month and well below the 10.5 percent in July 2011, the state Employment Development Department announced today.

Two More U.S. Troops Killed Today By Afghan Police

Aug. 17
By Beth Ford Roth
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The rash of green on blue violence continues in Afghanistan, as news breaks this morning that two more U.S. troops were killed by a supposed Afghan ally.

Pets, Livestock Rescued By Animal Crews During San Diego Fires

Aug. 17
By Susan Murphy
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As firefighters continue to battle wildfires burning in San Diego’s East County, animal rescue crews are helping displaced pets, livestock and other animals.

Evacuation Orders Lifted As Crews Make Progress On San Diego Fires

Aug. 17
City News Service
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Evacuation orders were lifted today for hundreds of Ranchita and San Felipe residents as more than 1,500 firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand on lightning-sparked wildfires that have blackened 22,846 acres in rural East County over the past five days, authorities said.

Calling All Liars To Old Town

Aug. 17
By Angela Carone
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If you consider yourself a good liar, why not test your tall tales against other liars? This weekend, an actual liars contest will take place in Old Town as part of TwainFest. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the day-long festival celebrates Mark Twain and his love of the lie.

Tiki Culture Celebrated At San Diego Annual Festival

Aug. 17
Kinsee Morlan
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If you see a spike in Hawaiian shirts and pineapple-garnished drinks in San Diego this weekend, it's because of Tiki Oasis. The annual festival is the biggest tikiphile gathering in the world and represents the continuing resurgence of a growing subculture.