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Stories for August 28, 2012

Romney Nominated; Wife Ann Convention Star Speaker

Aug. 28
Associated Press
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised lovingly by his wife from their national convention stage as the "man America needs" and cheered by delegates eager to propel him into the fall campaign against President Barack Obama.

DOE Touts San Diego Hotel As Energy Saver

Aug. 28
By Acacia Squires

With energy at a premium, local businesses are conserving. U.S. Department of Energy officials were in San Diego today to check out recent energy efficient upgrades at the Marriott La Jolla hotel.

New School Menus Feature Healthier Meals

Aug. 28
Monaliza Noor

School menus are getting revamped across San Diego County thanks to federal push for healthier meals.

Brown Announces Pension Deal; Vote Coming Friday

Aug. 28
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California Governor Jerry Brown has announced a deal that would make some major changes to the state’s under-funded pension system.

California Lawmakers Approve Death Benefit Extension

Aug. 28
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A controversial bill that would make it easier to for survivors of police and firefighters to collect workers’ compensation benefits passed the Assembly Tuesday.

What City Councilmembers Are Doing On Their Summer Break

Aug. 28
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

From campaigning for the November election to dropping off a daughter at college on the other side of the country to recuperating from hip surgery, San Diego's elected officials have been mostly mixing business and pleasure during their long August recess.

Land Girls: Series Three

Aug. 28
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Love, heartache, fear, and nationalism all describe the difficult years of World War II. LAND GIRLS takes viewers on a narrative journey of four women all enlisted in the Britain Women’s Land Army. The young women joined the army at different places in their lives, but their friendship and bond during hard times of War is exceptional. Season three includes five episodes.

Imperial Beach, Five Others Get Added Sand, Video System For Monitoring Wave Quality

Aug. 28
City News Service
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A video system will monitor changing surf conditions at beaches being replenished with sand, the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation announced today.

San Diego Rescue Team Eyes New Orleans As Isaac Approaches

Aug. 28
By Tom Fudge
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California Rescue Task Force 8, based in San Diego, is ready to head for the Crescent City if Hurricane Isaac puts people in danger.

September Is Suicide Prevention Month For U.S. Navy

Aug. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called suicide an epidemic in the military. In September, the Navy will focus on efforts to prevent suicide within its ranks, by promoting intervention, communication, and better ways to navigate stress.

Brown Gets Partial Win In California Pension Reforms

Aug. 28
JUDY LIN, Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systematic reforms to California's badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought.

California Senate Approves Bill Inspired By Penn State

Aug. 28
Associated Press

All employees at California colleges would be required by law to report suspected child sexual abuse under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Humane Society Looking For Who Floated A Turtle Taped To Balloons

Aug. 28
City News Service
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Humane Society officers continued to investigate and collect evidence today in hopes of tracking down the culprit who floated a box turtle taped to helium balloons into a tree in an Oceanside neighborhood.

U.S. Soldiers Plotted To Assassinate President Obama, Proscecutors Say (Video)

Aug. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Four U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart Army base in Georgia planned to assassinate President Obama and overthrow the government, according to prosecutors in the case. The four soldiers allegedly murdered a former Army comrade and his girlfriend for knowing too much about their anti-government militia.

Local Home Price Sales Up 1.1 Percent Last Month

Aug. 28
City News Service
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San Diego housing prices were mixed in the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Housing Price Indices released today, but the national real estate trend is improving.

San Diego Tax Attorney Permanently Barred From Tax Preparation, Giving Tax Advice

Aug. 28
City News Service

A San Diego tax attorney accused of promoting tax fraud schemes that helped clients evade income taxes and circumvent pension-plan rules has been permanently barred from providing tax advice and preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.

Mandated Concussion Training For High School Coaches Takes Effect In January

Aug. 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new law requires high school coaches to bone up on concussions every two years.

What Does Apple's iPhone Win Mean For Consumers?

Aug. 28
Midday Edition
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Steven Osinski, a marketing lecturer at San Diego State University, explains what the Apple win over Samsung means for consumers.

National Guard Mobilizes As Hurricane Isaac Aims For New Orleans (Video)

Aug. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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Hurricane Isaac is expected to hit New Orleans tomorrow - seven years to the day Katrina devastated the Crescent City. Governors in Louisiana and Mississippi have called up the National Guard in those states in anticipation of the storm.

Poet Reg E. Gaines On Being 'The Last Celebrity'

Aug. 28
Midday Edition
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Poet, author and playwright Reg E. Gaines will perform an excerpt from his latest work, "The Last Celebrity" this Saturday at Voz Alta Project in Barrio Logan.

New Study Looks At Injury Risks Associated With Humvees

Aug. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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For the first time, a new study looks at the risks of injury associated with driving or riding in a Humvee while deployed. Soldiers who were in a Humvee during combat, and those who were driving the Humvee or serving as gunner were most at risk for injury, according to the study.

San Diego-Based USS Mobile Bay Leaving For Middle East

Aug. 28
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Mobile Bay is departing San Diego for an eight-month deployment to the Middle East as part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Despite Delay, Republican Stage Is Set In Tampa

Aug. 28
Midday Edition
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After a year and a half of preparations, Tampa, Fla., is ready host the Republican National Convention.