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Stories for August 29, 2012

County Task Force's Conference Focuses On Prescription Drug Abuse

Aug. 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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Prescription drug abuse, methamphetamine and emerging drugs like bath salts will be discussed at a San Diego conference Thursday.

UCSD Gets $500,000 To Fund Community College Transfer Students

Aug. 29
City News Service
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UC San Diego will use a $500,000 gift to endow scholarships for transfer students from community colleges in California who are parents and can demonstrate financial need, the university announced today.

Lawmakers Pass Open Carry Ban On Rifles, Shotguns

Aug. 29
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers have sent a ban on openly carrying unloaded shotguns or rifles in public to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.

Low Income Neighborhoods Willing To Pay More For Solar Energy, Report Shows

Aug. 29
By Katie Orr
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San Diego gets plenty of sunshine and a recent survey shows low income neighborhoods want to take better advantage of it.

New Padres Owners Take Questions But Give Few Answers About Team's Future

Aug. 29
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Today, the Padres formally introduced the team's new owners in a news conference at Petco Park. Members of the O'Malley group offered guarded answers to questions about investing in players.

Computer Glitch Halts Disability Payments

Aug. 29
Tara Millspaugh
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Roughly 100,000 Californians were affected by the Employment Development Department’s glitch in their payment system this week.

Crimes Rates Rose In First Half Of Year, SANDAG Reports

Aug. 29
By Deb Welsh and Tara Millspaugh
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Violent and property crime rates in San Diego County rose in the first half of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011, the San Diego Association of Governments announced today.

Scripps Scientists Find Friction In Fault Lines Can Increase Earthquakes' Magnitude

Aug. 29
City News Service
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Scientists have discovered the mechanism in fault lines that can increase the magnitude of earthquakes, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced today.

U.S. Soldiers Killed By Afghan Soldier On Monday Identified

Aug. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense has identified the two soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier on August 27 as Sgt. Christopher J. Birdwell, 25, of Windsor, Colorado and Spc. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City, Oregon.

Short Films Take Over The Museum

Aug. 29
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San Diego's annual short-film showcase, alt.pictureshows, turns 10 this year, and takes place for one night only tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

Navy SEAL Book Challenges Official Version Of How Bin Laden Died

Aug. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Was the Navy SEAL mission to capture Osama bin Laden, or to kill him? That question has been raised by the Associated Press, which obtained an early copy of the book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden," written by former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette under the pen name Mark Owen.

San Diego CityBeat: 10 Years Of Wit And Fury

Aug. 29
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San Diego CityBeat, a crusading alternative weekly with its own mix of outrage, investigation, wit and in-your-face opinion on everything from politics to fashion, celebrates its 10th birthday this month.

As Hurricane Isaac Hits New Orleans, Army Corps Of Engineers' Levees Put To Test (Video)

Aug. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Hurricane Isaac has hit New Orleans, putting to the test the $14 billion levee system built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Meanwhile, upwards of 33,000 National Guard troops have been mobilized to help areas reeling from flooding, winds, and heavy rainfall.

Hurricane Isaac Pummels Louisiana Coast

Aug. 29
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Heavy, wind-driven rain from Hurricane Isaac was battering parts of Louisiana today, leaving tens of thousands without power as the slow-moving system crept northwestward, straining levees on its march inland.

Female National Guard Soldier Dies In Kuwait In 'Non-Combat Related' Incident

Aug. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Staff Sgt. Jessica M. Wing, 42, died August 27, in Kuwait City, Kuwait in a non-combat related incident, according to the Department of Defense.

Million-Gallon Sewage Spill From Tijuana Closes San Diego Beaches

Aug. 29
Associated Press
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San Diego County officials are warning people to stay out of the water off Imperial Beach just north of the U.S.-Mexico border after more than a million gallons of sewage spilled off Tijuana.

205-Pound Elephant Born At San Diego Zoo

Aug. 29
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A very large bundle of joy has arrived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Five Takeaways From Tuesday At The Republican Convention

Aug. 29
Mark Memmott, NPR
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Republicans set the tone for their convention with lots of talk about why their ideas are better for the nation than those of President Obama and the Democrats. But they also showed a lot of love for some stars, including Ann Romney and several governors.

Review: 'Robot & Frank'

Aug. 29
By Beth Accomando
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In the future, robots might provide a kind of in home elder care when no family members are around. That's the premise for the endearing sci-fi tale "Robot & Frank" (opened August 24 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters).

'Cave Robber' Reveals New Spider Family

Aug. 29
By Tom Fudge
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California scientists discovered a one-of-a-kind spider in Oregon caves, though it may have relatives in the redwoods.

Mr. Bock Goes To Washington And Takes The Science Expo With Him

Aug. 29
By Kelly Thornton
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What happens when a millionaire with a big idea clashes with a big university and all its rules? The millionaire takes his money and his idea and heads to Washington, D.C.

For Disabled Vets Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters

Aug. 29
Aaron Glantz, Center for Investigative Reporting
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If you’re a San Diego California veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time.