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Stories for August 30, 2012

Bilbray Challenges Peters To Four Debates; Peters Says Bilbray Is Ducking

Aug. 30
City News Service
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Republican Rep. Brian Bilbray today challenged his Democratic 52nd District opponent Scott Peters to four debates with a variety of formats, provoking a sharp response from the Peters campaign.

Tell KPBS What Matters To You This Election

Aug. 30
By KPBS
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Tell KPBS what matters most to you this election.

After Swimming In La Canada Pool, Meatball The Bear Headed To Alpine Animal Sanctuary

Aug. 30
City News Service
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Having left the Angeles National Forest one too many times to visit foothill communities, the bear known as Meatball is in quarantine today in the San Diego County community of Alpine.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Florence + The Machine/Lykke Li

Aug. 30
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Experimental modern rock rules with Florence + The Machine and Lykke Li. Bluesy singer Florence showcases her LP "Lungs," while Swedish chanteuse Li highlights her LP "Wounded Rhymes."

AAA: Labor Day Holiday Travel Up

Aug. 30
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

AAA says more Californians will be traveling this Labor Day holiday weekend compared to last year.

California Tests Cap And Trade System

Aug. 30
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

California officials held a trial auction to test the state's new system for selling carbon credits Thursday. Starting this November some companies will be required to pay for their pollution emissions as part of California’s cap and trade system.

Bill To Reduce Weight Of Student Test Scores Passes California Assembly

Aug. 30
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

A bill that reduces the emphasis on standardized test scores in evaluating schools has passed the California Assembly and now moves to the Senate.

Mixed Reactions To Pension Deal Ahead Of Friday Vote

Aug. 30
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

California lawmakers are expected to vote Friday on the pensions deal reached earlier this week by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats. The public has only seen the bill for a couple of days and reactions are just starting to come in.

Review: The Ken's 100th Anniversary Film Series

Aug. 30
By Beth Accomando
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Landmark's Ken Cinema turns 100 this year and as part of the celebration Landmark is hosting The Ken's 100th Anniversary Film Series that kicks off tomorrow morning at 11am with "Intolerance." Watch for my video feature about the Ken tonight on Evening Edition. [Please note that after the publication of this article Landmark Theaters retracted its claim that the Ken Cinema was built in 1912, a revised estimate sets the time in the late 30s or 40s.]

Local Women Celebrate 92nd Anniversary Of Suffrage Amendment

Aug. 30
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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San Diego women’s groups are rejoicing today with a parade celebrating the anniversary of a landmark Constitutional amendment.

San Diego Trolley Celebrates One-Seat Ride To Downtown

Aug. 30
By Tom Fudge
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Mayor Sanders and other city bigwigs touted the extension of Green Line and $720 million in transit improvements.

Bill Would Send Hidden $20 Million To Parks Fund, Prevent Park Closures

Aug. 30
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

California would devote the $20 million found hidden in a state Department of Parks and Recreation special fund to keeping all parks open under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Amputee Soldier Working As U.S. Open Ball Boy (Video)

Aug. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The job Army Spc. Ryan McIntosh is doing this week requires a uniform of a different sort. McIntoch, who lost his leg two years ago in an Afghan land mine explosion, is working as a ball boy at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City.

Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2012

Aug. 30
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Join conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. Vienna Ballet dancers join the orchestra in celebration of the world of dance in music by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Richard Strauss. The concert also features performances of Debussy’s “La Mer” and the Austrian favorite “Wiener Blut” (“Viennese Blood”) by waltz king Johann Strauss.

Economic Indicators In San Diego Up For Ninth Month In Row

Aug. 30
City News Service

The University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County rose 0.3 percent in July over the previous month, the ninth monthly advance in a row.

The Big Melt: Arctic Sea Ice At Record Low

Aug. 30
Midday Edition
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One of the major stories of the week that perhaps you haven't heard, is a record-setting ice melt at the Arctic. A Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist will tell us what that indicates about the rate of climate change.

200 U.S. Marines In Guatemala Fighting Drug War

Aug. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The United States Marine Corps has sent 200 of its troops to Guatemala in an effort to combat Central American drug trafficking.

Weekend Preview: 'Les Miserables,' The Tallest Man On Earth, 'Allegiance' And More

Aug. 30
Midday Edition
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The long weekend brings a slew of live music and theater options for you to enjoy, before or after your backyard barbeque.

Two Australian Troops Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

Aug. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Australians who were members of the NATO International Security Assistance Force were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan today.

Ryan's Speech Revives The Spirit Of Jack Kemp, War Over Reaganomics

Aug. 30
Ron Elving, NPR
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The second night of the Republican convention was an orchestrated buildup for Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan.

Report: USS Essex Officers' Lack Of Leadership To Blame For Collision

Aug. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy investigation into the collision of the San Diego-based USS Essex with another vessel in May finds 'chaos' aboard the Essex, caused by a lack of clear direction from the bridge, was to blame for the accident.

Texas Boy Dies Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria While Vacationing In San Diego

Aug. 30
City News Service
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A 7-year-old Texas boy who died while vacationing in San Diego with his family last month died of a flesh-eating bacterial infection, the county coroner's office announced today.

Tall Ships Set Sail In San Diego Bay

Aug. 30
City News Service

A flotilla of more than a dozen tall ships will enter San Diego Bay today as the San Diego Maritime Museum's 2012 Festival of Sail gets under way.

Cost Benefit Analysis Underway At San Onofre

Aug. 30
By Alison St John
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Debate about what to do with San Onofre has been focused on safety issues. But looking ahead, state regulators are focusing on a cost benefit analysis.

San Diego Bus Drivers May Have Fallen Ill From Eating Drug-Laced Goodies

Aug. 30
Associated Press

Four San Diego County bus drivers may have fallen ill from eating drug-laced goodies provided by a fellow worker.