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Stories for July 24, 2012

UC San Diego Study Aims To Reduce The Risks In The Sex Trade

July 24
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new study from UC San Diego tested whether a brief intervention could reduce risky behavior among female sex workers who shoot drugs in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Police: 2 Wounded In Park West Shooting

July 24
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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San Diego police on Tuesday are investigating a shooting in the Park West neighborhood.

California Workers Call For Federal Minimum Wage Increase

July 24
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

California workers have joined other workers in cities across the country in calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

USS Vinson Sailors Perform Repairs On Ship (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson is in the process of undergoing seven months worth of maintenance, at a cost of approximately $110 million. The Vinson crew is responsible for many of the repairs.

Mass Layoffs Down In California

July 24
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

New figures show mass layoffs last year in California were the lowest in four years.

Calif. County Makes Industry Pay To Toss Rx Pills

July 24
FENIT NIRAPPIL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A Northern California county voted Tuesday to make the pharmaceutical industry pay to dispose of unused prescription drugs.

Government Pre-Approves Riverside, Imperial County Sites For Solar Development

July 24
TRACIE CONE, Associated Press
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The Obama administration moved Tuesday to streamline the development of large-scale solar projects on public lands by approving 17 vast tracts across the West it says has the highest power-generating potential and the fewest environmental impacts. Two of the sites are in California: one in eastern Riverside County and the other in eastern Imperial County.

UC San Diego Professor Wins $2.5 Million For HIV Prevention Project

July 24
By Claire Trageser
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An associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego has won a $2.5 million award to fund an HIV prevention project, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced today.

City Council, Supervisors Vote To Uphold Brown Act Without State Support

July 24
SARAH SAPEDA, City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council are expected to affirm their allegiance to open government today in response to the state suspending of some requirements of the Brown Act as a means of cutting costs.

Two Camp Pendleton Marines Accused Of Assaulting Pregnant Teenager

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Camp Pendleton Marines have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and robbing a pregnant teenager who was carrying the child of one of the Marines. The teen later gave birth to the baby prematurely.

A Tribute To Sally Ride

July 24
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Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died Monday in La Jolla after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

New Program Helps San Diegans Get More Access To Legal Services

July 24
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Two months ago, California Western School of Law started the Access to Law Initiative, which places a small group of new graduates in a downtown office. The attorneys offer legal services to the poor and middle class pro bono or on a sliding scale and are mentored by professors and practicing attorneys.

Veteran Says United Airlines Mistreated PTSD Service Dog (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Iraq War veteran Jim Stanek claims United Airlines employees mistreated him and his service dog during a layover at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. Stanek is the co-founder of Paws and Stripes, a non-profit organization that helps match veterans who have PTSD and/or TBI with service dogs.

At VFW, Romney Seeks To Dull Obama's National Security Sheen

July 24
Frank James, NPR
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President Obama has made national security an area of strength during his presidency. But Mitt Romney planned to use a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday to chip away at that advantage, hammering Obama on looming defense cuts, and for alleged leaks from the White House.

Pentagon To Launch 'Stolen Valor' Website On Wednesday

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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President Barack Obama announced during his speech to the VFW in Reno, Nevada that the Pentagon will launch its online database of military medal winners on Wednesday.

San Diego-Based Military Working Dog Handler Killed (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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Military Working Dog handler, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Brodsky, 33, died July 21 from injuries sustained in an IED blast in Afghanistan. Brodsky was assigned to the Navy Region Southwest Security Detachment, San Diego.

In San Diego, Tracking Hate Symbols Is Key To Solving Hate Crimes

July 24
By Adrian Florido
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Southern California has one of the nation's highest concentrations of hate groups, and law enforcement partners with anti-hate nonprofits to solve and prevent hate crimes.