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Stories for September 3, 2012

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Into Abstraction

Sept. 3, 2012
By Beth Accomando

Grossmont College's Hyde Art Gallery is currently presenting "Into Abstraction," an exhibit of abstract works by seven local artists. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando checked in with one artist as she was installing her piece Tarab Soundings.

Calif. Health Benefits Exchange Considers Name Change

Sept. 3, 2012
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

A new marketplace that aspires to be a hub where millions of Californians can soon buy health coverage is in the process of branding itself.

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DNC: Democrats Focused On 52nd District

Sept. 3, 2012
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

The 52nd Congressional District is in the spotlight at preconvention meetings at the Democratic National Convention. The head of the San Diego Democratic Party says even Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has talked about the district being one of the key races for the Democrats.

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Condoleezza Rice On GOP And Women, Immigration, Voter ID Cards

Sept. 3, 2012
Belva Davis, KQED

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talks to partner station KQED about the issues in this election.

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What It Takes To Win The White House

Sept. 3, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The Democratic National Convention gets underway tomorrow, Republicans held their convention last week. We hear from the author of 'The Candidate - What it takes to win and hold the White House.

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Quadruple Amputee Keeps Promise To Greet Combat Unit Standing Up (Video)

Sept. 3, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The word "labor" means a lot of things to a lot of different people. It can mean struggling through a physical miracle for 72 hours to bring a child into the world. It can mean working in a thankless job to make sure there's always food on the table. And for quadruple amputee Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, it meant doing what seemed like the impossible.

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San Diego Beaches Get A Sandy Boost

Sept. 3, 2012
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County beaches will get a fresh shot of sand this fall. The $28.5 million project will move offshore sand onto eight of the county's beaches. The first to get the treatment is Imperial Beach.

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Labor Day Marks End Of Summer, Beginning Of Campaign Season

Sept. 3, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Labor Day marks the end of summer. But it also signals the start of the sprint to the fall election.

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Instruments of Torture

Sept. 3, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Museum of Man had an exhibit on torture in 2000 but the new Instruments of Torture that opened in July takes a very different approach to looking at a very dark side of human nature.

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Pre-Convention Tussle: Are Americans Better Off?

Sept. 3, 2012
Associated Press

In an overnight reversal of rhetoric, President Barack Obama's top allies insisted Monday that Americans are surely better off than four years ago despite a slow economic recovery and joblessness of 8.3 percent. Republicans countered that the president has failed on the fundamental question of this election.

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San Diego Schools To Open Special Office For Immigration Requests

Sept. 3, 2012
By Claire Trageser

Starting Tuesday, the San Diego Unified School District will have a special location to handle requests for deferred action policy documentation.

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County Treasurer Hopes Home Sales Bring Further Uptick In Tax Revenues

Sept. 3, 2012
By Tom Fudge

Treasurer Dan McAllister tells association of realtors short supply and rising prices are good for county coffers.

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Labor Day Jobs Debate A Convention Warm-Up

Sept. 3, 2012
Associated Press

Republicans and Democrats jockeyed for economic high ground in a Labor Day warm-up to the Democratic National Convention.

VA Addresses Increase In Suicide Among Veterans

Sept. 3, 2012
By Neiko Will

Suicides among San Diego veterans are up this year. The VA takes steps to keep up with the growing problem.

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'Mother Earth' Medical Marijuana Clinic Prepares To Close

Sept. 3, 2012
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County's only licensed medical marijuana dispensary will serve its last customers Monday. The business lost its battle to stay open.

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New Year, New Grade Level For California Students

Sept. 3, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

One of the biggest changes to California’s schools this fall is the addition of a new grade – transitional kindergarten. The new classes are for students who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2.