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City Council Directs Funding To Park Boulevard-Harbor Drive Project

Aug. 3
By City News Service
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A long-awaited plan to connect Park Boulevard with Harbor Drive got a boost Monday afternoon when the San Diego City Council unanimously directed new funding toward the project.

From The Eye Of The Hurricane To Near Oblivion: Katrina's Forgotten Town

Aug. 3
David Schaper / NPR
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Tiny Pearlington, Miss., was obliterated 10 years ago. In a town of 1,700, only two houses survived. Volunteers did most of the rebuilding, for better or worse, and recovery has been slow and uneven.

Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

Aug. 3
Richard Harris / NPR

Most young children who are extra choosy about what they'll eat eventually outgrow the habit. But research finds that in extreme cases, the pickiness may be linked to depression or social anxiety.

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

Aug. 3
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.

City Heights Gets $3.1M Grant To Renovate YMCA Building

Aug. 3
By Matthew Bowler, City News Service
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The funding from the state Department of Housing and Community Development comes on top of funding last year that will pay for construction of a skate park at the site — Park De La Cruz on Landis Street.

Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Aug. 3
Aarti Shahani / NPR
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Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

Aug. 3
Lucy Perkins / NPR
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New York law requires toy guns made in realistic colors to have a bright, one-inch wide orange stripe "down both sides of the barrel and the front end of the barrel," according to a press release.

California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

Aug. 3
Lucy Perkins / NPR
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Cal Fire says almost 3,000 firefighters — using four airtanker planes, 19 helicopters, and 285 fire engines — have been "working aggressively to build control lines."

Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Aug. 3
Abbie Fentress Swanson / NPR
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Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Aug. 3
Marilyn Geewax / NPR
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Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

Snail Venom Yields Potent Painkiller, But Delivering The Drug Is Tricky

Aug. 3
Joe Palca / NPR
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The drug derived from the venom of cone snails must be injected into the spinal column to get beyond a patient's blood-brain barrier and bring relief. But scientists think they may have a work-around.

Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

Aug. 3
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.

Survey Says San Diego Is Sixth Best City To Live In U.S.

Aug. 3
By Associated Press
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San Diego is the sixth-best large U.S. city in which to live, according to a survey released Monday by WalletHub, a financial information website.

Wheelchair Beauty Queen Sings For Toilets

Aug. 3
Nadia Whitehead / NPR
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She's Miss Wheelchair Nigeria and an activist for the disabled. Today, she introduced President Obama as he spoke to young African leaders. But she still faces discrimination in public bathrooms.

James Holmes Jury Keeps Execution As Option As Sentencing Advances

Aug. 3
By Associated Press
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Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes, finding his defense failed to persuade them to show him mercy.

Basketball (And The NBA) Try To Find Fans In South Africa

Aug. 3
Don Boroughs / NPR
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Soccer is the national sport. But this was a big weekend for hoops in Johannesburg. Two top local teams faced off and the NBA played its first African exhibition game.

Obama To Extend College Aid Grants To Some Prison Inmates

Aug. 3
Midday Edition
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For the first time since Congress banned Pell grants for inmates in 1994, a new pilot program announced Friday will provide federal grant money to some prisoners.

San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts’ Fundraising Down Amid Allegations

Aug. 3
By Joe Yerardi / inewsource
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San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts' campaign contributions fell precipitously after abuse of power allegations emerged against him early this year.

San Diego Eagle Scouts Praise Boy Scouts Lifting Ban On Gay Leaders

Aug. 3
Midday Edition
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The Boy Scouts of America made a big change in policy last week. After years of defending its policy against gay troop leaders, the Boy Scouts' national executive board voted to end the ban on gay adult leaders.

President Obama Set To Unveil New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Aug. 3
Bill Chappell / NPR

Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.