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SDSU Professor & Student Use Internet Marketing To Fight Human Trafficking

San Diego State University Professor Murray Jennex is working to fight human trafficking by using the same internet marketing tools used by Google and Facebook.

Jennex said his graduate student, Marisa Hultgren, first proposed repurposing some marketing tools for law enforcement.

“The idea that she had, which we followed through on, was that we should be looking at online advertisements,” Jennex said.

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San Diego SPJ Statement on inewsource Lawsuit

San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists’ San Diego chapter strongly condemns any attempt to retaliate against a news organization for critical coverage by filing unrelated lawsuits. The timing of one lawsuit suggests that is exactly what happened in San Diego.

On Feb. 23, San Diego’s inewsource published the first in a series of articles that were critical of prominent local attorney Cory Briggs. On April 9, San Diegans for Open Government, a group that Briggs has often represented, sued inewsource and its executive director over its relationship with KPBS, particularly for its office lease at San Diego State University. The lawsuit is the subject of a court hearing Friday.

There is a right way and a wrong way to raise complaints about news coverage, and this is the wrong way. News organizations ? many facing severe financial challenges ? should not have to defend coverage by spending significant resources on legal…

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Hoover High’s Cardinal Camp Helps Jump-Start School For Freshmen

Every year San Diego Unified School District’s Hoover High welcomes new freshmen. This year, there are more than 600 incoming ninth graders.

For the past eight years, Hoover has operated a special summer day camp called Cardinal Camp, which gives freshmen the skills they need to excel in high school.

Cardinal Camp began as a program to help students who might not graduate. This is the first year that the program was opened to all Hoover freshmen. However, Cardinal Camp teachers point out it is especially beneficial for struggling students.

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How do you give a killer whale and EKG? With a set of GoPro suction cups of course.

Getting an electrocardiogram on a killer whale is tricky business, but researchers figured out how at SeaWorld. The scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography developed the innovative technique and look to use it in the wild.

Scripps Research Physiologist Paul Ponganis said getting the electrocardiogram from the 50-year-old 8,000-pound orca possessed a unique challenge.

“The EKG electrodes are placed above and below the heart on the chest,” Ponganis said.

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Big Waves And Rip Currents Scour San Diego Shores

Higher than average surf and strong rip currents could wreak havoc along the San Diego County coastline Wednesday.

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Students Ask San Diego Unified For More Structure In Discipline Program

The success of a discipline program at Crawford High School has students asking the San Diego Unified School District to expand the program.

The program, Restorative Justice, helps students figure out why they misbehave. The idea is to treat the offending act like a symptom.

Crawford High School Academy of Law student Alan Obregon said restorative justice can help build bridges between teens at odds with each other.

“We have students that have been suspended, mainly for fights, and we have the two people that had some sort of dispute come together with two peer mediators,” Obregon said.

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Torpedoes Away! – Student Robotic Submarine Competition Takes To The Water In Point Loma

Young engineers are testing their skills at the 18th International RoboSub Competition at the U.S. Navy’s research pool in Point Loma.

There are 37 teams representing schools from all over the world trying to get submersible drones to navigate an underwater course in a massive oblong pool that is nearly 40 feet deep. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific is hosting the international event.

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California Teachers Union, School Boards Oppose Dyslexia Testing Bill

A new bill would require all kindergarten to third-grade students be screened annually for learning disabilities, specifically for dyslexia.

Kelly Sandman-Hurley and Tracy Block-Zaretski, who run San Diego’s Dyslexia Training Institute, a private dyslexia advocacy and tutoring company, helped draft the legislation put forward by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, in February.

So far three influential organizations have come out against the bill.

California School Board Association, Special Education Local Plan Area and the California Teachers Association all sent letters of opposition to the state Assembly Education Committee. All the opposition letters echoed similar reasons for their position against the bill, AB 1369.

READ FULL ARTICLE AT http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/20/dyslexia-testing-bill-opposed-teachers-union-and-s/ 

San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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Balboa Park To Host Art, Science Festival

A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM., is on tap this Sunday in Balboa Park.

Organizers expect more than 10,000 people at Balboa Park’s seventh annual STEAM Day.

Free STEAM-themed crafts will line the park’s Prado. And the museums will admit kids under 12 for no charge if they are with a paid adult.

Ashanti Davis from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center said people forget that science can be stranger than art.

“These things are weird, there are parts of them that are involved in everything that we do and there are parts that are very strange and bizarre,” Davis said. “And we want to know more because we want to know where its going and where its going to take us next.”

Angela Bacon from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum said they hope the event brings joy to science education.

“Because a lot of time when kids think about science and math all they think about is statistics and numbers and it might drag them down a little,” Bacon said. “And this is a fun way to engage people and to learn that science and math can be fun.“

To see the complete list of all that’s going on for everyone at STEAM Day, go to balboapark.org/STEAMday.

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