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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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Educators at STEM Symposium Work to Bridge Achievement Gaps

“More than 3,000 educators have come to San Diego for the second annual STEM Symposium. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is hosting the event for its second year.

This year’s theme is closing the gender achievement gap in STEM studies and professions. According to Education Week, boys and men still far outnumber girls and women in STEM studies and professions.”

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 27, 2014

Two sentencings of note today

First at 9:00 this morning the San Diego company Pacific Tank Cleaning Incorporated is being sentenced in federal court. Yes you heard me correctly a corporation is being sentenced. Three years ago some acid spilled out of one of their facilities forming a puddle near an elementary school. The company says that an employee told management about the spill, however the National Response Center wasn’t told. Pacific Tank Cleaning’s production manager Jorge Luquin pleaded guilty to unlawful discharge of pollutants and admitted that he didn’t try to contain the spill at all.

In San Diego’s downtown courthouse 73-year-old Leland Ernest Clyde will hear his fate for gunning down his neighbor at the R.V. park he was living in. Clyde, a felon with long record, was living in the East County Ma Tar Awa Campground in Alpine. He and his 56-year-old neighbor began fighting. Clyde then shot his neighbor in the chest with a shotgun. The victim fell to ground and Clyde walked up to him, stood over him, reloaded and shot him twice more. Clyde’s criminal record goes all the way back to 1959.

18-year-old Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, is showing off his science project at the White House’s Science Fair today. Chen researched new flu treatments. Some think his work could lead to new class of drugs for treating flu outbreaks, slowing possible pandemics, thus allowing more time to make a vaccine.

13-year-old Allison Grace Grygar is in National Harbor Maryland representing San Diego County in the National Spelling Bee. Grygar is up against 280 spellers from all over the country.

And finally at 9:30 this morning the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics kicks off with a torch lighting. The run starts at Chula Vista Police headquarters and goes all the way to San Diego Police headquarters by 11:15 AM and then to Carmel Valley Road at North Torrey Pines Road by around 4:00 this afternoon. Over 400 officers participate in the run that raises money for the San Diego Special Olympics.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for Memorial Day May 26, 2014

San Diego is remembering its veterans at several events today.

First at 7:00 AM the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation 5-K run starts over at Naval Training Center Park.

In Lakeside at 9:00 AM the 68th annual Memorial Day Reading of the Names at the Carter-Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

At 10:00 AM there is the dramatic looking Memorial Day service at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

In Oceanside also at 10:00 the Veterans Association of North County is hosting its service at their headquarters at 1617 Mission Avenue.

On board the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum at 10:00 AM radio stations 100 point 7 Jack FM and KFMB are hosting an all-day blood drive.

At 10:30 the Kensington Social and Athletic Club is hosting the annual Kensington Holiday at Home Parade in the historic San Diego neighborhood.

And in Encinitas at 11:00 AM the American Legion Post 416 is hosting its Memorial Day remembrance.

Those are just a few of the events from all over San Diego County. The beaches are sure to be filled and almost all government offices are closed.

And finally this afternoon at 4:00 the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is looking for your opinion on some new exhibitions ideas. They are hosting some focus groups. Today’s group is for adults without children.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 2, 2014

At 9:00 AM in San Diego courthouse’s Department 53 the public will comment over placing sexually violent predator Terry Stone in the far East San Diego County community of Borrego Springs. 63-year-old Stone is a diagnosed pedophile and has been convicted three times for lewd and lascivious acts against five victims. His victims were all between 6 and 11-years-old.Stone has been in a state hospital since 2003 and a judge ruled that he can safely be released. The question now is where.

Also in San Diego’s courthouse this morning at 9:00 … three sentencings.

Number One: Alvaro Regalado and Juan Arriero pleaed guilty to multiple robberies and to shooting a 16-year-old visiting from Arizona during one of the robberies.

Number two: Joseph Ragland, Jamarious Porche, Askia Toure and Michael McGinnis spent about two weeks robbing and pistol-whipping people.

and Number 3: Rafael Felipe Solano stabbed a man during an argument over meth.

At 1:30 this afternoon Julio Cruz is being arraigned in Vista’s courthouse. He is a wanted fugitive that led authorities on a chase through North San Diego County.

Nearly 300 women are going to pitch in on building a house for Habitat for Humanity in Imperial Beach starting at 9:00 this morning. It’s all part of National Women Build Week.

At 10:00 AM the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new ship will be commissioned. The $75 minion dollar 208-foot long vessel will be named after oceanographer Reuben Lasker and be based in San Diego. It’ll be used to collect info on the sea life in the Eastern Pacific.

In San Diego’s Old Town Historic State Park starting at 11:00 AM the annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo party is kicking off. They’ll have 40 bands, ballet folklorico and more.

And finally at 4:00 this afternoon the University of San Diego is giving out its fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge award. College students proposed solutions to social, economic and environmental problems to get a $73,500 grant.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for March 27, 2014

San Diego State University Aztecs Men’s Basketball faces the University of Arizona Wildcats in a sweet 16 showdown. The Wildcats are heavily favored but many think that’s way overblown and the Aztecs are going to trounce their overconfident foe. Game starts at 7:17.

73-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease went missing yesterday afternoon and San Diego Sheriff’s Department wants you to keep an eye out for her. Her name is World Luz Loper, she’s five foot one inch tall, weighs about 100 pounds, has brown hair, and short white hair done up in a Mohawk. Sheriff’s Departments says that Loper likes to wear a trash bag when its raining and that if you ask her how old she is she’ll smile and say “Sweet 16” Anyone with any info is asked to call 858-565-5200.

One sentencing and an arraignment worth mentioning today.

At 8:30 this morning in San Diego’s courthouse Aaron Franklin will be sentenced for murdering a member of his own gang.

Then at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon’s courthouse Ernesto Dominguez is being arraigned and accused of breaking into a Spring Valley home.

At 11:00 AM Sweetwater Union High School District Board of Education President Jim Cartmill and Superintendent Ed Brand are talking to the press about the contract talks with teachers union. This board of education has been plagued with problems. One of its board members was convicted on corruption charges earlier this year. This week the board canceled a meeting for the second week in a row. They were supposed to talk about the teachers’ contract. So everyone is very curious what President Cartmill and Superintendent Brand will say.

San Diego County Treasure and Tax Collector Dan McAllister is talking to the press at 11:00 this morning about the approaching property tax deadline.

Then at 11:30 San Diego State Political Science professor Mikhail Alexseev, a Ukrainian native, is giving a talk about what effect the Kiev protests have had and what he thinks is going to happen in Ukrain’s future.

Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 10-years of working with the AFL-CIO this morning at 8:15.

Then at 9:15 the North County Transit District and San Marcos Fire Department is practicing rescuing people from a train stalled on a bridge. So if you see fire trucks at the Rancheros Road and Woodland Parkway rail bridge that goes over the 78 in North County, don’t freak out.

Long term parkers at San Diego’s airport are getting one of their lots back this morning at 10:00. The 2000 space lot just north of Lindbergh Field is re-opening, it now has some space set aside for a new rental car center that’s supposed to open in 2016.

At 10:30 the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is hosting a meeting about how the oceans affect human health. They’re talking about the molecular processes behind global marine pollutants, human exposure to methyl mercury, oil oxidation following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and much more.

And finally … how pirates have helped to advance the progress of science is the topic of a talk at University of California San Diego at 7:00 tonight.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 10, 2013

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This afternoon at 1:30 two men accused of selling meth at a Mission Bay Sports Center, that hosts youth camps, will be arraigned in San Diego’s downtown courthouse. 32-year-old Spencer Nicholas Edmonds and 41-year-old Vincent Manuel Garcia are accused of dealing meth along with seven other people. There bail is set at $500,000

Also at 1:30 half of a pair accused of stealing computer equipment from an elementary school will be arraigned in El Cajon’s courthouse today.

Regional politicos will be busy today.

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is listening to the public about their proposed 4 point 97 billion dollar budget. The new budget increases spending by two and half percent.

And this afternoon at 2:00 the San Diego City Council votes on its 2 point 75 billion dollar spending plan. The new plan includes revisions from the Mayor and a five-year labor agreement.

Then this evening at 5:30 the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, is talking about construction for the Mid-City Bus Route and trolley expansion to La Jolla.

This morning at 10:45 Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is announcing he’s going to donate eight percent of his monthly income to the non-profit Senior Community Centers. Every month $1,300 will go to the non-profit that helps feed San Diego’s senior citizens. That means he make $195,000 a year

This afternoon starting at 1:00 thousands of San Diego Unified School District high school students are graduating.

And finally tonight at 6:30 at the Birch Aquarium Charlie Kennel the former Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography is giving a talk about the future of manned space travel. Kennel is now the chairman of the National Academies Space Studies Board.

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