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Noted: Around the City in 290 Words


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Recognized

Geneticist Bruce Beutler won the Nobel Prize, weeks before leaving The Scripps Research Institute for the University of Texas. Slate named USD one of America’s Most Beautiful College Campuses (hooray for Spanish Renaissance and ocean views!) For earning college degrees while serving their country 82 active duty personnel participated in the Naval Medical Center San Diego’s 5th annual Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Travel + Leisure named San Diego America’s 14th best city for foodies. AARP named Scripps Health the best employer for workers 50 and older.

Appointed

Mayor Jerry Sanders and the city council appointed a new commissioner for arts and culture, Dr. Laurie Mitchell. Bill Kerlin, formerly of the Coconut Grove Playhouse, was named managing director of the North Coast Rep.

Donations

The Pala Band of Mission Indians donated $140,000 to the Vivian Banks Charter School. “Dinner in the Library” raised $81,000 for UCSD’s libraries. Ferragosto raised $17,000 each for the Little Italy Association, Washington Elementary School Foundation, and Our Lady of the Rosary. The San Diego Foundation unveiled the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement in honor of the San Diegan’s contributions. Cali Bamboo donated $500 for every celebrity wave caught at Malibu’s sixth annual Celebrity Expression Session, totaling $50,000 for the Surfrider Foundation.

Babies!

Nine endangered Grand Cayman blue iguanas hatched at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The endangered Hawaiian crow enjoyed a 25 percent population increase.

Crime

Fifty-one homicides were reported in San Diego in the first half of 2011, up 65 percent from the same period last year, says SANDAG.

90: Number of hats developed by Charger Shaun Phillips with the attic; 100 percent of the proceeds go to his charity, After-School All-Stars.

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