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August 14, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:



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Hannah Anderson responds online to questions about her ordeal (Santee Patch)

Lakeside teenager who was kidnapped and taken to Idaho by a family friend believed to have killed her mother and 8-year-old brother says she'll never forgive herself for not trying harder to save them and that her captor got exactly what he deserved when he was shot to death by an FBI agent.Hannah Anderson, 16, apparently broke her silence on a social media website popular with teens, writing in an hours-long question-answer session that the man tricked her family into visiting his home earlier this month.

Immigrant Doctors In San Diego Find Path Back To Practicing Medicine (KPBS)

 The Welcome Back Center at Grossmont Community College is working with 1,400 foreign-trained physicians, including 54 refugees, to get a U.S. medical license and resume the career they gave up when they immigrated here.

El Cajon commission OKs alcohol sales restrictions (UT San Diego)

The El Cajon City Council is scheduled to make a decision on the ordinance Aug. 27.

Layoffs Begin As AOL Looks To Close Or Sell 400 Patch Sites  (Forbes)

Out of the more than 900 Patch sites AOL AOL -1.71% operates nationwide, only about 500 will remain under the corporate umbrella as owned-and-operated properties, CEO Tim Armstrong told employees of the local news network on a conference call Friday morning, according to an account published by Jim Romenesko

Filner Responds To Recall Effort (KPBS)

Mayor Bob Filner's formal response to the effort to recall him reads like a campaign flier, listing accomplishments and failing to mention the sexual harassment claims against him.


Insight: California aims to 'bottle sunlight' in energy storage push (Reuters)

 California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.

Hyperloop plans revealed: Could Elon Musk change transportation?   (CS Monitor)

Hyperloop plans unveiled late Monday imagine a 'fifth mode of transport' in which passengers travel at extreme speeds through tubes to reach their destination. Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, says the idea is 'extremely speculative.' But if the hyperloop is ever realized, it could revolutionize transportation and energy. 

Calif. won't use health insurer ratings on site (Sacramento Bee)

The state's consumer web site for health insurance coverage won't post quality ratings alongside the monthly price for plans.

A dozen Calif. leaders will revamp imperiled parks (Sacramento Bee)

A group of California business, education and nonprofit leaders — including Monterey Bay Aquarium founding director Julie Packard — have agreed to help revamp the state parks system in an effort to restore confidence and financial stability to an institution rocked by scandal.