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"Report paints bleak picture of state court system"
By DOUG SHERWIN
Dramatic cuts to California's judicial budget have resulted in court closures, extensive trial delays and a decrease in services, ultimately restricting the public's access to justice, according to a report released this week by the San Diego County Bar Association.

"Attorneys: Handling media on high-profile cases a job in itself"
By DOUG SHERWIN
When a high-profile case unfolds in San Diego, prosecutor Summer Stephan clears her calendar, Judge Joan Weber develops a migraine and reporter Greg Moran goes into overdrive.

"Sony unveils surprises at E3"
By TIERNEY PLUMB
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) unveiled a few surprises at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the largest video game trade show in the world.

"Local biotechs hope to profit from war on fat"
By DEAN CALBREATH
With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in much of the industrialized world, two San Diego companies are hoping to cash in with their weight-loss treatments.

"Filner moves from frying pan to fire"
By DEAN CALBREATH
With the stroke of a pen on April 25, Mayor Bob Filner wrote an end to a dispute that dogged City Hall for the past several months, signing an agreement to let hotels use an assessment on overnight visitors to fund marketing campaigns, while keeping the city protected from any lawsuits that may erupt as a result.

"Architect Graham Downes was 'one in a million'"
By SAMANTHA HENRY
In one word, Graham Downes was “extraordinary.” Downes, a San Diego architect, died on Sunday from injuries sustained in an altercation. He was 56.

"Home sellers asking buyers to drop appraisal contingency"
By SAMANTHA HENRY
Becoming a homeowner may be getting more difficult for San Diego buyers. With multiple offers and low housing inventory, sellers are starting to ask buyers to submit offers without an appraisal contingency, meaning the down payment must cover the difference between the offer and the appraisal, if the appraisal comes in low.

Executive roundtable -- "Cybersecurity calls on small businesses"
By TIERNEY PLUMB
Many small businesses do not understand the importance of cybersecurity, and as a result, they are putting larger companies and government agencies at risk.

"The difference between winning, losing: getting voters to polls"
By ANDREW KEATTS
On the eve of Election Day, suddenly folks on both sides of the political spectrum pick up the same talking point. “It’ll all come down to turnout.”

"Defense budget cuts: preparing for the worst -- Sequestration to affect all industries"
By TIERNEY PLUMB
The date Jan. 2, 2013, will trigger $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cuts, threatening to kill businesses and jobs. But that message still isn’t getting through to the general public.


-Compiled by Joe Guerin.

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