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Stories for October 31, 2006

Sale of National City Hospital Raises Concerns

Oct. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The sale of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City is raising concerns in the community. The facility has been a key part of the region’s healthcare safety net. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

McPherson Vouches for Election Day Security

Oct. 31
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Just how much can you really trust a computer? This is the question being posed by concerned San Diegans about the electronic voting machines that will be used in next Tuesday's general election. Worried voters want assurance that their votes will be counted and reported accurately on election day. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has more.

Aguirre Asks Judge to Declare Past Pension Agreements Illegal

Oct. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre launched his legal effort to roll back city pension benefits Tuesday. He urged a Superior Court Judge to undo the 1996 and 2002 agreements that resulted in the city’s billion dollar pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Scott Marks on His Favorite Horror Films

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Halloween has its roots in pagan traditions. But, most people are much more familiar with Halloween's long Hollywood tradition of scare, horror and mystery. Film critic Scott Marks talks about some of his favorite scary movies.

Folklorist Explores Origins of Halloween

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For many Halloween is for a reflection on death and the afterlife, and what spirits mean to us in the world of living. A local folklorist who collects and analyzes ghost stories joins us to talk about the tradition.

Costs of Proposed Miramar Airport Analyzed

Oct. 31
By Lee Swanson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego has studied and debated its airport for years and years. Now, Proposition A on the November ballot would set in motion an effort to get part of the Miramar Marine Air Station for a new international airport. Producer Lee Swanson looks at the costs of a new airport, not in dollars and cents, but the cost to the environment and to traffic.

Legal Expert Analyses the Latest in National and Local News

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What sorts of religious freedom issues are involved with Halloween? There are plenty. These Days legal analyst looks at the politics of Halloween, plus the latest on the Mt. Soledad War Memorial and the constitutionality of the federal partial birth abortion ban.

Impact of Political Ads Examined

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are lies. And then there are campaign ads. Every election season we take a sample of some of the ads out there. Today, the truth squad helps us separate the truth from the sales pitch.

New Study shows Meditation has Positive Health Benefits

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study shows that transcendental meditation lowers blood pressure and insulin resistance. Host Gloria Penner speaks with the director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine about the mind-body connection.

Safe Election Advocate Shares Voting Concerns

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson is encouraging voters to have confidence in a safe election, free of vote rigging and tampering. But not everyone shares that level of trust in the system. Host Gloria Penner talks to one election integrity advocate about voting concerns.

Congressman Duncan Hunter Announces Presidential Bid

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In a surprise move by the East County congressman, Duncan Hunter announced his plans to run for president of the United States. The NPR senior Washington editor discusses whether Congressman Hunter has a chance.

Proposition 83 Seeks to Get Tough on Sex Offenders

Oct. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's one initiative on the November ballot that enjoys broad support throughout California: Prop 83. The measure, also know as Jessica's Law, would increase penalties for sex offenders. Designers of Prop 83 say it could reduce the number of children who are victimized by sexual predators. But some in the mental health community aren't so sure. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.