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Stories for October 31, 2007

Assembly Speaker Pushes for Healthcare Bill by Thanksgiving

Oct. 31
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A healthcare deal by Thanksgiving -- that's what the Speaker of the State Assembly says he's aiming for. The top Democrat made the comment at a hearing on the governor's healthcare plan on Wednesday at the state Capitol. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Rancho Bernardo Residents Aren't Waiting for FEMA to Rebuild

Oct. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As victims of the fires turn their attention to putting their lives back together, the Recovery Center in Rancho Bernardo is busy. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Escondido Mourns Loss of Teacher Who Died in Fires Last Week

Oct. 31
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at an Escondido school are mourning the loss of a teacher who died in the wildfires last week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Officials Attempt to Stymie Scammers With Unified Demolition Plan

Oct. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State and local officials want a single contract to demolish all the properties destroyed in the fires. They hope this will protect homeowners from scammers, and make sure hazardous debris is properly disposed of. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Legs of San Diego Economy Continue to Wobble

Oct. 31
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of San Diego's index of leading economic indicators is down sharply for September. That means the region's economy could keep getting weaker over the next six to 12 months. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Mystery Continues to Surround the Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There have been close to 20 theories explaining the death of writer Edgar Allan Poe, including alcoholism, murder and election fraud. We'll talk with the author of “The Poe Shadow,” a work of literary fiction exploring the various legends surrounding Poe's death. We'll also hear the words of Poe himself, as actor David Cohen reads from his poetry and short stories.

Horror Classics Are the Best Movies This Halloween

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando recommends some movies from her favorite genre: horror.

Coping With the Emotional Toll of San Diego's Wildfires

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Last week was an emotionally draining week for most San Diegans. Massive wildfires burned more than 360,000 acres and destroyed close to 1,600 structures in San Diego County. More than half a million residents were evacuated from their neighborhoods. We discuss the steps people can take to cope with the loss of losing a home, the emotional toll the wildfires can have on our children and how we can come together as a community following the disaster.

Health Concerns Still Exist Following Last Week's Wildfires

Oct. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Now that last week's wildfires are almost fully contained, should we still be concerned about the air quality in San Diego? Should local residents who suffer from chronic respiratory problems continue to take added precaution when they go outside? What's the best way to clean up all that ash and soot that is around our homes? We speak to Dr. Smita Desai about the health concerns following the wildfires.

Heroic Rescue Saved Firefighters' Lives

Oct. 31
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some 10,000 firefighters battled the inferno in San Diego County last week. One hundred or so got hurt. No firefighters died. Many of them brought back stories of survival. The first injuries were reported in the Harris Fire, near Potrero, on the first day of the disaster. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps picks up story from there.

High Volume or Respiratory Illnesses Keeps Mobile Clinic Open

Oct. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A mobile medical unit designed to help survivors of the fire in Rancho Bernardo was set to close earlier this week. But high demand has prompted the San Diego Fire Department to ask Scripps Health to keep the clinic open a few more days. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Interpreter Served as Lifeline to Deaf Community During Fires

Oct. 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For those who've watched fire coverage on television in San Diego this week, one woman's face was seen at every county press conference. But even though she was ever present, she never uttered a word. That woman is Joane Cosentino -- a sign language interpreter. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson shares her story .

Manga Mania

Oct. 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

One manga that has been made into a highly successful anime series and more recently a hit live-action film is

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting