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Stories for October 29, 2008

You Can't Keep a Good Zombie Down

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Pani Musquiz carries his presidential campaign sign at World Zombie Walk. (Beth Accomando)

Congressional Reps Oppose Prop B

Oct. 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s congressional representatives from both sides of the isle gathered at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal downtown to oppose Prop. B on next week’s ballot. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Breaks Ground on New Campus

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Officials broke ground today on a new campus for Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego’s East Village.

SIDS Deaths...A Parent's Worst Nightmare

Oct. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A candlelight vigil will be held in downtown San Diego tonight to honor all of the local children who've died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The condition describes the sudden, unforeseen, and unexplainable death of an infant under one year of age. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

One Million S.D. County Voters Expected at the Polls Next Tuesday

Oct. 29
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County's top election official expects more than a million people in San Diego County will vote in next week's election. Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler says her offices are busy as voters cast ballots ahead of November 4th. She says the number of absentee voters will probably grow as the voter turnout grows. However, Seiler says the percentage of the absentee vote will likely shrink as turnout gets larger.

Changeling, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Happy-Go-Lucky, Synechdoche, New York

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The new Clint Eastwood movie starring Angelina Jolie opens in theaters this weekend, as does a new Kevin Smith comedy. Mike Leigh creates a character who is endlessly happy and Charlie Kaufmann creates one that is endlessly depressed. We'll talk about the work of all of these directors on this Film Club of the Air.

You Can't Keep a Good Zombie Down

Oct. 29
By Beth Accomando and
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With Halloween right around the corner, I wanted to highlight a horror sub-genre that I'm particularly fond of - the zombie film. Those lumbering, vacant-eyed undead have become a horror staple since the 1930s, and they seem to be gaining popularity with recent films such as "Shaun of the Dead." So this Halloween I have suggestions for some undead titles you can check out. I've also consulted with author Glenn Kay who just wrote "Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide." To put me in the proper mood for all this, I headed over to the World Zombie Walk on Sunday in downtown San Diego and met up with some of the undead hordes.

Film Club of the Air: Changeling, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Happy-Go-Lucky, Synechdoche, New York

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The new Clint Eastwood movie starring Angelina Jolie opens in theaters this weekend, as does a new Kevin Smith comedy. Mike Leigh creates a character who is endlessly happy and Charlie Kaufmann creates one that is endlessly depressed. We'll talk about the work of all of these directors on this Film Club of the Air.

CA's Eighth Grade Algebra Mandate Postponed

Oct. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new California rule requiring all eighth grade students take Alegbra regardless of their skill level has been put on-hold.

Prop 5 Aims to Expand Treatment Instead of Jail for Non-Violent Drug Offenders

Oct. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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When California voters approved Prop 36 eight years ago, the state began an experiment: it offered treatment to non-violent drug offenders instead of jail. Since then, more than 200,000 people have taken advantage of the opportunity. Prop 5 on the November ballot aims to expand this program to more drug offenders. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

SD Unified To Recycle All Lunch Trays

Oct. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Unified will begin serving school meals on recycled lunch trays at all of its elementary schools. The school board approved a contract with a Santa-Ana based company that would do the recycling for free. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Zombies Surface (Again) as Halloween Approaches

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS film critic Beth Accomando delves into the murky, quirky and downright scary world of zombie films.

SD Unified Pays $80K For Test Score Analysis

Oct. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School District will pay a statistical consultant $80,000 to design a plan which could shed light on how teachers influence a student's performance. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Figuring Out the Undecided Voter

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Election day is one week away in one of the most historic races in American politics. How will Americans end up voting in the Presidential race? We'll ask one of the KPBS Citizen Voices bloggers what she heard in her community. And we'll get analysis from SDSU Political Science professor Brian Adams on the undecided voters.

Middle East Expert Discusses Causes of Iran-Israel Rivalry

Oct. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Instability in the Middle East is one of the most important international issues facing the world today. The rivalry between Iran and Israel is one of the biggest reasons for the lack of stability in the modern Middle East. What are the key factors that fuel this heated rivalry between Israel and Iran? What can the United States do to improve relations between Iran and Israel? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Trita Parsi about his new book "Treacherous Alliance - The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States".

Prop D Aims to Permanently Ban Booze at the Beach

Oct. 29
By Dwane Brown, Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A measure on Tuesdays ballot would permanently bar alcohol at all beaches and coastal parks in the city of San Diego. KPBS Morning Edition hears from both sides of this issue this morning. Scott Chipman has lived in Pacific Beach for 33 years. He's with the Yes on Proposition D campaign and Safe Beaches San Diego. Jake Pyle is with the No on Proposition D campaign and a member of the Pacific Beach Town Council. He has been a resident of Pacific Beach for 12 years.

California Education Leaders Told to Expect Major Cuts

Oct. 29
By Capitol Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Education leaders say Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning them to expect major cuts to education due to California's worsening financial situation. And they say the governor plans to call for a state sales tax hike to help fill the growing shortfall.