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Stories for November 3, 2009

University Students Continue To Rise Up Against Budget Cuts

Nov. 3
By Ana Tintocalis
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Several hundred San Diego State University students rallied today against deep budget cuts to the California State University system. One part of the rally included a student walkout.

Carlsbad Desalination Plant Receives Permit, Begins Construction

Nov. 3
City News Service

The developer of a Carlsbad desalination plant capable of producing 50 million gallons of drinking water a day received a permit today from the California Coastal Commission.

S.D. Agrees To Land Swap With State For New Courthouse

Nov. 3
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors have approved a land swap with the state that could result in a new county courthouse downtown by 2015.

County Supervisors Approve Plan To Reform IHSS

Nov. 3
City News Service

A $325 million county program that provides care for the elderly and disabled will undergo reform under a plan adopted today by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Researchers Say Cigarette Butts Are Toxic Waste

Nov. 3
By Ed Joyce

Researchers say there's new scientific evidence that cigarette butts are toxic hazardous waste. A San Diego State University professor led the research team.

Another Teen Gets Scared

Nov. 3
Alisha Jackson, Teen Critic
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"Paranormal Activity" (opened wide on October 23 throughout San Diego) is a film that looks like a documentary.

What's In Your Salmon?

Nov. 3
By Wendy Fry
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KPBS sent two salmon samples, wild and farmed, off to a lab for fatty acid testing. The results just came in, and you may be surprised by the amount of fat in those healthy fish dinners.

S.D. City Employees' Retirement System CEO Announces Resignation

Nov. 3
City News Service

The administrator and chief executive officer for the San Diego City Employees' Retirement System announced today that he is resigning, effective Nov. 30.

Why Do Rescued Animals Make The Best Pets?

Nov. 3
These Days
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Why do rescued pets seem so well-behaved, and grateful to their owners? Why do the owners of those pound puppies and kitties constantly gush over how great their pet is? We speak to Karin Winegar, author of SAVED: Rescued Animals And The Lives They Transform, about the special connection between a saved animal and their human companion.

Obama Enlists Hollywood Names For Arts Committee

Nov. 3
Brett Zongker, Associated Press
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A year after President Barack Obama's election, the White House is enlisting "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker, Forest Whitaker and others from Hollywood and beyond to help push the president's arts initiatives.

Tijuana's Blue Tarp School Captures The Imagination

Nov. 3
These Days
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We'll hear the true story behind the children's book and musical "Armando and the Blue Tarp School," based on events in Tijuana.

20 Suspected Illegal Immigrants Arrested At Leucadia Beach

Nov. 3
City News Service

Border Patrol agents arrested 20 suspected illegal immigrants today after the boat they were on came ashore in Beacon's Beach in Leucadia, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

Preventive Pet Medicine Can Help Reduce Major Health Problems

Nov. 3
These Days

What can pet owners do to help prevent their cat or dog from getting a major disease, or expensive medical procedure? We speak to local veterinarian Dr. Katy Allen about the importance of preventive pet medicine.

How The Deaf Community Is Dealing With Cochlear Implants

Nov. 3
These Days
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If you were deaf and had the opportunity to hear, would you choose it? We'll explore the tension in the Deaf community over the ethics of implanting deaf children with a Cochlear implant.

Cash For Keys

Nov. 3
San Diego Week
These Days

The Cash for Keys program is putting money in the pockets of homeowners who are facing foreclosure. We speak with a local realtor about the program.

Trailer Tuesday: Pirate Radio

Nov. 3
By Beth Accomando
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Well Halloween is over. (Moment of silence.) So I will now move away from horror trailers and provide something a little lighter and more fun : "Pirate Radio."