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Stories for October 2, 2009

Cailf. Asks For Federal Money For High Speed Rail

Oct. 2
By Katie Orr

California wants to create the first high speed train system in the country and it wants the federal government to help pay for it.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series II: Allegory Of Love

Oct. 2
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Literary whimsy becomes murderous reality with the death of a Czech barmaid. The scene of the crime yields two puzzling clues: a bloodstained note and a broken antique mirror. To find the killer, Lewis and Hathaway must uncover the hidden connections between the victim and a prominent Oxford professor, a literary society, and a book by Oxford's hottest new author.

NOVA: Darwin's Darkest Hour

Oct. 2
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NOVA and National Geographic Television present the extraordinary human drama that led to the birth of the most influential scientific theory of all time. Acclaimed screenwriter John Goldsmith (“David Copperfield,” “Victoria and Albert”) brings to life Charles Darwin’s greatest personal crisis: the anguishing decision over whether to “go public” with his theory of evolution. Darwin, portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick (“Lost”), spent years refining his ideas and penning his seminal book, "On the Origin of Species." Daunted by looming conflict with the orthodox religious values of his day, he resisted publishing — until a letter from naturalist Alfred Wallace forced his hand. In 1858, Darwin learned that Wallace was on the brink of publishing ideas similar to his own.

Inventing LA: The Chandlers And Their Times

Oct. 2
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This groundbreaking documentary traces the explosive emergence of multi-ethnic, modern Los Angeles during the single-family reign of four publishers of the Los Angeles Times. Each used the newspaper to pursue distinct agendas and impossible dreams, transforming the composition and character of Southern California itself; in the process, seducing a nation and the world with a new kind of American Dream.

VA Hands Out Emergency Checks

Oct. 2
By Alison St John
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Hundreds of veterans lined up outside the regional office of the Veterans Administration in San Diego today. They were there to pick up an advance on their GI Bill checks.

San Diego Judge Proposes New Rules For Cameras In Courtroom

Oct. 2
By Ed Joyce

A San Diego Superior Court judge has proposed new rules for use of media cameras in his courtroom. The proposed rules follow Judge David M. Szumowksi's complaint about a KFMB-TV news story that included video photography in his court.

The Boys are Back

Oct. 2
By Beth Accomando
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Single dad coping with a young son and the recent death of his wife from cancer… hmmm? Sounds like it could be painful in more ways than one but “The Boys are Back” (opening October 2 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) surprised me... a little.

Rio De Janeiro Named Host Of 2016 Olympics

Oct. 2
NPR
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Rio de Janeiro was chosen Friday as the host site of the 2016 Olympic Games, brushing aside an unprecedented personal appeal from President Obama and the first lady on behalf of their home town of Chicago.

High School Students Push Governor To Sign Voter Registration Bill

Oct. 2
Steve Shadley, CCN

A group of high school students is urging Governor Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would lower the age that teenagers could pre-register to vote in California.

Chargers Meet With Escondido To Discuss Stadium Site

Oct. 2
Editors Roundtable

The NFL season is underway, and the conversation about where the Chargers will play football in the future has been renewed.

Recent Hate Crimes Prompt Community Summit

Oct. 2
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

Hate crimes are on the rise nationally and there are several hate groups are active in the East County, according to a representative from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

S.D. Poverty Rate Reaches Highest Level In A Decade

Oct. 2
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The poverty rate in San Diego is rising faster than in the state, and the rest of the nation. According to recent Census Bureau data, more than 360,000 local individuals live in poverty.

Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.8 Percent

Oct. 2
San Diego Week
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The unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September as employers cut far more jobs than expected, evidence that the longest recession since the 1930s is still inflicting widespread pain.

San Diego Could Benefit From River Restoration

Oct. 2
By Ed Joyce

Water release from a dam in Northern California is breathing new life into a dry stretch of the San Joaquin River. Reviving the river will improve San Diego's drinking water too.

Coco Before Chanel

Oct. 2
By Beth Accomando
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“Coco Before Chanel” (opening October 2 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) not only looks at the famous designer before she became a brand but also offers us a French actress in the role after American actresses Katherine Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine have both essayed the part. You can also listen to our discussion of the film from the September Film Club.

S.D. Not Liable For Mt. Soledad Landslide

Oct. 2
By Katie Orr

A judge has ruled the city of San Diego is not responsible for a landslide on Mount Soledad two years ago.

Salk Scientists Turn Cord Blood Cells into Stem Cells

Oct. 2
By Tom Fudge

Researchers at the Salk Institute say they've been able to reprogram cord blood cells to make them very similar to embryonic stem cells.

Memo on Navy Broadway Complex Stirs Up Semantics Debate

Oct. 2
By Amita Sharma
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Opponents of the Navy Broadway Complex are seizing on the Navy's choice of a single word inserted into a city memo to describe whether its contract with San Diego to build the project can be reconsidered.

San Diego Police Will Help Train Baja Tourist Police

Oct. 2
By Amy Isackson

Mexican officials say a new police team will patrol the coastal corridor from Tijuana to Ensenada. Officials say San Diego police will help train the officers.