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Stories for October 1, 2009

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Culture Lust Weekend: Trolley Dances, Emerge Dance Festival, and Lux Art Institute

Oct. 1, 2009
By Angela Carone

Some Culture Lust suggestions for what to do with your weekend: Trolley Dances, Emerge Dance Festival, Lux Art Institute and more.

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Public Uncertain About Swine Flu Vaccine

Oct. 1, 2009
Kelley Weiss, California Capitol Network

Flu season is right around the corner. Add to that concerns about swine flu, and you’ve got a lot of people with questions about flu shots. In fact, a new Consumer Reports survey finds many Americans are on the fence about getting the swine flu vaccine.

S.D. Facing Largest Ever Deficit

Oct. 1, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego leaders say the city is facing a record breaking $180 million budget deficit next year. Officials are warning there won’t be an easy fix.

Judge Rules City Water Pipes Not To Blame For La Jolla Landslide

Oct. 1, 2009
City News Service

Leaking San Diego water pipes were not a major factor in a landside that damaged dozens of homes in La Jolla two years ago, a judge ruled today.

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The Loneliness of Inspector Lewis

Oct. 1, 2009
By Pat Finn

The second season of the Inspector Lewis mysteries has just ended on KPBS’s “Masterpiece Mystery” series, and a third is already completed and waiting in the wings. At first I found the whole package delightful.

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Artist Elizabeth Turk On Exhibit At Lux Art Institute

Oct. 1, 2009
By Wendy Fry

Artist Elizabeth Turk spends years wrestling with a complicated piece of marble, and molding it into intricate patterns. Then she takes the 40-pound sculptures to the ocean and places them in the waves.

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Paranormal Activity Gets Limited San Diego Release

Oct. 1, 2009
By Beth Accomando

The limited midnight release of "Paranormal Activity" at the AMC Mission Valley Theaters tonight through Saturday gives new meaning to the notion of movies on demand. You can also listen to our discussion of the film from the September Film Club.

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Border Deaths Increasing Despite 15 Years Of Operation Gatekeeper

Oct. 1, 2009

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Operation Gatekeeper. That's the U.S. border enforcement policy that tried to discourage people from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in San Diego and pushed them east into the desert and mountains.

A Memoir and Cultural History of Migraines by Andrew Levy

Oct. 1, 2009

More than one in ten Americans suffer from migraines, and yet this chronic condition is difficult to diagnose and treat. In his mid-forties, writer Andrew Levy suffered from daily migraines. To help combat the pain, he began keeping a journal and researching the medical and cultural history of migraines. The result is his memoir "A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary."

Dreams Of Mexican Disneyland In Thinking Grande!

Oct. 1, 2009
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

The film "Thinking Grande!" tells the story of Jose Luis Bonilla, a Mexican immigrant dishwasher turned entrepreneur who worked for 20 years to build his dream of a Mexican Disneyland in the heart of California. He built it without permits and once the county demanded permits, he abandoned the massive complex of buildings and moved back to Mexico. We'll talk with documentary filmmaker, Kevin Bender.

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Teen Critics Embrace the Undead... Again

Oct. 1, 2009
Teen Critics

It's October and there's the smell of rotting flesh in the air as zombies prepare to invade downtown and area theaters. Cinema Junkie introduced it's first Teen Critics in 2007 with their reviews of "Diary of the Dead." So now it seems fitting to launch the 2009 Teen Critics with their reviews of "Zombieland." So here are the first two reviews from the class of 2010.

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'Frugged' By The Republican National Committee

Oct. 1, 2009
By Gloria Penner

It happened to me a few days ago and was totally unexpected. There, in my daily mail stack of incredibly boring bills, coupon offers, and disgustingly early holiday catalogues, was a goldenrod envelope, addressed to me and warning me in large-font bold letters: “DO NOT DESTROY.” The Republican National Committee had sent me, according to the return address, the 2009 Obama Agenda Survey.

KPBS General Manager Answers Public's Questions

Oct. 1, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo talks about how the economy is impacting public broadcasting.

Fraud Allegations Against State Program Don't Add Up

Oct. 1, 2009
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

Right before cutting $250 million from the state's In-Home Supportive Services program, Governor Schwarzenegger alleged that there was massive fraud in the program. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma discusses her investigation into the validity of those fraud accusations.

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In Chicago, Some Protest Olympic Bid

Oct. 1, 2009
David Schaper, NPR

All eyes are on Copenhagen, where the International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether Chicago will get to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, or whether the games instead will be played in Madrid, Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo.

Santa Ana Winds, Fire Danger Return To S.D.

Oct. 1, 2009
City News Service

Gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidities prompted a red flag warning today for the mountains and inland valleys of San Diego County, forecasters said.

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Amreeka

Oct. 1, 2009
By Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Cherien Dabis draws on her own memories of growing up with her Palestinian/Jordanian family in rural Ohio to craft the new film "Amreeka" (opening October 2 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Cinemas). You can listen to my review or read my blog post.

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The Blue Angels Are Back In Town

Oct. 1, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Hundreds of thousands of people will watch the Blue Angels perform at the Miramar Air Show this weekend. But three people got the chance to actually go for a ride in one of the F/A-18 jets.

VA Scrambles To Get GI Bill Checks Out

Oct. 1, 2009
By Alison St John

The Veterans Administration has missed its October 1 deadline to issue checks to students enrolled under the new G.I. Bill. The Agency plans to open the doors of its Mission Valley Headquarters tomorrow morning to issue emergency checks.

Low-Income And Disabled Seniors Feel The Pain

Oct. 1, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

A variety of cuts to California's safety net programs for seniors take effect today. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows 500,000 seniors will be adversely affected.