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Stories for October 13, 2009

Middle School Absences Due To Swine Flu

Oct. 13
San Diego Week

An outbreak of swine flu caused a large number of sixth graders to miss school last week in the Poway Unified School District.

27-Year-Old Camp Pendleton-Based Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 13

The Pentagon released the name today of a 27-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat last week in Afghanistan.

Sarah Silverman Saves The World, One Vatican At A Time

Oct. 13
By Angela Carone
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The always irreverent, often brilliant Sarah Silverman has a plan to end world hunger and it involves the most American of enterprises: real estate.

Trailer Tuesday Goes Asian Extreme

Oct. 13
By Beth Accomando
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This year I am particularly excited about the launch of the SDAFF Extreme program at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. So in honor of the debut of SDAFF Extreme, here are a pair of Asian Extreme trailers for you to enjoy... or not.

San Diego Files Complaint Over Qualcomm Contamination Cleanup

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma
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The City of San Diego has filed a complaint against local regulators for what it alleges is indifference in monitoring the contamination cleanup at Qualcomm Stadium.

Interstate Agreement For Military Kids Becomes Law

Oct. 13
By Ana Tintocalis

The children of military families in California may have an easier time navigating the public school system thanks to an interstate agreement signed into law this week.

New S.D. Fire Chief Prepares For Budget Cuts

Oct. 13
By Katie Orr
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The new Chief of the San Diego Fire Department is bracing for budget cuts but says public safety will still be the priority. The department’s second in command was officially announced as the new Fire Chief on Tuesday.

Making Science Hip

Oct. 13
These Days

Who cares about science there days? We'll talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the hip host of NOVA scienceNOW, about how to make science fun, cool and interesting to the masses.

Bare Dirt Along New Border Fence A Flood Worry

Oct. 13
By Amy Isackson

State parks officials are worried the federal government's failure to grow plants on slopes where it built new sections of the border fence could mean floods on both sides of the US Mexico border this rainy season. Smuggler's Gulch is a major area of concern.

S.D. County Authorizes $5.5 Million Swine Flu Vaccination Program

Oct. 13
San Diego Week
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to authorize a $5.5 million H1N1 virus vaccination program proposed by the county Health and Human Services Agency.

Calif. Storm Prompts Debris Flow Concerns

Oct. 13
Associated Press
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Residents across California worried Tuesday about possible flash floods and mudslides as a storm began showering areas devastated by wildfires. Sandbagging and other preparations were being made in neighborhoods under threat, including Santa Barbara County and the Los Angeles-area foothills.

Local Photographer Documents Husband's Alzheimer's In New Book

Oct. 13
These Days
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Three years into their marriage, Judith Fox's husband, Dr. Edmund Ackell, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Over the course of the next ten years, Fox watched as the man who used to perform surgery, fly planes, and run universities, forgot how to turn on the coffee maker or place a phone call. Fox is a photographer and decided to document her husband's daily struggles with Alzheimer's. She's collected those images in a book called "I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer's." Fox joins us to talk about the book and her role as wife, care-giver, and photographer.

High Surf, Light Rain Forecast For S.D. County

Oct. 13
By Susan Murphy

A strong Pacific storm moving through northern and central California will bring gusty winds, high surf and light rainfall to San Diego County beginning tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Replacement Chosen For S.D. Fire Chief

Oct. 13
Jessica Plautz, KPBS

Mayor Jerry Sanders is expected to announce today that Javier Mainar will be replacing Tracy Jarman to become the new San Diego Fire Chief.

Before Installing Solar, You Need A Home Energy Efficiency Assessment

Oct. 13
These Days

Before you install those solar panels, it would be a good idea to have a home energy assessment done on your home. We discuss the importance of energy efficiency, and the most common ways that people waste energy in their homes. And, we'll find out how the City of San Diego's new Clean Generation program might benefit local homeowners.

Senate Committee Approves Health Overhaul Bill

Oct. 13
Associated Press
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A pivotal Senate committee has approved a sweeping remake of the country's health care system, delivering a long-sought boost to President Obama's goal of expanding coverage.

Kehoe Disappointed Parks Bill Gets Veto

Oct. 13
By Ed Joyce
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed legislation that sought to protect state parks. One of the bills was sponsored by Senator Christine Kehoe of San Diego.

Sunrise Powerlink Project Faces Legal Challenges

Oct. 13
By Ed Joyce
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The route for the proposed Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission line would cross a national forest and other public lands in southeast San Diego County. While the California Public Utilities Commission has approved it, legal challenges may delay or possibly derail the Sunrise project.

New Law Hopes To Break Border Tire Cycle

Oct. 13
By Amy Isackson
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A new law will allow California to help fund recycling and reuse programs for discarded tires in Mexico. California ships millions of discarded tires to Mexico annually, thousands of which flow back across the border as litter to San Diego.