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Stories for October 14, 2009

San Diegans Still Waiting For Swine Flu Vaccine

Oct. 14
San Diego Week
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San Diego county health officials today reported another death linked to swine flu. The latest fatality was a 5-year-old girl with no underlying medical conditions. Meanwhile, most San Diego health care providers are still waiting for their shipments of H1N1 vaccine.

San Diego's Complaint Over Qualcomm Contamination Is Rejected

Oct. 14
By Amita Sharma
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Lawyers for the California Water Resources Control Board have rejected a complaint by the City of San Diego. The city wanted the board to intervene in its dispute with local regulators over the cleanup of groundwater at Qualcomm Stadium.

Rick Steves' Europe: Sevilla And Andalusia

Oct. 14
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Sevilla is the flamboyant city of Carmen and Don Juan. It's where bullfighting is still politically correct and where little girls dream of growing up to become flamenco dancers. Sevilla has soul-and we feel it in its lacy Moorish palace, massive cathedral, lavish royal tombs, labyrinthine Jewish quarter, and its people-filled streets. After munching tasty tapas, we head south for Andalusia's ultimate whitewashed hilltown, Arcos de la Frontera.

Mesa College Opens Region's Newest Medical Training Facility

Oct. 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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Mesa College is celebrating the opening of a brand new building dedicated to training students in six different healthcare fields. All of the disciplines are in high demand.

5-Year-Old Girl Dies Of Swine Flu In San Diego

Oct. 14
San Diego Week
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A 5-year-old kindergartner from Otay Mesa died of swine flu, San Diego County public health officials said Wednesday. The girl, whose name was withheld, was sick for 48 hours before she went to a hospital Saturday, where she died within an hour, Dr. Wilma Wooten said.

San Diego Doctor's Global Health Mission May Change How Skin Cancer Is Treated

Oct. 14
These Days
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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one million cases diagnosed each year. Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) is a rare genetic condition that makes skin cancer a very real threat. It is an extremely rare disease which affects one in a million American children. In a remote village in Guatemala, 26 cases of XP have been diagnosed. San Diego dermatologist, Dr. Bari Cunningham, organized a team of health workers to travel to Guatemala to help. Their experience was made in to a documentary, Hidden From Light, which tells the story of a group of kids whose DNA could help change how skin cancer is treated.

State Energy Commission Considers New Energy Rules For Flat Screen TVs

Oct. 14
California Capitol Network
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California could approve first-in-the-nation energy standards for flat screen TVs next month. The State Energy Commission held a public hearing on the issue Tuesday. Noah Horowitz, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, said the new standards are needed because consumers are buying bigger screens that use a lot of electricity

When Being A Geek Is Chic

Oct. 14
These Days
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Why are geeks the new chic? And how will they dominate the world? We'll talk with the author of "The Geeks' Guide to World Domination" to find out how you can empower your inner geek.

What Will Make It Into The Final Senate Health Bill?

Oct. 14
Liz Halloran, NPR
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began private meetings Wednesday with fellow Democrats and the White House to merge his chamber's two health care overhaul bills into a single plan that could win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Poll: Voters Support Changing California's Constitution

Oct. 14
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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Most Californians support reforming the state’s constitution, but they aren’t crazy about the proposals that are being floated to do so. That’s the word from a new Field Poll released today.

S.D. Library Project Takes Step Forward

Oct. 14
By Katie Orr
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Plans for a new main library in downtown San Diego are still moving forward. A city council committee took action on the project Wednesday. The council’s Rules Committee authorized $500,000 in redevelopment funds for the library project. The money will be spent putting the project out to bid.

Physicist Explains Where Climate Change Is Happening On Earth

Oct. 14
These Days
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Where is climate change currently happening on Earth, and what's causing those changes to occur? We speak to a physicist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory about where major climate changes are taking place, and how climate modeling helps to predict future changes in our atmosphere.

Sports Update: Chargers, Aztecs, Padres Latest

Oct. 14
These Days
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What will the Chargers need to do to beat the undefeated Broncos on Monday night? Who are the front-runners to be the next Padres General Manager? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about this week's top local sports stories.

Pot Task Force Starts Rolling

Oct. 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn
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The new city council-appointed task force on medical marijuana held its first meeting over the weekend. We ask why the mayor's office, District Attorney's office and police department did not participate and find out what the task force hopes to accomplish.

N.Y. Mandates Flu Shots For Health Care Workers

Oct. 14
Richard Knox, NPR
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Most U.S. health care workers don't get flu shots. They never have, despite 28 years of jawboning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But that's going to change this fall in New York state.

Winter Shelter Will Go In East Village

Oct. 14
By Katie Orr
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The San Diego City Council has decided to keep the temporary winter homeless shelter downtown again this year. But the decision came after several hours of discussion and protest from people living in the East Village neighborhood.

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2009

Oct. 14
By Beth Accomando
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If you are looking for an art house drama or a compelling documentary, there’s plenty to choose from at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (running October 15 through 29 at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters. But if you’re like me, you might be tempted by the more extreme offerings at this year’s fest. You can listen to my radio feature or read an extended preview of the festival.