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Stories for October 16, 2009

Swine Flu Concerns Bring More Patients To Children's ER

Oct. 16
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The emergency room at Rady Children's Hospital has been busy in the last few days with parents scared their children might have swine flu. But doctors report many people are coming in needlessly.

Law Enforcement Says No To Enforcing Immigration Laws, Again

Oct. 16
By Amy Isackson

San Diego law enforcement officials reiterate they will not participate in a controversial federal program that trains local authorities to find and deport illegal immigrants.

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Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

I would call “Fuel” (opened October 16 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) an activist documentary because not only does it try to document America’s dependence on oil but it also suggests ways that we can change our behavior and challenge the status quo.

Coastkeeper Suing Carlsbad Over Desalination Project

Oct. 16
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the City of Carlsbad's decision to approve changes to a proposed desalination plant.

State Funding Restored For Domestic Violence Shelters

Oct. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Domestic violence shelters throughout California have gotten a reprieve. Governor Schwarzenegger says he'll sign a bill that restores $16 million of state funding to the shelters.

Study Raises Questions About State Furlough Savings

Oct. 16
Steve Shadley, CCN

A legislative leader is calling for alternatives to state worker furloughs. The move comes on the heels of a new study showing furloughs aren’t saving as much money as anticipated.

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Third Annual San Diego Italian Film Festival

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival kicks off its third year on October 16 and will run through November 7. With the exception of the November 6 screening, all films will be shown at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Calif. Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Oct. 16
By Hank Crook, Gloria Penner

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed bills recognizing some out-of-state same-sex marriages, and establishing a Harvey Milk Day in the state. What motivated the governor to sign the gay rights legislation? And, will President Barack Obama soon overturn the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy?

Housing Prices Stay Flat, But Commercial Sector Struggling

Oct. 16
By Hank Crook, Gloria Penner

Local housing prices remained flat in September. Some analyst say the worst is behind us, while others predict more tough times ahead. How will the nation's unemployment rate affect the housing market over the next year? And, what's causing the commercial real estate market to struggle?

Public Health Officials Recommend Swine Flu Vaccine

Oct. 16
By Hank Crook, Gloria Penner

San Diego County public health officials say the best way to prevent against getting infected with the H1N1 influenza virus is to get vaccinated. County officials made that announcement on Wednesday, following the news that a 5-year-old girl from Otay Mesa died from swine flu last week.

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On DVD: Drag Me to Hell

Oct. 16
By Beth Accomando

With Halloween just around the corner, the DVD release (on October 9) of an unrated director’s cut of Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” seems the perfect choice.

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Health Care Overhaul Rests On Senator Reid

Oct. 16
David Welna, NPR

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hails from the hard-rock mining town of Searchlight, Nev. He once made a name for himself there as an amateur boxer. But in what may be his biggest fight yet, Reid is playing referee. He is leading the effort to combine two sharply different health care bills.

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Afghan Vote Audit Nears End; Runoff Likely?

Oct. 16
Jackie Northam, NPR

A U.N.-backed commission in Afghanistan says it is close to concluding its investigation into possible widespread fraud during the country's Aug. 20 presidential election. The results could come as early as Saturday.

School Flu Vaccinations Won't Happen Until Next Month

Oct. 16
By Tom Fudge

Many school districts in San Diego County are making plans to deliver swine flu vaccinations for local children.

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Where are the Wild Things?

Oct. 16
Kevin Doughty, Teen Critic

"Where the Wild Things Are" (opening October 16 throughout San Diego) follows Max (Max Records), a rambunctious and sensitive young boy who is always seeking adventure. Max leaves his home after a fight with his Mother (Catherine Keener). He finds a boat by the sea and sails until he lands upon an island inhabited by giant creatures that befriend him and know him as "king".

Senior Arellano Felix Cartel Partner Pleads Guilty

Oct. 16
By Amy Isackson

A senior partner of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel has accepted a plea deal with the U.S. government in federal court in San Diego. The man says he helped traffic hundreds of tons of drugs to the United States.