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Stories for October 19, 2009

San Diegans Buy Imported Oranges Over Locally Grown

Oct. 19
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego County grows 95,000 tons of oranges each year, yet it sends those oranges as far away as China. Oranges purchased locally come from as far away as Africa. It all comes down to the consumers' demand for oranges that are brightly colored, easy to peel, and seedless.

FPPC Considers Regulating Electronic Campaigns

Oct. 19
Marianne Russ, CCN

YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are an integral part of political campaigns these days. But it’s not always easy to follow the money online. That’s why the state’s campaign finance watchdog is taking a closer look at the issue.

Calif. Nurses May Strike Over Swine Flu Preparation

Oct. 19
Associated Press

A California nurses' union has threatened a one-day strike at 34 hospitals, accusing the providers of poor swine flu preparedness.

Judge Halts Cuts To Calif. In-Home Care Program

Oct. 19
By Amita Sharma

A federal judge today ordered the State of California not to cut a quarter of a billion dollars from a program that provides care to the disabled in their homes. The judge stopped the cuts until she rules on whether they are legal.

Stories Of New England In Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Olive Kitteridge"

Oct. 19
By Emily Robichaud
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Culture Lust contributor Emily Robichaud gives her New England-born stamp of approval to these beautifully connected short stories about a woman and her community on the coast of Maine. "Olive Kitteridge", by Elizabeth Strout, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Millions Of Californians Could Benefit From Health Reform

Oct. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study finds 93 percent of Californians under the age of 65 will have access to health insurance if Congress approves national health reform. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research produced the report.

San Onofre To Test Emergency Siren System

Oct. 19
By Susan Murphy
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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will conduct its annual emergency siren test on Wednesday morning. The test will include the sounding of 52 sirens, located in surrounding communities within ten miles of the plant.

Keeping Score: Ives: Holidays Symphony

Oct. 19
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American composer Charles Ives created his "Holidays" Symphony as a haunting sonic portrait of New England at the turn of the 20th century, at turns sentimental and chaotic. Michael Tilson Thomas explores the riddle of Ives the loyal son and businessman versus Ives the musical maverick who made listeners confront their understanding of what music could be. The program is filmed in New England and New York City.

More Than A Game: Interview With Filmmaker Kristopher Belman

Oct. 19
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Kristopher Belman started a ten-minute project in film and seven years later it has become the feature documentary “More Than a Game” (Opened October 16 throughout San Diego).

Great Performances: Gustavo Dudamel And The Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert

Oct. 19
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Bursting on to the international scene in 1999 as the 18 year-old wunderkind conductor of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel has taken the classical music world by storm and will become the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in fall 2009. "GREAT PERFORMANCES" joins the opening night festivities for Dudamel's inaugural gala concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Government Issues Medical Marijuana Guidelines

Oct. 19
NPR

Patients prescribed marijuana for medical purposes and their licensed suppliers "will not be a priority" of federal prosecutors in states that have legalized the practice, the Justice Department said Monday.

Food Stamps at Farmers Markets

Oct. 19
These Days
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Four San Diego County farmers markets are now accepting food stamps in an effort to encourage low income families to eat more fruits and vegetables. We take a look at the program and its impact on the community.

Afghan Election Officials Don't Accept U.N. Findings

Oct. 19
Associated Press
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The Afghan electoral crisis intensified Monday as officials in Kabul responsible for declaring final results from the August presidential ballot refused to accept findings of a U.N.-backed investigative panel that would force a runoff, those involved in the process said.

How To Conquer Fear In Troubled Times

Oct. 19
These Days
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How does fear of losing a job or growing old impact our lives? We'll talk with best selling author Rabbi Harold Kushner about his newest book "Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World."

Border Crosser Deaths Rising, Despite Reduction In Illegal Immigration

Oct. 19
These Days

If the number of people illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico has dropped, then why is the number of border crosser deaths increasing? We discuss the findings from the "Humanitarian Crisis: Migrant Deaths at the U.S.-Mexico Border" report.

Where My Sad Feelings Are

Oct. 19
Jesus Gomez, Teen Critic
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I remember reading Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are” (opened October 16 throughout San Diego) as a child and it was amazing. The main character, a little boy named Max, got in trouble, but even though he was in trouble he still had fun.

Doctors React To Lack Of Liquid Tamiflu

Oct. 19
By Tom Fudge
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Parents of small children who come down with the flu can't get Tamiflu, the main antiviral medication, in liquid form. Some San Diego doctors say that's causing difficulties. Children under the age of five aren't expected to swallow pills.

Group Works To Prevent Suicides In S.D. County

Oct. 19
By Katie Orr

More than 350 people in San Diego County committed suicide last year. Now a local group is stepping up efforts to prevent more people from taking their own lives.