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Stories for October 20, 2009

SDSU Under Attack At Public Hearing

Oct. 20
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego State University officials admit they sidestepped getting community input in their rush to end the university's longtime local student guarantee policy.

S.D. Unified School Budget Expected To Be Worse Next Year

Oct. 20
City News Service
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The budget crunch for the San Diego Unified School District in the next school year will be worse than the current one, and teachers will be hit with layoffs or salary reductions in the next round of cuts, the Board of Education was told today.

Swine Flu Kills 4-Year-Old In Santa Barbara County

Oct. 20
Associated Press
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A 4-year-old boy has died from swine flu in Santa Barbara County, one week after a 5-year-old died girl from the sickness in San Diego County.

Larger Plume Of Contamination Discovered Under Qualcomm Stadium

Oct. 20
By Amita Sharma
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The groundwater contamination in San Diego County is apparently bigger than thought. Kinder Morgan Energy says the newly discovered extension of the plume under Qualcomm Stadium means the site will take longer to clean up.

SDSU's Policy Change Gets Attention Of Lawmaker

Oct. 20
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego State University's decision to do away with an admission preference for local students got the attention of a state lawmaker.

Dogs Help Sniff Out Drug Smugglers At Border Crossings

Oct. 20
By Amy Isackson
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are using drug sniffing dogs to help patrol pedestrian crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border in California. Federal officials say it's a pilot program to help crack down on drug smuggling.

San Marcos Fire Fully Contained

Oct. 20
City News Service
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A fire of unknown origin blackened about 10 acres in a brushy North County field today, threatening several homes but causing no reported structural damage or injuries, authorities reported.

Mortgage Default Notices Drop But Number Still High

Oct. 20
By Katie Orr
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New data out Tuesday from a San Diego-based real estate tracking firm shows the number of home foreclosures in California has likely peaked. But the high rate of foreclosures is expected to linger for a few more years.

Carving Your Pumpkins Pop-Culture Style

Oct. 20
By Angela Carone
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Take your pumpkin-carving skills to the next level! If you've mastered the triangle eyes and the toothy pumpkin grin, maybe you should try carving your favorite movie star's mug. Check out these ideas.

Suicidal Woman On Freeway Bridge Tangles Traffic For Hours

Oct. 20
City News Service
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A suicidal woman perched on the edge of an overpass in Golden Hill for more than eight hours today, forced a full freeway closure that created "horrendous" congestion for miles, until she was finally taken into custody by police.

Hump Day Showdown: Grizzly Bear and Gustavo Dudamel

Oct. 20
By Angela Carone
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An indie experimental band and a charismatic maestro offer two top-notch musical options for San Diegans this Wednesday. Grizzly Bear plays the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach and Gustavo Dudamel's inaugural concert with the LA Philharmonic airs on KPBS-TV.

San Diego Italian Film Festival Highlights Films Of Paolo Virzi

Oct. 20
These Days
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Italian films may have fewer car chases and shoot 'em ups, but they make up for it in satire, political edge, and social realism. Some of the latest Italian films will be screening at the San Diego Italian Film Festival, including four films by the young, prolific director Paolo Virzi.

Experts Encourage Patience As Economy, Real Estate Slowly Improve

Oct. 20
These Days
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Is the local economy starting to improve, or are more hard times expected in the near future? Why is housing stabilizing, while the commercial real estate market is getting worse? We speak to local experts on the economy and real estate about the latest trends they are seeing.

Poetry About The Wit And Wisdom Of Old Age

Oct. 20
These Days
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Former SDSU business professor Natasha Josefowitz is out with her 17-th book of light verse. Professor Josefowitz, now over 80 years old, shares her humor and wisdom about growing older.

Congress Wrestles With Yearly Medicare Fee Cuts

Oct. 20
Julie Rovner, NPR
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It seems just about every fall in Washington, the leaves turn, the weather cools and Congress looks for a way to avert cuts in payments to doctors in the Medicare program.

Calif. Medical Marijuana Users Get A Break From The Feds

Oct. 20
By Tom Fudge
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The U.S. Department of Justice has put in writing a policy that allows medical marijuana users in California to be free from prosecution under certain circumstances.