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Stories for October 22, 2009

S.D. Unified To Talk About Budget Cuts Early And Often

Oct. 22
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school officials say they learned their lesson last year and will tell the public about the magnitude of proposed budget cuts before it's too late.

U.S. Treasury Freezes Assets of Alleged Arellano Felix Associate

Oct. 22
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. Treasury Department has frozen the assets of a Tijuana man who was allegedly a personal assistant to the Arellano Felix drug cartel's former leader.

Critics Call On Government To Change Rule On Electronic Medical Records

Oct. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

The federal government is taking public comment on a rule regarding notification when electronic medical records are breached. The rule says consumers should be notified only if substantial harm has occurred. Critics say that's too high a standard.

Arrests Indicate New Drug Cartel At Work In San Diego Tijuana Region

Oct. 22
By Amy Isackson

There are indications that a new drug cartel may be operating in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. A nationwide sweep of arrests also targeted members of the cartel working in San Diego.

Culture Lust Weekend: Daniel Johnston, Culture Shock and Tara Donovan

Oct. 22
By Angela Carone, Wendy Fry
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Japanese noodles, Tuvan throat singing, Daniel Johnston, break dancers, and lots and lots of pins. That's the eclectic mix of stuff happening around town this weekend. Culture Lust has a truly lustable list of options for your culture-filled weekend.

Seeking Out The Tastiest Tomato: From The Garden To The Plate

Oct. 22
These Days

Tomatoes are the most frequently bought and the most commonly homegrown vegetable in the United States. With all that popularity we wondered whether consumers can tell the difference between organic and conventionally grown tomatoes, and is one growing method better that the other? KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce put organic, heirloom and conventionally grown tomatoes to the test and tells us what he's found out.

Amazon Scientist Discusses Work With Indigenous Tribes, Saving Rainforest

Oct. 22
These Days
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What are the latest threats to the ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest? We speak to Dr. Mark Plotkin about his efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest, and how the Amazon Conservation Team he co-founded is working to help the tribes who live there.

Chicana Muralist Judith Baca Creates Walls Of Public Memory

Oct. 22
These Days
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Pioneering chicana muralist Judith Baca has created public art that is truly public - it engages the community and tells their stories. In the 1970s, Baca created and directed one of the largest mural projects in the world, called the Great Wall of Los Angeles. An exhibit of her paintings, drawings, and renderings will be on display at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

Local Conservation Efforts Lead To Easing Of Water Restrictions

Oct. 22
These Days
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San Diego County residents have responded to the call to conserve water, and local water district now say they'll ease back on water-use restrictions for the winter. How will the water-use restrictions change because of local conservation efforts? And, could local efforts to conserve lead to higher water rates in the future?

Swine Flu Outbreaks Reported In San Diego Schools

Oct. 22
City News Service
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Outbreaks of swine flu have occurred in at least 29 schools in San Diego County over the past three weeks, it was reported today. Some of the affected schools have been hit with absentee rates of 20 percent of more in a particular class, grade or across the student body.

Study Finds H1N1 Virus Lives Longer Than Expected

Oct. 22
Joanne Silberner, NPR

The current public health recommendation is that if you've been sick, you can go back to work or school 24 hours after your fever goes away, but a new study published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine says you might still be contagious.

Last Chance: The Damned United and Trucker

Oct. 22
By Beth Accomando
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I wanted to highlight two films that you still have a chance to catch tonight: “The Damned United” (opened October 16 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) and “Trucker” (opened October 16 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters).

Analyst Says Cartel Guilty Pleas Send Message

Oct. 22
By Amy Isackson

Four men who were once high ranking members of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel have pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego in the last week. Analysts say the pleas send a strong message.