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Stories for October 26, 2009

S.D. City Council To Vote On Library Plan

Oct. 26
By Ana Tintocalis
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Plans for a downtown main library in San Diego might get a big push on Tuesday as the city council considers whether to put the project out to bid.

Scripps Research Institute Wins Major Grant

Oct. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

La Jolla's Scripps Research Institute has been awarded $10 million to fund a new oncology center. Institute officials hope the five-year grant will help the center develop a better understanding of the behavior of cancer cells.

Reid Gambles On Public Option In Health Care Bill

Oct. 26
Liz Halloran, NPR
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Call it Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's big health care gamble. The Nevada Democrat on Monday announced that the Senate's merged health care bill would introduce a government-sponsored program into the health insurance market.

Hair Study Reveals Dietary Trend, High Levels Of Corn

Oct. 26
By Joanne Faryon
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Dr. Steve Macko, a professor at the University of Virginia, can reveal what a person's diet consists of by measuring isotopes in hair. He's found that most Americans' hair reveal diets high in corn, because so much of our food system relies on corn and high fructose corn syrup.

KPBS Honors The Life And Legacy Of Ken Jones

Oct. 26
Nancy Worlie

Ken Jones, the founder of KPBS, died Friday, October 23 at the age of 90. Jones was the brain behind KEBS-FM (Educational Broadcasting in San Diego) which later became KPBS. It was the first radio station licensed to a California State University campus.

SANDAG To Try Social Media

Oct. 26
By Alison St John

The agency responsible for planning future growth in San Diego is trying some new strategies to get the public involved.

No Prison For La Mesa Man Convicted Of Obama Threat

Oct. 26
City News Service

A La Mesa man who posted racially charged comments on Yahoo about killing Barack Obama during last year's presidential campaign was sentenced today to time served and ordered to spend 60 days in a halfway house.

What Can A Strand Of Hair Reveal About Our Eating Habits?

Oct. 26
These Days

What exactly are you eating when you bite into that cheeseburger or potato chip? You might be surprised. We interview "The Hair Detective," Dr. Stephen Macko, to find out how the food you eat shows up in your hair.

Swine Flu Vaccine Shortage: Why?

Oct. 26
Richard Knox, NPR
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Millions of Americans already have been infected with swine flu. Forty-six states have widespread flu, and the president has declared a national emergency. But only recently have U.S. health officials discovered why manufacturers can't deliver as much swine flue vaccine as expected.

Video Of Grizzly Bear Performing "Two Weeks" At Belly Up Tavern

Oct. 26
By Angela Carone
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If you missed Grizzly Bear's show last week at the Belly Up, then we have a little salve in the form of "Two Weeks" captured on video. Check it out!

Study Says Generation Gap Is The Widest Since The 1960s

Oct. 26
These Days
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A Pew poll takes a look at what it calls the widest generation gap among Americans since the 1960s. We speak with a local psychology professor about the findings of the study and how generations are changing over time.

Local Illustrator Captures Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Oct. 26
These Days
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Local illustrator Kadir Nelson captures legendary baseball great Jackie Robinson in the new children's book "Testing the Ice: A True Story of Jackie Robinson."

More Seniors Reentering The Workforce

Oct. 26
These Days

More people are delaying retirement, or coming out of it, because of financial need or boredom. We'll look at how older Americans are finding work in the modern world.

S.D. Schools To House H1N1 School Clinics

Oct. 26
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency wants to set up H1N1 clinics at San Diego public schools in order to quickly vaccinate large numbers of children.

Clinics Screen Patients for Swine Flu Vaccine

Oct. 26
By Tom Fudge

San Diego health care providers who have received swine flu vaccine are screening patients to decide who can get the inoculations.

San Diego Makes Policy, Not Payment

Oct. 26
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council will consider at its meeting tonight whether to change budget policy so that long term liabilities don’t grow out of control.

Spending, Hiring Freeze Likely For San Diego Unified

Oct. 26
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School District is expected to vote on a spending and hiring freeze for this academic year. School officials say the district is now facing an unexpected $16 million budget deficit.

S.D. Council To Consider Impasse In Managed Competition

Oct. 26
By Katie Orr

The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up the issue of outsourcing city services at its meeting Tuesday. Voters approved a proposition calling for managed competition in 2006 but negotiations over how the city should go about it have stalled since then.

Hospitals Ask For More Time To Meet Seismic Deadlines

Oct. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

A number of hospitals in California have formed a coalition aimed at lobbying lawmakers to delay a deadline to make their facilities earthquake proof. San Diego's Scripps Health is among those asking the state for more time.

Group Works to Preserve Historic S.D. Homes

Oct. 26
By Katie Orr
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Like a lot of cities, San Diego is surrounded by numerous fairly new housing developments. But closer to the center of the city are neighborhoods filled with historic homes built near the turn of the last century. Now there’s an effort underway to make sure more of those homes are preserved and not sacrificed for more modern developments.