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Stories for October 28, 2009

Pendleton Marine Commits Suicide

Oct. 28
By Alison St John

A young Marine based at Camp Pendleton was found dead in his Fallbrook home this week. His death has been ruled a suicide, and comes in spite of a recent suicide prevention initiative on the base.

California Experiences Charter School Boom

Oct. 28
By Ana Tintocalis

New data shows there's a charter school boom in California this year with roughly one in five students attending a charter school in the Golden State.

San Diegans Asked To Help Close City Deficit

Oct. 28
By Alison St John

A San Diego city budget meeting being held in Golden Hill this evening is the opening salvo to what promises to be one of the most difficult budget years in the city's history

Two More Swine Flu Deaths Reported In San Diego County

Oct. 28
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County health officials are reporting two more deaths associated with swine flu, bringing the total to 27 since last spring.

Mexican Southbound Screening Snarling San Ysidro Traffic

Oct. 28
By Amy Isackson

Mexico's screening of cars headed south across the U.S. Mexico border into Tijuana is snarling traffic on San Ysidro streets and on freeways in the South Bay. It can take an hour and a half to cross into Tijuana during peak hours.

The Problem Of Deciding Who Is 'Too Big To Fail'

Oct. 28
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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In the era of massive bank bailouts, Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and the Obama administration are trying to tackle the problem of what to do about financial firms that become "too big to fail."

San Diego Groups Get New Stem Cell Funding

Oct. 28
By Tom Fudge

San Diego research groups have received tens of millions of dollars in state funding for new stem cell research.

Survey Shows Qualified Support For Medical Marijuana

Oct. 28
By Tom Fudge

A new poll shows San Diegans support medical marijuana but they don't want more dispensaries than the city can regulate.

Film Club Of The Air: "Antichrist," "Good Hair," "Bronson," "Beaches Of Agnes," And Halloween

Oct. 28
These Days
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Is provocateur Lars von Trier's newest film the most disturbing movie of the year? Does Chris Rock's documentary "Good Hair" shed light on cultural standards of beauty for African-American women? Who is Agnes Varda and why is her work important? We'll answer these questions and more on our monthly Film Club of the Air. Also, stick around for some recommended horror films for your Halloween weekend.

Political Analysis: A Political Nightmare For Governor Schwarzenegger

Oct. 28
These Days
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A recent drop in poll numbers is showing how disappointed Californians are with Governor Schwarzenegger and the budget cuts he's approved. We'll discuss how those budget cuts are working and if there are any other ways out of California's budget mess.

City Council Votes To Move Forward On Central Library

Oct. 28
By Alison St John
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The dream of a new main library for San Diego is still alive, but the city council’s day of reckoning is coming closer.

UNSTUCK With Dr. James S. Gordon

Oct. 28
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Dr. James S. Gordon teaches techniques for overcoming depression, stress and anxiety. His UNSTUCK techniques help people discover the true joys in life.

Graverobbing, Skull Stealing, And The Search For Genius

Oct. 28
These Days
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Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Goya were all victims of cranioklepty, or having their skulls stolen in the name of science. This bizarre phenomenon is the subject of Colin Dickey's new book Craniokelpty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius.

Pakistani Peace Activist Discusses Her Fight For Womens' Rights

Oct. 28
These Days

What's it like being a Christian woman living in the Muslim country of Pakistan? We speak to Rubina Feroze Bhatti about the challenges women and Christians face in Pakistan, and what kind of change she hopes to create by sharing these stories.

Regulators Debate Pros, Cons Of 'Too Big To Fail'

Oct. 28
John Ydstie
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A draft bill before Congress seeks to protect taxpayers from having to bail out big financial institutions by giving vast powers to a new regulatory council. The regulators would set rules for financial firms that pose a systemic risk either because of their size or their connection to other firms.

S.D. Revenue Commission Comes Up Short

Oct. 28
By Katie Orr

San Diego needs to bring in more revenue and the city council wants to create a commission that will suggest how to do that. But a disagreement Tuesday between city council members has put the commission on hold for now.