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Stories for October 7, 2009

San Diego Gets Pollution Waiver For Point Loma Plant

Oct. 7
San Diego Week

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday night to give the city of San Diego a waiver for the Point Loma Sewage Treatment Plant. The vote means the city won't be paying to upgrade the plant.

U.S. Ambassador To Mexico Praises Tijuana Law Enforcement

Oct. 7
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico visited Tijuana Wednesday. It was his first visit to the border city since he was confirmed last August.

SeaWorld To Be Sold To The Blackstone Group

Oct. 7
CCN

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced today it will sell its 10 theme parks, including San Diego's SeaWorld, to The Blackstone Group for $2.7 billion.

Bill Would Require Background Check To Purchase Bullets

Oct. 7
Steve Shadley, CCN

Supporters of a bill aimed at reducing gun violence are making a last minute push to get the governor to sign it. The measure would require Californians to get a background check before they can buy ammunition.

S.D. Council Gets Details On Deficit

Oct. 7
By Katie Orr

The San Diego city council held its first public meeting Wednesday to discuss the city’s record-breaking budget deficit.

Study Shows Insured African-Americans More Likely To Use ERs Than Other Groups

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study reveals African-Americans in California who are enrolled in HMOs are much more likely to use ERs than other ethnic groups. Staff at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research say they can't explain the phenomenon.

Chris Rock's Documentary "Good Hair" Skips San Diego

Oct. 7
By Angela Carone
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Chris Rock's new documentary "Good Hair" is not coming to San Diego! Based on the trailer, topic, and Chris Rock's hilarious commentary, we should all be seriously bummed.

Jazz Guitarist Earl Klugh Returns To San Diego After 10 Years

Oct. 7
These Days
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Grammy-award winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh has been performing for over 30 years. His distinct musical style blends classical guitar, Latin music, soul and jazz. He has recorded more than 30 albums and worked alongside Chet Atkins, Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder. Earl Klugh joins us to discuss his musical inspiration and his upcoming show at Anthology.

Changes In Store For U.S. Immigration Detention

Oct. 7
Daniel Zwerdling, NPR
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The secretary of homeland security says immigrants detained by the federal government for breaking civil immigration laws will now be treated more humanely. Janet Napolitano said Tuesday that fewer illegal immigrants will be locked up in jails and prisons, and more will be detained in places like former hotels and nursing homes.

Updike's Last Tale

Oct. 7
Emily Robichaud
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"My Father's Tears," a final collection of short stories by American literary figure John Updike was completed before his death in January. The collection is like a letter from a friend arriving just after their death.

Prison Crisis: Long Sentences, More Prisoners

Oct. 7
These Days
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Determinate sentencing, get-tough enhancements to prison sentences and the enactment of California's Three Strikes initiative in 1994 have combined to greatly expand the prison population, advance the age of California's inmates and produce an overcrowded, dangerous system the state can no longer afford.

Political Analysis: The New Fear Of Socialism

Oct. 7
These Days

Conservative politicians and pundits are warning America about President Obama's "socialist" agenda. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner examines where these new concerns about socialism got started.

State Agency Considers Point Loma Sewage Treatment Plant

Oct. 7
San Diego Week

The California Coastal Commission will decide Wednesday whether an exemption for the Point Loma Sewage Treatment Plant is in line with state coastal regulations.

Program Offers Women Drug-Free, All-Natural Childbirth

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg
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Most women who give birth in the U.S. do so with the help of pain medication and other medical interventions. A program at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest is devoted to helping women have an all-natural, drug-free birth. This month, the program celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Company Hopes Its Pain Rub Will Compete With Pills

Oct. 7
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego biotech says phase-three trials of its topical pain rub show it could be a safer alternative to pain pills like Tylenol and ibuprofen.