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Stories for October 8, 2009

Dean and Britta's Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

Oct. 8
By Angela Carone
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Musicians Dean and Britta have scored 13 of Andy Warhol's screen tests and are touring the country in a show called "13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests." ArtPower! brings them to UCSD's The Loft and Culture Lust gives you 13 compelling reasons to be there.

Sweetwater Teachers, District Officials Strike A Deal

Oct. 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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The Sweetwater Union High School District and its teachers union reached a tentative labor deal after a 15-hour-long bargaining session.

This Old House: Newton Centre Project, Part 1

Oct. 8
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The 30th anniversary season of "THIS OLD HOUSE" opens with the crew beginning a small but sophisticated addition to a 1915 Dutch Colonial Revival that includes a new kitchen, home office and family room. Homeowners Bill and Gillian Pierce love their old house, but it lacks family space, flow and a modern kitchen. Architect Paul Rovinelli presents his plan for the addition, while problems are identified in the old house, both in the basement and in the landscape.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series II: Quality of Mercy

Oct. 8
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When a young actor is murdered during a student Shakespeare production, Lewis and Hathaway sift through the motives of several suspects -- from a jealous thespian to an Oxford dropout to a playgoer only too anxious to use his ticket stub as an alibi. As the duo tracks down the truth, they unearth a dark secret that hits Lewis eerily close to home.

15 Years After 'Three Strikes' Law, Calif. Prisons Packed

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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California's prison sentencing laws are some of the toughest in the nation. They have led to massive overcrowding in the state's 33 prisons. Today we look back on how "three strikes" became law in California more than 15 years ago, the role politics has played, and the adverse effect it's had on one San Diego family.

Lawsuit To Protect Sheep Could Challenge Sunrise Powerlink

Oct. 8
By Ed Joyce
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A lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over protection for bighorn sheep could pose a new challenge to the proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project in San Diego County.

'Incredible Hulk' To Help Fight Fires

Oct. 8
By Katie Orr
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The Incredible Hulk is now available to help fight wildfires in San Diego County. The county will be able to use a firefighting helicopter with that nickname this wildfire season.

Culture Lust Weekend: Manny Farber, Shakespeare's Sonnets, and a "Man From Nebraska"

Oct. 8
By Angela Carone
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There's a lot to recommend this weekend in San Diego. Talk Manny Farber at D.G. Wills, see Rodrigo y Gabriela at 4th and B, or check out a film from Argentina. Culture Lust has a truly lustable list of options for your culture-filled weekend.

Why Is Socialism Scary Again?

Oct. 8
By Gloria Penner
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Last week, one of my guests on San Diego Week, the TV program I host, took aim at the media’s “conservative white talk show hosts,” Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Her complaint was that their inflammatory rhetoric contributed to the recent escalation in hate crimes in the U.S. After the show, I was approached – or perhaps reproached is a better word here - by a long-time associate who complained that the critical remarks about Limbaugh and Beck were unfair since both men were doing the nation a service. They were warning us about the danger of socialism taking over the federal government.

China's Economic Leverage Over U.S. Growing

Oct. 8
Frank Langfitt, NPR
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President Obama's decision not to meet with the Dalai Lama is a reminder of China's growing influence with Washington. Longtime China watchers also say it's a sign of how economic and other interests have come to trump human rights.

Stories Of Iraqi Women In Mo'olelo's New Play "9 Parts of Desire"

Oct. 8
These Days
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USD graduate Heather Raffo has written a critically acclaimed play about the lives of Iraqi women. It's called "9 Parts of Desire" and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company is staging the production through the end of October. We'll talk to members of the creative team behind this production.

Prison Crisis: Parole, Rehabilitation, Reentry

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
These Days
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In the fourth installment of our series on California prisons, we'll be discussing the problems with the parole system, and discussing how to reduce the high recidivism rate through rehabilitation and reentry programs.

Possible Swine Flu Outbreak Reported At Local Middle School

Oct. 8
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A possible swine flu outbreak at a 4S Ranch middle school is being reported this morning. A total of 130 sixth-grade students were absent from Oak Valley Middle School on Monday, and more than 100 were absent Tuesday and Wednesday, NBC 7/39 reported.

Advice On Raising Girls With Courage And Confidence

Oct. 8
These Days
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The pressure to be perfect may be keeping young girls from discovering their true selves. We welcome back author Rachel Simmons to These Days to discuss her new book THE CURSE OF THE GOOD GIRL: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.

Still Walking

Oct. 8
By Beth Accomando
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If you are growing tired of pounding soundtracks and shaky-cam photography you can seek refuge in the new Japanese film "Still Walking." You can listen to my radio feature or read the review.

Budget Cuts Dismantle Donovan State Prison's Rehab Programs

Oct. 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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The California Department of Corrections is being forced to dismantle its prison rehabilitation programs as a result of deep budget cuts this year. Donovan State Prison in South San Diego County has been especially hard hit. Its nationally recognized drug rehab program will shut down in about a week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis explains how the loss will affect the lives of inmates there.