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Stories for October 9, 2009

Protection For Arroyo Toad Includes Southeast San Diego County

Oct. 9
By Ed Joyce

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday proposed just over 109,000 acres of protected critical habitat for the endangered Arroyo toad in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties.

Latin Music USA: The Chicano Wave & Divas And Superstars

Oct. 9
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From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, "LATIN MUSIC USA" tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll — and on all of American culture.

American Masters: Joan Baez: How Sweet The Sound

Oct. 9
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Told from her perspective, and supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the centerpiece of this film is Baez' many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced. From her earliest recordings, Baez introduced ever wider audiences to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan -- before she began writing her own music. Follow Baez through her story, to see her as she sees herself: human being -- first, pacifist -- second, and folk-singer -- third.

Energy Company Proposes Wind Project For Boulevard

Oct. 9
By Ed Joyce

An energy company filed a permit application Friday with San Diego County to develop a wind farm near the community of Boulevard.

FRONTLINE: Obama's War

Oct. 9
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Tens of thousands of fresh American troops are now on the move in Afghanistan, led by a new commander and armed with a counter-insurgency plan that builds on the lessons of Iraq. But can U.S. forces succeed in a land long known as the "graveyard of empires?" "FRONTLINE" producers Martin Smith ("Beyond Baghdad," "Return of the Taliban") and Marcela Gaviria ("In Search of Al Qaeda") once again make the dangerous journey to the front lines of America's biggest fight.

Latin Music USA: Bridges & The Salsa Revolution

Oct. 9
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From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, "LATIN MUSIC USA" tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll — and on all of American culture.

SDSU Challenges Critics On Policy Change

Oct. 9
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego State University officials are challenging critics who say the campus is turning its back on local students. The backlash comes a few weeks after SDSU announced it was ending its admissions preference for most local students.

Crews Clean Clogged Tijuana River Valley Flood Channels

Oct. 9
By Amy Isackson

City of San Diego work crews have begun an emergency clean-up of clogged flood channels in the Tijuana River Valley. The city is trying to prevent a repeat of last year's flood in the valley.

S.D. Marijuana Task Force Meets For First Time

Oct. 9
San Diego Week

San Diego is moving forward with its attempts to figure out some regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries even as other cities crack down on the industry. San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force met for the first time Friday.

High Diabetes Rates In National City Cause Concern

Oct. 9
San Diego Week
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KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma examines reasons for high diabetes rates in National City.

Infusion Of Metal And Latin: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Oct. 9
By Wendy Fry
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Culture Lust contributor Wendy Fry ponders the perfect recipe for tapas and Rodrigo y Gabriela before their concert this weekend in San Diego.

Tony Manero And Leonera

Oct. 9
By Beth Accomando
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San Diego Latino Film Festival continues its 10th annual Cinema en tu Idioma series with a pair of acclaimed Latin American films: Chile’s “Tony Manero” and Argentina’s “Leonera” (both opening October 9 exclusively at Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center).

NASA Takes A Shot At The Moon

Oct. 9
Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
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NASA smacked two spacecraft into the lunar south pole Friday morning in a search for hidden ice. Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the moon at 7:31 a.m., followed four minutes later by a probe with cameras taking pictures of the first crash.

Enforcing Medical Marijuana Laws

Oct. 9
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego City Council appointed an 11-member task force to develop regulations for local medical marijuana dispensaries. What kind of regulations need to be implemented to ensure that local medical marijuana laws are enforces properly?

City Of San Diego Facing $179 Million Deficit

Oct. 9
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

The City of San Diego is facing a $179 million budget deficit, and Mayor Jerry Sanders says "everything is on the table" when it comes to cuts to reduce the debt. What programs or services are likely to be cut?

Solving California's Prison Crisis

Oct. 9
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

What needs to be done to fix California's prison crisis? The state's prisons are overcrowded, and the recidivism rate is the highest in the nation. We discuss the major challenges California faces in trying to reduce the overcrowding, and improve rehabilitation in the state correctional system.

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize A Mixed Blessing At Home

Oct. 9
NPR
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President Obama's stunning Nobel Peace Prize win may help solidify his international reputation and cement the prize committee's clear desire to repudiate former President George W. Bush.

The Way We Get By

Oct. 9
By Beth Accomando
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“The Way We Get By” (opening October 9 at Reading’s Gaslamp Stadium Theaters) is a documentary that focuses on a trio of seniors who volunteer as troop greeters.

Plea Hearing Next Week For Alleged Arellano Felix Cartel Leader

Oct. 9
By Amy Isackson

An alleged high-ranking member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel is reportedly considering a plea deal with the U.S. Government. Jesus Labra Aviles is being held in a San Diego jail.