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Stories for September 23, 2009

ACORN: The Politics Of Poor Choices

Sept. 23
By Gloria Penner

This is not in defense of ACORN, and I want to be clear about that. A 40-year-old community organization with 1,200 chapters across 40 states and more than 400,000 member families should have more principle, professionalism and savvy than several of its employees apparently demonstrated recently in at least five different cities.

S.D. Smooths Rough Roads

Sept. 23
By Katie Orr
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San Diego is working to smooth over a rough commute for some of the city’s residents. The city is repaving 150 miles of road, nearly half in the city’s urban core.

Study Says Removing Dead Trees Doesn't Decrease Fire Severity

Sept. 23
By Ed Joyce
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A new study suggests that removing dead pine trees in Southern California forests will not reduce the severity of wildfires.

San Diego Companies Pioneer 'DNA Vaccines'

Sept. 23
By Tom Fudge

Two San Diego companies are getting a lot of attention from the world of medicine and from investors. They're doing it with a new kind of vaccine.

Four Arrested In Connection With San Ysidro Shooting

Sept. 23
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Four people, including a U.S. citizen, have been arrested in connection with a shooting at the San Ysidro border crossing Tuesday. Federal agents shot at three vans loaded with undocumented immigrants as they supposedly tried to run through the port.

Ten New Book Recommendations That Aren't The Lost Symbol

Sept. 23
These Days
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Dan Brown's latest book "The Lost Symbol" is flying off the shelves and Oprah has picked a new book-club book. Things are looking up for the publishing industry, especially since this fall promises books from some of the leading fiction and non-fiction writers working today. We'll preview the fall season and recommend some books that you can read right now.

Michael Bernard Beckwith: The Answer Is You

Sept. 23
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In this 60 minute PBS Special Michael Beckwith addresses a sold out audience in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. He speaks to universal questions faced by people of all and any faith, regarding connection to the divine, manifesting goodness and health for you and your loved ones, the nature of prosperity, understanding a larger purpose in life and adopting the mind set and spiritual attitude that empowers individuals to live rich, fulfilling, positive lives.

Fire Crews Control Spread Of Fire In Southeastern S.D. County

Sept. 23
City News Service

Despite hot, dry and windy conditions, ground and airborne crews were able to keep a brush fire in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County in check, halting its spread at less than five acres.

Report: S.D. County Will Fall Short 70,000 Housing Units By 2050

Sept. 23
City News Service
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A new report shows San Diego County will fall short of 70,000 housing units by 2050, based on current land use plans. The county population is projected to increase from 3.1 million to 4.4 million by 2050, requiring 500,000 more jobs and 450,000 more housing units.

Critics Pick Top Ten Must Reads For The Fall

Sept. 23
By Angela Carone
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Two local critics compile a must-read list of the latest releases that includes E.L. Doctorow, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

How Does Stress Of War Affect Military Families?

Sept. 23
San Diego Week
These Days

How are repeated deployments and the psychological impact of war affecting local military families? We speak to a social worker and an expert on PTSD, both from the VA San Diego Healthcare System, about the effects of PTSD and the challenges troops face when they return to civilian society. We also speak to a psychologist about his research on military families.

Obama Challenges U.N. To Begin 'New Chapter'

Sept. 23
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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President Obama brought a fresh message of cooperation and issued a challenge to the world in his first speech Wednesday to the U.N. General Assembly, urging leaders to step up to their responsibility in solving global problems.

SDSU Admissions Get Tougher On Locals

Sept. 23
City News Service
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San Diego State University is ending a program that guarantees admission to students who attended local high schools, it was reported today.

Political Analysis: The Troubles With ACORN

Sept. 23
San Diego Week
These Days

An organization that's been a target of right-wing criticism for a long time has now been hit with a major scandal. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner explains the problems facing the social activist group ACORN.

Brain Injuries Challenge Veterans' Marriages

Sept. 23
San Diego Week
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There are no official statistics on how many marriages break up after veterans return home from the Iraq war changed. But when a vet returns with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury, it can put a marriage to the test. The VA Medical Center in La Jolla estimates almost 30 percent of veterans they enroll are diagnosed with PTSD, and 8 percent have TBI.

Cities Consider Consolidating Fire Management

Sept. 23
By Katie Orr

Three cities in San Diego’s east county are working together to make their fire departments more efficient.

Football Field Lifts Spirits At Morse High

Sept. 23
By Ana Tintocalis
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Morse High School in southeast San Diego is ringing in the new school year with a brand new football and track field. Students and campus officials say the makeover was long overdue.