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Stories for September 8, 2009

Trailer Tuesday: Zombieland

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando
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I know it's still September and Halloween isn't till next month but I'm already in Halloween mode so I thought I'd highlight "Zombieland" (opening October 2). Plus check out the link to the website where you can zombify your photo!

San Diego's Fire Resources Not Catching Up

Sept. 8
By Alison St John

A new analysis of what San Diego spends on firefighting suggests the region has not caught up with spending in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, in fact it has fallen further behind.

Assembly Will Vote on Bill to Limit BPA

Sept. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

The state assembly will vote Wednesday on a measure that would ban the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) from products designed for young children. Supporters say BPA may cause serious health problems.

Calif. Violence Shelters Closing Amid Budget Cuts

Sept. 8
Juliet Williams, AP

Six domestic violence shelters in California have been forced to close while dozens more are scaling back services after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated all state funding for the program that supports them.

Obama Space Panel Says Moon Return Plan is a No Go

Sept. 8
Seth Borenstein, AP
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A White House panel of independent space experts says NASA's return-to-the-moon plan just won't fly. The expert panel estimates it would cost about $3 billion a year beyond NASA's current $18 billion annual budget.

Sanders Outsourcing City Tech Support

Sept. 8
By Katie Orr

San Diego is asking private companies to bid on a $45 million city contract for the first time in 30 years. The city is soliciting competition for its technology service.

Schools Face a Familiar Foe in Swine Flu

Sept. 8
By Tom Fudge

Kids who started school today will soon face a double-barreled flu season, as seasonal flu and swine flu will both be a threat.

Spamalot

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando
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Okay, "Spamalot" (running September 8 through 13 at the San Diego Civic Theater) is not a movie but since it's based on a movie and it's from my beloved Pythonites I figure it's fair game to cover on Cinema Junkie. And if you have a problem with that there's an argument clinic I know that I could send you to...

California Economy Will Be Slow to Recover, Study Says

Sept. 8
Steve Shadley, CNS
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A new report on the state’s economy isn’t providing any good news on this Labor Day. The study says California won’t recover from the recession as quickly as most other states.

Obama Stresses Responsibility In School Pep Talk

Sept. 8
Deborah Tedford, NPR
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In a televised pep talk that had prompted criticism in advance from some conservatives, President Obama on Tuesday told schoolchildren to study hard and not let failures defeat them.

ID Thieves Now Targeting Social Networking Sites, Medical Records

Sept. 8
These Days
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Identity theft is getting more sophisticated. Nowadays, teams of thieves work to attack large organizational systems with the goal of stealing thousands of credit card numbers. Your medical records are also at risk, and there are many questions being raised about the privacy on social networking sites, like Facebook. We discuss the newest forms of ID theft, and what you can do to protect your privacy online.

San Diego's Mid-Century Art Scene

Sept. 8
These Days
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The San Diego art scene was rich and flourishing during the middle of last century. We'll talk with local mid-century art enthusiast Dave Hampton about the San Diego artists from the mid-century modern period.

How Can We Maintain Academic Integrity in the 21st Century?

Sept. 8
These Days
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How prevalent is cheating in school nowadays, and what can be done to prevent it? We speak to the authors of the new book "Cheating in School: What We Know and What We Can Do," about maintaining academic integrity in the 21st century.

Challenging Year Begins for Many Local Schools

Sept. 8
These Days
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What are the top stories leading into the new school year? We speak to Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis, and San Diego Unified School Board President Shelia Jackson, about what's on tap for the new school year, and how the district will move forward without a superintendent in place.

Calif. Lawmakers Struggle to Take Action by Friday

Sept. 8
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

California lawmakers are headed into the final stretch of the legislative session this week. State water supply and prison overcrowding remain unresolved.

Congress Returns to Health Care, And Tight Deadline

Sept. 8
Liz Halloran, NPR
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Legislators get back to business on Capitol Hill this week after a tumultuous summer break, and all eyes will be on President Obama Wednesday night, when he addresses a joint session of Congress.

Shane Acker and Elijah Wood Talk About 9

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando
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On 9-9-09 the film "9" will be opening. Hmm? Think they planned that? At Comic-Con this past July filmmaker Shane Acker and voice actor Elijah Wood spoke with me about bringing Acker's UCLA student film to the big screen. See the video of their interviews.

San Diego Reveals Little About Public Employee Complaints

Sept. 8
By Amita Sharma

The city of San Diego may not be adhering to California rules when it comes to being transparent about complaints against its employees.

San Diego School Board Back to Work

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis

It's the first day of the new school year for thousands of San Diego Unified students. The district's school trustees are also back at work today, trying to set educational goals for this year despite a possible superintendent change.

SD County, SDG&E Face Off Over Shut-Off Plan

Sept. 8
By Katie Orr
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The Southern California fall fire season has arrived with controversy. San Diego Gas and Electric is proposing to turn off power to the backcountry during high risk fire days. It’s a plan San Diego County fiercely opposes. State regulators could decide the matter this week.

Obama's Back-to-School Speech Greets Some Students

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis

It's the first day of a new school year for many San Diego County students. Some of them will be greeted by a back-to-school message from President Barack Obama. Others will not.

Community College Students Hit Hard By Textbook Costs

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis

Community college officials in San Diego County say more students can't afford their textbooks this semester.