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Stories for February 2, 2010

Survey Suggests More Children Are Going Hungry

Feb. 2
By Alison St John
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Evidence continues to mount that more and more children are going hungry in San Diego. San Diego’s two largest Food Banks have both seen dramatic increases in demand from families in the last year.

Historic Capri Theater Helped Usher In Modernism

Feb. 2
Dave Hampton
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In this ongoing Culture Lust series, contributor Dave Hampton charts the birth and ascendancy of modernism in San Diego, including a look at the artists, the hubs, and the champions of this now-celebrated aesthetic. If you love old theaters and modern art and architecture, then you'll want to know about the Capri Theater, which once stood on Park Boulevard and helped bring modernism to San Diego audiences.

Research Suggests Serotonin Plays A Role In SIDS

Feb. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

New research indicates low levels of serotonin in the brain may be linked to sudden infant death syndrome. Researchers say the finding suggests SIDS may be caused in part by a biological abnormality.

College District Seeks Disabled Vet Business Groups

Feb. 2
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego Community College District is reaching out to service disabled veteran-owned businesses. The goal is to make sure the businesses have opportunities to bid on district construction projects.

Al-Qaida, Cyberattacks Top U.S. Threat List

Feb. 2
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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The nation's top intelligence official told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. government is making significant progress against al-Qaida's terrorist network, despite several recent high-profile plots, while separately he issued a sharp new warning on an alarming rise in cyberattacks.

Report Says Biomedical Industry Is Doing Well

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge

California's biomedical industry is doing well despite the recession. The San Diego-based California Healthcare Institute, and the company Pricewaterhouse Coopers, surveyed CEOs at state biomed companies and examined public records.

Top Uniformed Officer: Ban On Gays Should Be Lifted

Feb. 2
Associated Press
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The military's top uniformed officer declared Tuesday that gays should be allowed to serve openly in uniform, arguing that it is "the right thing to do."

Cooking Up Comfort Food

Feb. 2
These Days

On our monthly food segment, we'll talk about making comfort foods like winter soups, stews, roasts and casseroles.

Climate Change Challenges

Feb. 2
These Days

As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, we'll look at how changing information about climate change impacts scientific, social and political realms.

Locals Discuss Haiti Relief

Feb. 2
These Days

What kind of relief have San Diego residents provided to the earthquake victims in Haiti? We speak to two locals about the work their relief organizations are doing in Haiti.

Toyota, NHTSA 'Should Have Been More Diligent'

Feb. 2
Frank Langfitt, NPR
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Toyota says dealers will begin fixing sticky gas pedals on more than two million U.S. vehicles later this week. But safety advocates say the company — and the government — should have addressed the problem earlier.

Parents Grapple With How To Talk With Their Kids About Sex

Feb. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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There comes a time when most parents feel compelled to talk with their kids about sex. The local chapter of Planned Parenthood holds house parties, where educators give parents information and support to help them get ready for the "big talk".

Attorneys For Guejito Ranch Attend Community Planning Meeting

Feb. 2
By Alison St John

A small community planning group in San Diego’s backcountry will host a meeting tonight about a very large development proposal. A land owner is taking initial steps to explore options for the last remaining undeveloped Spanish land grant in California.

82nd Academy Award Nominations

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando
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This years marks the start of the Academy's new expansion of the Best Picture nominees from five to ten and the nominees reflect a mix of mainstream pop entertainment and rt house fair. The 82nd Oscars will be broadcast on Sunday March 7 on ABC with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin as hosts. See the complete list of nominees.

Trailer Tuesday: Not Quite Hollywood

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando
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I'm sure everyone's already seen the latest "Clash of the Titans" and "Iron Man 2" trailers so I want to highlight a film you may never have heard of: "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!" This 2008 documentary chronicles exploitation cinema from Down Under.