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Stories for October 4, 2010

10 Fun Facts About Fashion Icon Zandra Rhodes

Oct. 4
By Angela Carone
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You may know that Zandra Rhodes has pink hair, but you probably don't know these other fun facts about the iconic designer who calls San Diego home.

A Promise Of Reform, But No Guarantees

Oct. 4
By Katie Orr

The San Diego City Council is promising to make more budget reforms. But the city is not actually obligated to carry those reforms out.

Review: 'Buried'

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando
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A part of me feels like why waste Ryan Reynolds and his hot abs in a film where he’s buried six feet under, but another part of me loves how "Buried" (opened October 1 throughout San Diego) flips off audiences by using a Hollywood celebrity in a manner that will only piss them off.

Access To Clean Syringes Likely To Remain Limited In San Diego

Oct. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has approved an eight-year extension on a measure that allows local governments to decide whether pharmacies can sell syringes over-the-counter.

Report Faults Coast Guard For Fatal Calif. Crash

Oct. 4
Associated Press

A Coast Guard investigating officer has found no legal justification for a deadly collision last year between a Coast Guard boat and a smaller vessel before a holiday parade in San Diego bay.

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Putting On The Tail Fins

Oct. 4
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Episode one, "Putting On The Tailfins," focuses on the 1950s and ‘60s, when the Great American Songbook was in competition with new forms like rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm & blues. As Feinstein crisscrosses the country performing with big bands, symphony orchestras and jazz combos, viewers learn how iconic singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney kept the Songbook alive by reinventing pop standards of the 1930s and ‘40s.

Bypass Angiogram With New Blood Test

Oct. 4
By Peggy Pico
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The first of its kind blood test can determine whether or not there is a blockage in your heart. The new genetic-based blood test could drastically reduce the number of invasive and unnecessary heart procedures for about 700,000 Americans each year.

Great Performances: Macbeth

Oct. 4
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Director Rupert Goold adapts his gripping stage production of "Macbeth" - with Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood reprising their Tony-nominated performances - into this edgy film adaptation, which relocates the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century netherworld.

FRONTLINE/World: The Carbon Hunters

Oct. 4
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FRONTLINE/World journeys to the remote rainforests of Brazil, where several American companies have been on the hunt for an increasingly valuable new commodity -- carbon. But investing in big tracts of forest in order to soak up the carbon they may have to account for in proposed energy legislation is not without its costs.

POV: The Most Dangerous Man In America: Daniel Ellsberg And The Pentagon Papers

Oct. 4
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A comprehensive look at the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and the resultant political firestorm, but also an intensely intimate look into the conscience of a gifted and intelligent man who National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger told his staff was “the most dangerous man in America who must be stopped at all costs.” Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

NOVA: AstroSpies

Oct. 4
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While NASA astronauts were captivating the world with the Apollo lunar landings, the U.S. was engaged in a top-secret military manned space program. Investigative author Jim Bamford probes the untold story of the elite corps of clandestine astronauts who were never told of the true purpose of their training program. Bamford will travel to Russia to reveal the secrets of the Soviet response -- the prototypes of the "Almaz" military space stations that, if deployed, might have led to a Cold War showdown in outer space.

Calif. High Court Upholds Schwarzenegger Furloughs

Oct. 4
DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to furlough state workers, providing a a major victory for part of the governor's budgeting plans.

Insight: The Padres Are Done

Oct. 4
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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I watched the San Diego Padres lose to the Giants yesterday with the same sadness I always feel when baseball season ends for the team I’m following.

Let's Talk: How Much Does Restaurant Decor Matter?

Oct. 4
By Angela Carone
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How much does a decor matter to your dining experience? We want to know what you think.

More Latinos Reaching Voting Age

Oct. 4
By Ruxandra Guidi

Latinos make up almost a third of San Diego County residents. Come November 2nd, their vote may be crucial -- especially for young, first-time voters.

False Rape Accusations Have Racial Implications

Oct. 4
These Days

Last week, a 15-year-old Encinitas girl told her parents and police that she'd been kidnapped and raped by three latino men. Before she admitted that the entire story was fabricated, the police had conducted an intense manhunt in a community already on high-alert after the murders of teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. It turned out, the minor had sex with a 20-year old man she met online. He is now in jail. But the story raises questions of how false accusations like this impact communities of color -- already vulnerable to institutionalized racism.

Millions On Cal Welfare Cards Cashed Out Of State

Oct. 4
Associated Press

Nearly $69 million in welfare money meant to help California's neediest families have been spent or withdrawn at locations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas casinos and cruise ships from Miami.

North County Election Races

Oct. 4
These Days

Our North County pundits look at how the proposed Escondido Ballpark is changing the election dynamic there; who's in the running for mayor of Carlsbad; the continuing antics on the Vista City Council; and the lethargic race for the 50th Congressional District.

You Can Give Your Food New Life By Canning And Preserving

Oct. 4
These Days

Tight budgets and a vegetable garden are the perfect motivations to learn about canning and preserving food. And even if all you want to do is learn the proper way to freeze extra food, you'll get tips during this Food Hour edition of These Days.

Not All San Diegans Have Equal Access To Green Space

Oct. 4
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego Foundation has released its Parks for Everyone report. It found not everyone living in the region has the same access to parks and playing fields.

Review: 'The Social Network'

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando
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“The Social Network” (opened October 1 throughout San Diego) speculates on how a socially inept but brilliant college student created a billion-dollar social media empire. You can also listen to our Film Club of the Air discussion.

Is Pot The Next Big Thing?

Oct. 4
By Joanne Faryon
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The prospect of legalizing California's $14 billion marijuana industry has many believing the Golden State could find its way out of an economic slump as the marijuana state. Find out who stands to win and lose if the underground pot business goes above-ground.

More Reforms Being Considered At SD City Hall

Oct. 4
By Katie Orr

There will be more money talks at the San Diego City Council meeting today. The council will consider additional reforms meant to get San Diego back on the right financial path.