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Stories for October 5, 2010

Latinos Back Democrats, But Many May Not Vote

Oct. 5
Jennifer Ludden, NPR
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It would be hard to find stronger proof that former President George W. Bush's dream of pulling significant numbers of Latinos into the Republican Party has been pretty much dashed than the newly released poll from Pew Hispanic Center.

County Offers Free Screenings For Depression

Oct. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County is offering free screenings for depression this week at 23 sites in the region. It's part of an effort to make screening for mental illness more routine.

Hearings Begin On Proposed Power Line From Mexico To San Diego

Oct. 5
By Ed Joyce

The first of three public hearings starts Tuesday evening in Jacumba to discuss a proposed power line from Mexico to southeast San Diego County. The line would bring wind energy across the border.

Video: Surf Photographer Shoots Beautiful Film

Oct. 5
By Angela Carone
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This one's for the surfers, the photographers, the water lovers. This short film by photographer and body boarder Mickey Smith is so exceptionally beautiful. It's called "The Dark Side of the Lens."

New on DVD: 'Splice' and Other Halloween Treats

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Now that we are in the month of Halloween, the horror films are really starting to flow and the best of the new releases is “Splice.”

Details Are Thin In Calif. Budget Deal

Oct. 5
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

Key California lawmakers are keeping quiet about the specifics of the state budget agreement. However, there is some expectation that eight billion dollars will be cut, with many of the reductions happening in education funding.

Driver Cuts Off Suspect And Fresno Girl Found Safe

Oct. 5
Associated Press
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Police say an 8-year-old girl who was abducted while playing outside a Fresno home escaped from her captor after a driver cut off the suspect's vehicle.

Review: 'Hatchet II'

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando
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“Hatchet 2” (opened October 1 at AMC Palm Promenade and was pulled after its weekend run) was touted as the first “unrated” horror film in decades to open in theaters. So as a fan of horror I felt obligated to show my support.

Trailer: 'Burke and Hare'

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando
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If you are a fan of Simon Pegg, this trailer for his upcoming film "Burke and Hare" (opening January 31, 2011) might put a smile on your face. It certainly did for me.

New Details Of California's Spending Plan

Oct. 5
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

Top lawmakers in California say they are close to a budget deal, but we're still waiting for a spending plan to be approved. Nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy talks to Morning Edition about what we can expect from an agreement.

Trapped Miners Out By Oct. 15, Chile's President Says

Oct. 5
NPR
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Chile's president has said that drilling engineers are "very close" to rescuing the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped for two months in an underground shaft.

SD Adopts Reforms Aimed At Cutting Long-Term Debt

Oct. 5
These Days

Why did the San Diego City Council approve three financial reform measures before voters have the opportunity to decide on Prop. D?

Program Gives Incarcerated Youth A Second Chance

Oct. 5
These Days
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Learn about the JOLT Program, which rehabilitates incarcerated youth, and prepares them for release back into the community.

Fiorina Supporters Court Conservative Latinos

Oct. 5
By Ruxandra Guidi
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U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is courting the conservative Latino vote. The "Vote Your Values" bus tour made a stop Monday at a church in Chula Vista.

Zero Interest Rates Back In Japan

Oct. 5
Associated Press
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Japan's central bank cut its key interest rate to virtually zero in a surprise move Tuesday and is looking to set up a $60 billion fund to buy government bonds and other assets.

Pressure Mounting To Reform San Diego City Pensions

Oct. 5
By Alison St John

The pressure is mounting on San Diego City Council to reform its guaranteed pensions. The latest analysis shows some retired city employees make considerably more after they retire than they did while they were working.

A Retrospective For Zandra Rhodes

Oct. 5
These Days
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Zandra Rhodes, the iconic British fashion designer who calls San Diego home, talks about her insatiable thirst for work, her pink hair, and the inspirations behind her dramatic, outlandish designs. A retrospective of Rhodes' work recently opened at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.