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Stories for October 6, 2010

SDSU To Study Spread of Radicalism

Oct. 6
By Amita Sharma

San Diego State University has received a $1.3 million grant to study how radicalism is communicated across the globe.

Whooping Cough Booster Now Required For All Older CA Students

Oct. 6
By Joanne Faryon
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Beginning next year, all California students 10 years old and up will need a whooping cough booster before starting school. The legislature passed the booster law in the midst of California’s worst whooping cough epidemic in 55 years.

Major Grant Will Help People On Welfare Get Jobs

Oct. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County has been awarded a $25-million grant to train poor people for entry-level health care jobs. The county is the only recipient in California to win one of the new federal grants.

San Diego Book Club: The Risteners

Oct. 6
By Clare Pister, Ashley Rodriguez
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One Book, One San Diego is highlighting a local book club each month and sharing their findings with Culture Lust. The first featured book club is called the San Diego Risteners, a group that prefers the audio version of their selections. Clare Pister and Ashley Rodriguez explain.

UCSD Building Mock Ocean For Climate Research

Oct. 6
By Ed Joyce

Scientists at UC San Diego received a $1.5 million grant to study how chemicals in the air affect the Earth's climate. The first step is to build an ocean on campus.

Dead Fish In San Diego River Due To Natural Causes

Oct. 6
By Ed Joyce

An environmental group says it's likely a weekend fish kill -- a large die-off of marine life -- in a section of the San Diego River was due to natural causes.

4.0 Quake Shakes Julian

Oct. 6
By Susan Murphy
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A 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Julian at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

San Diego's Public Art Conversation Continues

Oct. 6
By Angela Carone
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Since the mayor announced he wants to cut public art funding, conversations on the subject have continued. Here's a round-up of the latest threads and a relevant KPBS story from 2007.

San Diego Council OKs Talks With Development Team

Oct. 6
Associated Press

The San Diego City Council has voted unanimously to talk with a development team about turning the downtown World Trade Center building into a permanent homeless shelter.

Hybrid Gangs Forming In North County

Oct. 6
These Days

How are the gang problems in the North County different from the issues that exist in the City of San Diego, and the South Bay?

How Will School District Cut $141 Million Deficit?

Oct. 6
These Days

The San Diego Unified School District is facing a projected $141 million budget deficit next year. Superintendent Bill Kowba and school board president, Richard Barrera, join us to discuss the potential cuts the district is considering.

Political Analysis: The Boxer-Fiorina US Senate Race

Oct. 6
These Days
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As part of ongoing election coverage on KPBS, we profile the race for the US Senate in California. Incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina have met for two debates and expressed very different views on subjects like health care and immigration reform. KPBS Political correspondent Gloria Penner examines the sharp contrasts between these two candidates.

SD City Council Votes To Contribute More To Their Own Pension Plans

Oct. 6
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council members have agreed to contribute more to their own pension plans. It’s the first condition the city has to meet before a half cent sales tax increase on the November ballot could take effect.

Insight: Why Is Crime Down Again?

Oct. 6
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

This week brought San Diego good news that’s so familiar it’s gotten mundane. Crime is down. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) tells us that both property crime and violent crime were at a ten year low during the first six months of this year. What’s interesting about this story is the question why.

Asian-Americans Fighting For New 9th Council District

Oct. 6
By Katie Orr
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Election Day is less than a month away, but there’s a group of people in San Diego who aren’t focused on Nov. 2. Instead, they’re looking forward to 2012 and the creation of San Diego’s new ninth council district.

North County Comes To Grips With Gang Problems

Oct. 6
By Ana Tintocalis
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Some might consider San Diego's North County to be an area of scenic coastlines, quaint main streets and suburban homes. However, police say underneath that pleasant exterior lies a severe gang problem. As part of the ongoing series, San Diego Gang Stories, KPBS focuses on how gangs are affecting lives in all corners of the North County.