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Stories for October 7, 2010

Insight: Coming Up For Air

Oct. 7
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Real estate geeks say people who owe more for their home than it's worth have “negative equity.” But the rest of us just say they’re underwater.

Tijuana Poses For Its Close-up

Oct. 7
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Tijuana Innovadora, a $5 million conference aimed at rehabilitating the city's violent image, started with the country's leaders touting the region's success in taming drug violence and its manufacturing prowess.

Bulk Of State Budget Cuts To Come From Education

Oct. 7
Ida Lieszkovszky and John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network
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Details are finally coming out about this year’s state budget agreement. Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers had worked for almost 100 days after the July 1st deadline to find the $19 billion needed to balance the budget. The bulk of the cuts will come from education, while health care has been largely spared, for now.

Masterpiece Mystery! Wallander, Series II: The Man Who Smiled

Oct. 7
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Kenneth Branagh returns for a second season as detective Kurt Wallander. Based on the novels by best-selling author Henning Mankell, Wallander battles crimes, and his own demons, in the bucolic yet brutal seaside town of Ystad, Sweden. In this episode, "The Man Who Smiled," an old friend contacts Wallander with the belief that his father has been murdered, but subsequent events convince Wallander that there might be more to the case.

SD County Supervisor Incumbents Vastly Outspending Challengers

Oct. 7
By Alison St John

The race for two seats on San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors has attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. The latest campaign contribution disclosures reveal the two incumbents are vastly outspending their two challengers.

Man Honored For Helping Rescue Abducted 8-Year-Old Girl

Oct. 7
Associated Press

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday honored the Good Samaritan who authorities say chased down a kidnapper and helped free an 8-year-old Fresno girl.

NATURE: The Wolf That Changed America

Oct. 7
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In the fall of 1893, an adventurous young man rode out from the salons of New York to the wilds of New Mexico. He went to kill a wolf. Not just any wolf, but an outlaw, the leader of a marauding, cattle killing pack. But by the time Ernest Thompson Seton finally met the renegade Lobo, the wolf had become a hero in his eyes. He would write a tale of that encounter that captured the essence of the vanishing wilderness and led both to the establishment of the national park system and the Boy Scout movement in America.

Rick Steves' Europe: Highlights Of Castile: Toledo And Salamanca

Oct. 7
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Castile sparkles with Roman Segovia, walled Avila, student-filled Salamanca, and holy Toledo! We marvel at El Greco, pop some explosive pickles, and ramble Spain's most awe-inspiring medieval walls. Then, just for fun, we drop in on a bachelorette party with local troubadours, slice and savor tasty jamon, stroll with the crowd, and grab a front-row seat to enjoy Europe's most enchanting square.

Cell Phone Weds Doctor's Office

Oct. 7
By Peggy Pico
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Your next health care provider could be your cell phone. At least, that’s the hope behind the marriage of wireless phone devices and health care.

This Old House: Auburndale Project, Part 1 Of 16

Oct. 7
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"This Old House" helps the Sharma family renovate their 1940s house on Boston’s famous Charles River. Out front, the home’s bland exterior will receive a curb-appeal makeover thanks to the creative ideas of architect Chris Chu. On the inside, the house will get a new, larger kitchen, updated baths and loads of new windows to take advantage of the spectacular views out back. General contractor Tom Silva conducts a structural investigation and cites concerns about a new EPA law affecting all contractors dealing with lead paint in 2010.

Culture Lust Weekend: Fabulous Forts, Literary Death Match And La Jolla Art & Wine Festival

Oct. 7
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Whether rainy days make you rejoice or recoil, beachwear is a no-go this Culture Lust weekend. But fear not - we have a lot of art & culture to keep cabin fever at bay and liven up a rather damp San Diego. Oh, and may we suggest taking Wednesday off from work as it's the busiest hump day in Culture Lust history.

Prop. D Wins Support Of San Diego Chamber

Oct. 7
By Katie Orr

A major San Diego business group voted Thursday to endorse the city’s proposed sales tax increase. The group was won over by additional financial reforms recently approved by the city council.

Video: Time Lapse Of Kim MacConnel Installation

Oct. 7
By Angela Carone
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A retrospective of San Diego-based artist Kim MacConnel opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego this weekend. Here's a time-lapse video of a recent installation of a MacConnel public art work in La Jolla.

The Odd History Of Marijuana In The U.S.

Oct. 7
These Days

Cannabis, or hemp, has been grown in the U.S. since the days of George Washington. But it has been prohibited for personal or recreational use since 1913. We look at the remarkable history of marijuana in this country, including its early reputation for making users violent and insane, up to present-day efforts to legalize it.

Link Between Drug Abuse And Domestic Violence Addressed In New Treatment Program

Oct. 7
These Days

We'll learn about a pilot program being tested in East County, which is designed to reduce domestic violence by utilizing drug treatment and family violence counseling.

Sale of Del Mar Fairgrounds Arranged Behind Closed Doors

Oct. 7
City News Service
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The fairgrounds and racetrack in Del Mar may soon be in the hands of new ownership, according to state and local officials. A preliminary agreement for the city of Del Mar to purchase the property from the state for $120 million was reached behind closed doors.

SD Police Chief Outlines Possible Cuts If Prop D Fails

Oct. 7
By Katie Orr
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What will or will not happen to public safety in San Diego is at the heart of the debate over a proposed sales tax on the November ballot. Now the police department is weighing in.

What Does It Mean To Be Asian?

Oct. 7
These Days
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A play that mixes real events with fiction along with comedy and serious social issues comes to a San Diego stage. David Henry Hwang's play "Yellow Face" looks at complexities of race and is produced by Mo'olelo Performing Arts.

Tijuana Group Embarks On $5 Million Image Makeover

Oct. 7
By Amy Isackson
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Can Al Gore, Larry King and the founder of Twitter help Tijuana improve its image? That’s the hope of businessmen behind a two-week long $5 million PR effort that starts in Tijuana Thursday.

Review: 'Waiting for Superman'

Oct. 7
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim tackled global warming in "An Inconvenient Truth." Now he looks to America's troubled school system in "Waiting for Superman" (opening October 8 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). Listen to my radio feature and look for the web video of my interview tomorrow.

Events: Steve Martin, DJ Muggs vs. GZA, Fantastic Forts

Oct. 7
These Days
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Steve Martin plays the banjo at the Balboa Theater this weekend while San Diego families can build forts in Escondido. Those are just two of the events our guests recommend for your weekend itinerary.