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Stories for October 8, 2010

Teen Review: 'Secretariat'

Oct. 8
Jesus Gomez, Teen Critic
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If you like intense action, massive explosions, or epic shoot-out scenes, then “Secretariat” (opening October 1 throughout San Diego) is not for you.

SD Business Community Split Over Prop. D

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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The fight over San Diego's Proposition D grows fiercer with powerful business interests on both sides. We'll discuss the impact of a half-cent sales tax on consumers and find out what San Diego's fire and police officials say would happen if Prop. D fails.

Prop 19: Legal Weed In Calif.

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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Why will California voters become the deciders on whether recreational marijuana should be legal and taxed? That's Prop 19 on your November ballot. Learn the details of the ballot measure.

November 2010: Latino Voting Power

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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Every election in the last ten years has made the case that the Latino vote is crucial. Why do we keep on saying this? And why does it matter in San Diego?

Gangs In San Diego's North County

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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As part of our ongoing series, San Diego Gang Stories, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis tells us how gangs are affecting lives in all corners of the North County.

Simple Blood Test Can Determine Artery Blockage

Oct. 8
San Diego Week
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We'll discuss a medical breakthrough that could save you from an angiogram.

Governor Back Pedals On Del Mar Sale

Oct. 8
By Kyla Calvert

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared to back pedal on a deal to sell the state-owned Del Mar fairgrounds during an appearance in San Diego Friday. A bill introduced and withdrawn from the state senate earlier this week spelled out the property’s sale.

Insight: Debating Porn At The Rock Church

Oct. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The question of whether we should scorn porn will be debated at San Diego’s Rock Church on Saturday by two men: One a preacher and the other a porn star.

Schwarzenegger Makes Stop In San Diego To Promote State Budget

Oct. 8
By Katie Orr

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a stop here Friday to praise the passage of a state budget.

Love Takes Over Social Media

Oct. 8
By Angela Carone
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This Sunday, a San Diego artist is hoping Twitter, Facebook and the blogging world will feel the love.

NOVA: Secrets Of The Parthenon

Oct. 8
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Erected by the ancient Greeks as a temple to Athena, the Parthenon has served as a church, a fortress, an ammunition dump and the model for countless banks, courthouses and museums across the world. It has been shot at, exploded, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its magnificent sculptures and subjected to restorations that have been termed “catastrophic.” With unprecedented access, NOVA presents the inside story of the official restoration, which reaches far beyond the challenges and controversies of conserving one of the world’s best-known buildings.

Tip: Talking With Kids About School Violence

Oct. 8
PBS Parents

Sometimes —even if your kids don't want to talk about the news— it's important to find a way to talk anyway. PBS Parents offers tips on how to talk to kids about the news, especially crime and school violence.

Mission Bay High School Locked Down

Oct. 8
By Ed Joyce

San Diego Unified school officials say Mission Bay High School was on lockdown Friday after a student brought mercury to school.

Inventors And Entrepreneurs Face Off At 'Quick Pitch'

Oct. 8
By Peggy Pico

This is no old-fashioned science fair. The “Quick Pitch” competition is a fast-paced, high-tech, high-stakes investment competition for a variety of new products, drugs and websites.

Antiques Roadshow: Philadelphia, Pa. - Hour Three

Oct. 8
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At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, experts unveil more masterworks, including a pair of paintings by noted Hudson River School artist John F. Kensett – bought at a yard sale for $35; a dazzling three-carat, Asscher-cut, yellow diamond ring; and a trio of autographed baseballs featuring signatures from the 1944 St. Louis Cardinals, Ted Williams in his 1939 rookie season and an authenticated autograph from Babe Ruth himself in the late 1940s. Together, this triple play wins an auction estimate of $34,000 to $46,000.

CCDC Spending Limit Raised, Is Chargers Stadium Coming Next?

Oct. 8
By Katie Orr

Tax money is going to continue to flow into downtown San Diego development. The California legislature passed a bill last night that will allow downtown's redevelopment to keep operating for years to come.

Shots Fired At Carlsbad Elementary School

Oct. 8
KPBS News
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Carlsbad police confirm that two school children were grazed in the arm by bullets as a man fired shots at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad this afternoon. The shooter was tackled by bystanders and is now in custody.

Insight: Down And Out In San Diego

Oct. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

A blog post by a writer for The Atlantic magazine led me to a story about what it was like to be poor in San Diego in 1977. Blogger Joshua Green stumbled upon the old article, which fascinated and affected him so much he offered it up to his readers.

A Call To End Domestic Violence In San Diego

Oct. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

People concerned about domestic violence in San Diego will hold a rally in Balboa Park on Saturday. They'll be calling for an end to family violence.

Video: Don't Say No To The Panda

Oct. 8
By Angela Carone
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This compilation of commercials featuring a menacing panda selling cheese brought tears of laughter to my Friday morning.

California Lawmakers Pass Long-Overdue Budget

Oct. 8
Robin Hindery and Don Thompson, AP

State lawmakers have sent Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger the main bill in a legislative package aimed at ending California's record budget impasse and closing a $19 billion deficit.

Permanent Homeless Shelter Plan Moving Forward

Oct. 8
Editors Roundtable

The idea of building a permanent housing and service center for the homeless downtown is moving closer to reality. We discuss what issues still need to be worked out before the project is officially approved. Plus, why has it taken so long to get this long-discussed idea off the ground?

Is San Diego Finally Addressing Long-Term Debt?

Oct. 8
Editors Roundtable

The City Council approved a set of financial reform proposals offered by a group of business leaders earlier this week. We discuss how the financial reform plans could affect the city's budget in the future. And, how will this action impact the business community's support of Proposition D.

State Leaders Reach Budget Agreement

Oct. 8
Editors Roundtable

The California legislature finally approved an $87.5 billion spending plan this morning, ending a record-long 100-day budget stalemate. What are the key elements of the budget agreement? And, how does the plan address the state's long-term financial problems?

Deportation Of Undocumented Immigrants, At An All Time High

Oct. 8
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel

The federal government says deportation of undocumented immigrants is at an all-time high. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks to Morning Edition about the record-breaking Immigration Enforcement Statistics achieved under the Obama Administration.

Latinos Are Majority In Escondido, But Feel Targeted By Police

Oct. 8
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Residents of Escondido say local police have a measures in place that targets undocumented people. Driver's license checkpoints and gang patrols are silencing many in the community.

Prop D Opponents Say Public Safety Cuts Not Needed

Oct. 8

Supporters of San Diego’s proposed sales tax increase says public safety budgets will be slashed if the proposition fails. But tax opponents reject that idea.

Interview: Davis Guggenheim

Oct. 8
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim came to the KPBS studios to speak to me about "Waiting for Superman" (opening October 8 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). Watch the video of my interview.

Would Legalizing Marijuana Cut Law Enforcement Costs?

Oct. 8
By Kyla Calvert
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Supporters of Proposition 19 say legalizing and regulating marijuana would save debt-plagued California hundreds of millions of dollars in public safety costs. But, could it?

Some Schools Borrowing Money To Stay Afloat

Oct. 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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California Schools Chief Jack O'Connell says some public school districts are taking out loans to make payroll. He says that's one of the results of the budget delay.

Vista Community Clinic Launches Major Expansion

Oct. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

One of North County's biggest community health providers has launched a major expansion. The Vista Community Clinic was one of 85 health centers in the nation to get a federal grant to increase capacity.