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Stories for October 13, 2010

San Diego County Opens New Operations Center

Oct. 13
By Kyla Calvert
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Employees for nine county departments got to tour their new digs Wednesday. Many were on hand for the opening of the county’s new $188 million operations center.

Local Biotech Company offers $10,000 Prize To Help Vets

Oct. 13
By Peggy Pico

A San Diego company is offering a $10,000 prize for the best wireless application for veterans with health problems.

From Lamb Chop To Chopped Liver

Oct. 13
By Tammy Carpowich
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As a kid, I loved people in costumes. I saw the characters at Disneyland and aspired to be part of the “cast.” I had just graduated from college when I finally got my chance.

California to Play a Lead Role in 50-State Probe of Foreclosure Practices

Oct. 13
By Amita Sharma

California will take a lead role in the 50-state inquiry into foreclosure practices by banks. The Golden State has a jumpstart on the investigation.

San Diego Launches New Effort To Curb Teen Pregnancy

Oct. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego will soon launch a new effort designed to reduce pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers. The county has one of California's highest teen pregnancy rates.

DeMaio, Fire Chief Spar Over EMT Pay

Oct. 13
By Katie Orr
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A San Diego city councilman says the fire department is wasting millions of dollars a year. Now the fire chief is lashing back.

Southwestern College Breaks Ground On Major Project

Oct. 13
By Ed Joyce
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Southwestern College in Chula Vista broke ground Wednesday on the college's largest construction project since its opening in 1961.

San Diego: We Want Your Halloween Pictures

Oct. 13
By Angela Carone
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Everyone has that one Halloween costume they're especially proud of - and I know you have pictures. Send me a picture of your favorite Halloween costume (young or old) and it may end up on Culture Lust.

Trifecta Of Great San Diego Artists At Palomar

Oct. 13
Dave Hampton
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Hampton thinks the new exhibit at Palomar College's Boehm Gallery is a trifecta of San Diego art history.

San Diego Beer Business Is Brewing

Oct. 13
Aaron Watanabe
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As Oktoberfest celebrations continue this weekend around San Diego, the best of local craft breweries take center stage. Culture Lust contributor Aaron Watanabe gives us an overview.

Will Del Mar Buy The Fairgrounds?

Oct. 13
These Days

The proposal that the State of California sell the Del Mar Fairgrounds to the City of Del Mar has created a lot of questions and some controversy. We look at pros and cons of the proposed sale as well as questions about the sale price and whether Del Mar will be able to come up with the money.

Political Analysis: San Diego's Congressional Races

Oct. 13
These Days

We continue our election coverage on KPBS with a discussion about San Diego's Congressional races. Incumbents seem to have a big lead in all five local races for Congress. We'll focus on the candidates in San Diego's 50-th and 51-st districts.

Brown, Whitman Clash In Final Debate

Oct. 13
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Fireworks, personal attacks, and policy differences marked the final debate of California’s governor’s race Tuesday night. Republican Meg Whitman, the former eBAY CEO, and Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown clashed over the budget, environmental regulations, same-sex marriage and many other issues.

Local Brewers Discuss Latest Trends In Craft Beer

Oct. 13
These Days

What's your favorite kind of craft beer? Why are IPAs so popular right now? What are sour beers? And, how did San Diego become the premiere craft beer town in the nation? We'll answer your questions, and discuss the latest trends in the craft beer world with some of the top breweries in town.

Chile Exults As Miners Lifted To Freedom

Oct. 13
NPR Staff and Wires
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The men began emerging like clockwork from Chile's San Jose Mine on Wednesday, embracing wives, children and rescue crews and looking remarkably composed after languishing for 69 days in the depths of a mine that easily could have been their tomb.

Pa' Bailar Tijuana Tries to Get People Dancing Across the Border

Oct. 13
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Pa' Bailar Tijuana is trying to get people to dance on the streets on October 21st. On the U.S. side of the public performance, people will be gathering at the Plaza Las Americas Outlet Mall at 6:00 pm. The idea is to celebrate Tijuana, despite the ongoing stigma of violence that has affected the border city for years.

Study Says Prop. 19 Unlikely To Affect Drug Groups' Revenues

Oct. 13
By Amy Isackson

A new study by the Rand Corporation says Proposition 19, that would legalize marijuana in California, would pinch Mexican drug smugglers' pocketbooks. But Proposition 19 would not pack the wallop backers advertise.

Teen Review: 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

Oct. 13
Jesus Gomez, Teen Critic
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"It’s Kind of a Funny Story" (opened October 8 in select theaters) is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck who previously made the indie hit "Half Nelson."