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Stories for October 18, 2010

Record 105 Ton Marijuana Seizure In Tijuana

Oct. 18
By Amy Isackson
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Tijuana police seized a record 105 tons of marijuana they say was headed for sale in the United States. It’s one of the biggest pot busts in all of Mexico in recent years.

Possible Cuts Outlined At San Diego Town Hall Meeting

Oct. 18
By Katie Orr
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The first of several town hall meetings was held in San Diego Monday night to explain what city services might be cut if the proposed sales tax increase fails.

Dwight Kala Lomayesva, III

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18

Dwight Lomayesva, III , a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona, has tirelessly served the local San Diego American Indian Community for more than 20 years.

Harry Paul Cuero Jr.

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18

Harry Paul Cuero Jr.’s role as a tribal activist began at the age of 19 as he became involved in many aspects of the governmental process including serving as treasurer of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Nation, becoming its cultural director in 2001, and in 2004, becoming the chairman and serving for four years. He is currently a member of Campo’s Executive Committee.

Officals Apologize For Redevelopment Deal, County May Sue

Oct. 18
By Katie Orr

The architects behind a controversial state bill that extended the life of downtown San Diego’s redevelopment agency came together today to say they’re sorry for how the deal came about. But they’re not sorry that the deal got done.

'The Numbers Tell the Story' Says Napolitano About Increased Border Security

Oct. 18
By Ruxandra Guidi

The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday. The tour was part of the Obama Administration's effort to be seen as tough on border security.

Experts Say Too Many Babies Born Early By Elective C-Section

Oct. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Hospital officials and doctors met in San Diego today to discuss ways to reduce the of number of women who choose to deliver their babies early. Women are increasingly having c-sections before their babies are of optimum age.

Insight: Can Busby Win This Time?

Oct. 18
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Tonight I’ll attend what’s billed as the first and only debate between the major party candidates in San Diego County’s 50th Congressional District. The candidates are incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Francine Busby.

City Council Mandates Equal Benefits for Domestic Partners

Oct. 18
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego City Council members voted unanimously Monday to add the city to the list of California municipalities that requires their contractors to offer the same benefits to employee spouses and domestic partners.

Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: A New Step Every Day

Oct. 18
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"A New Step Every Day," explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Michael Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today.

Visa Dream

Oct. 18
By Jennifer Robinson
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"Visa Dream" follows a lovable mother and father in Mexico who have been divided from their family over the Mexican-American border. They have not seen one of their daughters for 16 years. They spend a lot of time and money to try to get their tourist visa without knowing if they will be approved or not. Learn more about this divided family situation, as well as challenges that face about six million people each year trying to get a U.S. tourist visa.

Envision San Diego: The Marijuana State

Oct. 18
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California could be the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana if Proposition 19 passes this November. The initiative would make recreational use of marijuana legal and allow cities and counties to tax and regulate the sale of the drug. KPBS' documentary about Proposition 19 is called "The Marijuana State."

FRONTLINE: Death By Fire

Oct. 18
By Jennifer Robinson
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Did Texas execute an innocent man? In "Death By Fire," FRONTLINE examines the conviction and 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham for the arson death of his three young children in light of new science that raises doubts about whether the fire at the center of the case was really arson.

Rants and Raves: Weekend of Horrors

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando
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Okay this is both a rant and a rave. This past Saturday I went to the Weekend of Horrors in LA to see Bruce Campbell and Jeffrey Combs. They did not disappoint me but the Convention did.

How Will Don't Ask Don't Tell Ruling Affect Already Discharged Gay Service Members?

Oct. 18
These Days

Opponents of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the 17-year-old military ban on openly gay service members, celebrated a victory last week. California Federal judge Virginia Phillips issued a ruling striking down the law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. She said it violates due process and freedom of speech. The ruling will be appealed by the justice department. How will this ruling affect former service members who were discharged for being gay?

Tijuana's Image Makeover Marred By Violence

Oct. 18
These Days

On the heels of the recent Innovadora, the big conference in Tijuana designed to boost investment in the border city, drug-related violence flared in the city. We discuss these events and their meaning, as well as whether the passage of Proposition 19 will help or hurt the drug cartels.

Beach Clean Up Nets Mostly Plastics

Oct. 18
These Days

Last month San Diego Coastkeeper coordinated the 26th annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers gathered at 80 different sites from Oceanside to Alpine to Tijuana. San Diego Coastkeeper weighed and surveyed the trash and will join us to analyze what was collected this year. We'll hear about the strangest items found (last year this list included an ATM machine), what type of trash is most pervasive and what all this rubbish does to the health of the ocean and bays.

Local Event: 'Douchebag'

Oct. 18
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Film Critics Society is holding a benefit screening of the Sundance hit "Douchebag" on Tuesday October 19 at 7pm at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas.

Photos: San Diego's Halloween Costumes, Extra Cute Edition

Oct. 18
By Angela Carone
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Some of San Diego's smallest and youngest show off their Halloween best.

Video: Wes Anderson And Roman Coppola's Stella Ad

Oct. 18
By Angela Carone
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Filmmakers Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola teamed up to make a fab ad filled with mid-century design and cool gadgets.

Obama Rallies His Base To Back Midterm Candidates

Oct. 18
Don Gonyea, NPR
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President Obama spent the weekend on the campaign trail in hopes of boosting his party's chances in midterm elections. The president's goal is to make sure Democrats who voted for him in 2008 — especially young people — don't sit this year out.

Are Gang Injunctions Effective in North County?

Oct. 18
By Ana Tintocalis

Oceanside is now tied with Escondido in having the most gang injunctions in San Diego County. Gang injunctions ban gang members from congregating in certain areas of a neighborhood.

Study Reveals Crime in California Drops As Immigration Increases

Oct. 18
By Ruxandra Guidi

In the last two decades, California's immigrant population has seen its fastest growth ever. A new study is linking this demographic trend with a drastic a drop in crime rates.

Bringing The Budget Cut Message To The People

Oct. 18
By Katie Orr

San Diego’s police, fire, library and parks departments are taking their warnings of possibly drastic budget cuts to the people. City department heads will appear at a series of town hall meetings beginning Monday in University City.

Much At Stake In San Diego County's General Plan Update

Oct. 18
By Alison St John
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This week, San Diego County supervisors will consider a new plan for how to manage growth in San Diego’s unincorporated areas over the next 40 years. The last plan was approved 30 years ago, and much is at stake for communities all over the region.