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Stories for October 20, 2010

Stop Delivering Political Mail To Me

Oct. 20
By Ed Joyce
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If you're a registered voter, you no doubt have noticed the flood of campaign material in your mailbox. I have too and wanted to see if I could "opt out."

Hundreds Speak Out On General Plan Update

Oct. 20
By Alison St John
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A plan for how to manage growth over the next 40 years in San Diego’s unincorporated areas attracted passionate supporters and opponents at a public hearing yesterday. The Board of Supervisors is considering several different land use maps that will affect property values, roads and future development.

Another San Diego Baby Dies From Whooping Cough

Oct. 20
By Joanne Faryon

A San Diego newborn baby has died from whooping cough. The child was the 10th infant to die from the disease this year in California. This is now the worst whooping cough epidemic in 60 years.

Prop. Campaign Donations Don't Always Bring Success On Election Day

Oct. 20
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

This year’s California ballot initiatives have raised more than 120 million dollars combined. But there’s not much correlation between campaign donations and success on Election Day.

San Diego Facing The High Cost Of Saving Money

Oct. 20
By Katie Orr
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San Diego is looking into whether it can privatize the Miramar Landfill to save money. But the city’s already spent half a million dollars on the deal. The mayor’s office believes it was money well spent.

La Niña Drier Winter Still Expected Despite Recent Rain

Oct. 20
By Ed Joyce
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The recent wet weather in San Diego County have some people wondering what happened to the La Niña forecast of a drier winter. But forecasters say don't let the Fall rain fool you.

Feds Mistaken About SD Coast Guard Texting Before Crash

Oct. 20
Associated Press

Federal investigators were mistaken when they claimed that a Coast Guard crew member sent text messages just before his boat collided with another vessel and killed an 8-year-old boy before a holiday boat parade in San Diego Bay.

FRONTLINE: The Spill

Oct. 20
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Through interviews with current and former employees and executives, government regulators and safety experts, FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith joins with the investigative non-profit ProPublica to examine the trail that led to the disaster in the Gulf. From BP’s vast oil fields in Alaska to its refineries in Texas and its trading rooms in New York and London, the film raises new questions about whether BP’s corporate culture will finally be forced to change.

NOVA: Emergency Mine Rescue

Oct. 20
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With special access to the site of the San José, Chile, mine, the mining engineers and the miners’ families, NOVA chronicles the miners’ 69-day ordeal and the work of a global team of engineers who struggled tirelessly around the clock in a desperate bid to bring the trapped miners safely to the surface.

Tips For Halloween Costumes And Decorating

Oct. 20
These Days
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As Halloween approaches, we'll talk costume and decorating ideas, the best local resources, and how to be green this Halloween. KPBS' own Beth Accomando, a horror and zombie expert, will have extra spooky suggestions.

Viva la Revolución Artist JR Wins TED Prize

Oct. 20
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The annual TED Prize, past winners include Bill Clinton and Bono, goes to a French graffiti artist whose work is currently on view at MCASD and on the streets of San Diego.

November Election Could Be Big For Local Education

Oct. 20
These Days

What are the most important education-related races and issues on the November ballot? We speak to KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis about the taxes measures, the school board races, and the candidates who are running to replace outgoing State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.

Troops Discharged For Being Gay Try To Re-enlist

Oct. 20
ANNE FLAHERTY and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press
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At least three service members discharged for being gay have begun the process to re-enlist after the Pentagon directed the military to accept openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation's history.