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Stories for October 26, 2010

Case of Murdered College Student Never Sent To City Attorney

Oct. 26
By Amita Sharma
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The case of Diana Gonzalez, the San Diego City College student found murdered on campus, was not sent to the city attorney for prosecution. But such domestic violence cases can be referred to the city attorney for misdemeanor prosecution.

Insight: Our Gay President?

Oct. 26
By Tom Fudge
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I believe Abraham Lincoln was the greatest American president. Some people also believe he was gay. Therefore, I was interested to come upon a video by blogger Andrew Sullivan.

Sanders, DeMaio Spar Over Prop. D

Oct. 26
By Katie Orr

The debate over San Diego’s Proposition D is getting feisty in the run-up to Election Day. Two of the leading voices on the issue clashed in a forum Tuesday.

Shelter Need Outstrips Supply for County's Homeless

Oct. 26
By Kyla Calvert

More than 10,000 people spent a night in an emergency shelter or transitional housing in San Diego County between October 2008 and September 2009. Homeless advocates estimate thousands more need beds.

School Police Chief Fights Back

Oct. 26
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School District might eliminate its own school police department. The district's police chief is fighting back.

Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose: Hong Kong: Quest For The Dragon

Oct. 26
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Richard Bangs ventures into the heart of Hong Kong to discover what forces drive a city in which the spiritual concept of chi and the worldly concept of wealth coexist. Bangs begins by taking in one of the most dazzling festivals on earth, Chinese New Year. Then, he wanders beneath the skyscrapers of Central District, meanders down the alleys of Western District and ferries across the harbor to Kowloon. Later, he sails the "dragon-infested" waters to the Geopark, an ecological preserve, before making his way to Lantau Island, and finally north, to the villages of the New Territories.

$3.3 Million Settlement Reached In Bayer Healthcare Case

Oct. 26
City News Service

Attorney General Jerry Brown today announced a $3.3 million settlement in a San Diego Superior Court case involving Bayer Healthcare over the claim its One-A-Day men's multivitamins can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Rick Steves' Andalucia: The Best Of Southern Spain

Oct. 26
By Jennifer Robinson
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Join Rick as he weaves Andalucía's rich mix of culture, cuisine, history, and natural wonders into a 60-minute special. The hour includes the major cites of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada; flamenco, sherry, and horses; dramatic white-washed hilltowns; and fun in the Costa del Sol sun — plus a dash of Britain in Gibraltar.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Herculaneum Uncovered

Oct. 26
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Part detective story, part true-life drama, 'Secrets Of The Dead" explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events. In this episode, archaeologists are scrambling preserve the fabled, largely forgotten city of Herculaneum. The prosperous town next door to Pompeii was buried after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79.

Local Theater Round-up

Oct. 26
By Angela Carone
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Some plays on local stages are closing soon, so if you want to get a seat before the curtain closes, this is your chance.

New on DVD: It's 'Back to the Future'

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando
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If you grew up in the 80s than the big news is the special "Back to the Future" box set.

Senate Candidate Carly Fiorina Hospitalized

Oct. 26
City News Service
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was hospitalized today for treatment of an infection stemming from reconstructive surgery she underwent after a bout with breast cancer.

Sex Abuse Victims Want Public to Read SD Diocese Files

Oct. 26
By Amita Sharma
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Sex abuse victims are urging the public to carefully read newly released records detailing molestation cases dating back decades in local Catholic churches.

Candidates Debate: San Diego County Supervisors District 4

Oct. 26
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh
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These Days is hosting a debate at 9 a.m. for the candidates running for supervisor in San Diego’s 4th District. That district encompasses a wide area of the City of San Diego. What will decide the race? Join the live chat.

Morris Casuto Leaves ADL After 37 Years

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Morris Casuto retired this month after 37 years with the San Diego chapter of the Anti-Defamation League. As the long-time head of the ADL's San Diego office, Casuto has fought anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice, and now bullying. He has been the target of threats and grafitti, worn a bullet-proof vest and had police protection at his home.

National City and IB Election Races Are Unique

Oct. 26
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

In National City, the race for mayor features incumbent Ron Morrison vs. three other candidates, including councilmember Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, trading charges over a $4 million deficit and lack of access to the bayfront. The Imperial Beach City Council race features the son of a current Congressman and debates over revenue.

Dems May Be Waking Up, But GOP Is Charged Up

Oct. 26
Liz Halloran, NPR
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There has been a ripple of optimism moving through the ranks of election-dreading Democrats in recent days. Polls show some key races tightening. In some places, there are signs that Democrats have been turning out in higher numbers than Republicans to vote early.

UCSD Researchers Say Depression May Be Caused By Inflammation In The Brain

Oct. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers at UCSD say they've come up with a novel theory of depression. According to their theory, clinical depression is caused by the malfunctioning of the brain's repair system.

Looking At Nudity In American Art

Oct. 26
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh
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UCSD professor emeritus Bram Dijkstra has been spending most of his time looking at nudes. The end result is the most comprehensive survey of nudity in American art and visual culture. The large coffee table book is called "Naked: The Nude in America."

Personalities Are Big Difference In School Board Race

Oct. 26
By Ana Tintocalis

A San Diego tax advocate could unseat a 20-year veteran of the San Diego City school board next month. The biggest difference between the two candidates is their personalities.