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Stories for September 15, 2010

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The Brain Fitness Program

Sept. 15, 2010

This program presents a workout to help viewers get their brains in better shape. "The Brain Fitness Program" is based on neuro-plasticity, the ability of the brain to change and adapt - even rewire itself. In the past two years, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional changes in the brain. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California San Francisco and his colleagues around the world have been leading this effort; he brings the research findings, along with a scientifically based set of brain exercises, to PBS viewers in this innovative and life-altering program.

Chargers Expect Home Opener To Be Blacked Out

Sept. 15, 2010
BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press

Fans accustomed to watching Chargers home games on local TV will have to find something else to do Sunday afternoon - and perhaps several other Sundays this fall.

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Visions Of Italy: Northern Style

Sept. 15, 2010

Using a helicopter-mounted camera, "Visions Of Italy: Northern Style" offers the ultimate vacation postcard of destination Italy. The sights and scenes immortalized in literature, movies, and art for centuries, seen as never before. Stunning aerial footage and evocative Italian music from Luciano Pavarotti to Dean Martin showcase unprecedented views of Siena, Florence, Pisa, Venice, Lake Como, the Alps and more.

Cities Begin Campaign Push For Prop. 22

Sept. 15, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Budgets are tight throughout California and local governments are fighting to prevent the state from taking their money. Now the fight is heating up over Proposition 22.

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SD County's Smaller Airports May Take Up Some Slack

Sept. 15, 2010
By Alison St John

The San Diego Airport Authority is looking at how local airports around the county could help Lindbergh Field meet the aviation needs of the future.

Mayor's Office Threatens Public Safety Cuts If Prop D Doesn't Pass In November

Sept. 15, 2010
Joe Britton, CNS

If a half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot doesn't pass, public safety budgets in San Diego would be cut by about $23 million, the city's chief operating officer told a City Council committee today.

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Timothy Horn's Ornate And Sweet Sculpture

Sept. 15, 2010
By Angela Carone

Australian sculptor Timothy Horn brings his sugar-encrusted, baroque sculptures to the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas as the first resident artist in the venue's 2010/2011 season.

Social Scientist Says Social Networks Can Predict The Spread Of The Flu

Sept. 15, 2010
By Tom Fudge

A UCSD professor says monitoring people with lots of friends may be the best way to control flu outbreaks.

Airport Warns Neighbors Of Noise As Construction Begins

Sept. 15, 2010
city news service

Residents near San Diego International Airport were cautioned today they may hear noises or feel vibrations as piledriving begins this week for the foundation of the expansion of Terminal 2.

Sports Update: Padres, Chargers, Reggie Bush

Sept. 15, 2010
By Hank Crook, Maureen Cavanaugh

What do the Padres need to do to hold their slim lead in the National League West? What did we learn from the Chargers season-opening loss to Kansas City? And, will the Aztecs football team surprise people this season? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about this week's top local sports stories.

The History And Legends Of Mexican Independence

Sept. 15, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

200 years ago a band of rebels in Mexico began what became a very long and brutal struggle for independence from Spain. We'll talk about some of the history, the famous figures, the legends and the traditions that have grown up around the celebration of Mexican Independence. And how relations between the US and Mexico have evolved into the present day.

A Musical Drama About Life Inside California Prisons

Sept. 15, 2010
By Maureen Cavanaugh

The original musical "Off The Hook" examines the harsh realities of life in California's prisons. It also features 15 cast members who have all been incarcerated for various lengths of time. We'll hear from the author and two cast members who'll perform a scene from the play.

San Diego Seniors Struggling To Make Ends Meet

Sept. 15, 2010
By Susan Murphy

A new report shows San Diego County seniors have to earn twice as much as the federal poverty level to make ends meet.

Border Patrol Qualifies Statement On Drop In Border Crime

Sept. 15, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. Border Patrol credited Tijuana's police chief earlier this week with helping cut border crime in half. What the Border Patrol meant was that assaults on U.S. agents working along the border in San Diego have dropped during the last year.

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County Fire Plan Calls For Consolidating Agencies

Sept. 15, 2010
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

There’s an effort underway to consolidate different fire agencies in San Diego County. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to implement a fire protection plan.