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Stories for September 21, 2010

San Diego Law Enforcement Wants Your Old Presciption Drugs

Sept. 21
By Amy Isackson
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San Diego County law enforcement authorities are asking people to clean out their medicine cabinets to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

A Surprise In Texas: Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Sept. 21
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This documentary is a behind-the-scenes experience of the most prestigious piano contest in the world. Twenty-nine of the world’s best young pianists hailing from fourteen countries converged in Fort Worth for a once-in-a-lifetime chance at the coveted gold medal in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Study Says Prop. 23 Would Cause Calif. To Miss Emissions Goal

Sept. 21
By Ed Joyce
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A University of San Diego research center study shows passing Proposition 23 would keep California from reaching its target date to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New on DVD: Selkies, Flying Turtles and Not-So-Merry Men

Sept. 21
By Beth Accomando
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This week Neil Jordan’s “Ondine” goes to Blu-ray, Ridley Scott releases a director’s cut of “Robin Hood,” and Godzilla’s studio rival Gamera gets some DVD double features.

The Curse Chasing James Ellroy

Sept. 21
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James Ellroy, the eccentric writer of hard-boiled crime fiction, joins us to talk about his new memoir. The author of "L.A. Confidential," "The Black Dhalia," and "American Tabloid" writes about his search for the right woman and the curse he's lived with for 50 years.

City Council Delays Shelter Vote

Sept. 21
By Kyla Calvert
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A push to build a permanent homeless services center downtown, and carry out other projects to get people off the street, may be under way. But that hasn’t saved City Council from its annual fight over where to locate a temporary winter homeless shelter.

Ocean Beach Home To New FX Show 'Terriers'

Sept. 21
By Meredith Hattam
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FX's new show "Terriers" boasts an award-winning cast and crew, from an "Ocean's Eleven" alum to a few familiar faces - and places! Filmed right here in O.B., Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam's got the scoop, and she wants to know what you think.

Biomimicry Draws From The Natural World For Sustainable Design

Sept. 21
These Days
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How is the field of biomimicry best illustrated in design and inventions around the world? We'll learn about the San Diego Zoo's biomimicry program which explores animal behavior and draws upon the natural world for fun and profit.

Sheltering The Homeless In San Diego

Sept. 21
These Days
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As the location of a new winter shelter is debated, we discuss the people who make up San Diego's homeless. Each year at this time, the San Diego City Council debates where this year's temporary winter homeless shelter should be located. We'll hear what's being proposed and get a glimpse at the diverse backgrounds and needs of San Diego's homeless.

Fiorina, Boxer Battle Over 'Made In America'

Sept. 21
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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On the campaign trail and in two different TV ads, Boxer has relentlessly criticized Fiorina for shipping jobs overseas and tried to contrast that with her own record.

No Budget Deal In Sight for California

Sept. 21
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel
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California is already setting records on a late budget and legislative leaders aren't even meeting.

Gulf Well Is Capped, But Still 'Hell To Be Paid'

Sept. 21
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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Its first act has concluded, but the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to cause dramatic fallout for years to come. The blown oil well Macondo has been covered with cement and was declared "effectively dead" Sunday, but its legal, ecological and economic effects are only just starting.

Immigrant Workers Increasingly In Middle-Skilled Jobs

Sept. 21
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A new study is challenging the conventional wisdom about immigrant labor in the U.S. When it comes to the economy and job skills, immigrants in San Diego and in the rest of California are faring better.