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Stories for September 24, 2010

2501 Migrants: A Journey

Sept. 24
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Each day, thousands of primarily poor and young Mexicans abandon their native homes in search of jobs and the promise of a brighter economic future. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment. "2501 Migrants: A Journey" explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration. The documentary chronicles the personal experience of Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago.

'Drug Take Back Day' To Help Fight Prescription-Medication Abuse

Sept. 24
city news service

Residents across San Diego County are being urged to help fight the growing problem of prescription-drug abuse by taking part in a nationwide medication "take back" drive this weekend.

Officials Survey Homeless In Effort To Provide Support

Sept. 24
JOE BRITTON, CNS

More than one-third of the 738 homeless people surveyed on the streets of downtown San Diego over the past three days have a high risk of mortality, officials said today.

Scripps And Trius Partner To Find New Drugs

Sept. 24
San Diego Week
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Trius, a local drug company, have combined efforts to find new antibiotics from the ocean.

When Worlds Collide

Sept. 24
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Directed and produced by Carl Byker, "When Worlds Collide" chronicles the rise and fall of Spain's global empire from the reign of Isabel and Ferdinand through the reign of Philip II. Hosted by Ruben Martinez, this 90-minute documentary explores how the collision of the Old World and the New World completely transformed the nature of ethnicity and identity in the Americas.

Will Prop. 23 Create Jobs?

Sept. 24
San Diego Week
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With the November election just five weeks away, people are bombarded with ads telling them how to vote. Figuring out what's accurate and what's not is a difficult task.

Can San Diego Save Money At Miramar?

Sept. 24
San Diego Week
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Trash is big business in the United States. And the City of San Diego wants to see if it can cash in on some of that trend by outsourcing the operation of the Miramar Landfill. But there's a twist: the outsourcing of the landfill is also tied to a big measure on the November ballot, Prop D, the half cent sales tax.

San Diego Unified Struggles With Budget Cuts

Sept. 24
San Diego Week
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The state budget crisis is impacting schools all over California. And now, dire warnings of a $140 million deficit in the San Diego Unified School District has spawned a long list of possible cuts.

Housing The Homeless During The Winter

Sept. 24
San Diego Week
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There are more 4,500 homeless people living on the streets in the City of San Diego. The battle over where to put San Diego's temporary winter homeless shelter ran into refrain this week.

Twitter And Facebook Can Save Lives During A Disaster

Sept. 24
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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San Diego State University professors held an exercise to explore how popular social media sites can help during the next disaster.

Antiques Roadshow: Unique Antiques

Sept. 24
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“Unique Antiques” showcases some of the most outlandish, kitschy and downright morbidly fascinating antiques and collectibles of the series’ last decade. Highlights include a Weller pottery humidor in the shape of a skull; a chair once belonging to Chang Bunker, the owner’s great-grandfather and half of the 19th-century’s world famous conjoined twins, Chang and Eng; and a collection of tin cans salvaged from a 19th-century dump and valued at $10,000 to $14,000.

POV: Off And Running

Sept. 24
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"Off And Running" is the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery, a track star with a bright future. She is the adopted African-American child of white Jewish lesbians. Her older brother is black and Puerto Rican and her younger brother is Korean. Though it may not look typical, Avery's household is like most American homes -- until Avery writes to her birth mother. The response throws her into crisis. She struggles over her "true" identity, the circumstances of her adoption and her estrangement from black culture.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series III: Falling Darkness

Sept. 24
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It's Halloween in Oxford, and mischief is in the air — and, as it happens, murder. A woman is found dead, a stake through her heart, a bulb of garlic in her mouth. It's a surreal crime, and an intensely personal one for Dr. Laura Hobson. The victim is Ligeia Willard, one of Hobson's old college housemates. It seems to be a terrible coincidence, one that has left Hobson disoriented with grief. When another murder takes place in a house where Hobson once lived, Detective Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Detective Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) must confront horrifying possibilities — Is Hobson connected to the crime?

NATURE: Cuba: The Accidental Eden

Sept. 24
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This small island’s varied landscape, its location in the heart of the Caribbean and its longstanding place at the center of Cold War politics have all combined to preserve some of the richest and most unusual natural environments of the hemisphere. For decades, Cuba’s wild landscapes lay untouched while its Caribbean neighbors poisoned or paved over their ecological riches. Now, Cuba’s priceless treasures are about to face an onslaught. Tourism is already on the rise and most experts predict tourism will double once the U.S. trade embargo ends.

Insight: Another Flu Season, But No Pandemic

Sept. 24
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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A year ago, almost to the day, I went to the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center on Skyline Drive to watch the San Diego County Health Department kick off its seasonal flu vaccinations. I did the same thing today, and what a difference one year makes.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: The Best Blueberry Pie

Sept. 24
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The perfect blueberry pie has every component—dough, crust, and filling—working in complete harmony. But home cooks know that achieving this balance is tricky. Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a blueberry pie filling that is firm and full of fresh, bright flavor and still-plump berries, and uncovers the test kitchen’s secret to a foolproof pie dough recipe that bakes up tender and flaky every single time. Then, Christopher Kimball demonstrates how to roll out pie dough, the right way.

County's Hispanic Population Growing

Sept. 24
Editors Roundtable

The ethnic makeup of San Diego is changing. The North County communities of Escondido and Vista have seen a large increase in their Hispanic population in recent years. How will these demographic changes in the county affect local politics, the economy, and our culture in the future?

La Niña May Increase Wildfire Risk

Sept. 24
By Ed Joyce, Nick Stoffel

San Diego County had an unusually cool spring and one of the coolest summers in decades. But the risk of wildfires could increase this winter, if we don't get more rain.

Mayor Calls For $76 Million In Cuts, Urges Voters To Back Prop. D

Sept. 24
Editors Roundtable

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is asking city departments to identify where budget cuts can be made to close a projected $72 million deficit for next fiscal year. At the same time, the Mayor is urging voters to support Proposition D to prevent against large cuts to public safety.

SD Unified Considering Teacher Layoffs

Sept. 24
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego Unified School District is discussing ways to cut $141 million from its budget for next school year. What options are left for the district after four consecutive years of major budget cuts?

Expansion Makes Rady The Largest Children's Hospital In California

Sept. 24
By Kenny Goldberg
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San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital opens a new $260-million acute care pavilion today. The expansion more than doubles its size, and makes Rady the largest children's hospital in California.

Hot, Dry Conditions Create Fire Danger In San Diego County

Sept. 24
By Susan Murphy
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Fall arrived this week, but San Diego residents won’t be waking up to crisp and cool temperatures anytime soon. A high pressure system will hover over the region through the middle of next week, according to the National Weather Service, bringing single-digit humidity, 100-degree temperatures, and light offshore winds – the key ingredients for wildfires.

Aging HIV Population Faces Increased Risk Of Health Issues

Sept. 24
By Kenny Goldberg
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The Centers for Disease Control estimates by 2015, half of all Americans living with HIV will be over 50 years old. Doctors say the complex interactions between HIV, anti-retroviral therapy and aging aren't fully understood. But there is evidence that the disease increases one's risk of a variety of health problems.

Review: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

Sept. 24
By Beth Accomando
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There was a time when you could at least count on an Oliver Stone film to be angry and eager to make some sort of commentary. But his latest film “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (opening September 24 throughout San Diego) proves he’s become a toothless old fart ready for the retirement home.