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Stories for August 26, 2011

Tease photo for Review: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

Review: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando

Guillermo Del Toro is not only a great filmmaker but a great supporter of new talent. His latest venture as a producer is the remake "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (opened August 25 throughout San Diego), the first feature of Troy Nixey.

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Review: 'Griff the Invisible'

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando

"Griff the Invisible" (opening August 25 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is a kindred spirit to "Kick-Ass" but goes for romantic comedy rather than hard-edged action.

SANDAG Considers How To Pay For South Bay Toll Road

Aug. 26
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

It could be cheaper to use a south bay toll road in the future. The San Diego Association of Governments is planning to buy the South Bay Expressway.

Professor Says Focus On Eliminating Violence First To Win Drug War

Aug. 26
By Jill Replogle

As the drug war continues to produce more bodies than results, a UCLA professor says he has a different approach: Provide a market incentive for a more peaceful drug business by targeting enforcement against the most violent traffickers and dealers.

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Political Maneuveruing Begins As New S.D. Districts Finalized

Aug. 26
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The ink on San Diego’s redrawn district map is barely dry, but the maneuvering has already begun. There’s already a city council candidate for the new ninth district.

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San Diego Emergency, Aid Groups Monitor Irene

Aug. 26
JAMES R. RIFFEL AND GUSTAVO SOLIS, CNS

Emergency officials and aid groups in San Diego plan to monitor the impact of Hurricane Irene to see if any local help is needed on the East Coast, officials said today.

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Marti Emerald Announces Plans To Run For Re-Election

Aug. 26
City News Service

Councilwoman Marti Emerald announced today that she will run for re-election next year in the newly formed District 9, where she now lives.

Roundtable: A Terrorism "Neighborhood Watch" In San Diego

Aug. 26
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is about two weeks away. County officials, warning that the date could trigger some strong emotions which could lead to some dangerous actions, have listed eight things to watch for.

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Roundtable: City Redistricting Winners And Losers

Aug. 26
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner

On Wednesday, the San Diego City Council approved new political boundaries for city council districts and added a 9th district. The year-long effort by the Redistricting Commission has changed boundaries and created winners and losers.

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Roundtable: Was There A Housing Commission "Trojan Horse"

Aug. 26
By Pat Finn, Gloria Penner

This week, Will Carless of Voiceofsandiego,org wrote about the San Diego Housing Commission's "Trojan Horse." The report begins with the Commission's plan to deal with the foreclosure crisis by buying foreclosed properties and making them into affordable homes for needy San Diegans.

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Mission Beach Closed Again After Another Shark Sighting

Aug. 26
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radioand City News Service

A stretch of water off Mission Beach was closed again after a surfer spotted a 14-inch dorsal fin in the water today, San Diego lifeguards said.

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Carolinas Begin To Feel Hurricane Irene's Wrath

Aug. 26
NPR Staff And Wires

An area from North Carolina up to Sandy Hook, N.J., was under a hurricane warning as rain from Irene's outer bands began falling along the North and South Carolina coasts.

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Update On Navy SEAL’s Faithful Dog Hawkeye

Aug. 26
By Beth Ford Roth

Home Post Blog: The response to Lisa Pembleton’s photo taken at her cousin Jon Tumilson’s funeral has been overwhelming.

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U.S. Economy Even Weaker Than Thought

Aug. 26
Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a meager 1 percent annual pace this spring, a slower rate than previously estimated. The downward revision will likely increase fears that the economy is at risk of another recession.

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Big-Box Stores' Hurricane Prep Starts Early

Aug. 26
Jon Hamilton

Forecasters don't expect Hurricane Irene to make landfall until Saturday. But for nearly a week now, big-box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot have been getting ready.

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Screening: Horror at FilmOut

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando

Last week the "Fright Night" remake opened and tonight the vampire comedy "Bite Marks" (with a cameo by Stephen "Evil Ed" Geoffreys) plays as part of FilmOut's horror line up.

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Knowing The Butler Did It Doesn't Spoil The Fun

Aug. 26
By Angela Carone

Has anyone ever told you the ending of a movie or book and spoiled it for you? A recent study out of UCSD finds that spoilers actually improve the experience of reading a book or seeing a movie. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says the findings are an affirmation for some, while others find the results downright criminal.

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San Diego Cardrooms Hope To Play Another Round

Aug. 26
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Poker is hot right now. And if you want to get out and play a hand, there are two places within the city of San Diego to do that. But those cardrooms could go away if city laws aren’t changed.

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As Irene Lashes Carolinas, Parts Of NY, NJ Evacuate

Aug. 26
NPR STAFF AND WIRES

More than 2 million residents along the Eastern Seaboard have been ordered to move to safer places as Hurricane Irene lumbers toward the Mid-Atlantic region.