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Stories for October 12, 2011

Unseasonable Heat Wave Sets Records Across County

Oct. 12
City News Service

A heat wave gripped the San Diego area today, sending temperatures soaring into triple-digit readings in some areas.

Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories - Part One

Oct. 12
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Jason Isaacs ("Harry Potter," "The Patriot") stars as private investigator Jackson Brodie, the tough former soldier and policeman with a heart of gold, in this series based on the acclaimed novels by Kate Atkinson. In this episode, while searching for a lost cat, Jackson takes on the cold case of a girl who went missing thirty years earlier. He is also talked into helping a grieving father find the man who murdered his daughter, and tracking down the niece of a mysterious seductress.

"Amazon Tax" Battle Moves From Sacramento To Washington

Oct. 12
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress Wednesday would allow states to require online retailers like Amazon.com to collect online sales tax on out-of-state purchases.

Feds Take Small Step To Help Foreign Students Study, And Stay

Oct. 12
By Jill Replogle
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Millions of international students get an education in the U.S. and then take their knowledge and skills home. The Obama administration says it wants to keep them here.

Math Assessments Give San Diego Students Testing Boost

Oct. 12
By Kyla Calvert

Researchers have found that San Diego city school students made big gains on state math tests when math proficiency was assessed with another year-end exam.

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting Prompts North County Search

Oct. 12
City News Service

For a second consecutive day, an unconfirmed sighting of a mountain lion wandering a North County neighborhood prompted a search of the area.

SD Police Address Rash Of Misconduct Cases

Oct. 12
By Katie Orr

San Diego Police Department officials told a City Council committee today about progress made in addressing a rash of misconduct cases that occurred earlier this year.

Bomb Threat At Poway High School Determined To Be Bogus

Oct. 12
City News Service

A bogus bomb threat prompted a roughly 90-minute lockdown and a several-hour law enforcement search at Poway High School today.

High Tech Jobs Boost San Diego's Economy

Oct. 12
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's high technology sector actually grew during the recent economic downturn, and that's a bright spot in a difficult economy.

California Farm Organization Supports Free Trade Agreements

Oct. 12
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The California Farm Bureau Federation has been pushing for the three trade agreements that are up for Congressional votes later Wednesday.

Police Release Information On Man Who Fell From Parking Structure

Oct. 12
Evening Edition

A man who fell to his death from a multi-story parking structure in front of horrified attendees at a social-justice rally at Civic Center Plaza was awaiting trial for a traffic accident that killed a Caltrans worker.

Great Performances At The Met: Il Trovatore

Oct. 12
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James Levine conducts David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

Grass Fire Burns 3 Acres Near Safari Park

Oct. 12
Evening Edition

Crews are working on a grass fire east of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Tentative List Of Street And Sidewalk Repairs To Be Put Out For Bid Approved

Oct. 12
James R. Riffel, CNS

A preliminary list of street and sidewalk maintenance jobs that Mayor Jerry Sanders wants private industry to bid on was unanimously approved by the City Council's Rules Committee today.

City Makes Deal For Balboa Park Centennial Celebrations

Oct. 12
City News Service

The City Council's Rules Committee unanimously approved an agreement today with a group planning celebrations for Balboa Park's 100th anniversary in 2015.

Rants and Raves: Mmm! Brains!

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Zombies may not have brains but they have big hearts, hence the zombie walks for charity. I was lucky enough to help out Groovy Like A Movie with their recent zombie-themed short film produced for the San Diego Blood Bank's Transylvania Classic golf tournament that took place over the weekend.

Travelscope: Greece - Cruising The Isles

Oct. 12
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A Greek Island cruise sounds like a bit of a cliché, but not when Joseph and the crew of TRAVELSCOPE make landing on some of the Goddess Athena’s special children. There’s plenty of ancient history and beautiful scenic bays to explore, but the real life of the voyage is the opportunity to pull the small cruise ship right up to the docks and discover the heart and soul of the Greek isles and the people who inhabit them. There’s always a story to be told and a laugh to share around a table of great food, local wine and music.

Public Invited To Weigh In On Proposed SDG&E Rate Increase

Oct. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Public hearings are underway in San Diego County about a $1.1-billion rate increase over the next four years proposed by San Diego Gas and Electric.

Camp Pendleton-Based Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 12
City News Service

Gov. Jerry Brown and wife Anne Gust Brown today offered condolences to the family of a Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan this month.

Issa Subpoenas Justice Department Over 'Operation Fast And Furious'

Oct. 12
Associated Press

The House's main investigative committee has subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials, seeking records from a law enforcement operation gone wrong that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico.

SDSU Gets Grant To Fight Obesity In Imperial County

Oct. 12
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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San Diego State University's Institute for Behavioral and Community Health has received a $6-million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control to combat childhood obesity in Imperial County.

US Aims To Punish Iran For Saudi Envoy Plot

Oct. 12
Matthew Lee, Associated Press
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The Obama administration plans to leverage charges that Iran plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States into a new global campaign to isolate the Islamic republic.

High Doses Of Vitamin E Linked To Increased Risk Of Prostate Cancer

Oct. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

High doses of vitamin E may be harmful to men's health. A new study finds daily use of vitamin E supplements increases the risk of prostate cancer.

San Diego Unified At Edge of Budget Cliff, Again

Oct. 12
By Kyla Calvert
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Millions restored to San Diego city schools as part of the final state budget are in jeopardy. Lagging state revenues are likely to trigger cuts to K-12 education across the state.