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Stories for October 19, 2011

College Applicants Face Tough Climate

Oct. 19
By Kyla Calvert

California’s universities have started accepting applications for next fall, and school districts across the county are holding college fairs this week and next to help students get ready.

Loopdiver: The Journey Of A Dance

Oct. 19
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The half-hour documentary explores the creation of an original performance work by the award-winning international dance company Troika Ranch. A dance experiment on the repetitions of the modern world evolves into an exploration into the repetitive patterns in which ordinary people find themselves trapped. It follows the creative efforts of company members over a two year period as they struggle with the extreme physical and emotional demands of creating an experimental new work.

Teamster Chief, Congressmen Blast Mexico Truck Access To U.S.

Oct. 19
By Erik Anderson
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Jimmy Hoffa Jr. was joined by Congressmen Bob Filner and Duncan Hunter, showing bipartisan distress with new trucking access.

State Air Resources Board Will Consider Cap and Trade

Oct. 19
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California’s air regulators are expected to adopt the final rules for a contentious “cap and trade” program Thursday. It’s a key part of the state’s landmark effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Will Ferrell: The Mark Twain Prize

Oct. 19
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This special celebrates the work of popular comedian and comic actor Will Ferrell, the latest recipient of The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the stage of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Ferrell’s friends, contemporaries and co-stars, including Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day, Ed Asner, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Larry King, Adam McKay, Conan O’Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Andy Samburg, Molly Shannon and Ben Stiller, salute the 14th recipient of the humor prize.

San Onofre Gets On Twitter

Oct. 19
By Alison St John
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Today the San Onofre nuclear power plant north of San Diego conducts the annual test of its emergency sirens. But if there is a real emergency, there may be a better way to get the message: via Twitter.

NOVA: Iceman Murder Mystery

Oct. 19
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He’s been dead for more than 5,000 years — and been poked, prodded and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, through an autopsy like none other, scientists will attempt to unravel more mysteries from this ancient mummy, revealing not only the details of Otzi’s death, but an entire way of life. Join NOVA to defrost the ultimate time capsule, the 5,000-year-old man.

SF Dems To US Justice Dept: Chill Out On Medical Marijuana Raids

Oct. 19
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Two California Democratic lawmakers who represent San Francisco are frustrated with the US Justice Department for cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries.

SD Police Union Endorses Nathan Fletcher For Mayor

Oct. 19
City News Service
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The San Diego Police Officers Association today endorsed the mayoral campaign of Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego.

Women, War & Peace: Peace Unveiled

Oct. 19
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When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. “Peace Unveiled” follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women’s rights advocates in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul.

Solar Power Users Upset Over Proposed Rate Hike

Oct. 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Solar power users are upset with a proposed rate hike by SDG&E, we hear from a homeowner who invested in solar power and SDG&E joins us to break down the proposal.

Down Syndrome Series: Support & Resources

Oct. 19
Midday Edition
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Down Syndrome Series: Support & Resources. Today we look at resources in our community available for families and how early intervention can help with cognitive function.

The Story Behind That Sexy Cover Shot

Oct. 19
Dave Hampton
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Culture Lust contributor and curator Dave Hampton explains how a wonderfully sexy photograph ended up on the cover of a book about San Diego's rich craft and design history.

Zoo Owner Sets Exotic Animals Free, Kills Himself

Oct. 19
Associated Press
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Townspeople cowered indoors Wednesday as deputies with high-powered rifles hunted down and killed lions, bears and dozens of other exotic beasts that escaped from a wild-animal preserve after the owner threw their cages open and committed suicide.

Social Security Recipients To Get 3.6 Percent Raise

Oct. 19
Evening Edition
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Some 55 million Social Security recipients will get a 3.6 percent increase in benefits next year, their first raise since 2009.

San Diego's 5-Year Budget Outlook Presents Mixed Picture

Oct. 19
By Katie Orr
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There’s good news and bad news in San Diego’s most recent five-year financial projections.

Navigating Food Traditions As A Somali Refugee Family

Oct. 19
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Last year, resettlement workers assisted more than 5,000 new refugees to San Diego; most of them ended up in City Heights. Among many things these newcomers have had to adjust is their diet.