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Stories for October 24, 2011

Book Review: 'Step Right Up: I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America'

Oct. 24
Miguel Rodriguez, Guest Blogger
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William Castle has returned from the grave. Well sort of. Guest blogger Miguel Rodriguez reviews the reprint of Castle's memoirs, "Step Right Up: I'm Gonna Scare the Pants Off America."

Campaign To Repeal California DREAM Act Begins

Oct. 24
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A campaign to repeal the California Dream Act, which would make financial aid available to undocumented students, has been given a green light by the California Secretary of State.

Salk Institute Discovers Potential Replacement For Steroids

Oct. 24
City News Service
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Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies today announced a discovery that could lead to the development of a new class of anti-inflammatory drugs to replace steroids, which have serious side effects.

Glamorizing Mexico's Drug War For U.S. Profits?

Oct. 24
By Jill Replogle
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There’s a hot cultural trend among young Mexican-Americans: "Movimiento Alterado," which finds its inspiration in the brutal Mexican drug cartels. It is being compared to early hip-hop - which also had music at the core - and it has spread into fashion and language.

DIY Halloween

Oct. 24
Midday Edition
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Halloween is becoming as big a holiday as Christmas in terms of decorating the house and putting on parties. Today's guests have some do-it-yourself tips and ideas for how you can celebrate the holiday.

Southern California Leading The World In Geothermal Energy

Oct. 24
Chris Milholland
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California is positioned at the forefront of the geothermal energy industry. Southern California, with its active fault system, provides the perfect conditions for generating electricity from heat deep underground.

Navy's Newest Destroyer Arrives To San Diego Monday

Oct. 24
Evening Edition
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The newest destroyer to join the Navy's Pacific Fleet is scheduled to arrive at its homeport of San Diego today for the first time, according to U.S Navy officials.

Obama To Promote New Steps To Help Housing Woes

Oct. 24
Midday Edition
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The housing initiative will help homeowners with little or no equity in their homes refinance by cutting the cost of doing so and removing caps for deeply underwater borrowers.

Schools Fear Worst Budget Cuts Ahead

Oct. 24
KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer
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Educators across America are bracing for a tough reality. Even in a best-case scenario that assumes strong economic growth next year, it won't be until 2013 or later when districts see budget levels return to pre-recession levels.

Marine Corps To Teach Story Of First Black Marines

Oct. 24
Associated Press
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The story of the first black Marines is a part of history few Americans — and even few Marines — have learned.

SDAFF Pick: 'In the Family'

Oct. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Today's pick for the San Diego Asian Film Festival is Patrick Wang's "In the Family" (tonight at 7:15pm at the UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center).

Marijuana Shops Closing Amid Federal Crackdown

Oct. 24
By Katie Orr
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Local and federal authorities have both been cracking down on San Diego medical marijuana dispensaries in recent weeks. KPBS looks at what impact the federal action is likely to have.

Regional Transportation Plan Up For Approval

Oct. 24
Midday Edition
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A sweeping plan that will decide how millions of dollars are invested in transportation over the next 40 years is about to be approved.

Crews Dig For Survivors After Deadly Quake In Turkey

Oct. 24
Associated Press
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Officials said hundreds of mud-brick homes in villages and concrete buildings in two cities tumbled down in the earthquake that struck near the border with Iran on Sunday.