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Stories for October 25, 2011

Efforts Underway for Ballot Measure to End Death Penalty

Oct. 25
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

Signature-gathering efforts are getting underway in California for a ballot measure that would end the death penalty.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed By Friendly Fire?

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth

The father of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt has told a San Antonio newspaper his son was killed by friendly fire.

New Stage in Pension Debate Set to Begin

Oct. 25
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The great California pension debate begins anew Wednesday as a joint Senate-Assembly committee meets to discuss potential changes.

Science Missing From California Elementary Schools

Oct. 25
By Kyla Calvert

A new report finds California elementary school students are not getting high-quality science instruction.

City Council Meeting Halted After Occupy San Diego Asks for Support

Oct. 25
James R. Riffel, CNS

Representatives of Occupy San Diego asked the City Council today to pass a resolution in support of their movement, but their continued chanting subsequently prompted council President Tony Young to abruptly adjourn the panel's morning session.

Northbound I-5 Reopened Following Chemical Spill

Oct. 25
KPBS News and City News Service

The California Highway Patrol briefly shut down all lanes of northbound Interstate 5 between Basilone Road in Camp Pendleton to Camino Capistrano in southern Orange County because of a chemical spill.

San Diegans Are Blowing A Gasket Over New Water-Sewer Billing System

Oct. 25
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Since San Diego launched a new $24 million water and sewer billing system in July, thousands of ratepayers have flooded the city with complaints that their service has been cut off, they’ve been overcharged or they can't pay their bills online, we'll find out whats going on.

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On Hold For Food Stamps

Oct. 25
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

San Diego county residents needing assistance with food stamps and other benefits are experiencing long waits on hold with the county.

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SDAFF Pick: 'Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos'

Oct. 25
By Beth Accomando

"Full Metal Alchemist" is one of the best animes to ever come out of Japan. The San Diego Asian Film Festival highlights the latest feature film in the series, "The Sacred Star of Milos" (screening at 9:10pm tonight at the Ultrastar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center).

San Diego School Board Considers Closures

Oct. 25
City News Service

San Diego Unified trustees were scheduled to hear a report today that proposes more than a dozen schools be closed, relocated or consolidated next year.

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A Guide To Obama Administration's New Mortgage-Refi Plan

Oct. 25
Associated Press

Two big questions loom over the Obama administration's latest bid to help troubled homeowners: Will it work? And who would benefit? Here are some of the major questions and answers about the administration's initiative:

Bruce The Sea Turtle Released To San Diego Bay

Oct. 25
City News Service

Bruce the green sea turtle will be released into San Diego Bay today after undergoing nine months of veterinary care at SeaWorld San Diego.

Dr. Phil To Pay To Exhume Body Of Women Who Died In Coronado Mansion

Oct. 25
City News Service

The "Dr. Phil'' television show is paying to exhume the body of woman who died at historic Coronado mansion so it can be tested for further evidence.

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U.S. Worries Grow Over Al-Qaida's African Presence

Oct. 25
Dina Temple-Raston, NPR

The group may be in retreat in some areas, but the U.S. is worried it's growing stronger in Africa.

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Foundation Gives A Hand To Parents Of Children Struggling With Cancer

Oct. 25
By Kenny Goldberg, Nicholas McVicker

There are few things more harrowing for parents than having a child with cancer. A San Diego Foundation tries to make things a little easier.