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Stories for October 5, 2011

Another Chilly Rainstorm Soaks San Diego Region

Oct. 5
City News Service
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The second and stronger of two cool, windy autumn storms to hit the San Diego area this week doused the region with steadily intensifying cloudbursts today.

Judge Orders Closing Of 9 San Diego Marijuana Dispensaries

Oct. 5
Evening Edition

Just two weeks after the San Diego City Attorney's Office filed complaints to shut down a dozen marijuana dispensaries, a judge today signed orders closing nine of the businesses.

Steve Jobs: The Link Between Androids And Humans

Oct. 5
Linton Weeks, NPR News
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With his black turtleneck, wire-rimmed glasses and conspiratorial grin, Steve Jobs was arguably the best ambassador ever between androids and humans.

Steve Jobs Dead At Age 56

Oct. 5
Associated Press

Apple Inc. said the company's co-founder died Wednesday.

Economy Saps San Diego Business Confidence

Oct. 5
By Erik Anderson
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The troubled economy is holding down profit forecasts at many U.S. Companies, and the outlook is even worse in San Diego.

A Third Of Vets Say Iraq And Afghan Wars A Waste

Oct. 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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One in three veterans of the post-9/11 military say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth the cost of fighting, according to a new poll.

San Diego Agency Wants You To Rideshare

Oct. 5
By Ed Joyce

Throughout October solo drivers in San Diego County have lots of incentives to try commuting alternatives, including carpooling, vanpooling, biking and using using public transit.

Farmers Concerned About Early Rain

Oct. 5
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

Farmers throughout California are keeping anxious eyes on the skies this week, as a strong storm moves through the state. They’re concerned the weather may create problems for harvests that have already been delayed.

Screening: 'Fleurs du Mal'

Oct. 5
By Beth Accomando
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On Thursday October 6, UCSD's ArtPwr will host a screening of "Fleurs du Mal" ("Flowers of Evil") at The Loft at 8pm.

Two Inmates Found Dead In Their Cells

Oct. 5
City News Service

Investigators sought today to determine what caused the deaths of two inmates found lifeless in their cells on the same day at Donovan State Prison and nearby George F. Bailey Detention Facility.

Trial Of Navy SEAL Accused Of Gun Smuggling Concludes

Oct. 5
By Jude Joffe-Block
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He is accused of distributing weapons to three men, who then sold them and shared the profits with Bickle. The defense argued it would have been impossible for Bickle to bring the weapons into the United States undetected.

Man Accused of Killing Detective Mother, Sister, Found Mentally Incompetent To Stand Trial

Oct. 5
City News Service

A man accused of fatally stabbing his detective mother and 18-year-old sister in their Rancho Penasquitos home is mentally incompetent to stand trial and will be sent to a state mental hospital.

Are Men Better Than Women At Spatial Abilities?

Oct. 5
Midday Edition
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A recent sociological experiment conducted by researchers from UC San Diego is casting doubt on one of the most widely-accepted gender differences - men's inherent superiority in spatial ability.

Did Murphy's Law Derail Dick Murphy?

Oct. 5
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Former San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy has now adopted Murphy's law as one of the key explanations of his time in office.

Pamela Finkel

Disability Awareness Month: 2011 Honoree

Oct. 5

Pamela Finkel is a professor emeritus, counselor and an advocate for the academic success of students with disabilities. Ms. Finkel has dedicated her life to making sure students with disabilities have the necessary resources to ensure their educational success. For nearly 20 years, she has been a professor at San Diego Community College (SDCC). Her work with SDCC includes the Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS), a campus resource center that provides academic support, counseling services and reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, helping them to be independent and achieve their academic and vocational goals.

Bill Bodry

Disability Awareness Month: 2011 Honoree

Oct. 5

Bill Bodry is the founder and president of the Challenge Center, which he established after a spinal cord injury left him paraplegic at the age of 27. Faced with the challenge of finding affordable medical and physical therapy services, Mr. Bodry has made it his life's work and mission to provide programs and services to people living with severe disabilities. The Challenge Center has been recognized as one of the fifteen "Best of the Best" nonprofit rehabilitation facilities in the nation by the Christopher Reeves Foundation. In 2010, Mr. Bodry received San Diego’s ABC/Channel 10 News Leadership Award.

Boat With Suspected Undocumented Immigrants Washes Ashore In Pacific Beach

Oct. 5
Evening Edition

A panga boat carrying several suspected illegal immigrants washed ashore in northern Pacific Beach early today and at least some of those passengers were injured, one fatally.

County Picks Up Responsibility As Calif. Imprisons Fewer Juveniles

Oct. 5
By Alison St John
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A report released this week concludes imprisoning juvenile offenders exposes them to violence and abuse, does not discourage future crimes, and is a waste of taxpayer money.

Deaths From Drunk Driving Fall 20%

Oct. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Drunk driving deaths have declined nationwide, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the percentage of driving fatalities that are alcohol-related have not.

Special Pay Increases San Diego County Salaries

Oct. 5
Midday Edition
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The county of San Diego paid employees more than $100 million during the past few years for special benefits like car and uniform allowances -- and most of these add-ons can count toward their retirement.

Child Abductions By Parents Into Mexico Rising

Oct. 5
By Ruxandra Guidi
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International child abductions are on the rise, and Mexico is the number one destination.