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Stories for October 3, 2012

Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate

Oct. 3
ALAN GREENBLATT, NPR
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Mitt Romney may have given his campaign something of a reset with his performance in the first debate against President Obama.

ACLU Poll Shows Public Attitudes Changing On Incarceration

Oct. 3
By Alison St John

A poll by the ACLU shows most California voters support investing in more alternatives to incarceration.

Digital Medicine at Scripps Health Boosted With $3.75 Million Grant

Oct. 3
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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Digital medicine just got a boost because Scripps Health announced a $3.75 million grant from the Qualcomm Foundation.

Arraignment For Man Accused Of SDSU Faculty Member Murder Postponed

Oct. 3
By Diana Crofts-Pelayo
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The arraignment of a 64-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a San Diego State University faculty member was postponed due to a jail medical hold, according to the District Attorney's office.

San Diego Anti-Terror Center's Spending Questioned By Senate

Oct. 3
DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

A U.S. Senate report released Wednesday found questionable purchases at a state-operated anti-terrorism center in San Diego, including 55 flat-screen televisions that authorities defended as necessary for watching the news.

Advocates Say Money Lacking For Storage Facility For Homeless

Oct. 3
City News Service
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Advocates for the homeless said today they're scrambling to come up with money for a facility where people who live on the streets in downtown San Diego can store their belongings.

Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders 2

Oct. 3
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This musical adventure series roams America and the world in search of compelling music, telling the stories behind the music and the artists who create it. Hosted by public radio’s Marco Werman, the magazine-format show features three stories and a special “global hit” performance at the end of the episode. Reporters include Alexis Bloom, Arun Rath and Mirissa Neff. The show combines travel, soul-satisfying music and a sense of humor with top-notch journalism.

PETA Calls For SeaWorld Investigation Over Injured Orca

Oct. 3
By Peggy Pico
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About three dozen protestors from PETA staged a silent protest near SeaWorld today.

FRONTLINE: The Choice 2012

Oct. 3
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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have crafted their campaign narratives, telling you who they are, what they’ve done and how they would lead America. But there’s more to their stories. In “The Choice 2012,” acclaimed FRONTLINE producer Michael Kirk (“Money, Power and Wall Street,” “Top Secret America”) documents the places, people and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency. Hundreds of hours of research and dozens of original interviews reveal new details and fresh insights about the two candidates — and our choice this November.

Filner, DeMaio Debate Convention Center Expansion Financing

Oct. 3
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, slammed the City Council's approval of a financing plan to expand the Convention Center during a mayoral debate today with Councilman Carl DeMaio, a major supporter of the project.

Will Tonight's Presidential Debate Set Tone For Remaining Race?

Oct. 3
JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
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As millions of Americans watch, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will be chasing opposite goals in their first debate. The key for Obama is to sit on his narrow lead without mishap, while Romney's challenge is to shake up the race and connect with voters.

Female Soldier Killed By Suicide Attack In Afghanistan

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Three members of the North Carolina National Guard, including one female soldier, were killed on October 1st in Afghanistan when an insurgent detonated his suicide vest.

Brown's TV Ads For Tax Initiative Mislead Voters, AP Reports

Oct. 3
JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
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Gov. Jerry Brown began airing five new television commercials for his November tax proposal Wednesday, some of which misstate how the billions of dollars Proposition 30 would raise through higher sales and income taxes could be spent.

City Council Could Pay More For Competitive Bidding Employee Consultant

Oct. 3
City News Service

The City Council's Rules Committee signed off today on a proposal to spend more money for the services of a consultancy that assists city of San Diego employee groups when their departments are put out for competitive bidding.

Scripps Radiation Therapy Center Officially Opens Today

Oct. 3
City News Service
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The $43.9 million Scripps Radiation Therapy Center, which officially opened its doors today, contains state-of-the-art equipment designed to reduce the length of a patient's radiation treatment from around a half-hour to five minutes.

San Diego School Leaders Laud Progress In Tough Financial Times

Oct. 3
By Kyla Calvert
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School district leaders promote school improvements and the district's long-term plan in the state of the district address.

San Diego Community Colleges See Influx of Veteran, Active Duty Students

Oct. 3
By Kyla Calvert

Veteran and active duty military personnel enrollment at local community colleges is on the rise at a time when campuses are cutting classes and turning away students.

Navy To Commission USS Michael Murphy (Video)

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy will commission the guided-missile destroyer Michael Murphy on October 6th in New York City. El Cajon native Cmdr. Thomas E. Shultz is commanding officer of the ship, named in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL.

Water Authority Asks Public To Weigh In On Proposed Desalination Agreement

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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A major water contract is in the works that will affect San Diego's future supply and what we pay for water. What are the pros and cons? San Diego County Water Authority unveils a contract that would commit the region to investing in a huge desalination plant in Carlsbad. It is vital that our region finds ways to become more water independent, but is this the best way? The public has a chance to comment for just a few more days.

La Jolla Playhouse Stages Mamet's Classic 'Glengarry Glen Ross'

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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La Jolla Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley talks about the Playhouse's current season, including a new staging of David Mamet's Pulitzer-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Sgt. Manuel Loggins' Family Releases Statement In Response To Shooting Investigation

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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The family of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins has released a statement in response to the Orange County DA's decision to clear the deputy who shot Loggins of any criminal wrongdoing.

Grant Barrett On The Presidential Debate And Debaters

Oct. 3
Midday Edition
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Are Republicans or Democrats better at framing the debate and getting their message out? Is Obama or Romney likely to do a better job of persuasion?

Green Beret Killed By IED In Afghanistan

Oct. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron A. Henderson died October 2 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan - succumbing to wounds suffered from an IED blast on September 30. Henderson, 33, was a Green Beret assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Romney Seeks Extended Deadline For Military, Overseas Voters

Oct. 3
Scott Bauer/Associated Press
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Working to broaden his popularity among military veterans, Republican Mitt Romney's campaign has sent letters to election officials in Wisconsin, Mississippi and Vermont demanding that the deadline for receiving ballots from military and overseas voters be extended.

Accrediting Agency OKs UC Riverside Medical School

Oct. 3
Associated Press
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A national accrediting agency has approved a University of California, Riverside, plan to open a full medical school. It will be the sixth UC medical school.

Senate Panels Finds Anti-Terror, Data-Sharing Centers Were Useless

Oct. 3
Eyder Peralta/NPR
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An effort to share counter-terrorism intelligence across federal and local law enforcement has turned out to be a useless and expensive exercise that also put Americans' civil liberties at risk, a newly-released Senate subcommittee report finds.

San Diego Pastor Sues To Overturn Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

Oct. 3
By Kenny Goldberg and City News Service
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A Rancho San Diego pastor is among those suing to overturn a landmark law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from applying therapies intended to make gay and lesbian youth straight, it was reported Wednesday.