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Stories for October 8, 2012

NATURE: Siberian Tiger Quest

Oct. 8
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Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan has tracked large predators in some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. He now embarks on a challenge that will fulfill a lifelong dream — to find and film a Siberian tiger living wild and free in Russia’s far eastern forests. The film features the work of Korean cameraman Sooyong Park, the first individual ever to film Siberian tigers in the wild. Park spent years in the forest tracking and filming the world’s biggest cat. Park’s tracking technique was unconventional, but produced more than a thousand hours of wild tiger footage and captured the saga of a Siberian tiger dynasty.

History Detectives: Our Colored Heroes; Valley Forge Map; Transistor Radio; Continental Club Card

Oct. 8
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What are the details behind the heroic acts pictured in a poster about two African-American soldiers in World War I? Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) helps find the answer. Then, is this a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that George Washington used during the American Revolution? And does a Tucson man own one of the first transistor radios ever made? Finally, after 70 years, a Washington man wonders whether a business card ties his father to Prohibition-era underworld crime.

Kickstarter For 'Styria'

Oct. 8
Evening Edition
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A pair of filmmakers who graduated from the SDSU Television, Film, and New Media program have completed production of a feature film -- "Styria" -- shot in Hungary. Now the filmmakers are in the final week of an online fundraiser to pay for post-production.

'Kony 2012' Filmmaker Explains Pacific Beach Public Meltdown

Oct. 8
City News Service
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The San Diego man who made the "Kony 2012'' video that went viral on the Internet, then suffered a public meltdown in Pacific Beach, said today that he fell victim to the film's overwhelming popularity.

Supervisors To Vote On New County Administrative Officer

Oct. 8
City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled tomorrow to consider approving an employment contract with the county's incoming chief administrative officer.

Mayoral Candidates Spar Over City Bonds For Pension Debt

Oct. 8
City News Service
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Verbal sparring in San Diego's mayoral campaign broke out today over whether the city should take out bonds that would amortize its $2.2 billion pension debt, which would spread payments over a longer period of time but reduce the annual cost.

Gas Prices Rise To Record High In San Diego

Oct. 8
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County again rose to a record high today, but the increase of 1.3 cents to $4.725 may indicate that prices will soon fall.

Military Pooch Named Hero Dog Of The Year (Video)

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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A retired military working dog named Gabe, and his owner Sgt. 1st Class Charles Shuck, nabbed top honors this weekend at the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Gabe is a rescue dog who lived in a Texas animal shelter before being adopted and trained by the military.

Romney Accuses Obama Of 'Passivity' On World Stage

Oct. 8
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Republican Mitt Romney said Monday the risk of conflict in the Middle East "is higher now" than it was when President Obama took office. He proposed that the U.S. take a more assertive role in Syria and claimed Obama's withdrawal of troops from Iraq has jeopardized U.S. interests.

Proposal To Double City Funding For Arts Moves Toward City Council

Oct. 8
City News Service
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A proposal to more than double city funding for local arts and culture organizations over the next five years was unanimously approved today by the San Diego City Council's Economic Development and Strategies Committee.

Citrus Pest Creeps Into San Diego County

Oct. 8
By Neiko Will
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The Asian Citrus Psyllid has arrived in San Diego County and could have dire consequences for the citrus industry.

Friendship Park -- A Link Between Two Countries -- Opens Again

Oct. 8
Brooke Binkowski
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Friendship Park used to be one of the very few places along the United States-Mexico border where people could meet face-to-face. That changed after Sept. 11, 2001.

Memorial Cross Sent To Dad Of Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine (Video)

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The father of fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Schmidt got an unusual but appreciated gift from Camp Pendleton last week. Schmidt's Marine brothers built an eleven-foot tall cross in Schmidt's memory, and sent it to San Antonio, where the Schmidt family lives.

San Diego Comic Fest

Oct. 8
Midday Edition
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Some people complain that San Diego Comic Con has grown too big and no longer has comics as its main focus. To address those complaints, San Diego Comic Fest is a newly created convention geared to be small and focused on comic books.

Can Fish Oil Prevent Military Veteran Suicide?

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The VA is sponsoring a study to find out if fish oil can help combat the suicide epidemic among U.S. military veterans.

Cooler Temperatures, Rain Moving Into San Diego

Oct. 8
City News Service
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Cooler temperatures and showers are in store for San Diego County later this week, forecasters said today.

Feinstein Wants Investigation Of Calif. Gas Prices

Oct. 8
Associated Press
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The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in California rose to an all-time high Monday, the third record-setting day in a row that is prompting calls for a federal investigation into the price spike.

Military Funerals Under Federal Budget Strains

Oct. 8
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As Spc. Jason Shorter and his colleague make each of the 13 folds in the American flag and his fellow soldier plays taps, he knows the family of a deceased soldier or veteran is watching and listening.

Local ‘Super PACs’ Making Major Statement In San Diego Mayor’s Race

Oct. 8
By Ryann Grochowski
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San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner might be leading in the polls, but he is still behind his opponent Carl DeMaio when it comes to campaign fundraising.

Pilots Start Practicing For Miramar Air Show

Oct. 8
City News Service
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Residents in the vicinity of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar could see arriving aircraft and hear aircraft noise over the coming week, base officials said today.

Afghanistan Deadline Awaits Next U.S. President

Oct. 8
Tom Bowman, NPR
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How does a president bring the war in Afghanistan to an end? There are 68,000 American troops serving in the country as the war enters its 12th year.

Two Special Forces Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Two Army Special Forces Soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on October 6, according to the Department of Defense.

Opinion Polls Differ On Restarting San Onofre

Oct. 8
By Alison St John
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Competing polls reach different conclusions about public support for restarting the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Mail-In Ballots Go Out Today

Oct. 8
Midday Edition
By Katie Orr
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After months of hearing about candidates and propositions, San Diego county voters will soon get to have their say. Mail-in ballots are being sent out today.

Dueling Propositions, 30 And 38, Present Schools A Funding Choice

Oct. 8
Midday Edition
By Kyla Calvert
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California voters will chose between dueling school funding measures on November's ballot. A look at Proposition 30 and 38.

More San Diegans May Get To Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Oct. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Ballot measures to allow medical marijuana dispensaries seem to be cropping up like weeds.

Fusion Researchers Gather In San Diego For Energy Conference

Oct. 8
City News Service
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Nearly 1,000 fusion researchers from 45 countries are expected to discuss the latest advances in fusion energy at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront today as the 24th International Atomic Energy Agency Fusion Energy Conference gets under way.