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Stories for October 10, 2012

Judge Orders Rite Aid To Pay $800,000 For False Advertising

Oct. 10
City News Service
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A San Diego judge today ordered Rite Aid Corp. and its California subsidiary Thrifty PayLess Inc. to pay $800,000 in penalties and costs to settle a consumer protection lawsuit that alleged false advertising and failure to redeem gift cards with balances of less than $10 for cash in Rite Aid stores.

Unfinished Spaces

Oct. 10
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In 1961, in the heady first days of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro asked three visionary architects to build the Cuban National Arts Schools on what had been the golf course of a country club. Before construction was completed, the Revolution became Sovietized, and suddenly the project was denounced as bourgeois and counter-revolutionary. These radical, magnificent buildings become a prism through which we see the turbulent, ever-shifting history of Castro’s Cuba and follow the fates of the three architects, now in their 80s, who may get a second chance to revitalize their utopian project.

San Diego School District Approves Two Property Sales

Oct. 10
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified sells two properties to balance the district budget.

SeaWorld Seeks Approval To Remodel Its Entrance

Oct. 10
City News Service
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SeaWorld San Diego is planning to remodel its entrance, pending approval by the California Coastal Commission, theme park officials said today.

Asians Have Lowest Voter Registration, Turnout In San Diego

Oct. 10
By Katie Orr
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New research out shows Asians in the city of San Diego have the lowest voter registration and voter turnout among all ethnic groups. But the Asian community is optimistic that will soon change.

Tough Choices: How San Diego's Poor Spend Money

Oct. 10
Tess Vigeland and Jolie Puidokas, Marketplace Money
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Marketplace Money looks at the everyday decisions of San Diego's poor and the stresses they induce.

Union Leader Banned From Walmart After Action Campaign

Oct. 10
By Katie Orr
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Walmart stores in at least eight states were the targets of an organized workers' rights campaign today.

City Council To Vote On $25 Million Road Repair, Library Improvement Bond

Oct. 10
City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Budget Committee gave its approval today to a $25 million bond issue to pay for road repairs and projects to improve libraries.

City Will Not Raise Water Prices Next Year

Oct. 10
City News Service

Despite a nearly 10 percent increase in wholesale water prices, the city of San Diego won't raise its prices in the new year, Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.

Miramar Air Show Gets Off The Ground This Week (Video)

Oct. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Miramar Air Show - the largest military air show in the United States - takes place this year from October 12-14. We've got all the details you need to know if you're planning to attend.

Navy Veteran Dad Pickets School Where Son Was Bullied (Video)

Oct. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy veteran who works training police officers in Afghanistan is spending his brief time back in the states in an unusual way. Randy Duke is picketing his son Max's school, saying the school suspended Max for standing up to a boy who'd been bullying him for years.

Patti Smith On Writing, Poetry And Music

Oct. 10
Midday Edition
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Writer, performer and visual artist Patti Smith returns to San Diego for two different performances this weekend: a reading of her poetry and best-selling memoir "Just Kids" on Saturday and a concert with her rock band on Sunday.

Mom Of Slain Former SEAL Killed In Libya Lashes Out At Romney (Video)

Oct. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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Mitt Romney got emotional on the campaign trail Tuesday when he described a chance meeting with former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty at a Christmas Party in La Jolla several years ago. Doherty was one of two former SEALs killed in the Libya embassy attack on September 11. In response, Doherty's mother has accused Romney of using her son's death for political gain.

Seven Sentenced In NAS North Island Contractor Fraud

Oct. 10
City News Service
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Four former Navy officials and three defense contractors were sentenced to prison and probation terms Tuesday for their admitted roles in a wide-ranging fraud and corruption scheme at Naval Air Station North Island.

Hundreds Attend Public Forum On San Onofre's Future

Oct. 10
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Questions about evacuation plans, whether it was a gamble to restart the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station and more technical queries were posed Tuesday night at a public meeting held by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Dana Point.

Showers, Thunderstorms Moving Into San Diego

Oct. 10
City News Service

Showers and isolated thunderstorms could hit the San Diego County coast late today as a fall storm moves inland, forecasters said.

Council Committee To Decide On High Tech Water Meters Proposal

Oct. 10
City News Service

A proposal to have the city of San Diego install high tech water meters, which would allow for easier and more accurate readings at commercial properties, will go before the City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee today.

Tension Growing Over Role Of PTSD Service Dogs For Veterans

Oct. 10
Associated Press
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Stories like Jim Stanek's are common and quickly multiplying: An Iraqi war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, he says his life was saved by a dog that gave him the confidence to do seemingly simple things, like go out to dinner and look his wife in the eye rather than watch his own back.

Photographer Helps Rescue Children From Ritualistic Killing

Oct. 10
By Dwane Brown
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Omo Child is on a mission to stop Mingi, the ritualistic killing of infants and children in the Omo Valley region of Southwest Ethiopia.

Californians To Cast A Life Or Death Vote On Prop 34

Oct. 10
Midday Edition
By Tom Fudge
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Supporters and opponents of the death penalty look to an election showdown over Proposition 34.