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Stories for October 15, 2012

Negative Political Ads Blitz Viewers, Risk Voter Turnoff

Oct. 15
BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

The TV ads come in rapid succession and at all hours - in the middle of newscasts, soap operas and talk shows. They cover everything from jobs to education to trust, and they're sharply negative.

City Council Unanimously Backs Council-Mayor Cooperation Proposal

Oct. 15
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

A 10-point plan for the City Council and San Diego's next mayor to improve communication and get along on budget issues was passed unanimously today by the City Council.

NOVA scienceNOW: Can Science Stop Crime?

Oct. 15
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What’s the secret to stopping crime? David Pogue gives the third degree to scientists pushing the limits of technology — not only to solve horrific murders, but also to try to prevent crimes. Pogue learns the latest techniques, from unraveling the clues embedded in a decomposing corpse to detecting lies by peering directly into a suspect’s brain to tracking the creation of a psychopath’s mind. And a genius crime-stopper has made some terrifying discoveries, including how easy it is for a bad guy to highjack — not just your laptop, but your kids’ toys, your pacemaker and even your car.

Rants And Raves: 'American Mary'

Oct. 15
By Beth Accomando
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Tis the season for horror movies, and Canadian twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska are doing their part with the new film "American Mary." It's been playing the film festival circuit having just played ScreamFest in LA and will be at Shudderfest in Boston and Scary Movies in New York later this month. The twins are that rare species known as the female horror director. Take a listen to my NPR feature on the Twisted Twins.

NOVA: Forensics On Trial

Oct. 15
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There is a startling gap between the glamorous television world of “CSI” and the gritty reality of the forensic crime lab. With few established scientific standards, no central oversight and poor regulation of examiners, forensics in the U.S. is in a state of crisis. NOVA investigates how modern forensics, including the analysis of fingerprints, bite marks, ballistics, hair and tool marks, can send innocent men and women to prison — and sometimes even to death row.

Suspect Who Was Wounded In Police Shooting ID'd As Navy Man

Oct. 15
City News Service
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Authorities today released the name of a 24-year-old Navy man shot by police gunfire over the weekend after he allegedly raised an assault rifle toward officers at the Horton Plaza-apartment building where he lives.

Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention

Oct. 15
Pam Fessler, NPR
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The nation's poverty rate is as high as it's been in almost two decades. Last year, 1 in 6 Americans was poor — more than 46 million people, including 16 million children. But on the campaign trail, the issue of poverty has received surprisingly little attention.

Race 2012

Oct. 15
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"Race 2012" uses the current presidential election as a lens through which to view America’s racial landscape. The program delves into immigrants’ reshaping of the American electoral landscape, white voters’ reaction to their declining numbers and diminished influence, and the economic imbalance between races that may affect America’s political future.

Navy Officer Dies In Bahrain From Non-Combat Related Injuries

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Navy Cmdr. Joel Del Mundo Tiu died of non-combat related injuries in Bahrain on October 12. The 49-year-old was from Manilla, Philippines.

Advanced Utility Technology, Or Plot To Take Over The World?

Oct. 15
By David Martin Davies
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There is a growing concern that the smart meters’ low-level radio frequency is somehow causing health problems –- and some say the smart meters are part of a plan to take over the country.

Filner Continues To Lead In San Diego Mayor's Race

Oct. 15
By Katie Orr
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There’s new Survey USA poll out today from 10News. It shows Democratic Congressman Bob Filner continues to hold a lead over Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio in the San Diego mayor’s race.

52nd Congressional District Candidates Open Up On Key Issues

Oct. 15
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Democrat Scott Peters and Republican Brian Bilbray are embroiled in a tight race to represent the 52nd Congressional District. KPBS talked to both candidates.

US Gives Syrian Opposition $100 Million In 'Nonlethal' Aid

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. State Department is giving $100 million in what it calls 'nonlethal' aid to groups attempting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Army Ranger From Southern California Killed In Afghanistan

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Thomas R. Macpherson, a native of Long Beach, California, was killed October 12 in Afghanistan. The 26-year-old Army Ranger was shot to death while on patrol.

New Website Reveals Details Of 911 Calls In San Diego

Oct. 15
City News Service

The nature of every 911 call answered by San Diego fire-rescue and the address where the emergency is taking place can be seen by the public on a new website, the department announced today.

Presidential Candidates Consumed By Debate Preparations

Oct. 15
Associated Press
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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were staying out of the spotlight Monday, underscoring the intense focus each campaign is placing on the second presidential debate.

Chargers Take On Broncos At Qualcomm Stadium

Oct. 15
City News Service

The Chargers are set to host the Denver Broncos tonight in what is perhaps the most-anticipated local game of the National Football League season, which should cause heavy traffic congestion in Mission Valley.

Consumer Advocates Do Not Want Carson Refinery Sold

Oct. 15
By Erik Anderson
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California consumer advocates are piping up about a Texas company's plan to buy a major fuel refinery in Carson, California.

Science Educators Come To San Diego For STEM Summit

Oct. 15
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego is hosting the third annual California STEM Learning Network Summit for science, technology, engineering and math educators from across California.

20 Years Later, Environmentalists Still Unhappy With NAFTA

Oct. 15
By Adrian Florido
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NAFTA opened the border to rapid industrialization, but implemented only limited provisions for dealing with the environmental fallout.

Navy Investigating Cause Of Submarine, Ship Collision At Sea (Video)

Oct. 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S Navy is investigating the cause of a collision between a submarine and Aegis cruiser at sea on October 13.