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Stories for October 22, 2012

City Council Moves Forward On $25 Million Bond For Streets, Libraries, Fire Station

Oct. 22, 2012
City News Service

The San Diego City Council today unanimously agreed to move forward on a planned $25 million bond issue to pay for road resurfacing, new libraries and a fire station in Mission Valley.

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San Diego Whale Mimics Human Speech

Oct. 22, 2012
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers have published recordings of a Beluga Whale imitating human speech.

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Minor Hydrogen Leak Discovered At San Onofre Over Weekend

Oct. 22, 2012
City News Service

A minor hydrogen leak was detected over the weekend at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in northern San Diego County, but it was small and presented no health risk to employees or the public, Southern California Edison announced today.

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TSA Quietly Replacing X-ray Scanners In Major U.S. Airports

Oct. 22, 2012
By Neiko Will

The TSA is quietly replacing controversial full-body X-ray scanners at some airports around the country. But, they remain at San Diego's Lindbergh Field for now.

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San Diego Mayor's Race Still Up For Grabs, SDSU Professor Says

Oct. 22, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Recent polls on the San Diego mayor’s race are all over the map. But a local professor says you should take the results with a grain of salt.

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Latino Evangelicals Poised To Wield More Political Power

Oct. 22, 2012
By Veronica Zaragovia

Latino Evangelicals are concentrated in battleground states, which makes them highly coveted voters. They voted for Obama in 2008 after voting for Bush in 2004. This swing vote will continue to garner attention in future elections.

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What A 'Yes' Vote Means On Prop 40 Is Confusing To Some

Oct. 22, 2012
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Proposition 40 seeks to overturn the current state Senate district map. Its supporters have abandoned it, but voters will still weigh in.

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Early Voting Underway In Texas, Other Southwestern States

Oct. 22, 2012
By David Martin Davies

Early voting is underway across the southwestern states. In Texas, the polls opened Monday and for some, voting could not come soon enough.

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Prop 31 Vows To Fix Budget Woes, But Foes Call It Ill-Conceived

Oct. 22, 2012
Associated Press

How to end California's boom-and-bust budget cycles and perpetual deficits has perplexed governors, lawmakers and fiscal experts for years.

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Asian And Abrahamic Religions: A Divine Encounter In America

Oct. 22, 2012

This two-part documentary, explores the beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. It offers an in-depth look at the differences and surprising similarities among the Asian religions and the "Abrahamic" faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Also examined are the challenges of interfaith marriage, the younger generation's struggle to reconcile their families' traditional expectations with the desire to forge their own identity, and the difficulties in maintaining one's cultural and religious heritage in a largely Judeo-Christian environment.

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SDSU Bones Up On Physical Therapy With New Doctoral Program

Oct. 22, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego State University has just introduced a doctoral program in a field that federal officials call one of the fastest growing in the nation.

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Market Warriors: Antiquing In Burlington, Ky.

Oct. 22, 2012

This week pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin are off to the races at the Burlington Antique Show in Burlington, Kentucky, where they visit a well-known gem of a market. The pickers are challenged with discovering unique lighting among the 200 vendors. Their finds are auctioned at A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles.

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California Wades Into National Labor Debate With Prop 32

Oct. 22, 2012
MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press

California voters are being asked to starve unions of the tens of millions of dollars they use to finance campaigns and political organizing, as the nation's largest state wades into the national debate over labor clout.

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Allowing Street Banners To Be Considered By City Council

Oct. 22, 2012
City News Service

City regulations on banners stretched across roadways to promote community events will be reviewed in the wake of a vote today by the San Diego City Council's Economic Development and Strategies Committee.

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Marine Corps Wants Troops To Wise Up About Diet Supplements

Oct. 22, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

A recent study from Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found almost half of U.S. troops use dietary supplements. Next month the Marine Corps is planning a campaign to educate its members on safety issues surrounding the use of supplements.

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MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: All The Things You Are

Oct. 22, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

In the fourth episode of season two, Harry’s desire to impress Beryl leads him and Johnny into the world of boxing and, as their big fight draws closer, the boys are determined to reign victorious. Upstairs, as Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam drift further apart, she is reacquainted with someone who shows her an exciting world away from 165 Eaton Place; Sir Hallam makes a dangerous decision that will change his life forever.

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MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Stocks

Oct. 22, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

Making stock is an exercise in building flavors and, as such, one of the first lessons in any culinary course. Having a steady supply of homemade stock in the freezer will elevate anyone’s home cooking. In this episode, Martha shares recipes and techniques for the three most common stocks — chicken (including a time-saving pressure-cooker version), beef and vegetable — as well as useful cooking and storage tips.

Why Water Desalination Is Still Controversial For San Diego

Oct. 22, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke

The San Diego County Water Authority recently made public a plan to start buying water from a proposed desalination plant in Carlsbad.

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples

Oct. 22, 2012

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop. Raitt presents songs from her latest album Slipstream, while Staples performs songs from You Are Not Alone and Staple Singers classics.

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Photo Of 93-Year-Old WWII Veteran Voter Goes Viral

Oct. 22, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Frank Tanabe knows how important it is to vote. The 93-year-old fought for that right during World War II, and he wasn't going to let terminal cancer get in the way of casting his ballot. A photo of Tanaba voting by absentee ballot from his hospital bed has gone viral, perhaps inspiring others to exercise the right Tanabe fought for almost 70 years ago.

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NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Can We Get?

Oct. 22, 2012

How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your DNA? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone’s brain has untapped genius — just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who suddenly acquired an extraordinary musical gift after a freak head injury to a “memory athlete” who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do.

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NATURE: Magic Of The Snowy Owl

Oct. 22, 2012
By Jennifer Robinson

NATURE takes an intimate look at the snowy owl, a bird made popular by Harry Potter’s faithful companion, Hedwig. “Snowies” stand out for their magical beauty, intelligence and charm. Filmmakers take us deep into the owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Viewers discover that these strikingly beautiful Arctic owls have a range of skills far more impressive than those required of magical messengers.

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UCSD Craft Center Closure

Oct. 22, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

After 40 years of operation on the campus of UCSD the Crafts Center was abruptly shut down on September 26. The Crafts Center was in the midst of fall quarter registration, brochures had been printed and mailed, the schedule posted online, and students were signing up for courses.

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USS America Christened, New Homeport Is San Diego (Video)

Oct. 22, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Navy christened the USS America this weekend in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The America will be homeported in San Diego.

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Cause Of Death Not Given For Soldier Who Died In Afghanistan

Oct. 22, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

The Department of Defense did not give a cause of death when announcing the passing of Pfc. Shane G. Wilson, 20, on October 18 in Khost, Afghanistan.

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Prop. 35 Would Throw The Book At Human Traffickers

Oct. 22, 2012
By Adrian Florido

Proposition 35 would send sex traffickers to prison for up to a life term.

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Ryan Bashes Obama On Looming Military Cuts

Oct. 22, 2012
Associated Press

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Sunday criticized President Barack Obama for planned reductions in military spending scheduled to kick in at the end of the year, saying it was a sign to the country's enemies that it was weak. Rep. Ryan himself voted for the cuts as part of last year's deal to raise the debt ceiling. But he now argues that he wants to replace them with other reductions in federal spending but that the president won't allow that.

Parents Considering Legal Action Over School Yoga

Oct. 22, 2012
Associated Press

A group of parents are bent out of shape over yoga classes in the Encinitas Union School District.

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NFL Checking Report Chargers Used Sticky Substance

Oct. 22, 2012
Associated Press

The NFL is investigating whether the San Diego Chargers used a banned sticky substance during Monday night's loss to the Denver Broncos.

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Halloween Grows Economic Muscles In San Diego

Oct. 22, 2012
By Erik Anderson

Halloween is scaring up lots of business at costume shops in San Diego this month.

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After Some Sluggish Years, NAFTA Creates Border Boomtowns

Oct. 22, 2012
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe

El Paso faced an identity crisis after NAFTA threatened the garment industry. Businesses changed course, and now the border town is booming.

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Artist Wes Bruce Enshrines Memories At Lux Art Institute

Oct. 22, 2012
By Angela Carone

We all have a room in the house we grew up in that is special to us. Just thinking of it can stir up memories. That human connection to an actual building is the basis for an artist’s installation at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas.

San Diego Arts Funding Could Go Up

Oct. 22, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Arts organizations in San Diego could see their public funding double over the next five years.

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Five Debate-Worthy Facts About China

Oct. 22, 2012
Scott Neuman, NPR

If the last presidential debate was any indication, you'll be hearing a lot about China in tonight's third and final face-off between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Last Day To Register To Vote In November 6 Election

Oct. 22, 2012
City News Service

Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

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San Diego's Election Ballot Translated For Growing Chinese Community

Oct. 22, 2012
By Susan Murphy

Responding to growth in the San Diego Chinese voter population, the Registrar's office is printing the ballot and other voting materials in Mandarin Chinese.