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Stories for October 26, 2012

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New Private Neonatal Rooms For Kaiser Patients And Families

Oct. 26, 2012
By Dwane Brown

A new special neonatal area for families opens next week at the Kaiser facility in Grantville.

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The Association Of Paranormal Study

Oct. 26, 2012
By Beth Accomando

When I went to record my Midday Movies segment about the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival at Tenth Avenue Theatre earlier this month, I met up with a group of ghost hunters on the trail of a spirit roaming the theater.

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State Regulators Have Not Let Ratepayers Off Hook For Closed Power Plants

Oct. 26, 2012
By Amita Sharma

Customers are hoping regulators will not require them to continue to pay for the annual $1 billion cost of running the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

Vallejo California First to Enact Participatory Budget Process

Oct. 26, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Beginning next week a recently bankrupt California city will become the first in the nation to enact “participatory budgeting.”

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Texas Police Shoot Smugglers From Helicopter

Oct. 26, 2012
By Michel Marizco

Two people are dead after a Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter fired on a runaway smuggler driving a truck near the border.

Study Finds High levels of Formaldehyde at California Daycares

Oct. 26, 2012
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

A new study measuring indoor air pollution in California childcare centers found the majority had above recommended levels of formaldehyde. Levels of other indoor air pollutants were for the most part similar to the average home.

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Supervisors To Propose Partnership With Del Mar Fairgrounds

Oct. 26, 2012
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE

Two San Diego County supervisors are poised to ask staff next week to take up an offer by the head of the state organization that operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds to explore potential partnerships that could lead to increased local oversight of the facility.

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Principal Shaves Head To Reward Students' Test Score Gains

Oct. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A San Diego principal gives up his hair to repay students for test score gains.

California Ballot Initiatives Dominated By Wealthy

Oct. 26, 2012
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

At one point a group of volunteers could get an initiative on California’s ballot. But this election, single wealthy individuals are personally bankrolling four of the 11 propositions.

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Michelle Obama Attracts Supporters And Protestors To La Jolla

Oct. 26, 2012
City News Service

First lady Michelle Obama urged supporters of her husband's presidency today to stay focused and energetic over the final 11 days of his re-election campaign, in comments at the La Jolla home of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and his wife, Joan.

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Miramar Jet Squadron Heads To Middle East

Oct. 26, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Roughly a dozen F/A-18 jets from MCAS Miramar's Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 have been sent to an undisclosed country in the Middle East due to U.S. tensions with Iran, according to the U-T San Diego.

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Native American Women Still Lack Access To Emergency Contraception

Oct. 26, 2012
By Laurel Morales

Back in May the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women. Advocates say they're still waiting.

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Roundtable: Mayoral Polling; Chargers Fans Moping; Yoga Indoctrinating; BBC Traveling

Oct. 26, 2012
By Alison St John, Pat Finn, Peggy Pico

Polling in the San Diego Mayor's race is all over the place. The Chargers have lost their last two games in embarrassing fashion. A few parents are tense over yoga in their public schools. And the BBC program "World Have Your Say" comes to Oceanside.

Obama May Not Need To Repeat 2008 Support From White Voters To Win

Oct. 26, 2012
Frank James / NPR

While much of what will happen on Election Day is now unknowable, we can predict with certainty that President Obama won't win a majority of the white vote.

Law Enforcement Officers Plan Halloween DUI Crackdown

Oct. 26, 2012
City News Service

Law enforcement officers throughout San Diego County will be out in force today looking for suspected drunken drivers as part of a Halloween crackdown, according to sheriff's officials.

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If Sandy Becomes 'Frankenstorm,' It Could Be Worst In A Century

Oct. 26, 2012
Mark Memmott, NPR Two-Way Blog

"We're not trying to hype it," National Weather Service meterologist Paul Kocin tells Bloomberg News. "What we're seeing in some of our models is a storm at an intensity that we have not seen in this part of the country in the past century."

US Returns 4,000 Stolen Antiquities To Mexico

Oct. 26, 2012
By John Rosman

The U.S. returned more than 4,000 stolen antiquities to Mexico on Thursday. Most of the archeological pieces date back before Europeans landed in North America.

NBA Commissioner Stern Helped League Grow

Oct. 26, 2012

Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, who has announced he will step down in early 2014.

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As Jihadists Spread, Connecting The Dots Proves Hard

Oct. 26, 2012
Dina Temple-Raston / NPR

More than a year after popular protests rocked the Arab world, U.S. intelligence officials are struggling to understand the myriad of Islamist groups that have filled the vacuum.

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Economists: Romney's 12 Million Jobs Target Realistic, Even If He Loses

Oct. 26, 2012
Tamara Keith / NPR

As the election draws closer, the economy and jobs remain top issues in the presidential race.

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In Search Of Obama's Second-Term Agenda

Oct. 26, 2012
Alan Greenblatt, NPR

The president has been relatively mum during the campaign about what he would do if given a second term. He outlined more specific ideas this week — but he hasn't explained how he would get those ideas through Congress.

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ACLU Sues Department Of Homeland Security Over Media Restrictions At US Border

Oct. 26, 2012
By John Rosman

The ACLU is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding photo restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Orchestra Nova Cancels Remaining Concerts

Oct. 26, 2012
By Angela Carone

Orchestra Nova has canceled the remaining concerts in the 2012-2013 season after sudden resignation of conductor and impasse in labor talks with local musicians union.

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Santa Ana Winds Kick Up, Fire Risk High

Oct. 26, 2012
City News Service

Strong gusty winds are expected to blow through valley and mountain areas in San Diego County today, raising a risk of wildfire, according to the National Weather Service.

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Luxury Hotel Opens For San Diego Pooches

Oct. 26, 2012
By Dwane Brown

San Diego-based Petco opened its seventh Pooch Hotel in its own backyard.

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Ex-Marine Gets Two Years For Smuggling Gun Out Of Iraq

Oct. 26, 2012
City News Service

An ex-Marine from Hemet who smuggled a machine gun into the country from Iraq, where he served in combat, was handed a two-year federal prison sentence Thursday. Joel Cleve Miller, 40, was convicted in June of illegally possessing an automatic weapon — an AK-47 that he told friends had once been used by Saddam Hussein’s royal guard.

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African Restaurant Week Continues Through Weekend

Oct. 26, 2012
By Angela Carone

San Diego's inaugural week-long celebration of African cuisine continues through Sunday. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone visits one of the restaurants participating in African Restaurant Week to find out what's cooking.

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Escondido Settles Lawsuit Over Checkpoint Monitors

Oct. 26, 2012
By Adrian Florido

After ACLU lawsuit, Escondido agrees not to disperse protesters who stake out public sidewalks to record police conducting checkpoints.

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San Diego Campaign Spending Ramps Up As Election Nears

Oct. 26, 2012
By Ryann Grochowski / inewsource

With less than two weeks to go until the election, the latest campaign finance reports show accelerated fundraising and spending in city and congressional elections.

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Border Patrol Shootings Going Unresolved

Oct. 26, 2012
By Michel Marizco

Shootings by the U.S. Border Patrol, justified or not, cause outrage in border communities and take years to resolve.

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Looking Out For Fire The Old Fashioned Way

Oct. 26, 2012
By Erik Anderson

Wildfires in 2003 and 2007 helped fuel an ongoing push to develop better and more sophisticated firefighting tools, but that drive has yet to squeeze out one fire detection method that has served firefighters for decades.

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Hearing Set For Army General Charged With Forcible Sodomy

Oct. 26, 2012
Associated Press

An Army brigadier general will face charges of sodomy and sex crimes next month in a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for him to be put on trial, Fort Bragg officials said Thursday.