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Stories for October 29, 2012

The Latest On Sandy: Superstorm Heads North After Crushing Coast

Oct. 29
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Sandy, the hurricane-turned-superstorm that has been pummeling much of the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England since the weekend, is now moving north on a path that will take it through most of New York State and then on to southern Ontario, Quebec and northern New England.

Superstorm Sandy Slams Into New Jersey Coast

Oct. 29
Associated Press
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Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds and hurled a record-breaking 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City on Monday, roaring ashore after washing away part of the Atlantic City boardwalk and putting the presidential campaign on hold.

My Ballot: Election 2012

Oct. 29
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A rundown of the major issues and candidates on San Diego's November 2012 ballot.

NPR Poll Finds Presidential Race Too Close To Call

Oct. 29
Ron Elving, Mara Liasson
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The latest and last NPR Battleground Poll for 2012 shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holding the narrowest of leads in the national sample, but trailing President Obama in the dozen states that will decide the election.

NOVA scienceNOW: Can I Eat That?

Oct. 29
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What are the secrets behind your favorite foods? Why are some treats — like chocolate chip cookies — delectable, while others — like cookies made with mealworms — disgusting? You may think you understand what makes something sweet, salty or bitter, but David Pogue gets a taste of a much more complicated truth as he ventures into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie to Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected and put under the microscope.

Military Mom Plans Surprise Reunion At Kids' School (Video)

Oct. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Maj. Amy Teague had to leave behind her two young children when she deployed as part of her military duty. Upon returning home, she planned a special surprise at her youngsters' elementary school.

Dumanis Endorses DeMaio For San Diego Mayor

Oct. 29
By Katie Orr
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One of San Diego’s most prominent politicians is making an endorsement in the mayor’s race.

Parts Of Manhattan Go Dark As Sandy Rolls Through

Oct. 29
Margot Adler, Robert Siegel

New York City has seen some of the worst damage from Sandy. Large parts of Manhattan were without power on Monday night, a building crane was knocked loose, and there were reports of flooding in the city's subway system.

Erma Bombeck: Legacy Of Laughter

Oct. 29
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"Erma Bombeck: A Legacy Of Laughter," celebrates one of America's best loved humorists. Recollections from family and friends along with photographs and rare home movies tell the story of her life and career. Phil Donahue, family friend and host of the award-winning talk show DONAHUE narrates.

FRONTLINE: Big Sky, Big Money

Oct. 29
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FRONTLINE travels to the remote epicenter of the campaign finance debate for a tale of money, politics and intrigue. How has the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision changed campaigns in America? Ask Montana, which has tried to challenge the ruling in court, is investigating alleged campaign abuses and is playing host to a bitter race that could decide control of the U.S. Senate. FRONTLINE correspondent and MARKETPLACE host Kai Ryssdal reports.

Sandy Makes Landfall Near Atlantic City

Oct. 29

Robert Siegel talks with Associated Press correspondent Katie Zezima, who was in Atlantic City, N.J., close to where Sandy made landfall.

San Diego Red Cross Workers Deployed To Hurricane's Path

Oct. 29
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego Red Cross workers were deployed to the East Coast to assist those displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

San Diego Flights To Northeast Canceled Due To Hurricane

Oct. 29
City News Service
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Flights between San Diego and the northeast were canceled today because of Hurricane Sandy, which is slinging heavy rain and strong wind at the eastern seaboard.

Comic-Con To Stay In San Diego Through 2016

Oct. 29
James R. Riffel, CITY NEWS SERVICE
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The wildly popular Comic-Con International convention, which attracts comic book and movie fans from around the world, will be held at the San Diego Convention Center through 2016, its operators and Mayor Jerry Sanders announced today.

Millions Without Power As Sandy Makes Landfall

Oct. 29
Elizabeth Shogren / NPR

Sandy hit the East Coast on Monday and knocked out power for millions of people. Utility companies face major challenges to get power back online after the massive storm.

Dead Body Of US Sailor Found In Japanese Train Station

Oct. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Japanese police are investigating the death of Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Lewis Stiles, 25, whose body was found in a Sasebo train station early Sunday morning.

North County Cities Facing Big Election Issues

Oct. 29
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Three candidates want to be Oceanside's mayor; Escondido voters must choose whether their city will become a charter city with more power; and Del Mar will decide whether or not to completely change the way in and out of downtown.

Prop 32: Pro, Con And Where The Money Is Coming From

Oct. 29
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Proposition 32 has become the most hotly contested state ballot measure this election season. The so-called “Paycheck Protection Initiative” would prohibit unions from using automatic payroll deductions for political purposes.

KPBS Announces Winners of the Explore San Diego Project

Oct. 29
By KPBS

KPBS is pleased to announce two new local television programs: Savor San Diego and A Growing Passion. Both feature local experts in their field and are a recognizable part of the community. KPBS received 52 submissions for the Explore San Diego Project.

New Report: Latinos Motivated And Voting

Oct. 29
By John Rosman

Latino Decisions report shows that Latino voters are motivated for the national election.

Las Vegas Hit Hard By Political TV Ads In Spanish

Oct. 29
By Veronica Zaragovia
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Las Vegas is a small television market, so advertisements are cheap here. Campaigns, PACs and political committees are throwing millions of dollars at ads to sway Latino voters, who make up 15 percent of Nevada's registered voters. This year in Las Vegas alone, at least $4 million has been spent on Spanish-language TV ads at two stations -- Univision and Telemundo.

FEMA Braces For Post-Hurricane Sandy Mess

Oct. 29
Brian Naylor / NPR

Official Washington shut down today for Hurricane Sandy, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was on the job. It's mission: preparedness. Among other things, the agency is stockpiling water, meals, blankets and cots.

Hurricane Sandy Could Threaten Cell Infrastructure

Oct. 29

Robert Siegel talks with Maggie Reardon, mobile technology correspondent for CNET, about how the nation's cell phone infrastructure is expected to hold up through Hurricane Sandy.

Evacuations Ordered Along New Jersey Coast

Oct. 29
Robert Siegel, Joel Rose

Robert Siegel talks with Joel Rose, who traveled along the coast of northern New Jersey, about the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy Disrupts Lives Of Millions On The East Coast

Oct. 29

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have the latest on Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the region.

Waves Pound Maryland Coast As Hurricane Nears

Oct. 29
NPR

Audie Cornish speaks with Larry Abramson in Ocean City, Md., about the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The storm has already destroyed the town's fishing pier and sent floodwaters pouring into low-lying areas

'Zero Hour'

Oct. 29
Midday Edition
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In September, Circle Circle dot dot did a fundraiser called "Invasion" in which they performed five radio dramas. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando was so impressed she asked them to come in and record the two Ray Bradbury plays for air. Listen to the full play here and watch a behind the scenes video.

Voter Turnout Efforts Going Full Steam In Wisconsin

Oct. 29
Don Gonyea / NPR

Wisconsin is in the small group of remaining battleground states that could determine the outcome of the presidential election. Turnout operations are an important part of the Mitt Romney and President Obama campaigns in all the critical states. But in Wisconsin, get-out-the-vote efforts grew out of the state's hard-fought gubernatorial recall election.

Sandy Shuts Down Nine Airports Along East Coast

Oct. 29
Wade Goodwyn / NPR

We look at the impact of Hurricane Sandy on travel around the country. Airlines cancelled thousands of flights and other transit services were shut down as well.

Sandy Upends Presidential Race As Election Nears

Oct. 29
Scott Horsley / NPR

Hurricane Sandy has disrupted the presidential campaigns of President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney. Both campaigns cancelled scheduled events for Monday and Tuesday.

'Frankenstorm' Sandy Churns Toward East Coast

Oct. 29
Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, Margot Adler, Joe Palca, Jeff Brady

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish check in with Jeff Brady, who monitored coastal conditions and official briefings in Cape May, N.J. They also talk to Margot Adler in New York City. Science Correspondent Joe Palca talks about the storm's strength and direction, as well as some of the unusual characteristics that have inspired the nickname "Frankenstorm."

Sandy Disrupts Early Voting, But Impact May Be Small

Oct. 29
Pam Fessler / NPR

A number of East Coast states shut down early voting sites or made other election adjustments because of Hurricane Sandy on Monday. However, it's not likely to have a great impact on the election.

National Guard On Alert For Hurricane Sandy

Oct. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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As many as 1,500 members of the National Guard are on active duty as Hurricane Sandy slams into the East Coast.

Hurricane Sandy's Economic Impact Likely To Be Immense

Oct. 29
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

Economists will need many days -- maybe weeks or months -- to assess the financial harm being done by Hurricane Sandy. But whatever the final figure, it will be huge, well into the tens of billions of dollars.

Want To Be Rich? Be Lucky, Know Right People

Oct. 29
NPR Staff / NPR

As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, dependency and the role of government.

Despite Hurricane, Justices Hear Surveillance Case

Oct. 29
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The rest of the government may have been shut down for the hurricane, but not the U.S. Supreme Court.

Risks Rise With Hurricane Sandy's Surge

Oct. 29
Scott Neuman / NPR

Hurricane Sandy may be grinding closer to the East Coast with 90 mph winds and torrential rains, but the most devastating aspect is likely to be storm surge.

Supreme Court Soldiers On, Despite Sandy

Oct. 29
Nina Totenberg / NPR

While the rest of the federal government shut down Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was open for business as usual -- at least long enough to hear two cases argued.

Obama And Romney Respond To Sandy With Election (And Katrina) In Mind

Oct. 29
Frank James / NPR

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the week before Election Day is certainly not turning out the way anyone expected, especially the presidential candidates.

Pumps And Polls: Why Americans Wait In Lines

Oct. 29
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Please line up for this multiple choice quiz:

Murrieta Soldier Killed In Possible Afghan Insider Attack

Oct. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz, a Murrieta High School graduate, was one of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan on October 25 in a possible insider attack.

Obama, Romney Take Breaks From Campaigning Amid Sandy

Oct. 29
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

President Obama urged Americans in Sandy's path Monday to "please listen" to local officials, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, urged help for those affected by the superstorm.

Tracking Hurricane Sandy: Handy Maps And Apps

Oct. 29
Andrew Prince / NPR

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the East Coast of the U.S., bringing sustained wind, heavy rain, and flooding that's forcing roads, bridges and mass transit systems to close from New York City to Washington. We're following the storm's progress and its impacts here on The Two-Way .

Hurricane Sandy Throws A Wrench Into Early Voting

Oct. 29
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

As Hurricane Sandy continues its slow progress up the East Coast, thoughts of voting aren't uppermost in most people's minds. Nevertheless, state and local officials are scrambling to accommodate early voters as best they can.

Navy Removes Stennis Carrier Strike Group Commander During Deployment

Oct. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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In a highly unusual move, the Navy has removed Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette from his post as commander of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group during deployment in the Persian Gulf. The San Diego-based USS Mobile Bay is part of the Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

Last Chance To Request Mail-in Ballot

Oct. 29
By Neiko Will
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If you want to vote by mail, you must request your ballot by Tuesday, October 30th.

Jung-Ho Pak Talks About Resigning From Orchestra Nova

Oct. 29
By Angela Carone
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When Jung-Ho Pak resigned as Orchestra Nova’s conductor and artistic director, it set off a domino effect. First the season opening concerts were canceled. Last week, the entire season was canceled. At this point, the future of the orchestra is uncertain. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone spoke with Jung-Ho Pak about his reasons for leaving.

High Tech Jobs Give San Diego A Boost

Oct. 29
By Erik Anderson
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A new report finds the nation’s technology industry created 100,000 jobs in the first half of the year. San Diego got more than its share of those new jobs.

Tijuana Battles Mexico's Highest Rate Of Tuberculosis

Oct. 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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An innovative tuberculosis control program in Tijuana will run out of money at the end of the year.

In Wake Of NAFTA, States Eye Global Supply Chain With Envy

Oct. 29
By Peter O'Dowd
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Some states, lagging behind in the export business, see golden opportunity in Mexico's ports.

Sandy Gains Power And Aims For Northeast

Oct. 29
Associated Press
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Forecasters warned that the New York City region could face the worst of Hurricane Sandy as it bore down on the U.S. East Coast’s largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of financial markets and mass transit, sending coastal residents fleeing and threatening high winds, rain and a wall of water up to 11 feet (3.35 metres) tall. It could endanger up to 50 million people for days.

Six Tips For Feeding The Family During A Storm-Related Power Outtage

Oct. 29
April Fulton / NPR
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Before you brave the rain, wind and inevitable lines at the already depleted grocery store today in the mid-Atlantic region, take a deep breath.