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Stories for October 31, 2012

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher To Step Down

Oct. 31
City News Service

Escondido police Chief Jim Maher will step down from the post at the end of the year, after six years in the job, city officials announced today.

National City Honored As Most 'Walkable' City

Oct. 31
By Tom Fudge
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Walk San Diego recognizes National City as San Diego County's number one city for encouraging people to walk as a means of transportation.

Bilbray, Peters Tied In 52nd Congressional Race, New Poll Says

Oct. 31
CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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A poll conducted by SurveyUSA found that the race for the 52nd Congressional District is tied between Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Scott Peters.

Coal Mine Inspection Sweep Targets Cause of Black Lung

Oct. 31
Howard Berkes / NPR

Federal regulators have announced the results of a September inspection blitz targeting 13 coal mines in seven states "previously cited for violations regarding respirable dust sampling...inadequate dust control...and hazard complaints" involving excessive coal dust.

Registration Boosts Lead To More NPPs Than Registered Republicans In San Diego

Oct. 31
By Claire Trageser
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There are now more “No Party Preference” voters than registered Republicans in the city of San Diego, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters’ October registration numbers.

Students Lack '08 Enthusiasm To Vote

Oct. 31
Tara Millspaugh

Young voters turned out in droves four years ago, helping Barack Obama gain the White House. This year the thrill is gone for many.

The Destructive Storm That Built An Unlikely Political Bridge

Oct. 31
Frank James / NPR

Though Superstorm Sandy destroyed much in its path, it did apparently build at least one bridge, that of bipartisanship between President Obama and New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Broadway: The American Musical: Syncopated City (1919-1933)

Oct. 31
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While brash American women flapped their way to newfound freedoms, heroines of Broadway like Marilyn Miller become a testament to pluck and luck. It’s the age of “Whoopee” and the “Charleston,” "Runnin’ Wild" and the "George White Scandals." In 1921, a jazz show like no other arrives: "Shuffle Along," which features a rich, rousing score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, reopening Broadway’s doors to black talent. Highlights include rare performance footage of composer Eubie Blake and a specially animated sequence of Rodgers and Hart’s 1927 hit “Thou Swell” from "A Connecticut Yankee."

Sandy Leaves Long List Of Health Threats

Oct. 31
Rob Stein / NPR
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Public health officials are warning that people in areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy face many risks in the aftermath and are urging people to protect themselves from health threats in the water, air and even their refrigerators.

Police Offer Safety Tips For Halloween

Oct. 31
City News Service
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The San Diego Police Officers Association reminded trick-or-treaters not to venture out alone tonight and to remain visible.

Drug-Sniffing Dogs Take Center Stage At High Court

Oct. 31
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases Wednesday testing what, if any, limits there are to the police using drug-sniffing dogs. By the close of two hours of argument, it looked very much as though the court would rule against the use of drug-sniffing dogs without a warrant in one case, but not the other.

At The Economy's Bottom Rungs, Striving To Climb Up

Oct. 31
NPR Staff / NPR
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As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, taxes, dependency and the role of government.

Mysterious Anti-Obama Spam Texts Linked To Republican Consulting Group

Oct. 31
Peter Overby / NPR

If you're using social media to follow the presidential campaign or even if you're related to someone else who's doing that, there's a good chance your cellphone got spammed Tuesday night with an anti-Obama text message.

High-Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions

Oct. 31
Jon Hamilton / NPR

Better satellites, smarter computer models and faster computers helped government forecasters correctly predict the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, scientists say.

The Industrious Lives Of Halloween's Ghouls

Oct. 31
Reema Khrais / NPR
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Halloween might be the best day of the year for kids who love candy and grown-ups who love to be scared, but it is also the last day of work for thousands of ghouls and clowns.

UAVs Lift Aeropsace Contracts Above Ship Building in San Diego

Oct. 31
By Alison St John
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The use of unmanned arial vehicles, or UAVs sometimes known as drones, is growing so fast it has returned aerospace to the top of the list of defense contractors in San Diego.

A Mohawk Hero In The Not-So-Diverse Gaming World

Oct. 31
Karen GrigsBates / NPR

The "Assassin's Creed" video game series has become a megahit for gaming enthusiasts. The story line follows a bloody war between Assassins and the Knights Templar, first during the Crusades and then in Renaissance Italy.

Did Spice Trigger Sailor's Suicide?

Oct. 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The mother of a Navy sailor whose suicide may have been triggered by Spice use has started a campaign to bring awareness about the dangers of the designer drug.

Auto Legend Iacocca Backs Romney In Ohio Car Wars

Oct. 31
Sonari Glinton / NPR

As the presidential race zeroes in on Ohio, and the auto industry gets renewed focus in the all-important swing state, Mitt Romney's campaign is touting the backing of former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, and the company's former president, Hal Sperlich.

Broadway: The American Musical: Give My Regards To Broadway (1893-1927)

Oct. 31
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This six-part documentary series chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. The series draws on a wealth of archival news footage, lost and found television moments, original cast recordings, still photos, feature films, diaries, journals, intimate first-person accounts and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.

Bill Clinton Endorses Bob Filner In San Diego Mayor's Race

Oct. 31
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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Former President Bill Clinton today endorsed Bob Filner in the Democratic congressman's San Diego mayoral bid, his campaign announced.

Our New Extreme Weather Reality And How San Diego Is Preparing

Oct. 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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While it's unlikely San Diego could be hit with a hurricane, there are other concerns, such as sea level rise.

Vera: Series Two

Oct. 31
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VERA, ITV1's critically acclaimed crime drama returns, starring multi-award winning actress Brenda Blethyn ("Secrets & Lies"; "Little Voice") as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Based on the best-selling Inspector Stanhope books by renowned writer Ann Cleeves, the new season finds DCI Stanhope and her team facing a series of daunting challenges. Combined with beautifully shot landscapes and atmospheric production, each episode creates a haunting backdrop for Vera's inner turmoil as she discovers hidden truths about her own past, which threaten to change her life forever.

Military Continues To Provide Support For Sandy Victims (Video)

Oct. 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Guard are all providing much-needed assistance to the victims of superstorm Sandy.

In Sandy's Wake, Romney Struggles To Regain Attention

Oct. 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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It's not yet time to change the subject. That might pose a problem for Mitt Romney.

First Amendment Challenges To Local Law Enforcement And Border Patrol

Oct. 31
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Two legal cases in San Diego focus on the tension between First Amendment rights and law enforcement security.

San Diego County's Leading Economic Indicators Up In September

Oct. 31
City News Service

An index of San Diego County's leading economic indicators rose 0.6 percent in September, compared to 0.1 percent decline in August, according to figures released today by the University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate today.

Sandy Shuts Down New York And New Jersey Subways, Trains And Tunnels

Oct. 31
Scott Neuman / NPR

It's a commuter's nightmare.

Not If, But When Texas Goes Democrat

Oct. 31
By John Rosman
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Next year will the Lone Star state turn into a swing state?

Customs Officials Asking Border Crossers To Unmask For Halloween

Oct. 31
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Officials along the U.S.-Mexico border, near El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, prepare for Halloween

Behind A Halloween Mask, Even 'Good' Kids Can Turn Into Candy Thieves

Oct. 31
Shankar Vedantam / NPR
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Vampires and monsters will be out in force tonight on Halloween, but some of the darkest creatures out there might be your little angels inside those costumes.

In Ohio, Teachers Run For Statehouse -- And Could Give Obama A Boost

Oct. 31
Ida Lieszkovszky / NPR

Teachers unions in Ohio are supporting President Obama in the race for the White House. But way down the ballot, in races for the state Legislature, it's teachers themselves who want some support on Nov. 6.

Presidential Race: What If There Are Two Winners?

Oct. 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Even before Hurricane Sandy came roaring up the East Coast, political prognosticators were worried about next week's election being thrown into chaos and confusion.

Remembering Letitia Baldrige, The 'Doyenne Of Decorum'

Oct. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR

We want to note the death of Letitia Baldrige, who as The Washington Post writes "was social secretary to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and also became known as a 'doyenne of decorum' and chief arbiter of good manners in modern America."

Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group Arrives In U.S. 5th Fleet

Oct. 31
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and Marines from Camp Pendleton's 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Latest On Sandy: Death Toll Rises, Wait For 'Normal' Life Continues

Oct. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Across New York City, much of New Jersey and other places hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, power remains out today and the long, hard process of digging through debris and starting to rebuild continues.

Are San Diego's Theaters Haunted?

Oct. 31
Midday Edition
By Angela Carone
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Ghosts may come out on Halloween, but if you want to know where they live year-round, consider our local theaters. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone goes ghost hunting on San Diego’s stages.

US Military Deaths In Afghanistan At 2,015

Oct. 31
Associated Press
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As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at least 2,015 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government's Role

Oct. 31
Scott Horsley, NPR
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President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.

At New York University Medical Center, A Dramatic, Critical Evacuation

Oct. 31
Eyder Peralta, NPR
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One of the most dramatic stories to come out of New York last night is the critical evacuation of New York University Langone Medical Center.

America's Most Expensive Storms

Oct. 31
Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

While we're on the subject of devastating storms, consider a report published last year by the National Hurricane Center. The title alone makes it worth a look:

Veterans Village San Diego Seeks Permanent Housing Solution

Oct. 31
By Dwane Brown
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A new auditorium, classrooms and housing for 24 post 9/11 veterans will soon be open at the Veterans Village San Diego.

Supervisors Vote To Explore Local Partnership For Del Mar Fairgrounds

Oct. 31
By Alison St John and City News Service
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to explore potential partnerships with the state organization that operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which could lead to increased local oversight of the facility.

The Night A Computer Predicted The Next President

Oct. 31
Steve Henn / NPR
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Some milestone moments in journalism converged 60 years ago on election night in the run between Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower and Democratic Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson. It was the first coast-to-coast television broadcast of a presidential election. Walter Cronkite anchored his first election night broadcast for CBS.

Can Drug-Sniffing Dog Prompt Home Search?

Oct. 31
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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You can already hear all the likely jokes at the Supreme Court, about the justices going to the dogs. But the issue being argued Wednesday is deadly serious: whether police can take a trained drug-detection dog up to a house to smell for drugs inside, and if the dog alerts, use that to justify a search of the home.

Shift In Mormon Age Policy Widens Women's Options

Oct. 31
Barbara Bradley Hagerty / NPR
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Hannon Young was listening with only half an ear during the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints earlier this month when Church President Thomas S. Monson started talking about missionaries. But then Young perked up -- and froze, as Monson declared that women no longer have to wait until they are 21 to go on their missions. They can begin at 19, he said.

N.Y. Drama: Officer Dies After Saving Family; Videos Show Rooftop Rescues

Oct. 31
Mark Memmott / NPR

Heartbreak and heroics on Staten Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy:

There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

Oct. 31
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Suppose Sandy had struck a week later. With power out across multiple states, how would people be able to vote on Election Day?