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Stories for October 4, 2013

West Nile Death Reported In San Bernardino County

Oct. 4
Associated Press

San Bernardino County health officials say a person has died after being infected with the West Nile virus.

San Diego Fire Crews Stand Ready As Santa Ana Winds Arrive

Oct. 4
By Erik Anderson
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Santa Ana wind conditions have firefighters preparing for the worst.

Records Show ICE Still Targets Non-Criminal Immigrants

Oct. 4
Michel Marizco / Fronteras Desk

A new study shows that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have ignored orders to only target people living here illegally who pose a public risk. It's a policy that ICE has faced criticism for before and announced it would put a stop to.

Shutdown Diary, Day 4: When 'Winning' Isn't Everything

Oct. 4
Frank James / NPR

As the federal government shutdown approached its first weekend, there was plenty of heat, though no light at the end of the tunnel.

Barrio Logan Referendum Kicks Off

Oct. 4
By Sandhya Dirks
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The referendum to bring the Barrio Logan community plan to a city-wide vote has begun, at the same time as mayoral candidates and City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and David Alvarez say they will continue to search for compromise.

Senator Barbara Boxer Warns Of Economic Consequences Of Shutdown On California

Oct. 4
Max Pringle/Capital Public Radio
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer told reporters that the federal government shutdown is not hampering the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California, but is damaging the state’s economy.

City Of San Diego To Appeal Unemployment Benefits For Ex-Police Sergeant

Oct. 4
City News Service

The City Attorney's office announced Friday it would appeal a recent decision by an administrative law judge to award unemployment benefits to a former San Diego police sergeant whom the city contends had voluntarily retired.

Taylor Guitars Still Strumming Along As Example Of San Diego Manufacturing Success

Oct. 4
By Dwane Brown

To encourage people to take a closer look at the impact of these businesses this week was deemed Manufacturing Week by the City of San Diego.

Republicans Could Face Political Backlash From Government Shutdown Repercussions

Oct. 4
By Peggy Pico

CSUSM political science professor Steve Nichols tells KPBS that the apparent toxic political environment at the Capitol is linked directly to the government shutdown.

Genealogy Roadshow: San Francisco

Oct. 4
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Bay Area drama unfolds at San Francisco’s Old Mint as the GENEALOGY ROADSHOW team reveals stories tying citizens to the 1906 earthquake, notorious gangsters, war heroes and two brutal murders. A woman who suspects family ties to the Gold Rush learns that a 19th-century workplace murder claimed the life of an ancestor. An Irish-American woman discovers how a devastating earthquake brought her grandparents together. A Chinese-American woman finds out the truth about her family’s ties to Chinatown gangster “Big Jim” Chin, and family heirlooms connect a man to the sole survivor of the 1860 Wiyot Massacre.

Forget The Government Shutdown, It's National Taco Day

Oct. 4
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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Forget the government shutdown for second, it's National Taco Day!

You've Got Shutdown Questions. We've Got Answers

Oct. 4
NPR Staff / NPR
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There's no end in sight to the partial shutdown of the federal government, which has now gone on for four days.

One Man's 300-Mile Ride Against Parkinson’s Showcases At San Diego Film Festival

Oct. 4
By Patty Lane
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After 20 years of living with Parkinson’s disease, Larry Smith bikes 300 miles across South Dakota. His story is a feature-length documentary showcasing at the San Diego Film Festival.

Google Vs. Facebook: A Map Of Global Conquest

Oct. 4
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute has put together an interesting illustration of the most popular websites around the world. Not surprising, Google and Facebook dominate the globe.

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Oct. 4
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents'

Oct. 4
John Burnett / NPR
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Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier -- a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.

The Last Word On Hormone Therapy From the Women's Health Initiative

Oct. 4
Nancy Shute / NPR

Back in 2002, a research study blew apart the widely held belief that hormone replacement therapy protected women from heart disease and other chronic ills.

Obama's Lunch: Sandwich With A Side Of Shutdown Messaging

Oct. 4
Frank James / NPR
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Before President Obama canceled his Asia trip, some of us wondered how he could possibly leave the U.S., especially for the exotic resort island of Bali, during the federal government shutdown.

Jerry Brown Set To Become California's Longest Serving Governor

Oct. 4
Associated Press
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California's colorful and unpredictable governor, Jerry Brown, is preparing to pass another milestone: the state's longest serving governor.

Of Goats And Gardens: Making Sense Of Urban Agriculture In LA

Oct. 4
April Fulton / NPR
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Until recently, if you wanted to find out the rules for raising goats in Hollywood, bees in Bel Air or squash in a community garden in South Central Los Angeles, it would have been pretty tough -- like standing in various lines at the DMV.

MARTHA BAKES: Pâte à Choux

Oct. 4
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Martha demystifies pâte à choux by demonstrating how easy it is to make. Though it may seem intimidating, it’s made with only four ingredients and cooked on the stovetop. Once mastered, it can be used to make cream puffs, éclairs, profiteroles and cheesy gougères.

San Diego-Based USS Higgins To Return Home

Oct. 4
City News Service

A San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer that deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to the Western Pacific and Middle East is scheduled to return home on Monday, the Navy announced today.

Review: 'Gravity'

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando
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As we head into Oscar season a film named “Gravity” (opening October 4 throughout San Diego) sounds exactly like what Academy voters will be looking for.

San Diego Among Cities To Participate In Countrywide Call For Immigration Reform

Oct. 4
By Jill Replogle
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Rallies and marches for immigration reform are planned for cities across the country on Saturday. Despite the attention on the government shutdown and looming debt limit, advocates hope a solution to those two problems could come in the form of an immigration reform bill.

Roundtable: The U.S. Powers Down, Obamacare Powers Up, Mayor's Race Powers On

Oct. 4
By Pat Finn, Alison St John
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The U.S. government closed its doors. Obamacare opened for business. The San Diego mayor's race is going nonstop.

San Onofre Nuclear Plant To Test Siren System

Oct. 4
City News Service
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The siren test remains a regulatory requirement even though the plant is retired, according to Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at Rosemead-based Southern California Edison.

Officials Detail Shutdown Chilling Effect On National Security

Oct. 4
Tom Bowman / NPR
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James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told Congress this week that the partial federal government shutdown has forced the furlough of some 70 percent of employees throughout the intelligence community.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: The Paradise

Oct. 4
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A Victorian-era department store is the setting for love, intrigue, and a revolution in retailing, with Joanna Vanderham ("What Maisie Knew") as a beautiful salesgirl and Emun Elliott (“Game of Thrones”) as the ruthless, enigmatic store owner. Adapted from Emile Zola’s classic novel, the glittering shopping spectacle also stars Patrick Malahide, Elaine Cassidy, and Sarah Lancashire.

Push For Immigration Reform Continues On The Border

Oct. 4
Mónica Ortiz Uribe / Fronteras Desk
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The debate over immigration reform may have slowed down in Washington, but across the country advocates are pushing to keep the momentum alive.

Still Powerful Tropical Storm Karen Set For Saturday Landfall

Oct. 4
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A weakened Tropical Storm Karen, the first named system this year to threaten the U.S., still has her sights set on the Louisiana coast, but the National Hurricane Center has shifted the system's path a bit.

Murrieta, Temecula Congressmen Forgo Pay During Shutdown

Oct. 4
Maggie Avants / Patch
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U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter both announced Thursday they do not wish to be paid during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Vietnamese General Who Led Fight Against U.S., France, Dies

Oct. 4
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded the defeat of French colonial forces at Dien Bien Phu and the Tet Offensive that turned many Americans against the Vietnam War, has died at 102.

'This Isn't Some Damn Game!' Boehner Says

Oct. 4
NPR

"This isn't some damn game!" House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just declared, his voice rising, as he told reporters on Capitol Hill that he believes it's the Obama administration that's to blame for the four-day-old partial shutdown of the federal government.

Review: 'Blue Caprice'

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando
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The Beltway Sniper attacks that terrorized Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia in October of 2002 provide the basis for the new movie “Blue Caprice" (opens Oct. 4 at the Digital Gym Cinema).

Rants And Raves: Scream Zone

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando, Hilary Andrews
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Last year Halloween sales reached a record-setting $8 billion, making it the second-largest commercial holiday, topped only by Christmas. This also means opportunities for seasonal jobs. I'll take you out to one business for an afternoon of job interviews. I highly recommend listening to this piece.

Media Maze Complicates Enforcement Of California Political Ad Rules

Oct. 4
By Amita Sharma
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As San Diegans brace themselves for an onslaught of political ads in the special mayoral election to replace Bob Filner, last year's ads in U-T San Diego may have exposed a flaw in California's Political Reform Act.

Independent Committees Changing San Diego Mayoral Race With Big Bucks

Oct. 4
By Joe Yerardi
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Independent committees that support San Diego's mayoral hopefuls — but can't coordinate with them — are emerging as major forces in the special elections.

Play Puts County Of San Diego On The Stage

Oct. 4
By Angela Carone
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One hundred San Diegans who've never acted before will take the La Jolla Playhouse stage to provide a theatrical portrait of our region. "100% San Diego" is part of the Playhouse's "Without Walls" festival, which takes place this weekend.

A Grass-Roots Rally To Protect South Carolina's Massive 'Angel Oak'

Oct. 4
April Fehling / NPR
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On South Carolina's steamy Johns Island is a fern-draped, centuries-old live oak that has withstood hurricanes, the creation of the United States and every government shutdown to date.

Friday Morning Political Mix

Oct. 4
Frank James / NPR
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Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. Of course, it's hard to be happy if you're one of the more than two million federal workers either furloughed or working without pay, or one of the millions of other Americans whose lives are disrupted by official Washington's dysfunction. It's Day Four of the federal government shutdown, 2013 edition. And an end to the disagreement still doesn't seem in the offing.

4 Things To Know On Day 4 Of The Shutdown

Oct. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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With the partial shutdown of the federal government now into its fourth day, here are four stories to help bring us all up to speed:

Woman Killed After D.C. Chase May Have Had Depression

Oct. 4
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The woman killed by police Thursday after a wild chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol has been identified by law enforcement authorities to The Associated Press, NPR and other news outlets as 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Conn.

Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama's Negotiating Tactics

Oct. 4
Scott Horsley / NPR
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The government shutdown grinds on with no immediate relief in sight.

For Obama And Boehner, No Sign Of Thaw In Frosty Relationship

Oct. 4
Ari Shapiro / NPR
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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have had five years of fights and negotiations to learn how to work together.

Government Shutdown Slowed Border Prosecutions

Oct. 4
Associated Press

The top federal prosecutor in San Diego said prosecutions of immigrant and drug smuggling offenses would be fully restored Friday, three days after they were curtailed in response to the federal government shutdown.

Calif. Wildfire Smoke Drifts Into San Francisco

Oct. 4
Associated Press

Authorities say high winds are pushing smoke from a small wildfire in Northern California into San Francisco and surrounding areas.