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Stories by Pat Finn

Roundtable: Democrats Clean Up. So What Happens Now?

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Democrats have a super-majority in both state houses; they have the mayor's office and a majority on the San Diego City Council; and both the electorate and officeholders are more diverse.

Roundtable: SD Mayor, 52nd Congressional, District 3 Supervisor Races Getting Personal; Sweetwater Getting Weird

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As election season winds down, ads get emotional; Dave Roberts and Steve Dannon duke it out for supervisor sear. And a candidate for the Sweetwater school board has been indicted for various felonies.

State Superintendent Visits Patrick Henry High, Touts Prop 30

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California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is on a statewide "Strong Schools for a Strong Economy" tour in part to promote Prop. 30.

North County Cities Facing Big Election Issues

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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.

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

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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.

Sandra Fluke Campaigns For Women's Reproductive Rights

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In San Diego for a Planned Parenthood rally on Friday, Sandra Fluke believes the November election is particularly important to women.

San Diego Real Estate Looking Less Anemic

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Short sales are up, and default notices are down in San Diego. Can we see a rebound for real estate around the corner, or will real improvement prove elusive?

Roundtable: Navy/Broadway; Orchestra Nova; Bilbray/Peters; Lightner/Ellis

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The Navy's waterfront project gets a go-ahead; Jung Ho Pak leaves Orchestra Nova behind. Brian Bilbray and Scott Peters turn on each other; Sherri Lightner and Ray Ellis take it to the wire.

Politicos, Journalists, Friends Remember Gloria Penner

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Today's Midday Edition Roundtable is devoted to Gloria Penner, who died on October 6. Local politicians, journalists whose careers she impacted and former colleagues remember her persistence, preparation and high standards.

Broadcasting Pioneer Gloria Penner Dies At 81

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Gloria Penner, a San Diego broadcasting pioneer whose distinctive voice and reassuring presence graced the KPBS airwaves for nearly half a century, died Saturday.

Roundtable: DeMaio's Calendar, Convention Center Finances, Tuite's Case, "Conversion Therapy"

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Questions of the week: Why does DeMaio's calendar matter? Will the Convention Center expansion really be funded? Will Richard Tuite be retried? Will the local lawsuit against California's "conversion therapy" ban prevail?

San Diego's US Attorney Going After Prescription Drugs From Mexican Cartels

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Pharmaceutical drug trafficking has become so lucrative that Mexican drug cartels are trying to get in on the action. As prescription drug abuse among adults and teenagers rises, San Diego's U.S. Attorney is concerned about the associated rise in violence.

Grant Barrett On The Presidential Debate And Debaters

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Are Republicans or Democrats better at framing the debate and getting their message out? Is Obama or Romney likely to do a better job of persuasion?

Roundtable: Manchester And The Port; Dueling Mayoral Endorsements; Judges Ride Free

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Doug Manchester and John Lynch are pulling out all the stops for a sports-entertainment complex downtown. Mayoral candidates DeMaio gets big endorsements while Filner counters with endorsements of his own. Courtrooms are closing, employees are laid off, but judges keep their car allowance.

Are College Rankings Bogus?

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The US News college rankings came out this month. So did the Forbes college rankings, the Washington Monthly college rankings and no doubt several others. But who participates in these subjective rankings and what are the numbers based on?

Roundtable: City Council District 1, Mayor's Race, SDG&E vs. Ratepayers, Abandoned Property

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Will the San Diego City Council lean right or left? Will the LGBT community warm up to Carl DeMaio? Will customers pay for SDG&E's wildfire costs? And will the city's new definition of abandoned property ease blight?

Roundtable: Manchester Buys North Co. Times, Orchestra Nova's Labor Dispute, Vets And Martial Arts

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Doug Manchester doubles down on print media, sewing up the county's two daily papers. Orchestra Nova seeks an unusual concession from its musicians. And returning vets find mental health in the violence of mixed martial arts.

Roundtable: Mayor's Race, San Diego Hate Groups, Crowdsourcing Emergency Aid

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The never-ending round of mayoral debates continues -- with some new twists. Hate groups hang on in San Diego County by changing their message. A local company discovers how to use crowdsourcing to find lost hikers 4,000 miles away.

13 Hate Groups Tracked In San Diego County

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified 13 hate groups in San Diego County and another 12 which are statewide. An eclectic bunch, they include white racist skinheads, patriot groups, black separatists, anti-immigrant groups, and Christian identity groups.

Legislature Swamps Governor In Bills

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As per usual, a veritable whirlwind of legislation landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk at the close of the Legislative session last week, including many bills that were unread by the legislators voting on them. But this way of doing business may change.

Roundtable: Vets Want Benefits, State Wants New Fees, Lindbergh Wants Air Traffic

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Veterans face a long wait to find out their eligibility for benefits. The last day of the legislative session finds Sacramento lawmakers making new rules for San Diego and new fees for all. And San Diego International Airport is having trouble finding enough air traffic.

San Diego CityBeat: 10 Years Of Wit And Fury

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San Diego CityBeat, a crusading alternative weekly with its own mix of outrage, investigation, wit and in-your-face opinion on everything from politics to fashion, celebrates its 10th birthday this month.

Roundtable: 2,000 U.S. Dead in Afghanistan, Criminal Cases Pose Challenge, No Jail Mail

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U.S. troops reach an unwanted milestone in Afghanistan. A man the D.A. declined to charge with kidnapping and raping his wife has been arraigned for murdering her. An 11-year-old accused of killing his friend is found incompetent. The Sheriff's Department says postcards only -- no envelopes -- to prisoners.

Is Wildlife Services Killing Too Many Animals In San Diego?

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Voice of San Diego's investigative series on the USDA's Wildlife Services discovered the agency kills thousands of animals each year to protect endangered species or humans, but often information on why or what danger they posed was unavailable.

Roundtable: Mayor's Race Gets Ugly; Port Gets Tenant; Escondido Gets Rights Issue

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The Mayor's race is getting as hot as the weather. The Port of San Diego gets a long-term delivery of fresh fruit. And the City of Escondido is wrestling with a voting-rights lawsuit.

Pendleton Marines Among Those Killed This Week In Afghanistan

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As the War in Afghanistan winds down for U.S. troops, it is taking a frightening turn into uncertainty. Afghan soldiers have attacked and killed members of the U.S. military, foreign troops and even their own compatriots in recent days.

Meteorologists Say Current Heat Wave Is Sign Of Climate Change

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The San Diego summer suddenly got a lot hotter, but nowhere near as steamy as it is in the middle of the country. We look at what's up with the weather (the temperature), what's going on with the climate (change), and whether they are related (maybe).

Roundtable: Poway Unified's Big Bond; Padres' Big Sale; San Onofre's Big Trouble

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Last night's mayoral debate got testy. Poway Unified School District must pay back almost $1 billion on a loan of $105 million. The Padres' sale includes more than the team and part of Petco. San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station is on thin ice with regulators.

What's The Solution To High College Costs?

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Most parents looking for a college that suits their child financially and academically have no idea how to go about it. Neither, says author Lynn O'Shaughnessy, do high school counselors.

Roundtable: U.S. Attorney Punked; Mayor's Race; SDPD Budget; Padres In Limbo

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The San Diego U.S. Attorney's Office is in the middle of an elaborate hoax. The mayor's race is producing strange bedfellows. Scrutinizing the oversight of SDPD's budget request. And the Padres are playing better, but many can't see them.

Police Chief Lansdowne Defends Request For Increased Budget

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San Diego's low rates of violent crime have lasted for several years. Citing recent statistics that show the rates slightly higher, the department wants to increase staffing levels and improve and replace equipment after years of budget cuts.

Roundtable: Pot Clinics, Multicultural Casting, City Auditor

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Just as the feds are closing pot clinics in San Diego, other cities in the county are voting on whether to start them up; the La Jolla Playhouse issues an extraordinary apology; and the independent city auditor is dissed by the departments he is auditing.

New Program Helps San Diegans Get More Access To Legal Services

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Two months ago, California Western School of Law started the Access to Law Initiative, which places a small group of new graduates in a downtown office. The attorneys offer legal services to the poor and middle class pro bono or on a sliding scale and are mentored by professors and practicing attorneys.

Roundtable: Colorado Theater Massacre, SDPD Budget, Defense Cuts

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Roundtable: The accused shooter in a massacre at a Colorado theater has San Diego ties. There will be cuts to the defense budget that will affect San Diego; the question is how big? And is SDPD's budget request based on fact?

'Wait' Gives Procrastinators The Last Word

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Contrary to those who value snap decisions and "going with their gut," Frank Partnoy, author of "Wait: The Art And Science Of Delay," says delaying commitment until the last moment can lead to better outcomes, success and even happiness.

Roundtable: Balboa Park, Bridgepoint, Backcountry Wildlife Killings

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This week, the City Council voted cars off the Plaza de Panama; the WASC voted not to accredit Bridgepoint's Ashfrord University; and the USDA voted to keep information on backcountry wildlife killings from the press.

Is Superman Jewish?

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Larry Tye's history of the square-jawed guy in the blue tights and red cape looks at his origins, what he means to us, and how he changed when he suddenly became big business.

Roundtable: Mexican Election, Welfare Cuts, Fireworks Fail

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Mexico resurrects the Institutional Revolutionary Party with the latest election; California deals a big blow to the poor; and San Diego gets 15 seconds of international fame -- or infamy.

Lifeguards Pose Solution For Children's Pool

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San Diego lifeguards are proposing a movable barrier of boulders between seals and humans at the La Jolla Children's Pool.

Free Trade Negotiations Sneak Up On San Diego

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Just last week, it was safe to say that almost no one in San Diego had heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. This week, the 13th round of negotiations between member nations is underway here at the Bayfront Hilton, complete with accompanying demonstrations and marches.

Hotter Temperatures Could Lead To More Wildfires, Damaged Eco-Systems

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As our climate gets warmer, the danger of wildfires increases and plants and animals lose their habitat, not only in San Diego County, but all over the West.

Roundtable: Healthcare, Soledad Cross, Stolen Valor And Military Sexual Assaults

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We look at SCOTUS rulings this week on the Affordable Care Act, the cross atop Mt. Soledad and lying about military heroism. Also, the rise in sexual assaults in the military reaches the gates of Camp Pendleton.

Redevelopment Returns With Civic San Diego

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San Diego's downtown redevelopment agency, CCDC, votes today on doing away with itself, merging with another development agency, becoming a non-profit corporation under city contract and changing its name.

SCOTUS Passes On Soledad Cross, Gives Juvenile Offenders Hope

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling that the cross on Mt. Soledad is unconstitutional and decreed that juvenile offenders cannot be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Roundtable: Courts Get Cut, Teachers Stay Employed, Kreep Becomes Judge

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What will a 21% budget cut mean to San Diego's court system? Will the teachers ratify the deal between SDUSD and the union? And how does a candidate rated "unqualified" for judge get elected anyway?

San Diego's Military, Civilian Families Face Food Stamp Cut

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Congress is considering cutting funds for food stamps in the omnibus Farm Bill as a way to keep the Defense budget intact. In an ironic twist, passage of the bill may mean the loss of food stamps for many veterans and military families.

San Onofre: Design Caused Decay

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After months of investigating the excessive wear and decay in tubes in the recently over-hauled generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the cause is in the heavily modified design. The NRC explained its findings at a community meeting in San Juan Capistrano Monday.

Roundtable: Election Aftermath

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The 2012 primary is history, which means voters will talk about it and shout about it. We help figure out what it means ... before we have to do it all again in November.

Breastfeeding Moms Silenced By The Military

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Breastfeeding in public, while serving in the military. We look at the controversy surrounding photos used for National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Tuna Was A Way of Life In San Diego

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As the San Diego History Center celebrates what the tuna industry once meant to this city, we look at those who were instrumental in making tuna the city's second largest industry and examine the reasons for its decline.