‘Bully’ Film Gives Voice to the Silent — But Fails to Give Solutions

FireShot Screen Capture #015 - '‘Bully’ Film Gives Voice to the Silent — But Fails to Give Solutions - Speak Out - Lemon Grove, CA Patch' - lemongrove_patch_com_groups_opinion_p_bully-film-gives-voice-to-the-silent-buThis was written for Patch.com on April 13, 2012.

It’s authentic, heartbreaking and dynamic. And, for once, the stories of the estimated 13 million children bullied each year are told in a broad way.

The highly anticipated Bully is finally released and though the PG-13 documentary is certainly worth watching, stories seem to be only half told.

Bully, which had its local premiere last September in the San Diego Film Festival, is showing now at two theaters—at Hillcrest Cinemas and AMC La Jolla Village 12.

The film, directed by Lee Hirsch, tells the story of five children from small towns and their struggles with bullying. Two of those profiled—Tyler Long and Ty Smalley—committed suicide at the ages of 17 and 11. Filmmakers interview their parents in the movie.

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Poway Drug Use: Too Much Talk or Not Enough?

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Depending on whom you ask, the issue of drug abuse—primarily of OxyContin—in Poway and, more specifically, at Poway High School is either a serious problem or one of little significance compared to other communities in the county.

Some students at the school maintain that there isn’t a significant problem and said some media reports to the contrary are false or are misconstrued. School administrators call the issue one that is typical of any high school in the county, while some parents believe that drug abuse on the campus of Poway High and in the city are reaching epidemic proportions. And Poway’s mayor said the city acknowledges the problem of drugs in general in the city and has taken appropriate measures to counter its growth and, when it comes to law enforcement, one illegal drug abuser is one too many.

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Colorado River Water Shortage for Western States Foreseen in U.S. Study

FireShot Screen Capture #005 - 'Colorado River Water Shortage for Western States Foreseen in U_S_ Study - Government - Poway, CA Patch' - poway_patch_com_groups_politics-and-elections_p_colorado-river-water-shortage-fThis story was reported for Patch on Dec. 12, 2012.

The Colorado River won’t be able to support the growing population of Western states including California, says a federal study released Wednesday.

The study—conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation over the course of three years—says the river will be an estimated 3.2 million acre-feet short of meeting demand by 2060.

The shortage amount would support roughly 3 million households.

The study—which examines how Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming will be affected—projects that 76.5 million people will rely on the Colorado River Basin by 2060.

Currently, 40 million people benefit from the river.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Urges Higher Taxes, Science/Math Priority

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn’t mention tax and education measures on the Nov. 6 ballot at a San Diego appearance Monday but left no doubt which side deserved an assist.

“We have to pay more taxes,” he told the California STEM Learning Network Summit at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel—with STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.

The NBA legend and sometimes actor noted he didn’t want to get “political.” But he wasn’t shy about the question of education funding for arts vs. sciences.

Science, math and engineering should be favored, the 7-foot-2 former star center told the event, which featured the work of 40 California students and aimed to bring together business, government, education, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders to drive education.

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Feinstein: Obama and Romney Both Wrong on Greatest Threat to America

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Contrary to what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney said in Monday night’s debate, the greatest threat to America is cyber-attack, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The 79-year-old senator—who visited San Diego on Tuesday—told a group of about 200 business and community leaders that it’s “imperative” Congress pass a cyber-security bill.

“The greatest threat is a major cyber attack,” said Feinstein, who chairs the Intelligence Committee. “We have major cyber problems. We know that it is quite possible to take down the electric grid. The problem is these attacks are kept silent.”

In the final presidential debate Monday, the president suggested the greatest threat to the country is terrorist networks while Gov. Mitt Romney indicated it’s a nuclear Iran.

Feinstein—who spoke at a downtown luncheon hosted by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and CONNECT—said though the country is safer than it was pre-9/11, a cyber-security bill that requires certain information be shared needs to pass.

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