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Stories for November 23, 2006

Star of India Hailed as "Ambassador From a Past World"

Nov. 23
By Paul Alexander Juutilainen and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Down on the bay, on North Harbor Drive, is docked one of the world's greatest treasures - The Star of India. Built nearly one hundred fifty years ago, this tall lady is the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Independent producer Paul Alexander Juutilainen brings us the story of a vessel that's weathered the test of time.

San Diego Retailers Brace for Busy Shopping Season

Nov. 23
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego merchants are bracing for lots of visitors this weekend as the Christmas shopping season hits full stride. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Military Families Send Holiday Greetings to Loved Ones Overseas

Nov. 23
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. In spite of the war’s tragedies, Lincoln said, Americans had much to be thankful for. Today is Thanksgiving, and military families are trying to count their blessings, while loved ones fight a war overseas. One program is helping those families stay in touch during the holiday season. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps has more.

Holiday Charity-Givers Urged to Beware

Nov. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you’re looking to include charities on your holiday gift list, beware of scammers this season. That’s the word from the state Attorney General’s office. Spokesperson Teresa Schilling says they get complaints all year long, but the problem increases this time of year, and once you’ve given, it’s tough to get the money back.

Average Californian Eats an Entire Turkey Each Year

Nov. 23
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Here’s something to think about over the Thanksgiving bird today. If you average it out, most Californians eat about one good-sized turkey a year. Not all at once, of course. Dave Kranz with the California Farm Bureau Federation says that’s more than people in other states.