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Stories for November 12, 2007

Om Shanti Om

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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is reportedly the biggest day and date international release in Bollywood history with 2000 prints in circulation. Bollywood takes its name from the blending of Bombay (the former name of the city of Mumbai where these films are made) and Hollywood. Bollywood refers to a particular high gloss, studio film that harkens back to the old Hollywood studio films of the 40s. So if you feel that Hollywood no longer makes big glamorous musicals then

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Insurer Rewarded Staff Who Canceled Policies

Nov. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Internal documents show Health Net has paid bonuses based on how many policies were canceled and how much money the insurance company saved as a result. The information was revealed as part of lawsuit against the insurer, filed by a hairdresser whose coverage was terminated. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Voter Registration Cards May Be Revamped

Nov. 12
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It may have been awhile since you've seen one of California's voter registration cards. But they've grown more cluttered, and the Secretary of State wants to change that. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Low-Performing Eighth Graders Still Going to High School

Nov. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego Unified school district report shows the majority of local eighth graders who flunked at least one class last year still moved on to high school and enrolled in a special intervention program. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has details.

Experts See Iconic Architecture in San Diego's Future

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Does San Diego have iconic architecture that makes the skyline instantly recognizable to the rest of the world? Local architectural experts discuss iconic architecture that defines skylines and cities, the "Bosafication" of San Diego, and how architecture influences or is influenced by a city's civic character.

Drug Researchers Gather in San Diego

Nov. 12
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thousands of drug researchers from around the world are in San Diego this week, for the annual meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Five Killed in Quiet Temecula Neighborhood

Nov. 12
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Five people were shot to death last night at a house in Temecula. Authorities say it could have been a murder-suicide. KPBS News spoke with Sergeant Dennis Gutierrez from the Riverside County Sheriff's department.

Lawmakers to Debate Iraq War Spending This Week

Nov. 12
By Capitol News Connection, Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter is the Grand Marshall of today's Veterans Day Parade downtown. This week lawmakers will return to Washington to debate the future of the Iraq War. Todd Zwillich has this report from Washington.

Mexican Agent to Help U.S. Border Investigators

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Mexican intelligence officer will come north of the border to help San Diego immigration investigators. The Mexican officer will primarily help fight drug and human smuggling. KPBS News spoke with a representative from ICE about the program.

SDPD Crime Lab's DNA Unit Investigates "Lesser Felony" Crimes

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Police Department allocates resources to investigate burglaries and other "lesser felony" crimes through forensic evidence. Two specialists from the SDPD crime lab tell us how solving one crime can open the door to solving other, why this investment is worth it, and how the DNA database will expand in the coming years.

Group Wants Voters to Go Green with Mail-In Ballots

Nov. 12
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Concerned about the environment? Along with hybrid cars and solar powered homes, an education advocacy group says you can also "go green" when you cast your ballot. In Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Convenience to Blame in Rising Demand for Bottled Water

Nov. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What accounts for the popularity of bottled water? Health concerns? Convenience? Marketing? More and more people, especially Americans, seem to prefer bottled water to tap water. The product's relative ubiquity is a recent phenomenon discussed by an investigative journalist, a San Diego city water department representative and a member of the International Bottled Water Association.

San Diego Literary Hub Hosted Norman Mailer

Nov. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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morning at the age of 84. He has been on my mind recently, and just 6 days ago

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Nov. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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