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Stories for August 21, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando
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Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez joined forces for the faux double bill “Grindhouse” just a few years ago. Now they find themselves with separate and very different releases going head to head at this weekend’s box office. Tarantino’s serving up “Inglourious Basterds” (opening August 21 throughout San Diego) and Rodriguez delivers another one of his family films “Shorts” (Opening August 21 throughout San Diego).

Avatar Preview Footage and Trailer

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando
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Earlier tonight I saw a 16-minute preview of James Cameron's "Avatar" (opening December 18). The footage was essentially the same that premiered at Comic-Con last month and the idea behind Fox sneaking it was to show off the new state of the art 3-D technology in the hopes of creating positive buzz for the film.

History Detectives: WPA Mural Studies, George Washington Miniature, Japanese Balloon Bomb

Aug. 21
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Mural studies that may have been commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or 40s; a miniature painting that may depict George Washington; and a balloon scrap that may be a missing piece of a secret weapon.

Tomb 33 - An Egyptian Mystery

Aug. 21
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Deep beneath the Valley of the Kings, the most popular tourist destination in Egypt, lies a maze of corridors and chambers that remained hidden for 1,000 years. Known as Tomb 33, it has been hailed by archaeologists as the greatest mystery of this sacred land. The last attempted excavation occurred more than 100 years ago, just before the tomb was sealed. Using stunning HD photography and illustrative computer models, "TOMB 33 - AN EGYPTIAN MYSTERY" attempts to uncover the secrets of this mysterious archaeological treasure.

Great Performances: Harlem in Montmartre

Aug. 21
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“Harlem in Montmartre” tells the story of the jazz age in Paris between the First and Second World Wars, exploring a fascinating yet often neglected era in African-American cultural history. After peace was signed at Versailles, many black Americans remained in Europe rather than return to the brutal segregation and racism of America; over the next two decades, they created an expatriate community of musicians, entertainers and entrepreneurs, primarily congregating in Paris’ hilly Montmartre neighborhood. Some achieved enduring fame, while others faded into history.

Uninsured Patients in San Diego To Get Free Surgeries

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

Forty-six uninsured San Diegans will get surgeries and other medical procedures tomorrow for free. That's thanks to a number of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who will be donating their time.

Bernanke Says U.S. Economy On Verge Of Recovery

Aug. 21
Associated Press
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke declared Friday that the U.S. economy is on the verge of a long-awaited recovery after enduring a brutal recession and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Chula Vista to Honor Parkview All-Stars

Aug. 21
City News Service
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The city of Chula Vista announced plans today to honor the Park View Little League All-Stars when the team returns from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Rose in July

Aug. 21
San Diego Week

The unemployment rate in San Diego County rose slightly in July, increasing to 10.3 percent up from a revised 10.2 percent the previous month, a state agency reported today.

Southbound Screenings Begin in Mexico

Aug. 21
Editors Roundtable

Mexican customs officials have begun screening cars traveling south across the border. The screening program, which hasn't started in Tijuana yet, is an effort to prevent guns and cash from being smuggled into Mexico.

Coastal Commission Rejects S.D. Sewage Waiver

Aug. 21
Editors Roundtable

The California Coastal Commission recently told San Diego to upgrade its main sewage treatment facility. The city's third request for a waiver from the federal Clean Water Act was rejected late last week.

Chula Vista Unites Behind City's Little Sluggers

Aug. 21
By Ana Tintocalis

It's a weeknight at the Armenta household. The family is gathered around the television, watching a recent little league all-stars game featuring their favorite player: 12-year-old Isaiah Armenta.

Separating Fact from Fiction in Health Care Debate

Aug. 21
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

The Obama Administration has been on the defensive lately over its plan to overhaul the nation's health care system. With heated protests at town hall meetings across the country, the president and his Democratic allies have been trying separate fact from fiction in the debate.

Afghan Presidential Rivals Each Claim Victory

Aug. 21
Associated Press
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President Hamid Karzai and top challenger Abdullah Abdullah each positioned themselves Friday as the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election, one day after millions of Afghans braved dozens of militant attacks to cast ballots.

CIA's Use Of Contractors Draws Fresh Scrutiny

Aug. 21
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR

News that the CIA worked with a private contractor on a secret assassination program is the latest evidence of how much the agency has outsourced a range of its activities, including covert missions.

SDG&E Will Comply with Ruling

Aug. 21
By Katie Orr
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San Diego Gas and Electric says it will comply with a state ruling to put its emergency shut-off plan on hold for now.

Feds Say Organic Food Not Safer Than Food Grown Conventionally

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg
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The nation's food supply continues to be plagued by outbreaks of bacteria like salmonella and E. coli. Safety concerns are prompting some consumers to turn to organic and locally-produced food.

Latin Film Series Kick Off

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando
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When it rains it pours. We don’t have any Spanish language films in theaters for months and now there’s too many to choose from thanks to a pair of competing Latin Film Series: Cinema En Tu Idioma (opening August 21 at UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center) and The Maya Independent Film Series (opening August 21 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas).