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Stories for August 28, 2009

Heat Wave Causing Energy Demand Spike

Aug. 28
By Katie Orr
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The recent heat wave hitting the San Diego area has caused a jump in energy usage. But the people who manage California’s power grid aren’t concerned about the supply.

Jamul Fire Under Control

Aug. 28
CCN
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Firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on a slow-moving brush fire burning on both sides of Lawson Valley Road and Sloane Canyon Road near Jamul, says Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik.

Two Men on Border Patrol Poster Freed in Mexico

Aug. 28
By Amy Isackson
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Mexican authorities have freed two men wanted for questioning by the U.S. Border Patrol. Mexican officials say US law enforcement never asked to speak to the men.

Cleaning Up Cigarette Butts in San Diego

Aug. 28
By Ed Joyce
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Environmental and community groups have started a program to clean up cigarette butts from the Pacific Beach neighborhood in San Diego. The the area is a major source of the litter.

American Masters: Trumbo

Aug. 28
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With credits for "Kitty Foyle" and "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" to his name — and the anti-war novel "Johnny Got His Gun" — the young Dalton Trumbo was one of Hollywood’s highest-paid writers. Refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947, he was part of the group known as the Hollywood Ten; convicted for contempt, he spent 11 months in federal prison and lost all rights to ply his craft.

Wide Angle: Once Upon a Coup

Aug. 28
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A failed coup attempt … a British mercenary in a notorious African prison … a dictator suspicious of Western powers … and beneath it all, a spectacular underwater oil reserve that the world’s major powers would love to get their hands on. It may sound like the latest John LeCarré best-seller, but in fact it’s real-life intrigue. "WIDE ANGLE’s" penetrating look at the mysterious goings-on in Equatorial Guinea, a tiny West African nation newly rich with oil and infamous for corruption, begins in 2004, when a group of mercenaries, including a British ex-special forces officer named Simon Mann, is arrested in Zimbabwe.

Mad Men Yourself in Swanky Style

Aug. 28
By Angela Carone
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Create a "Mad Men" avatar for yourself! Why? Because it's Friday, and a fun and frivolous way to start the weekend.

History Detectives: Stalag 17 Portrait; Seadrome; Black Tom Shell

Aug. 28
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"Stalag 17 Portrait" – A Tempe, Arizona, woman has an intriguing memento of a sobering World War II experience: a portrait of her father sketched while he was held inside the German prisoner of war camp, Stalag 17B. On the back, her father has noted: “Done in May of 1944 by Gil Rhoden, using a #2 lead pencil. "Seadrome" – A Rochester, New York, man inherited three photos of a Seadrome model from his grandfather. More than a decade before Charles Lindberg made his solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic, an American engineer proposed the Seadrome, a floating airport anchored to the ocean floor where trans-Atlantic passenger flights could refuel. "Black Tom Shell" – A woman in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, has an explosive artifact in her possession: a large, intact artillery shell, along with a note in her mother’s handwriting that reads “Black Tom Explosion of 1914.”

The Answer Man

Aug. 28
By Beth Accomando
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In the new film "The Answer Man" (opening August 28 at Reading's Gaslamp Stadium 15 Theaters), Jeff Daniels plays a reclusive author whose best-selling book "Me and God" has created a rabid cult following. He claims to have spoken with God and now everyone wants to ask him to answer their questions about everything from fate and free will to the stock market.

State Insurance Commissioner Sues Over Plan To Sell Worker's Comp Fund

Aug. 28
Steve Shadley, CCN
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California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is filing a lawsuit challenging a plan to sell part of a state fund that pays claims to injured workers. Gov.Schwarzenegger and lawmakers agreed to the sale to help close the massive hole in the state budget.

Girl Held For 18 Years Is Reunited With Family

Aug. 28
Associated Press
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A man suspected of snatching an 11-year-old girl and hiding her for nearly two decades in his backyard faced a Friday court appearance, as the woman's family reunited with their daughter and met the two children fathered by her alleged abductor.

90,000 in U.S. Could Die from H1N1 Virus this Flu Season

Aug. 28
Editors Roundtable
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A recent report from the White House estimates that up to 90,000 Americans could die from the swine flu this flu season. The report also estimates that 2 million people could be hospitalized, and 20 to 40 percent of the population could be infected by the H1N1 influenza pandemic.

San Diego's Premier Short Film Showcase is Back

Aug. 28
These Days
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San Diego's premier short film showcase is back for its seventh year. The evening promises a fresh selection of smart and provocative short films screened throughout the galleries of downtown's Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Collecting 101: How to Start Collecting Art

Aug. 28
These Days
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San Diego's first international contemporary art fair begins next week, showcasing $4 million in artwork by 23 national and international galleries. Organizers of the fair hope to reach as many established and new collectors as they can, which had us wondering how one begins collecting art and is it only for the wealthy among us.

How to Behave and Misbehave in the Art World

Aug. 28
These Days
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Have you ever gone to an opening at a gallery and felt like a fish out of water, as if there were customs and ways of behaving no one told you about? The art world, like any other culture, has its own standards of etiquette. We'll explore the good and the bad manners of the art world.

School Chief Grier Expected to Leave S.D.

Aug. 28
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Terry Grier could be leaving the district very soon, after only 18 months on the job. Grier is expected to accept an offer to become superintendent of the Houston school district in the next few weeks.

Wading Through Mixed Messages on Economy

Aug. 28
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The local unemployment rate increased to 10.3 percent in July, but San Diego housing prices have been increasing over the last couple months. President Obama announced the country faces a $9 trillion deficit for the next decade, yet consumer confidence is on the rise.

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Aug. 28
By Beth Accomando
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If you don't know who Gertrude Berg is then you're probably like most people... but you and everyone else should know who this radio and TV pioneer is. The documentary "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" (opening August 28 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Cinemas) addresses this and works toward getting Berg her proper place in the spotlight. Listen to our Film Club of the Air discussion.

Is Being Fat Really a Problem?

Aug. 28
By Tom Fudge
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Some people describe obesity in the U.S. as an epidemic. But academics involved in fat studies say we're suffering an epidemic of unwarranted fear of being overweight.

East Village Prepares for Street Scene

Aug. 28
By Katie Orr
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Thousands of San Diegans will head downtown beginning tonight for Street Scene, the annual music festival. But people living in the East Village neighborhood are asking party goers to respect their community.

Mexico's Interior Secretary: Working Together U.S and Mexico Can Win

Aug. 28
By Amy Isackson
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Mexico's Secretary of the Interior says the U.S. and Mexico will overcome common challenges like crime and tough economic times if they work together. The Secretary spoke at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual event to honor bi-national leaders.

Cell Phone Photography at Beyond the Border Contemporary Art Fair

Aug. 28
By Angela Carone
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A local artist is collecting photographs taken with cell phones from around the world. The first sampling of images will be presented at the Beyond the Border International Contemporary Art Fair.

Task Force Says Expand S.D. Convention Center

Aug. 28
By Katie Orr
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The mayor’s task force charged with studying whether San Diego should add on to its convention center says an expansion would be good for the region.

New Community Clinic Opens in Vista

Aug. 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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Despite state budget cuts, one community health provider in North County is expanding. The Vista Community Clinic has just opened a new facility to treat the under-served.