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Stories for November 2, 2009

S.D. Unified Wants More Solar Roofs

Nov. 2
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified district officials say they would like to use federal bond money to build more solar rooftops at local schools.

Military Investigation Of Air Accident Is Underway

Nov. 2
By Alison St John

A military investigation is underway in San Diego to determine what caused a Coast Guard aircraft and a Marine Corps helicopter to collide 50 miles off the coast last week.

Overtime Not Eligible For Pension Payments

Nov. 2
By Alison St John

San Diego’s city attorney, Jan Goldsmith, said the city has defeated one of several lawsuits seeking higher pension payments for employees.

Protesters Arrested At Health Insurer's Office

Nov. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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About two dozen protesters demonstrated in front of the Mission Valley offices of Blue Shield today. Three people were arrested after they marched into the building and refused to leave.

California Facing Another Dry Year?

Nov. 2
By Ed Joyce
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Climate scientists and weather researchers gather in San Diego Tuesday to talk about the possibility of a fourth year of drought.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series IV: Murder Is Easy

Nov. 2
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During a chance encounter with a fellow passenger on a train, Miss Marple hears about a string of murders in a peaceful village town. When she learns that the passenger is involved in a tragic accident before making her report to the police, Miss Marple decides to investigate further to track down the killer, unearthing secrets about the village and its inhabitants.

George Carlin: The Mark Twain Prize

Nov. 2
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Entertainers Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black, Richard Belzer and Margaret Cho honor the late George Carlin, recipient of the 11th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

FRONTLINE: The Medicated Child

Nov. 2
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With over four million children now on behavior modifying medications -- some starting as young as two years old -- FRONTLINE continues its investigation into the controversial practice of medicating kids. Are the drugs safe? How young can you detect mental illness in a child? Is medication really the answer? As the debate grows more fierce, FRONTLINE confronts psychiatrists, researchers and big pharma about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs for troubled children.

The Day Of The Dead Finds New Life In The USA

Nov. 2
These Days
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What started centuries ago as a tradition among indigenous people in Southern Mexico has now become the the largest Latino celebration in the USA. We'll explore how El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, rose from obscurity to popularity in both this country and in modern Mexico.

These Vampires Don't Suck

Nov. 2
Lourdes “Lulu” Pegueros, Teen Critic
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If you're a fan of vampire films you will absolutely love "Cirque Du Freak: Vampire's Assistant" (currently playing in theaters).

Calif. Lawmakers To Take Up Potential Water Fixes

Nov. 2
Judy Lin, Associated Press
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Legislation designed to provide long-term solutions to California's water challenges is scheduled to go before both houses of the Legislature on Monday, although the prospects for passage remain uncertain. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have introduced competing bills that have similar outlines but differ on key points.

Sports Columnist Jay Paris Discusses Padres New GM

Nov. 2

Your San Diego Chargers now have a winning record. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris. Jay, the San Diego Chargers have beaten the Oakland Raiders now 13 straight times. Is this really a rivalry anymore?

Herblock Was One Of Most Influential Political Cartoonists In U.S. History

Nov. 2
These Days

Herbert Lawrence Block, commonly known as Herblock, received the Pulitzer Prize four times during his 70 year career as a political cartoonist. We speak to Harry Katz about the new book HERBLOCK: The Life and Work of the Great Political Cartoonist. We discuss what made Block's cartoons unique, and the influence he had on politics in Washington, D.C.

New Book Chronicles History Of "America's National Past Time"

Nov. 2
These Days

Why is the game of baseball is often referred to as "America's national past time"? We speak to baseball historian Harry Katz about his new book, Baseball Americana, which chronicles the early days of baseball in the late 18th century up to the current game that's played today.

Top Minds In Health Care Gathered In S.D. For TEDMED

Nov. 2
These Days

Some of the smartest people in the fields of health care and medicine were in San Diego last week to participate in the TEDMED conference held at the Hotel Del Coronado. We speak to the president of TedMed, and one of the local conference participants, about the goals of the conference, and the innovative ideas that were discussed.

Why Most Locally-Grown Oranges Are Picked, Packed, Shipped And Eaten Thousands Of Miles Away

Nov. 2
San Diego Week
These Days

San Diego's oranges are considered some of the tastiest in the world but few San Diegans are eating them. We'll tell you why.

New Law Could Delay Home Care Service

Nov. 2
Kelley Weiss, CCN

Under a new anti-fraud law thousands of disabled and elderly Californians could have trouble getting home care services. Starting this all new service providers have to get criminal background checks.

Afghanistan Presidential Runoff Election Canceled

Nov. 2
Associated Press
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Afghanistan's election commission has canceled Saturday's presidential runoff and proclaimed President Hamid Karzai victor of the war-ravaged nation's tumultuous ballot. Independent Election Commission chairman Azizullah Lodin announced Karzai as the victor during a news conference in Kabul on Monday.

Why San Diegans Don't Buy San Diego Oranges

Nov. 2
San Diego Week

Oranges grown in San Diego County are considered some of the tastiest in the world. They’re sweet, with a hint of acid. But few San Diegans are eating them.

Port Seeks Input On Downtown Park

Nov. 2
By Katie Orr

There’s a new park in the works for downtown San Diego and the Port wants some planning help from the public. A meeting will be held tonight to discuss the latest design.

Hearing Will Explore Link Between Sodas And Obesity

Nov. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing in Los Angeles this week on the relationship between soft drinks and obesity. A recent report from UCLA suggests there's a strong link between the two.

School Clinics Could Open As Early As Next Week

Nov. 2
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego County education officials say H1N1 school clinics might open sooner than later. That's because the county received an unexpected shipment of the swine flu vaccinations last week.