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Stories for November 11, 2009

Teen Critic Stares at Goats

Nov. 11
Kevin Doughty, Teen Critic
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In “The Men Who Stare At Goats” (opened November 6 throughout San Diego), a reporter named Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) is prompted by his failed marriage to try and lose himself in the romance of war.

San Diego Leads Nation In Military Expenditures

Nov. 11
By Ana Tintocalis

A new report finds San Diego leads the nation in total military spending. It's also fourth in the nation when it comes to defense contracting.

S.D. Mayor Pressing For Mid-Year Cuts

Nov. 11
By Katie Orr

It’s not yet clear how budget cuts in San Diego are going to affect people living in the city. The Mayor is meeting with department heads this week to determine where the cuts should be made.

Maine Troop Greeters Boost Morale For American GIs

Nov. 11
These Days

On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting more than 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. "The Way We Get By," a film directed by Aron Gaudet and produced by Gita Pullapilly, is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living. Also, the USO San Diego talks about how it is organizing local residents to greet U.S. service men and women returning from war.

What's In The New GI Bill?

Nov. 11
These Days

The GI Bill, signed into law in 1944 by FDR, allowed more than two million veterans to attend college. The newest GI Bill, which went into effect August 1, 2009, provides education benefits for service members who served on active duty for 90 days or more since 9/10/01 and includes the National Guard and military reserve.

Legacy Of Surfer Magazine Discussed At California Surf Fest

Nov. 11
These Days

When did surf media, like magazines and movies, come on the scene? And, what kind of impact has surf-related media had on the culture and business of surfing? We speak to Jim Kempton about this year's California Surf Festival, which will celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Surfer Magazine.

New Center At UCSD To Study How Migration Affects Health

Nov. 11
By Amy Isackson

Public health experts and social scientists will study migrant health at a new center at UC San Diego. The center intends to improve migrants' health and access to care.

Veterans Become New Citizens In San Diego

Nov. 11
By Alison St John
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Seventy-five Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard service members became the newest citizens of the United States yesterday in a ceremony aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.

School Trustees Put Brakes On Spending

Nov. 11
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school trustees are trying to do their part to obey a district-wide spending freeze. Yesterday they voted against paying $13,000 worth in membership fees to education lobbying groups. They'll also bring their own food to work.