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Stories for November 12, 2009

Culture Lust Weekend: The Raveonettes, Saul Williams, and Mid-Century Art

Nov. 12
By Angela Carone, Wendy Fry
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Culture Lust Weekend recommends some music, some theater, and even some choice shopping for your weekend.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: One Great Thanksgiving

Nov. 12
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Herb Roast Turkey - Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball the secrets to achieving intensely herbed turkey, with a powerful, aromatic flavor that permeates well beyond the meat's surface. Then, he demonstrates how to carve a turkey the right way. Fluffy Mashed Potatoes - Bridget Lancaster unveils the test kitchen's solution to a mashed potato recipe that allows for more of the prep work to be done in advance, but still delivers a fully smooth mash with robust, earthy potato flavor. Potato Ricers - For silky-smooth mashed potatoes, the test kitchen has always recommended a potato ricer. This device resembles an oversized garlic press.

California's Adult Smoking Rate Bucks National Trend

Nov. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

A new federal report shows the adult smoking rate in the U.S. has been virtually unchanged since 2004. California has fared much better than the national average.

Senator Boxer Comes To San Diego To See How Stimulus Money Is Spent

Nov. 12

Senator Barbara Boxer was at UCSD today to draw attention to money from the federal stimulus package that's gone to fund medical research.

Federal Officials Tout Program To Deport Criminal Illegal Immigrants

Nov. 12
By Amy Isackson

A federal program launched six months ago has helped law enforcement authorities identify more than 6,000 illegal immigrants as they are booked into San Diego County jails. Federal officials say the program is a success.

Trailer For "Date Night" Starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell

Nov. 12
By Angela Carone
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The movie "Date Night" with Steve Carell and Tina Fey comes out in April but the trailer has just been leaked. It actually looks pretty funny, but I'm a sucker for these two. Check it out.

Fish Feed Sources Examined

Nov. 12
By Joanne Faryon

Americans are eating more fish these days, and half of it is farmed fish. The demand for fish has caused an explosion in fish farming and a search for new sources of fish feed.

Comparing Farmed-Raised Fish To Wild-Caught

Nov. 12
These Days

Eating fish is an often-heard recommendation for a healthy diet. You've probably heard that fish, especially salmon, is rich in omega-3's an essential fatty acid. Are all fish created equal? We discuss the differences between farmed and wild-caught fish.

Teen Critic Calls The Box a Mind Twister

Nov. 12
Felicia Lomeli, Teen Critic
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“The Box” (opening November 11 throughout San Diego) is mind twister based on a short story called “Button, Button.”

Weekend Preview: Julian Plenti, Topdog/Underdog, Bent, The Drums and More

Nov. 12
These Days

Some great music and theater takes place around town this weekend, including a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks and a solo project by Interpol frontman Julian Plenti.

Calif. Water Deal No Quick Fix For Struggling Farms

Nov. 12
Samantha Young, AP

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was promoting a complex legislative package to rebuild California's water system, he often appeared alongside farmers who were unable to cultivate their land amid a third year of drought and federal pumping restrictions.

Swine Flu A Stimulus For Cash-Strapped Calif. Health Departments

Nov. 12
Kelley Weiss, California Capitol Network
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The swine flu pandemic has been a stimulus of sorts for California’s cash-strapped county health departments because of an infusion of federal emergency funds.

New San Diego Fire Chief Faces Challenges

Nov. 12
These Days

What are Fire Chief Javier Mainar's goals for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department? We speak to Mainar about his promotion, and the challenges the fire department faces in these difficult budget times.

State Faces Prison Plan Deadline

Nov. 12
CCN
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Earlier this year three federal judges ruled that prison overcrowding prevents inmates from getting adequate medical and mental health care. They ordered California to reduce its prison population by 44,000.

Governor Schwarzenegger Thanks Veterans

Nov. 12
CCN

Governor Schwarzenegger is heading to Iraq next week to visit American soldiers. The announcement comes on the heels of the governor’s appearance at a Veterans' Day ceremony in Los Angeles.

Fort Hood Survivor Recalls Day Of Deadly Shooting

Nov. 12
Wade Goodwyn, NPR
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Staff Sgt. Paul Martin was in the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood, Texas, waiting to receive a final medical checkup before shipping out to Iraq. That's when Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly jumped on a table and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun.

Autistic Adults Present A Growing Care Dilemma

Nov. 12
By Tom Fudge

People are typically diagnosed with autism when they're very young. But kids grow up, and kids with autism carry their disability into adult life. What happens when autistic kids become adults, and still need a lot of care?

Dead Snow

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Before Hollywood begins rolling out its serious Oscar contenders, I wanted to enjoy one more guilty pleasure – a horror film from Norway called “Dead Snow" (opening November 13 exclusively at Reading’s Gaslamp Stadium 15).

UCSD Researchers Study Tijuana Sex Workers And Their Husbands and Boyfriends

Nov. 12
By Amy Isackson

UC San Diego researchers will study 100 couples in Tijuana to learn what role female sex workers' husbands and boyfriends might play in spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

U.S. And Mexican Human Rights Groups Ask For Investigation

Nov. 12

United States and Mexican human rights groups have asked an international human rights commission to investigate thousands of deaths along the border since 1994. The American Civil Liberties Union and Mexico's Commission on Human Rights say the deaths are a humanitarian crisis.

Veterans Services Stretched In San Diego

Nov. 12
By Alison St John

San Diego County has entered the field of veterans care to supplement the care provided by the VA. Thousands of new veterans are now returning to San Diego, and their families need help adjusting.