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Stories for November 13, 2009

Retired Veterans Share Meaning of Holiday

Nov. 13
San Diego Week
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After celebrating Veteran's Day, KPBS interviewed some local veterans about what the holiday means to them. The editor's discuss problems with getting services for veterans.

Senate To Vote On Health Care Reform Bill

Nov. 13
San Diego Week
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KPBS examines what the historic health care reform bill may mean for local San Diegans.

Beef, Fish, Chicken And Fruits: KPBS Investigates Your Food

Nov. 13
San Diego Week
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KPBS Envision Host Joanne Faryon highlights some of the key issues discovered during the two-month investigation into food.

San Diego Chargers Searching For New Stadium

Nov. 13
San Diego Week
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Voice of San Diego reporter Liam Dillon explains the situation with the San Diego Chargers and a new possible downtown site.

S.D. Council Will Decide What Happens To Seals

Nov. 13
By Katie Orr
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The fate of the seals at the La Jolla Children's Pool is now is the hands of the San Diego City Council. A Superior Court judged has thrown out a 2005 state ruling that ordered the city to remove the seals from the Children's Pool and restore the beach to its 1941 condition.

San Diegans Urged To Throw Their Butts Away

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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The local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is holding a Cigarette Butt Awareness Day tomorrow. Activists will be at three busy intersections in beach communities to urge people to throw their butts away.

Lost Cave Temples Of The Himalaya

Nov. 13
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In a remote corner of the Himalaya, in the forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, mysterious caves, perched high on cliff faces and carved by humans thousands of years ago, have lain just beyond reach — until recently. In April of 2007, a team of climbers and scientists climbed inside the long-hidden chambers for the first time in modern history. This film follows the riveting story, told by filmmaker Liesl Clark, about her husband, seven-time Everest summiter Pete Athans, and big-wall climber Renan Ozturk, who take on the dangerous job of climbing into the crumbling caves, searching for nine legendary cave temples called “kabum.”

Splash! NASA Moon Strikes Found Significant Water

Nov. 13
Alicia Chang, Associated Press
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It turns out there's lots of water on the moon - at least near the lunar south pole. The discovery announced Friday comes from an analysis of data from a spacecraft NASA intentionally crashed into the moon last month.

"eWatch" System Keeps Public Informed

Nov. 13
By Alison St John
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San Diego County residents who want more information about crime in their neighborhood can soon register with a new service that updates them as crimes happen.

Summer Sun Winter Moon

Nov. 13
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A symphony co-commissioned by The St Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra prompts composer Rob Kapilow to reach across the divide that Lewis & Clark failed to bridge. Follow Kapilow's journey with Blackfeet native scholar Darrell Robes Kipp as they shred the pages of textbook history.

FRONTLINE: A Death In Tehran

Nov. 13
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At the height of the protests following Iran’s controversial presidential election this summer, a young woman named Neda Soltani was shot and killed on the streets of Tehran. Her death — filmed on a cameraphone, then uploaded to the Web — quickly became an international outrage, and Soltani became the face of a powerful movement that threatened the hardline government’s hold on power. With the help of a unique network of correspondents in and out of the country, "FRONTLINE" investigates the life and death of the woman whose image remains a potent symbol for those who want to keep the reform movement alive.

NOVA: Becoming Human: Last Human Standing - Part Three

Nov. 13
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In the final episode, “Last Human Standing,” NOVA probes a wave of dramatic new evidence, based partly on cutting-edge DNA analysis, that reveals new insights into how we became today’s creative and “behaviorally modern” humans and what really happened to the enigmatic Neanderthals who faded into extinction. Shot “in the trenches” as discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe, each hour of “Becoming Human” unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor, such as Lucy’s Child.

INDEPENDENT LENS: King Corn

Nov. 13
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Two recent college graduates travel to their ancestral home in rural Iowa, plant a single acre of America's most powerful crop, corn, and attempt to follow its fate as food. In their year-long adventure they see the realities of modern farming firsthand, explore a fast-food nation built on corn syrup sodas and corn-fed meat, and come to question government subsidies, intensive agriculture and the cheap food we eat.

Envision San Diego: Food

Nov. 13
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KPBS follows your dinner from the plate to the field, farm and ocean. We try to track a steak from the grocery store to the ranch and we find out how the poultry industry has responded to our demand for more white meat. Our investigation also reveals some surprising facts about what’s in your farmed salmon. And the oranges San Diego buys, many of them come from thousands of miles away despite the fact we grow more than 95,000 tons of oranges in our own county.

American Experience: Surviving The Dust Bowl

Nov. 13
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They were called “Black Blizzards,” dark clouds reaching miles into the sky, churning millions of tons of dirt into torrents of destruction. For 10 years, beginning in 1930, dust storms ravaged the parched and overplowed southern plains, turning bountiful wheat fields into desert. Disease, hardship and death followed, yet the majority of people stayed on, steadfastly refusing to give up on the land and a way of life. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Masterpiece Contemporary: Collision - Part 1

Nov. 13
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"Collision" tells the story of a major road accident and the 10 seemingly disconnected people involved. Beyond the chaotic landscape of corpses and crumpled cars, a series of invisible dramas unfold --from government cover-ups to torn relationships and murder. Starring Douglas Henshall ("Primeval"), Kate Ashfield ("Shaun of the Dead") and Phil Davis ("Bleak House").

NATURE: Fellowship Of The Whales

Nov. 13
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This is the story of the first year in a humpback whale’s life as she learns lessons from her mother. Together, they make the long journey from her birthplace in the subtropical waters in Hawaii to summer feeding grounds in the cold seas off Alaska’s southeast coast. The youngster will meet dangerous orcas and sharks and playful dolphins and seals. She will learn to use her flippers and tail to announce herself and to communicate with other whales. By the time mother and offspring return to Hawaii for the winter, the young humpback will be ready to set out on her own and find her own place in the community of whales.

Governor Signs Final Water Package Bill

Nov. 13
Marianne Russ, CCN
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Governor Schwarzenegger has signed the final piece of legislation in the major water deal passed by lawmaker last week. The Governor traveled to the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta for the signing ceremony Thursday.

Voters May Decide Whether To Impose Term Limits On S.D. County Supervisors

Nov. 13
Editors Roundtable
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Next June San Diego voters may get to decide whether to impose term limits on our County Supervisors. The Service Employees International Union gathered the necessary signatures to put a measure on the June 2010 ballot. They say that County Supervisors are out of touch with the citizenry. Is this a matter of a strong local union flexing its muscle?

How Are Local Veterans Faring After The War?

Nov. 13
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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For thousands of military veterans returning to San Diego, a new journey is beginning -- often without a safety net. Are U.S. service men and women getting the mental health care they need to return to civilian life? How much responsibility should the U.S. military have to provide ongoing support to its veterans?

Health Care Reform, Who's Covered?

Nov. 13
Editors Roundtable
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Health care reform is one step closer to a senate vote. How would the bill impact San Diego's uninsured? This week on the Editors Roundtable, can real change be achieved while cutting healthcare spending, and how much will change before the final vote?

Obama: Decision Soon On Troops In Afghanistan

Nov. 13
Associated Press
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President Obama said Friday that his decision about how many troops to send to Afghanistan will come soon and he is bent on "getting this right."

Independent Report of Teacher Suspensions Released By College

Nov. 13
By Ana Tintocalis
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An independent report finds three Southwestern College teachers placed on paid leave after a campus rally last month did play a role in escalating tensions during the demonstration. But free-speech groups say the teachers were acting within their rights.

MoPA Presents Silent Film Festival

Nov. 13
By Beth Accomando
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On Wednesday, the Museum of Photographic Arts began a silent film festival. You still have time to catch their impressive selection of German expressionist films including “Metropolis” and “Nosferatu.”

Cinema Under the Stars Extends Season

Nov. 13
By Beth Accomando
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A quick note about another alternate movie venue – Cinema Under the Stars (4040 Goldfinch Street in Mission Hills) has extended its outdoor movie season through November 28. This weekend you can catch the always charming Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”