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Stories for November 16, 2009

San Diego High School Teacher Awarded $25K

Nov. 16
By Ana Tintocalis
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A San Diego high school teacher was surprised with a $25,000 check yesterday for being such a great teacher.

Skip Mammograms In 40s, Start At 50

Nov. 16
Stephanie Nano and Mariyln Marchione, Associated Press

Most women don't need a mammogram in their 40s and should get one every two years starting at 50, a government task force said Monday. It's a major reversal that conflicts with the American Cancer Society's long-standing position.

4.6-Magnitude Quake Shakes California Desert Area

Nov. 16
Associated Press

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-4.6 earthquake has shaken a remote area of the Mojave Desert in Southern California.

Hallowed Grounds

Nov. 16
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"Hallowed Grounds" provides a rare visit to America’s extraordinary overseas military cemeteries. There are 22 World War I and World War II American military cemeteries in England, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Italy, Tunisia and the Philippines. The program weaves historical elements with contemporary scenes of the cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried in them. It contains interviews with formal and informal historians and witnesses to the wars and the creation of the cemeteries.

Heads Of UC, CSU Want Big Funding Increases

Nov. 16
Associated Press

The heads of California's public university systems say they need more money from the state -- a lot more.

Exposure To Seasonal Flu Helps Fight Swine Flu

Nov. 16
By Tom Fudge

San Diego researchers say the novel H1N1 virus may not be as novel as once feared.

SDSU Stages Second Rally In Two Weeks

Nov. 16
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego State University students and faculty took part in a campus-wide demonstration earlier today. This is the second rally at the university in the past two weeks.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series IV: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?

Nov. 16
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As the sole witness to a dying man's enigmatic last words, a young adventurer seeks to solve the riddle they pose by forming an unlikely alliance with Miss Marple and a beautiful socialite. Together, they must navigate a hotbed of stifled emotion, murder, treachery and poisonous deceit to reveal the devastating truth.

Mustang - Journey Of Transformation

Nov. 16
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Lost in time, the Himalayan kingdom of Mustang is one of the last sanctuaries of authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. Long isolated by geography and politics, the people struggle to survive; the center of their culture, the 15th-century monasteries and the art within, are dangerously close to collapse. Featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Raja of Mustang and chief art conservator Luigi Fieni, this program tells the compelling story of efforts to rescue this ancient place from the brink of extinction and help spark a cultural renaissance. Richard Gere narrates.

Schwarzenegger Drops In On U.S. Troops In Iraq

Nov. 16
Associated Press

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has dropped in on U.S. troops in Iraq, thanking them for the sacrifices they and their families are making.

Atlantis Blasts Off On Space Station Supply Mission

Nov. 16
Associated Press
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Space shuttle Atlantis rocketed into orbit Monday with six astronauts and a full load of spare parts for the International Space Station.

San Diego Chargers Tie For First Place

Nov. 16
By Dwane Brown

The San Diego Chargers are on a roll. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

San Diego Is Home To America's Finest Craft Beers

Nov. 16
These Days
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Why is San Diego considered one of the top beer cities in the world? We speak to Greg Koch, from Stone Brewing Company, and Pizza Port's Jeff Bagby.

Tracing Your Food Back To Its Source

Nov. 16
These Days

We talk to a team of KPBS journalists about the work they've done over the last six weeks, research and reporting on the food we eat. Some of what they've found out might surprise you.

Obama Pushes China To Stop Censoring Internet

Nov. 16
Associated Press
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President Obama sat down with the Chinese leader Monday night, hours after he pointedly nudged his host country to stop censoring the Internet access, offering an animated defense of the tool that helped him win the White House — and suggested Beijing need not fear a little criticism.

S.D. Council To Vote On Water Rate Increase

Nov. 16
By Katie Orr

San Diegans will find out Tuesday if their water rates will go up next year. But a local consumer advocacy group thinks the city’s water department made it difficult for customers to protest the increase.

Medical Device Companies Fight Health Care Reform Tax

Nov. 16
San Diego Week

Congress wants to help pay for health care reform with a tax on medical device companies. The idea is not popular with industry members in California.