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Stories for November 19, 2009

S.D. County Attempts To Balance Sustainable Planning With Proterty Rights

Nov. 19
By Alison St John

San Diego County’s Planning Commission is working to reach a compromise on where to allow growth in the unincorporated areas.

Elbert Hubbard: An American Original

Nov. 19
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The life of Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. To this “back-to-basics” artistic and cultural movement, Hubbard contributed his bold, ingenious talent and creative force. As the flamboyant founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York, Hubbard was an influential national figure ― an author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur ― who died as dramatically as he lived.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Seabiscuit

Nov. 19
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He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten, a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait, but though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith, and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing.

Masterpiece Contemporary: Collision - Part 2

Nov. 19
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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").

Group Says Smart Growth Could Benefit California's Economy

Nov. 19
By Ed Joyce

A new study says Californians could save billions of dollars and cut greenhouse gas emissions by working closer to home. The study looked at San Diego and three other areas.

NATURE: The Cheetah Orphans

Nov. 19
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Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when their mother was killed by a lion. It's a two-year emotional rollercoaster, from terrifying stand-offs with rhinos and leopards to some of the most intimate moments of cheetah life ever captured on film. The cubs evolve into sleek hunters, spending more and more time on their own. But for Simon, it's a nervous time. Can they survive the dangers of the bush?

H1N1 May Have Lead To SIDS In Death of Infant

Nov. 19
By Tom Fudge

Swine flu may have caused a 4-month-old girl to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS, though her autopsy is not yet complete.

Thousands Allegedly Smuggled Through Border Fence Holes

Nov. 19
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials say they've broken up a ring that allegedly smuggled thousands of people across the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego County during the last few years. The group allegedly cut holes in the border fence.

RICK STEVES' EUROPE: Italy's Amalfi Coast

Nov. 19
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Just south of Naples we'll experience the breath-taking Amalfi Coastline, the trendy resort of Positano, the limoncello charms of Sorrento, the ancient Greek temples at Paestum, and the iridescent Blue Grotto hidden beneath the enchanting isle of Capri.

UC Regents Approve 32 Percent Student Fee Increase

Nov. 19
Associated Press

As hundreds of students demonstrated outside, University of California leaders on Thursday voted to approve a 32 percent hike in undergraduate fees, arguing the increase is crucial because of the state's budget crisis.

Culture Lust Weekend: eighth blackbird, Fat Freddy's Drop, and Zirk Ubu

Nov. 19
By Angela Carone, Wendy Fry
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Culture Lust Weekend recommends an absurd circus troupe, a chamber group named for a Wallace Stevens poem, and the reggae grooves of Fat Freddy's Drop.

California Community College Enrollment Jumps 3%

Nov. 19
By California Capitol Network

The California Community College system released its statewide fall enrollment totals Thursday. Chancellor Jack Scott says there’s some good news and some bad news.

SDSU Athletic Director Resigns

Nov. 19
City News Service

San Diego State University's athletic director stepped down today amid an inquiry into his travel expense records, the school announced.

Police With Beanbag Guns At UCLA Fee Hike Protest

Nov. 19
Michael Blood, AP
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Officers armed with beanbag guns stood by as hundreds of protesters chanted, marched and even took over a building Thursday on the UCLA campus, where University of California regents were scheduled to vote on a 32 percent student fee increase.

Marines Can Get Help Through Tough Times

Nov. 19
These Days
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What assistance does the Marine Corps offer to deploying and returning Marines and their families with issues such as PTSD, domestic violence, anger management and financial stress?

GOP Uses Mammogram Study To Attack Health Bill

Nov. 19
Mara Liasson, NPR
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The GOP has seized on the uproar over the revised recommendations for breast cancer screening, forcing the Obama administration to focus on political damage control.

"The Seafarer" Is Not Your Typical Holiday Cheer

Nov. 19
These Days
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San Diego Repertory Theatre brings an Irish comic-drama to the stage this holiday season. After making its Broadway debut in 2007, "The Seafarer" was nominated for numerous awards and garnered much acclaim for the young Irish playwright, Conor McPherson. We'll talk to the creative team behind the new production at the Rep, including artistic director Sam Woodhouse, who plays The Devil in "The Seafarer," and director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg.

Weekend Preview: The xx, Black Mamba, La Ballena de Jonas, and "New Moon."

Nov. 19
These Days
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This weekend we explore what's happening south of the border, as well as some great music right here in San Diego. And, of course, we'll talk about the pop culture moment that is "New Moon."

Number Of Families Living In Poverty, Hunger Rising In San Diego County

Nov. 19
These Days

The number of people living in poverty in San Diego County is growing at a rate that's seven times faster than the national average. Hundreds of thousands of San Diego families are forced to decide between putting food on the table and paying rent or buying medicine for their children each month. We discuss what those in need can do to get social services and food.

"Modern Warfare 2" Shatters Records A Week After Release

Nov. 19
By John P. Gamboa
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All around the country last week, people lined up for hours to buy the video game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2." Sales have broken all records, and not just in video games, but across the entertainment industry. At the GameStop retailer in the College Area, store manager Mara Salinas said 200 copies of the game were sold the first night with more than 200 people waiting in a line that stretched around the building.

San Diego County Wrestles Over Future Growth In The Backcountry

Nov. 19
By Alison St John

San Diego County’s updated blue print for future growth in the unincorporated areas has been in the works for more than a decade. It’s back in public hearings today.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Nov. 19
By Beth Accomando
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"Precious" (opening November 20 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) created a lot of buzz earlier this year at Sundance. Listen to my Film Chat.