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Stories for November 20, 2009

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More Families Coping With Hunger

Nov. 20, 2009
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

One in seven Americans are coping with hunger, according to a new report by the Department of Agriculture. The San Diego Food Bank has doubled its emergency food program since June 2008 to serve 75,594 local families. The editors discuss this new trend.

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San Diego Faces Largest Budget Deficit In City History

Nov. 20, 2009
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

Next year, the city will face a $200 million shortfall forcing city officials to make difficult decisions about which programs to cut. The editors discuss.

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Parks And Beaches Suffer From Budget Cuts

Nov. 20, 2009
By Sharon Heilbrunn

KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn explains how the recent state budget cuts impact Old Town and San Diego beaches.

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San Diego Unified School District Holds First Town Hall Meeting

Nov. 20, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis, Gloria Penner

Addressing concerns about the massive budget cuts to the classrooms, SDUSD held its first town hall meeting. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis describes how the meeting went and explains possible solutions.

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San Diego County Struggles With Shrinking Backcountry

Nov. 20, 2009
By Alison St John, Gloria Penner

KPBS Senior Metro Reporter Alison St John explains the recent San Diego County Planning Commission hearings on future growth in rural areas.

North County Privatizes Buses

Nov. 20, 2009
By Alison St John

Bus drivers for the North County Transit District can expect to see their wages fall significantly next year, after a private company takes over the public bus contract. Labor representatives say this week’s decision to privatize more than 300 jobs could be a sign of things to come.

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Nov. 20, 2009

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UCSD Student Leader Says Rally Had Spirit Of The '60s

Nov. 20, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis

UC San Diego students will hold a candlelight vigil this evening to protest the 32 percent fee hike approved by the University of California's Board of Regents yesterday.

Calif. Air Board May Rethink Diesel Retrofit Rules

Nov. 20, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The California Air Resources Board may take another look at diesel retrofit rules adopted a year ago because the lead researcher overstated his credentials. One San Diego member of the board says he would support a new study.

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More States Add Jobs, But Many For Temporary Staff

Nov. 20, 2009
Christopher S. Rugaber, AP

In a sharp improvement, more than half of U.S. states added jobs in October, though economists said many of the gains likely occurred in temporary employment.

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FRONTLINE: The Card Game

Nov. 20, 2009

As credit card companies face rising public anger, new regulation from Washington and a potential perfect storm of economic bad news, "Frontline" correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the future of the massive consumer loan industry and its impact on a fragile national economy. In a joint project with The New York Times — a follow-up to the “Secret History of the Credit Card” — Bergman and the Times talk to industry insiders, lobbyists, politicians and consumer advocates as they square-off over new regulation and the possible creation of a consumer finance protection agency.

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The Yes Men Fix the World

Nov. 20, 2009
By Beth Accomando

Back in 2003, merry political pranksters Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum were featured in the documentary “The Yes Men.” Now they are back with “The Yes Men Fix the World” (opening November 20 at the Reading Gaslamp Stadium 15).

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NOVA: What Are Dreams?

Nov. 20, 2009

What are dreams and why do we have them? Are they a window into a hidden realm within us? Science is only just beginning to understand. NOVA joins the leading dream researchers and witnesses the extraordinary experiments they use to investigate the world of sleep. From human narcoleptics to sleepwalking cats, from recurrent nightmares to those who can’t dream, each sequence contains a vital clue to the question these scientists are pursuing: Why do we dream?

Local School Locked Down Due To Burlgaries

Nov. 20, 2009
City News Service

A group of residential burglary suspects scrambled onto the grounds of Madison High School today while fleeing police, prompting a lockdown of the Clairemont-area campus as officers did a building-by-building search.

S.D. Faces Record Deficit, Council Slow To Respond

Nov. 20, 2009
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke

The City of San Diego will face a record budget deficit next year. The projected deficit, currently estimated to be over $179 million, will force the mayor and city council to make some of their toughest decisions since taking office. How will next June's primary election impact when and where the budget cuts are made?

What Will Happen To S.D. Real Estate In 2010?

Nov. 20, 2009
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke

For the first time since mid-2006, San Diego's median home price showed a year-over-year increase in value. The news that local homes are selling for more than a year ago was hailed by some in the industry as an indication that the housing market is turning around. Has the local real estate market already bottomed-out? And, what's expected to happen with the local housing market in the first half of 2010?

Record Number Of People In San Diego And U.S. Live In Hunger

Nov. 20, 2009
By Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke

49 million Americans live without access to adequate food, according to a recent Department of Agriculture report. What's the situation like for people here in San Diego? And, what can be done to reduce the number of people who deal with "food insecurity" in our county?

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Survey Finds Majority Of ER Nurses Assaulted At Work

Nov. 20, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

Hospital emergency departments can be risky places for nurses. A survey from the Emergency Nurses Association finds a high percentage of its members have been physically assaulted at work, and verbal abuse is also common.

UCSD Medical Center Has New CEO

Nov. 20, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

UC San Diego Medical Center has a new CEO. Thomas Jackiewicz takes the helm of the organization, which includes two hospitals and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

60 S.D. Businesses Inspected For Illegal Hiring

Nov. 20, 2009
By Amy Isackson

Federal officials will inspect the hiring records of 60 employers in San Diego to see if they employ illegal immigrants. It is part of a nationwide inspection of 1,000 businesses.

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First School Town Hall Meeting Filled With Frustration

Nov. 20, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis

Concerned parents in the San Diego Unified School District expressed their frustration, anger and hope yesterday for the coming school year. They were at the first of five town hall meetings on impending budget cuts. The forums set a precedent for a district that’s facing a dire financial situation next year: