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Stories for November 25, 2009

San Diego's Winter Homeless Shelter Opens

Nov. 25
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego's winter homeless shelter opened today in the same downtown location as last year. That came despite objections from residents and business leaders. A giant reinforced tent now sits on an empty lot on the corner of 16th Street and Island in downtown San Diego's East Village.

S.D. County Receives More Swine Flu Vaccine

Nov. 25
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego County has gotten a new allocation of more than 300,000 doses of swine flu vaccine from the state health department.

Homebound Seniors Get Special Delivery On Thanksgiving

Nov. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

Some 1,200 homebound seniors will get a special holiday meal tomorrow, thanks to hundreds of local volunteers.

Lindbergh Field Expects 50,000 Travelers For Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 25
City News Service
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About 50,000 airline passengers are expected to pass through Lindbergh Field beginning today through Sunday for Thanksgiving 2009, according to airport officials.

New Photography Book Chronicles Lives Of Local Homeless

Nov. 25
These Days
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In our efforts to help the homeless, we often overlook the possibility that they might have something that could help us. People who've learned to live rough on the streets can have a wisdom and resilience most of us will never know. San Diego photojournalist Susan Madden Lankford documents these hard lives, and hard lessons in her new book of photographs.

Levi's "Go Forth" Campaign and Photographer Ryan McGinley

Nov. 25
By Angela Carone
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Photographer Ryan McGinley has shot a new advertising campaign for jeans giant Levi's called "Go Forth." If you go to the movies this holiday weekend or watch football, you're likely to see one of the commercials as they seem to be everywhere. In a likely effort to battle designer jean labels, these ads try to fuse youth, rebellion, freedom, and America.

What Are Major Challenges Facing Local Homeless This Winter?

Nov. 25
These Days
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What kind of hardships will the local homeless population be facing this holiday season? We speak to representatives from the Alpha Project, the San Diego Rescue Mission and the United Way about the services available to local homeless people. Plus, we look ahead to talk about what can be done to end chronic homelessness in San Diego County.

Gay Marriage Momentum Stalls In Liberal NY, NJ

Nov. 25
GEOFF MULVIHILL, AP
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The state-to-state march to legalize gay marriage across the left-leaning Northeast has lost more momentum since a major setback three weeks ago at the ballot box in Maine.

3 Small Earthquakes Rattle Baja California

Nov. 25
City News Service

Three small earthquakes rattled Baja California today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The first temblor struck at 12:54 this morning with a magnitude of 3.2, its epicenter 9 miles north of Guadalupe Victoria and 112 miles east of Tijuana, according to a computer-generated USGS report.

Film Club Of The Air: "Precious," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Messenger," "The Maid"

Nov. 25
These Days
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We'll talk about the movies that are opening this Thanksgiving weekend, including the new animated film from Wes Anderson, the much-talked about "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," and an independent film starring Woody Harreson as a soldier who notifies families who have lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan.

8 More S.D. Deaths Linked To Swine Flu

Nov. 25
City News Service

The number of San Diego County resident deaths linked to the swine flu pandemic stood at 38 today, according to public health officials. The latest deaths, reported Wednesday, involved five roughly middle-aged men and women, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Scientists Say Urgent Action Needed To Prevent Climate Change

Nov. 25
By Ed Joyce
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A new study finds global warming is happening faster than expected. The report, which includes research from a UC San Diego climate scientist, says action is needed sooner rather than later to prevent damage from climate change.