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Stories for September 22, 2009

4 Injured At Border Crossing After Agents Fire Shots

Sept. 22
Associated Press

U.S. authorities shut down the nation's busiest border crossing for about four hours Tuesday afternoon after federal agents fired shots at three vans filled with illegal immigrants whose drivers tried to storm past inspectors, officials said.

Destroying Books For Art: Photographs By Cara Barer

Sept. 22
By Angela Carone
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In our week-long celebration of books, I'm including artwork made about or from books. And, believe it or not, I don't think these artists are defiling our literary or intellectual tradition by making their art. Instead, I consider work like Cara Barer's photographs of molded, sculptural books, lovely explorations of form.

PBS Special Report On Health Care Reform

Sept. 22
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The "Nightly Business Report," "NOW on PBS" and "Tavis Smiley" collaborate to provide a 90-minute program that examines the urgent topic of health care reform. As Congress weighs legislation to provide universal health care in the U.S., correspondents will provide analysis, discussion, insight and engagement. The "Nightly Business Report" team will examine the costs and controversies of employer-provided healthcare. "NOW on PBS" correspondents will consider how reform may change the way we live. "Tavis Smiley" will investigate the issue of childhood obesity, particularly within communities of color.

Ventura County Fire Grows To 8,500 Acres

Sept. 22
Associated Press

An 8,500-acre wildfire continues to churn through rugged hills and mountains of Southern California's Ventura County, but some areas are experiencing a lull in winds.

San Diego Lacks Capacity To Train Allied Health Workers

Sept. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

A new forecast predicts San Diego County will need more than 200,000 nurses, aides and other allied health workers by 2030. The California Wellness Foundation report says the region doesn't have the capacity to train that many people.

Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis, Series II: The Great And The Good

Sept. 22
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Lewis and Hathaway track down the prime suspect in the assault of a teenage girl, but he has a seemingly watertight alibi from three pillars of the Oxford community. When the suspect is suddenly murdered, Lewis reveals a web of intrigue and sordid secrets that exposes the Oxford elite.

S.D. Already Feeling Impact Of Pension Payment

Sept. 22
By Katie Orr

The city of San Diego is already feeling the impact of the record breaking $225 million pension payment it will have to make next year. The city is implementing a hiring freeze to help cut costs.

War Comes Home: Repeated Deployments

Sept. 22
San Diego Week
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We take a look at how repeated deployments are affecting soldiers and their families. This is part two of a week long series on how our community is affected by the aftermath of war in military families.

Zoë Heller's "The Believers" Is Nasty Family Fun

Sept. 22
Aaryn Belfer
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Zoë Heller's "The Believers" may not have the most lovable characters in literature, but they sure captivated blogger and CityBeat columnist Aaryn Belfer. Even more captivating, according to Aaryn, is Heller's writing. Culture Lust continues talking books this week with a recommendation from one of our contributors.

Preparing For Next Disaster Takes Community Effort

Sept. 22
These Days

Are all communities in San Diego adequately prepared for the next disaster? We speak to Ron Lane, from the County Office of Emergency Services, about what's being done locally to prepare for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters. We also discuss a recent report about the challenges associated with preparing racially and ethnically diverse communities for a disaster.

Cal Fire: Conditions Ripe This Week For Big Blaze

Sept. 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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This week’s heat wave on the heels of another long, dry California summer has fire officials on high alert up and down the state. Cal Fire says conditions are ripe for a big blaze.

World Class Exhibition Of Calder Jewelry At San Diego Museum Of Art

Sept. 22
These Days
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Alexander Calder's mobiles can be seen in public parks and in front of museums around the country. But did you know at one time his art could also be found adorning the necks, wrists and fingers of women all over the world? A world-class exhibition featuring 90 pieces of jewelry made and designed by the famed modernist sculptor are currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Richard Dreyfuss Fights For Civics In American Education

Sept. 22
These Days
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Actor Richard Dreyfuss has committed his life to a new passion: reinstating civics in the American classroom. He joins us today.

CA Passes Prison Reform

Sept. 22
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

California has revealed a plan to reduce the state's inmate population. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Gene Linked To Glaucoma In Blacks

Sept. 22
By Tom Fudge

Doctors have known for many years that African Americans are more likely to suffer glaucoma. A UC San Diego ophthalmologist has found a genetic clue that may explain why.

Marines Offer Help To Families Left Behind

Sept. 22
San Diego Week
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Marines have been at the forefront of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the stress has taken its toll on their families back home. Marine Corp. officials say they're aware of the burden that repeated deployments place on families. The Corps has a lot of services to help families cope.

Trailer Tuesday: Where The Wild Things Are

Sept. 22
By Beth Accomando
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When I saw the first trailer for "Where the WIld Things Are" (opening October 16) it scared me. It scared me because I thought the wild things looked liked bad giant Muppets. But this second trailer looks more promising.