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Stories for September 25, 2009

Pandorum

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando
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It’s “Alien” meets “The Descent” in the new film “Pandorum” (opening September 25 throughout San Diego). It’s a case of been there, done that. But does “Pandorum” manage to do it better?

Camp Pendleton General Speaks Out On Guantanamo

Sept. 25
By Alison St John
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The Marine commander assigned to set up Guantanamo Bay Detention Center says the United State “lost the moral high ground” with its brutal treatment of prisoners there.

Three Plans Released For South Coast Marine Protected Areas

Sept. 25
By Ed Joyce
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Three proposals for a south coast network of marine protected areas was released Friday One area under consideration for protection is off San Diego's coast.

Health Providers Will Triage Patients Wanting Swine Flu Shots

Sept. 25
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego County medical providers are telling people who are not at high risk to wait a while before they get their swine flu shot.

Appeals Court Rejects State's Move To Cut Doctors' Pay

Sept. 25
By Kenny Goldberg
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A federal appeals court has rejected a move by the state of California to cut the rates Medi-Cal pays doctors by 10 percent. The legislature approved the Medi-Cal rate cuts last year.

Elation Leaving San Diego

Sept. 25
By Katie Orr
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The only cruise ship to call San Diego home year round is pulling up anchor. The ship is moving to the south and taking millions of dollars with it.

National Parks: America's Best Idea: The Morning Of Creation (1946-1980)

Sept. 25
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Following World War II, the parks are overwhelmed as visitation reaches 62 million people a year. A new billion-dollar campaign — Mission 66 — is created to build facilities and infrastructure that can accommodate the flood of visitors. A biologist named Alfred Murie introduces the revolutionary notion that predatory animals, which are still hunted, deserve the same protection as other wildlife.

Obama: Iran Must Open Secret Nuclear Facility

Sept. 25
NPR
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President Obama, backed by British and French leaders, demanded Friday that Iran open for inspection a previously secret uranium enrichment plant, warning Tehran that it would be "held accountable" if it continued to flout the rules of international conduct.

Paris

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando
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“Paris” (opening September 25 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema) is not to be confused with “Paris, Je T’aime.” Although both look to the city of lights and love through a similar multi-character, multi-plot kaleidascope.

National Parks: America's Best Idea: Great Nature (1933-1945)

Sept. 25
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To battle unemployment in the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps, which spawns a “golden age” for the parks through major renovation projects. In a groundbreaking study, a young NPS biologist named George Melendez Wright discovers widespread abuses of animal habitats and pushes the service to reform its wildlife policies.

National Parks: America's Best Idea: Going Home (1920-1933)

Sept. 25
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While visiting the parks was once predominantly the domain of Americans wealthy enough to afford the high-priced train tours, the advent of the automobile allows more people than ever before to visit the parks. Mather embraces this opportunity and works to build more roads in the parks. Some park enthusiasts, such as Margaret and Edward Gehrke of Nebraska, begin “collecting” parks, making a point to visit as many as they can.

A Growing Population of San Diego Homeless: Female Veterans

Sept. 25
San Diego Week
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There's an estimated 7,500 homeless people living on the streets in San Diego County. One out of four are veterans of the military. A growing number of those homeless veterans are women.

National Parks: America's Best Idea: The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919)

Sept. 25
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In the early 20th century, America has a dozen national parks, but they are a haphazard patchwork of special places under the supervision of different federal agencies. The conservation movement, after failing to stop the Hetch Hetchy dam, pushes the government to establish one unified agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916.

National Parks: America's Best Idea: The Last Refuge (1890-1915)

Sept. 25
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By the end of the 19th century, widespread industrialization has left many Americans worried about whether the country — once a vast wilderness — will have any pristine land left. At the same time, poachers in the parks are rampant, and visitors think nothing of littering or carving their names near iconic sites like Old Faithful. Congress has yet to establish clear judicial authority or appropriations for the protection of the parks. This sparks a conservation movement by organizations such as the Sierra Club, led by John Muir; the Audubon Society, led by George Bird Grinnell; and the Boone and Crockett Club, led by Theodore Roosevelt.

Marine Who Ran Gitmo: U.S. Lost 'Moral High Ground'

Sept. 25
By Aliston St John
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The Marine Commander assigned to set up Guantanamo Bay Detention Center said the United States “lost the moral high ground” with its brutal treatment of prisoners there.

Small Businesses Struggling In Uptown, Other Areas Of County

Sept. 25
Editors Roundtable
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It's a mixed bag for small businesses in San Diego. Some small businesses are opening up with renewed confidence that the economy will improve, while other longtime businesses are closing down for good. We'll learn how businesses in the Uptown area of San Diego are faring, and compare that to what's happening in other local neighborhoods.

Finding A Site For Winter Homeless Shelter In S.D.

Sept. 25
San Diego Week
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Mayor Jerry Sanders called on the eight San Diego City Council members to propose sites for a winter homeless shelter in their districts, but none of the council members complied. Why didn't the council members comply with the mayor's request?

ACORN Controversy Heats Up

Sept. 25
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The national scandal involving ACORN, the community organizing group accused of giving advice to potential criminals, continued to heat up this week. Conservative lawmakers and pundits around the country are calling for ACORN's federal funding to be cut, and for an investigation into alleged irregularities on thousands of voter-registration cards submitted by the organization.

Many Homeless Veterans Are Women

Sept. 25
By Dwane Brown
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There's an estimated 7,500 homeless people living on the streets in San Diego County. One out of four are veterans of the military. A growing number of those homeless veterans are women. Like many vets, one common problem is alcohol and drug abuse.

Walkouts, Teach-Ins Mark UCSD's First Week

Sept. 25
By Ana Tintocalis
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The fall quarter at UC San Diego begins with students scrambling to get to their classes. That's normal. But much of yesterday wasn't. Hundreds of students, professors and other employees marched along campus streets with signs and banners protesting the University of California Regents’ response to the system's money problems.

24 City

Sept. 25
By Beth Accomando
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In these harsh economic times, Americans are getting used to factory closings. The new documentary "24 City" (opening September 25 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium 15) chronicles the closing of China's state-owned Factory 420 and examines its demise in the context of a half-century of communist rule. You can also listen to the discussion of the film on the KPBS Film Club of the Air.

S.D. Will Feel Impact Of SAIC Departure

Sept. 25
By Katie Orr
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San Diego won’t lose too many local jobs when SAIC moves its headquarters to Virginia. But one local business analyst says the city will feel the impact in other ways.