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Stories for August 19, 2010

Lawsuit Filed Over Proposed S.D. Sales Tax Increase

Aug. 19
James R. Riffel, CNS

Anti-tax activist Richard Rider today filed a lawsuit against Proposition D, the city of San Diego's proposed half-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Classic Asian Appetizers

Aug. 19
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In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to super-light and crispy tempura at home. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop invites host Christopher Kimball to taste mirin, a Japanese sweet cooking wine. Gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals the best mortar and pestle set, and finally, test cook Becky Hays translates Thai pork lettuce wraps into an easy home recipe.

San Diego Train Crossings Getting Silent Treatment

Aug. 19
By Ed Joyce

Thousands of people are looking forward to more silent nights in downtown San Diego. A ceremony Thursday marked the start of a construction project to create "quiet zones."

Paris: City Of Dreams

Aug. 19
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In the first of this three-part series titled "Paris," presenter and art historian Sandrine Voillet reveals how Paris battled through turmoil and trauma to become the city of dreams. From the Louvre to a magical fairy tale park which is one of Paris' best kept secrets Sandrine uncovers a Paris very rarely explored.

Paris: City Of Dreams: Three-Part Series Overview

Aug. 19
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Few cities boast the romantic allure of Paris: its charm, its energy, its style. Sandrine Voillet reveals how Paris battled through turmoil and trauma to become the city of dreams – the capital of the world in all but name, in this BBC/OU series.

Teen Review: 'Vampires Suck'

Aug. 19
Frances Anderson, Teen Critic
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Anyone that's seen Jason Friedberg and Adam Seltzer’s parodies (“Scary Movie," “Epic Movie," “Disaster Movie") will instantly recognize their raucous sense of humor in their newest comedy, “Vampires Suck” (opening August 18 throughout San Diego).

Opposition Mobilizing Against I-5 Expansion

Aug. 19
By Katie Orr

People opposed to the Interstate 5 expansion between La Jolla and Oceanside are organizing. Opposition groups will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to talk about the project.

Trailer: 'Fair Game'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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The real story of CIA agent Valerie Plame is brought to the screen by "The Bourne Identity's" Doug Liman. So will "Fair Game" be more fact than action? Check out the trailer from Summit Entertainment.

Events: Fitz And The Tantrums, Weezer, Scavenger Hunts

Aug. 19
These Days
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A beer fest in Del Mar, a music festival along the 101, and Fitz and the Tantrums play the Casbah. There's a little something for everyone this weekend in San Diego.

Culture Lust Weekend: Del Mar Beer Fest, Industrial Jazz Group and Michoacán Artwork

Aug. 19
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Sad that summer is coming to a close? Don't be! Between the Del Mar Beer Fest, Summergrass festival, and the New Children's Museum's Party Animals Gala you have plenty of excuses to have a little fun in the outdoors.

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding For Infants And Mothers

Aug. 19
These Days

There are many health benefits from breastfeeding for infants and mothers. We'll talk about efforts to increase breastfeeding rates in California.

Live From Lincoln Center: South Pacific

Aug. 19
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic tale of love and prejudice, "South Pacific," revived in its original glory by Lincoln Center Theater, comes to the television screen courtesy of Live From Lincoln Center. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples ― U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush (Kelli O’Hara) and French plantation owner Emile de Becque (Tony Award-winner Paulo Szot), and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl, Liat ― and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices.

Update On Local Marines In Afghanistan

Aug. 19
These Days

How are U.S. combat operations continuing to evolve in Afghanistan? Tony Perry, from the Los Angeles Times, joins us live from Helmand Province, Afghanistan to talk about the latest challenges facing local Marines stationed in that area.

Scripps Glaciologist Wins Prize For Her Work In Antarctica

Aug. 19
These Days
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Scripps Glaciologist Helen Amanda Fricker was awarded the Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica for her work on sub-glacial lakes and remote sensing techniques. We'll talk to her about Antarctica, which she calls the most unobservable place in the world, and the work she's doing to detect changes in the ice sheet. We'll also find out about the iceberg, four times the size of Manhattan, which just broke apart from Petermann Glacier in Greenland and began drifting into the Nares Strait.

San Diego Launches Project To Help Hardcore Homeless

Aug. 19
These Days

Home Again of United Way announced Project 25 yesterday, a project to take the 25 hardest homeless cases and provide them with housing and services. The project involves multiple partnerships with groups such as the City and County of San Diego.

New Weekly Jobless Claims Jump To 500,000

Aug. 19
Associated Press
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Employers appear to be laying off workers again as applications for unemployment insurance reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November. Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Last U.S. Combat Brigade Leaves Iraq

Aug. 19
NPR

The U.S. military presence in Iraq took a symbolic turn Thursday as the last full Army combat brigade left the country, ahead of President Obama's end-of-the-month deadline for ending combat operations.

Review: 'Cairo Time' and the Women's Picture

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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This summer has seen quite a few films centered on female characters, from 'Sex and the City 2" and "Eat Pray Love" to "Cairo Time" (opening August 20 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters). This prompted me to consider how women’s films have changed over the years.

Port Introduces New Plans For North Embarcadero

Aug. 19
By Katie Orr
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The public got its first look Wednesday at modified plans for San Diego’s downtown waterfront. The Port of San Diego is hoping to craft a plan that satisfies critics and the Coastal Commission.

Forum Explores Policy Changes That Could Encourage Breastfeeding

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

UCSD Medical Center hosts an educational forum today on how policy changes could increase breastfeeding in California. The state already has laws designed to encourage breastfeeding.

San Diego Hospice Offers Psychiatric Care To Ease Suffering

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Over the past few decades, hospice care has become a more common choice for people who have a terminal illness. These patients forgo life-prolonging treatments and instead get help to make their final days as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Report Shows Bersin's Blueprint Produced Positive Results For SD Schools

Aug. 19
By Ana Tintocalis

A new report says controversial reading reforms adopted in San Diego City schools more than a decade ago produced big results in literacy.