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Stories for August 20, 2010

Rep Darrell Issa Discusses Healthcare Reform, Border Security, War In Afghanistan

Aug. 20
San Diego Week
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We speak to Rep. Darrell Issa about the California Republican Convention that will take place in San Diego this weekend. We also talk to Issa about the national economy, homeland security, and illegal immigration.

WWII Dive Bomber Lifted Out Of Lower Otay Lake

Aug. 20
city news service

A World War II-era dive bomber that rested for decades in Lower Otay Lake was lifted out of the water today, bringing a week-long recovery effort nearly to a close.

How Will $600 Million Border Bill Impact San Diego?

Aug. 20
San Diego Week
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What's being done to combat illegal immigrant smuggling operations along the border? Reporter Amy Isackson sits down with CBP Commissioner to talk about the latest efforts to create more stability along the border.

Local Marines Face Long Battle In Afghanistan

Aug. 20
San Diego Week
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Tony Perry joins us live from the Helmand Province, Afghanistan to talk about the challenges local Marines are facing, and how U.S. combat operations are continuing to evolve.

What Are True Costs And Benefits Of Illegal Immigration?

Aug. 20
San Diego Week
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Who truly benefits from the work of illegal immigrants? Reporter Alison St. John brings you a story about the costs and benefits of illegal immigration.

Misinformation Slows Pedestrian SENTRI Enrollment

Aug. 20
By Amy Isackson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they want to triple enrollment in the SENTRI, or expedited crossing, program to make border crossings faster and safer. A new study shows enrollment in the pedestrian program is hampered by misinformation.

Sempra Wind Project Gets Mexican Permit

Aug. 20
By Ed Joyce

A proposed Sempra Energy wind farm project in Mexico near the U.S. Border has moved a step closer to reality. The wind farm would be built in Mexico, just south of Jacumba.

FRONTLINE: Black Money

Aug. 20
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FRONTLINE investigative correspondent Lowell Bergman examines the shadowy world of international bribery in "Black Money." The story reveals how multi-national companies create slush funds, set up front companies and make secret payments, all to get billions in business. But these practices are facing a new international crackdown, led by prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice and allies abroad.

Carrier: Rites Of Passage

Aug. 20
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The jets take off, laden with ordnance, and return hours later, still carrying the same bombs. As the Nimitz crosses the equator, the entire ship takes part in the Crossing the Line Ceremony, an ancient maritime ritual. In the middle of flight operations, a storm arises in the South Indian Ocean. The deck pitches violently, turning the already dangerous task of landing on the carrier into a nail-biting, heart-pounding drama.

Review: 'Piranha 3D'

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando
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So far, horror is the only genre to embrace 3D for the gimmick it is and to exploit it with any sense of fun. So with that in mind I looked forward to “Piranha 3D” (opening August 20 throughout San Diego).

Truly California: Plagues And Pleasures On The Salton Sea

Aug. 20
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"Plagues And Pleasures On The Salton Sea" explores the economic, political and environmental issues that face the Salton Sea, a one-time vacation destination for the rich and famous now occupied by an eccentric and individualistic populace.

History Detectives: Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five

Aug. 20
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Does a Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard signal early steps toward integration of MLB? How does a basket connect us to a woman congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the West? Why did J. Edgar Hoover endorse a radio script based on an FBI case?

Antiques Roadshow: Milwaukee, Wis. - Hour Two

Aug. 20
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In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry peruse the world's largest collection of posters by French lithographer Jules Cheret, best known for his colorful advertisements for the Moulin Rouge. At the Midwest Airlines Center, appraisers get a kick out of the objects arrayed for their evaluation, including a ruby and diamond bracelet, purchased by the owner's great-grandmother - a German countess - from Austria's Empress Eugenie in the 1890s, with an auction estimate of $30,000 to $35,000.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Goodbye Solo

Aug. 20
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An old man flags a cab and asks for a one-way ride to his death. The driver reluctantly agrees — but can he talk the man out of it? Ramin Bahrani ("Man Push Cart") mixes up a fascinating, timely story of the new American South in this award-winning drama that is testament to the depth of the human spirit and the power of free will.

Will New Approach To Helping SD Homeless Work?

Aug. 20
Editors Roundtable

United Way, the city and county of San Diego have teamed up on a new approach to the problem of homelessness that identifies the people on the streets who are most at risk, and gives them a safe place to live, with access to services but no rehab required. What costs are involved when people are left on the streets?

SDG&E Proposes Rate Changes, City Of SD And UCAN Protest

Aug. 20
Editors Roundtable

The Utility Consumer Action Network and the City of San Diego have each submitted protests to SDG&E proposed rate changes. We'll discuss details of the plan and what's in it for consumers.

Calif. GOP Convention In San Diego

Aug. 20
Editors Roundtable

The California Republican Convention revs up for the election. Convention workshops range from President Obama's foreign policy, to going after big labor, to reversing the health care legislation and San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio will lead a workshop on the pension tsunami. Do these signal what the fall campaigns will be about?

Giant Oil Plume Found Below Surface Of Gulf

Aug. 20
Dan Charles, NPR
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Scientists have mapped out, for the first time, the underwater path that some petrochemicals took after gushing from BP's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an important new piece in a huge scientific puzzle.

North County Residents Mobilizing Against I-5 Expansion

Aug. 20
By Katie Orr

It was standing room only at a Solana Beach church Thursday. A town hall meeting was held to explain the possible impacts of an expansion to Interstate 5 in the North County.

San Diego Faces Funding Challenge For Retiree Health Benefits

Aug. 20
By Alison St John

In San Diego, salaries in cities around the region don’t appear to be excessive, but they are the tip of the iceberg in terms of the city liabilities. Pension deficits have been in the headlines for years. Retiree health benefits are the other shoe waiting to drop.

County Offers Free Vaccinations To Curb Whooping Cough Epidemic

Aug. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County will hold free whooping cough vaccination clinics this weekend at six Northgate markets and at the San Ysidro Port of Entry trolley stop. It's a special effort designed to protect Latinos from the disease, which is now an epidemic in California.

U-T Redesign Not Impressive

Aug. 20
By Pat Finn
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Culture Lust contributor Pat Finn is not impressed by the print redesign of the U-T, formally known as the San Diego Union-Tribune.