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Stories for November 8, 2010

Hold At All Costs

Nov. 8
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Little has been written on the Korean War and even less on trench warfare and the desperate battles fought for control of isolated outposts that marked its closing months. For the very first time, a documentary film, "Hold At All Costs," examines one specific battle; the epic attack and defense of Outpost Harry, where American, Greek and South Korean soldiers fought and died against incredible odds to hold a vital position from massive Chinese barrage.

San Diego Public Library Seeks Local Authors for Exhibition

Nov. 8
By Clare Pister
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The San Diego Public Library is looking for local authors to feature in their 45th Annual Local Authors Exhibit. Learn how to submit your book to become a featured author.

Opponents Of I-5 Expansion Proposal Come Out In Force

Nov. 8
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego County residents packed a hearing in Solana Beach Monday to comment on a plan to expand Interstate-5 between San Diego and Oceanside. Most people were against the plan.

New Benefits For Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange

Nov. 8
By Peggy Pico
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The VA has begun to pay new benefits for Agent Orange related diseases. Three new diseases are added to the VA's list of herbicide linked health conditions.

Lost And Found: The Legacy Of The USS Lagarto

Nov. 8
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"Lost And Found: The Legacy Of The USS Lagarto" recounts the discovery of a WWII U.S. Navy submarine, the first found since the war ended. Missing for more than 60 years, Lagarto and her crew of 86 men vanished during war patrol in the Pacific in 1945. Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, who discovered an unknown sunken German U-Boat near New Jersey described in the best-seller "Shadow Divers," take viewers to the final resting spot of the American sub at the bottom of the Gulf of Thailand.

CIRCUS: Down The Road

Nov. 8
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In the sixth and final episode, emotions run high as the circus season winds down. Many members of the cast and crew won’t be going back to Big Apple next season — some are heading to Europe; others are still trying to figure out what’s next. Some of the younger performers who have grown up in the circus consider leaving circus life. The night before the final shows, the crew puts on a traditional spoof called “Midnight Clowns” for the performers. The laughter is infectious and the partings bittersweet.

CIRCUS: Born To Be Circus

Nov. 8
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In the fifth episode, Big Apple’s founder and its newly installed artistic director embark on their annual trip to the renowned Monte Carlo circus festival — a kind of international circus family reunion — to scout fresh talent. Back in the U.S., the performers and the crew put on two shows a day and travel from Georgia to New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York. The Anastasinis, an eighth-generation circus family, wonder if their young sons will be content to carry on the family legacy.

Security Council Won't Make Room For India Yet

Nov. 8
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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While President Obama endorsed the idea of India taking a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, that doesn't mean it's likely to happen anytime soon.

Two More Camp Pendleton Marines Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 8
City News Service
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The Pentagon released the names today of two Camp Pendleton-based Marines who were killed in combat last week in Afghanistan.

CIRCUS: Survival Of The Fittest

Nov. 8
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In the fourth episode, squeeze into a tiny lot at New York’s Lincoln Center with the entire Big Apple Circus — tent, trailers, performers, crew and animals. It’s the holiday season and shows are packed, but snow and ice are collecting on the big top and the hoses that run water to the trailers are frozen solid. A beloved miniature pony dies suddenly from colic. Cast and crew are sick and exhausted, but the show goes on. Some members of the Big Apple family — a crewman, a trapeze artist, even the artistic director — contemplate leaving the circus world behind.

Families Fight To Care For Disabled Kids At Home

Nov. 8
Joseph Shapiro, NPR
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You've probably never seen a person hooked up to so many plastic tubes as Olivia Welter. But if you think of being hooked up to machines as something that keeps a dying person alive, that's not what's going on here.

CIRCUS: Change On!

Nov. 8
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In episode three, traveling by trailer caravan, the circus arrives in Virginia and pitches the tent for its first tour stop. On the eve of the first performance, a pivotal act is cut and there’s a mad scramble to rework the show. Making matters worse, a seasoned company regular is diagnosed with cancer and must relinquish his act. Lackluster ticket sales only ratchet up the pressure.

132 Pounds of Spent Nuclear Fuel Removed From San Diego

Nov. 8
City News Service
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The federal government removed nearly 132 pounds of spent nuclear fuel from an undisclosed facility in San Diego in August and September, it was announced today.

Best Coast Plays The Casbah

Nov. 8
David Walters
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Walters wonders where the indie band Best Coast fits into the pop/rock pantheon, and predicts a lively show this Wednesday at The Casbah.

CIRCUS: One Ring Family

Nov. 8
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In the second episode, feel the tension mount as rivalries and romances blossom and the circus’ first dress rehearsal approaches. The show is nowhere near ready. Despite constant rehearsals, the Flying Neves trapeze members can’t pull themselves together, and there’s talk in the office about cutting the act. Meanwhile, Glen, the newbie clown, is having a hard time taking direction and he’s petrified he’ll soon be fired. The fate of the show — and of more than a few performers — hangs in the balance.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Slave Ship Mutiny

Nov. 8
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The slave ship Meermin set sail from Madagascar for South Africa in 1766, but the ship would never make it to Cape Town, the slaves mutinied and managed to overpower the Dutch crew, ordering the ship be sailed back to Madagascar and freedom. "Slave Ship Mutiny" tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians and slave descendants to discover the full story of this dramatic historical event. They want to learn what happened on the Meermin, how the slaves were able to overpower their captors, and why the ship ended up wrecked on a wild, windswept beach 200 miles east of Cape Town.

FRONTLINE: The Confessions

Nov. 8
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Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit? In "The Confessions," FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel investigates the conviction of four Navy sailors for the rape and murder of a Norfolk, Va., woman in 1997. In interviews with the sailors, Bikel learns of some of the high-pressure police interrogation techniques -- including the threat of the death penalty, sleep deprivation, and intimidation -- that led each of the "Norfolk Four" to confess, despite a lack of evidence linking them to the crime.

San Diego Chargers Win On The Road, Look To The Future

Nov. 8
By Dwane Brown, Nick Stoffel
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Nine games into the football season, the San Diego Chargers have finally won a game on the road. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Food From Farm To Restaurant

Nov. 8
These Days
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The movement towards buying locally-produced fresh food is inspiring the menus of many San Diego restaurants. On this month's Food Hour, we'll hear how San Diego growers and restaurant chefs are teaming up to create great new recipes.

SD Unified Board Facing Difficult Budget Decisions

Nov. 8
These Days
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What options does the San Diego Unified School District have to cut its projected $142 million budget deficit for next year? We talk to Superintendent Bill Kowba and school board president Richard Barrera about how the defeat of Proposition J will affect the district. And, we find out what options the board will consider as it begins the difficult task of cutting its deficit.

North County: Escondido, Encinitas Elex Results

Nov. 8
These Days
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Local election results in San Diego's North County included a shift of power in Escondido, a new mayor in Encinitas, a new board for troubled Mira Costa Community College and a familiar name on the County Board of Supervisors.

San Diego Green Tech Gets $1 Million Grant

Nov. 8
Padma Nagappan, KPBS
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There’s good news for budding entrepreneurs at Southern California universities. The Department of Energy has awarded a new $1 million grant to the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University.

Oil Spill Investigation A 'High Priority' For Justice

Nov. 8
Carrie Johnson, NPR
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As part of the U.S. Justice Department's investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge in New Orleans recently created a security zone around the collapsed rig, the legal equivalent of taking yellow police tape and draping it around the watery crime scene.

Residents Pack Hearing On San Diego I-5 Expansion

Nov. 8
By Ed Joyce
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Like all Southern California freeways, I-5 can be a parking lot at times. State highway officials plan to change that by adding more lanes between San Diego and Oceanside. Caltrans laid out the plan at a hearing in Solana Beach Monday.

Ruling On Jessica's Law Impacts San Diego Sex Offenders

Nov. 8
By Tom Fudge
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A California judge has struck down a part of "Jessica's Law" that prevented sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or a playground. But the ruling won't affect all San Diego County sex offenders.

UCSD Tries To Raise Awareness About Hepatitis B

Nov. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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A campaign designed to raise awareness about hepatitis B hits the campus of UCSD today. The liver disease disproportionately affects Asians.

Immigration Least of Farmer's Worries

Nov. 8
By Ruxandra Guidi
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An estimated 80,000 farms in California and many more along the border rely on undocumented workers to keep labor costs down. But for many farm owners, the nation's current debate over immigration is the least of their concerns.