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Stories for November 10, 2010

Powerless Cruise Ship Entering San Diego Bay Thursday Morning

Nov. 10
By Kyla Calvert

The cruise ship stranded off the coast of Southern California since Monday will be towed into San Diego’s downtown harbor Thursday morning. Getting the ship’s passengers back to land has not taken as long as initially expected.

Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize

Nov. 10
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The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize salutes Tina Fey. Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2010 the 90-minute special features a star-studded cast of Fey’s friends and colleagues.

Video: Two Amazing Dancers From Paris

Nov. 10
By Angela Carone
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As of right now, I'm on vacation! As a parting gift, I offer you this video of Les Twins dancing on the streets of Paris. You can thank me when I return.

News: Duncan Shepherd Retires

Nov. 10
By Beth Accomando
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I didn't always agree with "The Reader's" film critic Duncan Shepherd but I never doubted his passion for film and I appreciated the high standard he set for films.

County Holds Second Hearing on General Plan Update

Nov. 10
By Alison St John

The San Diego County Supervisors held the second hearing on their plan to change land-use zoning in the unincorporated areas of the county for the next 40 years; the board chambers were full.

San Diego State Students Bemoan Fee Increase

Nov. 10
By Kyla Calvert

Some San Diego State University students are wondering how they’ll manage to cover the cost of going to school next year after Cal State University trustees approved a 15 percent tuition increase by next fall.

Budget Cuts For San Diego Will Wait Until Spring

Nov. 10
By Katie Orr

Budget cuts may be coming to San Diego, but not for a couple months. The mayor plans to wait until spring to present his budget.

Group Says Privatizing Miramar Landfill Brings Environmental Risks

Nov. 10
By Ed Joyce
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The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club says a public environmental review is required before any plan to privatize the Miramar Landfill can move forward. The group says expanding the Landfill brings potential environmental risks.

Pentagon: 'Mystery Missile' Was Probably Airplane

Nov. 10
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The Pentagon says that an airplane and not a missile launch was the likely cause of a large vapor trail in the skies off Southern California's coast.

Marine Officer From Camp Pendleton Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 10
City News Service

A Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed Tuesday in Afghanistan was identified today. Second Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, of Tallahassee, Fla., died in combat operations in Helmand Province, according to the Department of Defense.

Stranded Cruise Ship Being Towed To San Diego

Nov. 10
Associated Press
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The U.S. Coast Guard says a second tug boat is hooking up to a stranded cruise ship that's being towed to San Diego.

Benefits Of Adopting An Older Pet

Nov. 10
These Days

What are the pros and cons of adopting an older pet? What characteristics should you look for when trying to select an older dog or cat to bring into your home? November is the ASPCA's Adopt-a-Senior-Pet-Month, so we've invited our pet experts give tips on adopting older pets.

Local Man Regrets Decision To Become Military Contractor After 9/11

Nov. 10
These Days
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Hamed Dost is a local Afghan immigrant who was inspired to join the war against terrorism after 9/11. He became a government contractor who served as a translator for the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade in Afghanistan. Dost now regrets his decision to join the fight against terrorism. He has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, and became an alcoholic after returning to San Diego. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge talks about what Dost has learned from his experience, and how his story might influence others who might want to follow his path.

What's Fueling Conflict Between Religion And Science?

Nov. 10
These Days

What can be learned by seeking a deeper understanding of both science and religion? We speak to one of the world's most renowned voices on the intersection between religion and science.

SDSU Copes With New Fees, Enrollment Targets

Nov. 10
These Days
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Three times since September, SDSU has been given increased enrollment targets from the CSU system for this academic year. The current target is 27,999 full time students. The increase will happen in the spring semester. We find out how SDSU plans to get more than 6,000 new students here, where they will come from and what affect this may have on the graduation rate.

Colleges Boosting Latino Enrollment Could See More Federal Funding

Nov. 10
By Ruxandra Guidi
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American colleges have grown more racially diverse in recent years, but minority students, especially Latinos, still lag behind in academic success. A look into Hispanic Serving Institutions and whether they're making higher education more accessible.

Design Unveiled For Proposed Convention Center Expansion

Nov. 10
By Alison St John
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San Diego city leaders hope an architect’s proposal to build a public park on the roof will generate support for a planned expansion of the downtown Convention Center. It is still unclear how the $700 million project will be paid for.

SD Man Accused In Aiding Terrorists Tells Judge He's Being Tortured

Nov. 10
By Amita Sharma
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A federal judge denied bail yesterday to one of three San Diego men accused of sending money and other support to the Somalia-based Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab.