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Stories for November 12, 2010

Discussing The Proposed Interstate 5 Expansion

Nov. 12
San Diego Week
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Drivers on Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside know that gridlock happens too often. Transportation officials know that, too, and are poised to do something about it. But from the first hint that the freeway could be widened to accommodate more traffic, opposition has been vehement.

SD Veterans Face Challenges

Nov. 12
San Diego Week
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San Diego honored veterans this week with a parade and other ceremonies, but according to a recent report, 26,000 vets want help from the V.A. medical center here.

Bankruptcy Looming For SD?

Nov. 12
San Diego Week
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We hear from City Attorney Jan Goldsmith about the bankruptcy option and other reform ideas for a financially troubled San Diego.

Downtown Library: Always Too Popular, Too Small

Nov. 12
San Diego Week
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San Diego took a long time - decades -- to decide whether or not to build a new central library to replace the aging facility on 8th and E. As Pat Finn reports, this is a case of history repeating itself.

SECRETS OF THE DEAD: Lost Ships Of Rome

Nov. 12
By Jennifer Robinson
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In 2009 a team of marine archeologists, carrying out a sonar survey of the seabed around the remote Italian island of Ventotene, made an astonishing discovery. The wrecks of five ancient Roman ships were found in pristine condition, each one fully laden with exotic goods. "Lost Ships Of Rome" follows the team as they explore the sites in detail, salvage artifacts and piece together the history of the ships and why they were lost at Ventotene 2,000 years ago.

Veterans For Peace Create 'Arlington West' In SD

Nov. 12
San Diego Week
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Veterans For Peace brought Arlington National Cemetery to San Diego. The group calls the display of 1,378 crosses “Arlington West.” Flags, veterans and families lined Pacific Coast Highway for the Veteran's Day Parade to cheer and honor those who’ve fought and died for America in war.

Have We Heard Too Much About The Carnival Splendor?

Nov. 12
By Kyla Calvert

A Google search for "Carnival Splendor" returns more than 6,000 articles from news organizations around the world. The phrase "cholera in Haiti" turns up fewer than 900 articles. Even some of the people aboard the stranded ship this week wondered if their story merited all the attention.

Lords Of Nature: Life In A Land of Great Predators

Nov. 12
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Birds, butterflies, beaver and antelope, wildflowers and frogs -could their survival possibly be connected to top predators like the wolf and cougar? Narrated by Peter Coyote, this documentary goes behind the scenes with leading scientists to explore the role top predators play in restoring and maintaining ecosystems and biodiversity. Wolves and cougars, once driven to the edge of existence, are finding their way back -- from the Yellowstone plateau to the canyons of Zion, from the farm country of northern Minnesota to the rugged open range of the West.

NOVA: Secrets Of Stonehenge

Nov. 12
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Granted exclusive access to the dig site at Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle monument recently discovered about a mile from Stonehenge, NOVA cameras join a new generation of researchers finding important clues to the enduring mystery of Stonehenge.

Review: 'Skyline'

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Universal Pictures did not screen "Skyline" (opening November 12 throughout San Diego) for critics. So I not only paid for my ticket but also for my son and his friend. So was it worth $35?

Antiques Roadshow: Mobile, Ala. - Hour Three

Nov. 12
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At Mobile's Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center, the excitement is contagious when ROADSHOW experts discover a highly desirable Confederate army belt buckle; an archive of letters and documents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt bought at an estate sale for $5; and a beautiful circa 1850 Virginia painted chest, estimated to be worth $60,000.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Longoria Affair

Nov. 12
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Private Felix Longoria died fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because "the whites wouldn’t like it." The incident created deep divisions in Three Rivers, tensions that last even today — but it also helped launch the Mexican American civil rights movement, elect John Kennedy to the White House, and lead Lyndon Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the 20th century.

NATURE: Wolverine: Chasing The Phantom

Nov. 12
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Its name stirs images of the savage, the untameable. Legend paints it as a solitary, bloodthirsty killer that roams the icy heart of the frozen north, taking down prey as large as moose, crushing bones to powder with its powerful jaws. But there is another image of the wolverine that is just beginning to emerge, one that is far more complex than its reputation suggests. This film takes viewers into the secretive world of the largest and least known member of the weasel family to reveal who this dynamic little devil truly is.

El Centro Tries to Explain High Unemployment Rate

Nov. 12
By Ruxandra Guidi
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In Imperial County's El Centro, high unemployment has long been a concern. But city officials say the shocking unemployment rate is misleading.

Study Shows Immigration Judges Reject More ICE Deportation Claims

Nov. 12
By Amy Isackson

A new study says Immigration and Customs Enforcement wastes resources by targeting the wrong people for deportation.

Review: 'Alamar'

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Mexico's "Alamar" (opening November 12 at UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center) arrives like a breath of fresh air reminding us of cinema's potential for simple and elegant beauty.

Ask This Old House: Choosing Groundcover/ Installing Hydronic Baseboard Heaters

Nov. 12
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Landscape contractor Roger Cook and plant expert Carrie Kelly discuss different types of groundcover. Up in the loft, general contractor Tom Silva shows host Kevin O’Connor a new product that makes it easier to mark and cut openings for electrical outlets in wallboard. Then, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner warm up her cold living room by installing new hydronic baseboard heaters.

Schwarzenegger Calls For Special Session To Discuss New Budget Problems

Nov. 12
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will call the new legislature into special session on December 6th, the day new lawmakers are sworn in.

Everyday Food: One-Pot Wonders

Nov. 12
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What if your whole meal could be cooked in just one pot? That’s exactly what we’ve cooked up for you today at "Everyday Food." Lucinda starts with easy paella, a dish that people assume is complicated and expensive, but we make it simple and affordable with just as much flavor and flair. Sarah shows viewers today's "Must Have": the dutch oven, a thick pot that goes from stove top to oven. It's perfect for slow-cooking a meal of chicken and dumplings.

Vets Face Challenges At Home As Local Marines Continue Fight In Afghanistan

Nov. 12
Editors Roundtable

How is our region doing in taking care of the estimated 50,000 recent vets that call San Diego home? We discuss the challenges new veterans face as they begin the transition back to civilian life. Plus, hear an update on the difficult month Camp Pendleton-based Marines have had in Afghanistan.

How Will San Diego Pay For A $700 Million Convention Center Expansion?

Nov. 12
Editors Roundtable

Will a rooftop park be key to raising the necessary funding to pay for a proposed $700 million expansion of the San Diego Convention Center? We discuss the details of architect Curtis Fentress' plan to make the convention center the largest on the West Coast. Plus, we give an update on the latest plans to cut the city's budget deficit. Why is the city moving forward with several costly downtown-development projects when it is facing a $70 million deficit?

What's Best Way To Reduce Traffic Congestion On I-5?

Nov. 12
Editors Roundtable

Should Interstate 5 be expanded by four to MORE lanes, or is there a better solution to traffic problems plaguing the freeway on a daily basis? We discuss the options that will be considered by the California Department of Transportation as the agency works to decide what plan is best for the future of our region.

SD Leaders Agree Finances Must Be Fixed, But Don't Agree On How

Nov. 12
By Katie Orr
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It’s no secret that San Diego has money problems. It has for years. Now city leaders are showing more drive to fix those problems once and for all. But even though there’s consensus on what needs to be done, there’s little agreement on how to do it.

Review: 'Seres Genesis' and 'Depositarios'

Nov. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Science fiction films are having resurgence in Mexico and two new ones -- "Seres Genesis" and "Depositarios" -- will be showcased as part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival's Cinema en tu Idioma (opening Novenber 12 at UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center). You can listen to my radio feature or read the extended review.