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Stories for November 17, 2010

San Diego Would Feel Little Financial Pain If Chargers Bolt

Nov. 17
By Kyla Calvert
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Chargers owner Alex Spanos is selling a minority stake in the football team. The sale has people wondering whether one potential buyer could be a stadium developer in Los Angeles who would move the Bolts north.

UCSD's 50 Years Of Science Linked To Biotech Boom

Nov. 17
By Peggy Pico
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UC San Diego celebrates it’s 50 birthday on November 18, 2010. The university and our city’s booming biotech industry are directly linked.

Masterpiece Contemporary: Lennon Naked

Nov. 17
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Christopher Eccleston ("Doctor Who") channels John Lennon in this acclaimed recreation of Lennon’s last turbulent years with the Beatles, co-starring Naoko Mori ("Torchwood") as Yoko Ono, the woman blamed for breaking up the band, and Christopher Fairbank ("Tess of the D’Urbervilles") as Freddie Lennon, John’s absentee father.

Researchers Say Strong La Niña Means Dry Winter For California

Nov. 17
By Ed Joyce
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Climate experts say a strong La Niña means a dry winter for Southern California. Water supply should be fine, but fire danger could increase next year.

Should The City Of San Diego Consider Bankruptcy?

Nov. 17
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With the city of San Diego facing an ongoing structural deficit and no additional sources of revenue on the horizon, there are renewed calls for the city leaders to begin exploring the option of bankruptcy. We'll hear arguments for and against filing for municipal bankruptcy.

The Fight To End Chronic Homelessness In SD Continues

Nov. 17
By Katie Orr
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There’s a lot of lip service paid to the issue of homelessness around San Diego, but on Wednesday the United Way focused on organizations it supports that are actually working to help the homeless.

Local Teen Inspiring Peers to Read for Fun

Nov. 17
By Clare Pister, Ashley Rodriguez
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13-year-old Emma Halpern of San Diego is fighting the cycle of poverty through inspiring a love of reading in her low income peers. Read on to see how this visionary teen is starting a book club trend in an area high school.

Teen Review: 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'

Nov. 17
Jesus Gomez, Teen Critic
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Although "Exit Through the Gift Shop" has been out for quite some time, not many people have heard about it. So I feel I should enlighten you in the hopes you will go to the MCASD La Jolla's screening this Thursday November 18.

NATURE: Revealing The Leopard

Nov. 17
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Leopards may be slower than cheetahs and weaker than lions, but they are more successful than either of them, or any other big cat. Their populations inhabit territories that cover nearly half the world, and while nobody knows exactly how many leopards there are, it is estimated that there are roughly ten times more of them than all the lions, tigers, and cheetahs added together. NATURE grants unique access to their secretive world in "Revealing The Leopard."

Rick Steves' Europe: Oslo

Nov. 17
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The proud spirit of the Norwegian people shines in every dimension of their capital city — from its once-fearsome Viking ships to its sleek new Opera House, from tales of World War II heroism to the constant festival of its thriving harborfront. Connecting with the culture, we enjoy art — from Vigeland's statues to Monch's scream — and cap things off by joining local friends for a sail on their fjord.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Bringing Home Italian Favorites

Nov. 17
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Most recipes for chicken saltimbocca overcomplicate the dish with extraneous ingredients. Julia Collin Davison keeps this Italian dish simple and shows host Christopher Kimball the test kitchen secrets to getting the three key elements — chicken, prosciutto and sage — in balance. Despite tiramisù’s simplicity, a lot can go wrong. It can turn out soggy or parched, dense, sickly sweet or fiery with alcohol. Bridget Lancaster reveals the test kitchen’s method to making a no-cook, easy tiramisu, with a seamless union of flavors and just the right texture.

Insight: What Has Become Of The Phone?

Nov. 17
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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A week ago one of my workmates told me an amusing story about not being able to find her cell phone. Ruxandra Guidi said she called her husband to tell him about her “lost” phone when she realized it was pressed against her ear.

Scripps Health Admits Raising $2 Billion For New Project Won't Be Easy

Nov. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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Scripps Health says it's committed to totally revamping Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and upgrading the medical campus. But KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg says company officials admit it won't be easy to come up with $2 billion dollars for the project.

Sisters, A Love Story

Nov. 17
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Celebrated linguist Deborah Tannen is out with the latest in a series of books on how family members communicate. "You Were Always Mom's Favorite! Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives" explores how sisters talk to each other, from deep affection to bitter rivalry. We'll hear how language shapes our family relationships.

Region Well-Positioned To Take Advantage Of Growth In Biomimicry

Nov. 17
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Could biomimicry be the next biotech for San Diego? We talk to local economist Dr. Lynn Reaser about why our region is well-positioned to be a future hub for innovation in the field of biomimicry. We also discuss how the local economy could be impacted by industries that create products and use ideas inspired by nature.

S.D. Now Accepting Additional Plastic Items In Recycling Program

Nov. 17
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The City of San Diego is now accepting additional plastic items in its recycling program. A representative from the city's Environmental Services Department joins us to explain which items can now be tossed into your blue curbside recycling bin.

Regulatory Judge Rejects SDG&E Rate Hike

Nov. 17
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego Gas & Electric’s pitch for a $29 million rate increase received a thumbs down Tuesday from a key figure at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Cell Phone Crackdown Coming

Nov. 17
By Katie Orr
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Today is not the day to talk on your phone while driving, unless you have a hands-free device. Law enforcement agencies will be on the look out for people driving with a phone up to their ear.

University Of San Diego Powered By Solar Energy

Nov. 17
By Nicole Corpuz
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The University of San Diego is vying for the title of America’s greenest college with the implementation of 5,000 solar panels.

FDA May Crackdown On 'Blackout In A Can'

Nov. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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The drinks referred to as blackout in a can are under scrutiny by the FDA. Some San Diego retailers have begun pulling the drinks off of their shelves.

Will Changes In Spending Habits Be Permanent?

Nov. 17
By Kyla Calvert
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We’ve heard again and again that the current economic downturn is the worst the United States has seen since the Great Depression. But, will it shape our attitudes about money for years to come?