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Stories for November 18, 2010

BedBugs Fly With Holiday Travelers

Nov. 18
By Peggy Pico
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Tiny vampire-like hitchhikers are snagging unwelcome rides with holiday travelers. Bedbugs are popping up in places like Lindbergh Field and other airports.

Cost Of Attending UCs Will Increase Again Next Fall

Nov. 18
California Capitol Network

The University of California Board of Regents voted to approve an 8 percent tuition hike for students, effective next year.

Eight People Chosen For California Redistricting

Nov. 18
By Marianne Russ and California Capitol Network
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Eight Californians have been chosen to draw the state’s new political map.

Two SD Brothers Charged In $6 Million Fraud Scheme

Nov. 18
City News Service

One of two brothers charged in connection with a $6 million foreclosure fraud scheme in which they allegedly stole the identity of several notaries and forged hundreds of deeds in California will stand trial Jan. 7.

Former Labor Secretary Weighs In On San Diego's Jobs Future

Nov. 18
By Kyla Calvert

Cities like San Diego cannot wait for the federal government to provide the investment and action needed to spur significant job growth. That’s what former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich told attendees of the Workforce Partnership’s annual summit at Qualcomm Hall in Mira Mesa Thursday morning.

American Masters: LENNONYC

Nov. 18
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"LENNONYC" is the story of one of the most famous and influential artists of the 20th century and how he found redemption not in the public adoration he craved as a youth, but in the quiet and simple pleasures of fatherhood. It is also a New York immigrant’s tale. John Lennon came to New York City in 1971 seeking what every other immigrant has sought: freedom — the freedom to be himself and not “Beatle John,” the freedom to live a normal life.

California Ahead Of National Average In Premature Births

Nov. 18
By Marianne Russ and California Capitol Network

California is doing better than the national average when it comes to babies born prematurely. California got a grade of “C” compared to the national grade of “D.”

Drivers Consider Cell Phones The Biggest Distraction

Nov. 18
California Capitol Network

A majority of Californians consider distracted driving to be one of the biggest problems on the state’s roadways. The California Office of Traffic Safety conducted its first face-to-face statewide survey on driving safety issues.

Storm Expected This Weekend, Free Sand Bags Offered

Nov. 18
City News Service

Free sandbags are being offered to residents in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County to be used to protect properties in advance of a storm forecast to hit this weekend.

UCSD Chancellor Receives Award From The President

Nov. 18
City News Service

University of California San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox received the country's highest science award from President Obama this week.

Thirteen Additional Whooping Cough Cases Reported This Week

Nov. 18
City News Service

Thirteen new cases of whooping cough in children and teens around San Diego County were reported this week, county health officials announced today.

Man Leads Police On Car Chase Then Flees On Foot

Nov. 18
City News Service

A motorist wanted on several felony arrest warrants led deputies on a brief road chase through the far northern reaches of San Diego County today before pulling over and fleeing on foot, leaving behind a woman and child in his car.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Simply The Best

Nov. 18
By Jennifer Robinson
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This special edition, “Simply the Best,” showcases objects deemed the finest examples of their kind ever seen on ROADSHOW. Highlights include: a superlative pair of circa 1795, Massachusetts-made Federal side chairs, valued at $30,000 to $50,000; a staggeringly rare 19th-century Rhode Island rifle and powderhorn, valued at $100,000 to $120,000; and the “holy grail” of American women’s suffrage movement posters — a timely reminder that 2010 is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution — valued at $10,000 to $15,000.

Rants and Raves: Harry Potter Fans

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando
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The eagerly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" opens tomorrow but fans were already lined up for 12:01 screenings around the county. I spoke with a quartet of girls who were at the head of the IMAX line at Edwards Mira Mesa CInemas.

Man Wanted For Murder In Massachusetts Found In North County

Nov. 18
City News Service

A Massachusetts man picked up in Vista on outstanding warrants involving a homicide and a weapons violation waived his right today to an extradition hearing.

California Community Colleges Want To Increase Graduation Rates

Nov. 18
California Capitol Network

The Community College League of California wants to triple graduation rates in the next decade.

SD Woman Charged With Supporting Terrorist Group

Nov. 18
City News Service

A San Diego woman charged with supporting a Somalia- based terrorist organization will remain behind bars while her lawyer puts together a case for granting her bail.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Lost Sparrow

Nov. 18
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Three decades ago, two Crow Indian brothers ran away from home and no one knew why. Their sudden and mysterious deaths sent shockwaves through a tiny upstate New York community and their adoptive family. "Lost Sparrow" is their adoptive brother's journey to bring Bobby and Tyler home and confront a painful truth that shattered his family.

Peace Corps Commemorates 50th Anniversary

Nov. 18
These Days
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The Peace Corps is celebrating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Were you a Peace Corps volunteer? How did the experience shape your life?

Art, Music And Puppets On The Weekend Preview

Nov. 18
These Days

We're coming up on the last weekend before the Holidays begin. The last weekend before family gatherings, decorating, present shopping and Holiday parties crowd your agenda. So, how about something completely different: maybe accordians, puppets, art shows on loading docks. We'll be talking about unusual and interesting ways to fill up the weekend, while you're stomach's not yet filled up with too much food.

Alcoholic Energy Drinks Under FDA Scrutiny

Nov. 18
These Days
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The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to four companies that make alcoholic energy drinks saying the combination of caffeine and alcohol poses "a public health concern." KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg joins us to talk about the health effects of these caffeinated alcoholic drinks.

Report Reveals Program To Stem Flow Of Illegal Guns Into Mexico Ineffective

Nov. 18
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, established Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the U.S. to Mexico. But a recent review reveals significant weaknesses with the program.

Clinic Plays The Casbah

Nov. 18
Dave Walters
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Liverpool-based band Clinic has an addictive sound, a new album, and a seriously cool onstage getup. So why aren't they well known yet? Culture Lust contributor Dave Walters wants to know - and also thinks their show at The Casbah this Sunday is definitely worth your while.