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Stories for November 19, 2010

Tijuana's Leyzaola Dilemma

Nov. 19
By Vicente Calderon, Amy Isackson

The days of one of Tijuana’s top crime fighters may be numbered. Though Tijuana’s Police Chief has survived assassination plots, he may fall victim to Mexican politics. A collaboration between KPBS and Tijuanapress.com.

Chihuly Fire And Light

Nov. 19
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See Dale Chihuly at work with his team as he conceives and installs his most ambitious museum exhibition to date, "Chihuly at the de Young." "Chihuly Fire And Light" reveals the complexity and depth of Chihuly’s forty-year relationship with his preferred medium of glass. From his studio in Seattle to installation sites in San Francisco, this program portrays an artist's life-long goal of bringing glass to a broader audience.

SD Doctors Perform Amazing Brain Surgery

Nov. 19
San Diego Week
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Imagine having surgery to remove a tumor in your brain. Then imagine being awake for much of the procedure, so that surgeons can safely navigate around the area in your brain that controls speech. San Diegan Krista McFadden just went through this procedure at UCSD's Thornton Hospital. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg was in the operating room, and offers us a glimpse at what's called "awake" brain surgery.

Bed Bugs Are Biting In SD But Are They Dangerous?

Nov. 19
San Diego Week
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The old saying "sleep tight - don't let the bed bugs bite" isn't a figure of speech anymore. Bed bugs are crawling over mattresses, in crevasses and carpets across California and the country! Heading into the busiest travel week of the year, bed bugs are reportedly hitchhiking with airplane travelers. Why is San Diego playing reluctant host to this persistent pest and what can we do about it?

Airport Body Scanners Intruding On Our Constitutional Rights?

Nov. 19
San Diego Week
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The holiday travel season has begun and the recently installed full electronic body scan machines at Lindbergh field are busy. Their purpose is to insure public safety. But those scanners have made some passengers uncomfortable and even resistant. We'll discuss the objections and whether they are deserved.

Did Tijuana Police Chief Take Crime Fighting Too Far?

Nov. 19
San Diego Week
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The days of one of Tijuana's top crime fighters may be numbered. Police Chief Julian Leyzaola has been hailed as a model for the rest of Mexico. He has survived assassination plots but he may fall victim to Mexican politics. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson explains why his job is in jeopardy.

Sanders Proposes End Of City Pension System

Nov. 19
By Katie Orr
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Normally people can’t dictate how their tax dollars are spent. But San Diego voters may get to decide if they want to keep putting money toward the city pension system.

What Are The Chargers Worth To San Diego?

Nov. 19
San Diego Week
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Reports that the Spanos family, owners of the Chargers, are looking to sell a stake in the team has renewed speculation that the Bolts may leave San Diego. Tonight, we ask if the Chargers go, how will the city be affected? Veteran San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Tim Sullivan gives us some answers.

FRONTLINE: Facing Death

Nov. 19
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n this film, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York’s biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today’s modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when to perform expensive surgeries and therapies or to call for hospice. The film also offers an unusually intimate portrait of patients facing the prospect of dying in ways that they might never have wanted or imagined.

Auto-Theft Suspect Arrested After Attempted Getaway

Nov. 19
City News Service

An auto-theft suspect made a botched attempt to evade arrest today, crashing the stolen car he was driving on an East County street and then trying in vain to escape on foot along with a companion, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

The Legacy Of Jim Croce

Nov. 19
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Jim Croce’s enduring music is revisited in the television special "The Legacy Of Jim Croce." The program features the late singer-songwriter’s performances on television in the early 1970s and includes these classic Croce songs: “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels),” “One Less Set of Foot Steps” and “Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown.” Croce’s widow, Ingrid, and their son A.J., provide commentary filled with intimate anecdotes.

SD Rescue Mission To Feed Homeless For Thanksgiving

Nov. 19
By Sarah Kovash
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The San Diego Rescue Mission will serve Thanksgiving dinner to to more than 1,500 homeless people in San Diego.

PPOs Receive Bad Grades

Nov. 19
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

California Health Insurance companies are getting bad grades from consumers.

Review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One'

Nov. 19
By Beth Accomando
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It's been a ten-year journey but the end is almost here for Harry Potter and his friends. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One" (opening November 19 throughout San Diego) adapts the first half of J.K. Rowling's final book.

Explosion Causes Traffic Delays

Nov. 19
City News Service

A stretch of southbound Interstate 15 in the North County was closed today as part of an investigation into a backyard explosion that sent one man to a hospital and another to jail.

NOVA: Quest For Solomon's Mines

Nov. 19
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Countless treasure seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines, trekking through burning deserts and scaling the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant, inspired by the Bible’s account of splendid temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper. In summer 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations to expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king” and “judge.”

County Unemployment Down in October

Nov. 19
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego County added 5,600 nonfarm jobs in October, according to data released by the state’s employment development office Friday.

Men Accused Of City Heights Shooting Scheduled For Court Appearance

Nov. 19
City News Service

Two men accused of taking part in a gang-related shooting that resulted in a lockdown at an elementary school in City Heights are scheduled to make their first court appearances today.

The Best in Local Jewelry

Nov. 19
By Meredith Hattam
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Forget the ornaments. The best baubles to deck yourself with (or, okay, give to others) this holiday season are local – and Culture Lust contributor Meredith Hattam’s got the scoop.

Dining Out on Thanksgiving

Nov. 19
By Jocelyn Maggard
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Don't feel like cooking next Thursday? Leave the stuffing at home this Thanksgiving and head to one of Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard's delicious alternatives instead.

Insight: They’re All Named Pablo

Nov. 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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This week I visited a cobbler I’ve patronized for 10-plus years and learned something new about his family. Pablo Serrano has three sons and they’re all named Pablo.

Council President Hires Three Workers From Brother's Campaign

Nov. 19
Editors Roundtable

Outgoing San Diego City Council President Ben Hueso is under scrutiny for hiring three workers from his brother Felipe's failed campaign to represent the 8th District. Hueso says he was so concerned about the inexperience of Councilman-elect David Alvarez's incoming staff that he decided to hire the former campaign staffers. The workers will serve in Hueso's office until December 6, and will be paid $2,308 every two weeks to work on "time-sensitive" projects. We talk about the ethical questions that have been raised about the hiring of these individuals.

Former Executive Accuses Sempra Of Unethical Business Practices In Baja

Nov. 19
Editors Roundtable

The former controller for Sempra Global in Mexico says he was fired for asking too many questions about the company's business dealings in Baja California. Sempra adamantly denies Rodolfo Michelon's lawsuit that claims the company bribed Mexican officials, and built a lavish oceanfront vacation resort "at utility ratepayers' expense." We discuss the questions that have been raised about the company's business practices in Mexico.

Oceanside Man Sparks Debate Over Airport Security Procedures

Nov. 19
Editors Roundtable

John Tyner, the local man who refused to submit to a full-body scan and pat-down at San Diego International Airport, has ignited a national discussion about airport security procedures. Are the new screening methods too obtrusive, or necessary to prevent against terrorist attacks? How might a campaign encouraging travelers to opt-out of the body scans impact one of the busiest travel weeks of the year?

Heavy Rain, Wind Coming To San Diego

Nov. 19
City News Service

A large upper level trough of low pressure approaching from the northwest will likely bring rain to San Diego County late today into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Television 2.0: A Closer Look at Google TV

Nov. 19
Aaron Watanabe
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Your favorite YouTube video synched up on TV as easily as your Thursday night lineup? With Google TV, it's happening right now. Culture Lust contributor Aaron Watanabe investigates TV's digital upgrade. TiVO who?

Staying Awake During Brain Surgery

Nov. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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Imagine having surgery to remove a tumor from your brain. Then imagine being awake during much of the procedure, so that surgeons can safely navigate around the area in your brain that controls speech. San Diegan Krista McFadden just went through this surgery at UCSD's Thornton Hospital.

Review: 'Today's Special'

Nov. 19
By Beth Accomando
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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a foodie film. You can listen to my review of "Today's Special" (opening November 19 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) plus read a few suggestions for a Thanksgiving film menu.