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Stories for November 22, 2010

$5 Million Bail for Man With Alleged `Bomb Factory'

Nov. 22
JAMES R. RIFFEL, City News Service

A San Diego County man accused of robbing banks and having the largest cache of homemade explosive compounds ever found in one spot on U.S. soil was ordered by a judge today to remain in custody on $5 million bail.

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Brain Fitness Peak Performance

Nov. 22

Neuroscience has shown that our brains are plastic – constantly seeking new challenges and new stimuli and adapting to our environment. Emotional and physical well-being rely on keeping ourselves sharp, engaged and on the ball — concepts entertainingly explored in "Brain Fitness Peak Performance," hosted by Peter Coyote.

Early Season Storms Helping Calif. Water Supply

Nov. 22
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The California Department of Water Resources said farms and cities can expect about 25 percent of the water they requested next year.

Insight: Journalism In The Days Of Web 2.0

Nov. 22
By Tom Fudge

Look up “blog” on and it’s defined as a journal on the Internet that the public gets to read. But blogs have taken on other meanings as they’ve become a growing part of print journalism.

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John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (MY MUSIC)

Nov. 22
By Jennifer Robinson

"John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind" focuses on the greatest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and 1960s folk era. Presented by the lead singer of The Lovin’ Spoonful ("Do You Believe In Magic"), this program features a treasure trove of historical footage that has not been seen in more than four decades, plus new performances by artists who are still appearing in concert today.

El Paso, San Diego Among Safest Cities

Nov. 22
Monica Ortiz Uribe

Despite its proximity to deadly Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Texas city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest U.S. city among those with populations of 500,000 or greater.

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Great Performances: Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

Nov. 22

From his early years under the tutelage of friend and mentor Oscar Hammerstein II and continuing through the groundbreaking productions of his later career, Stephen Sondheim has been a singular voice in the American musical theater, a true original in the pantheon of major American songwriters and composers. On the occasion of Sondheim’s 80th birthday in March 2010, GREAT PERFORMANCES presents the New York Philharmonic’s gala all-star salute to a true Broadway legend.

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Fannie's Last Supper

Nov. 22

"Fannie's Last Supper" reveals the origins of American cooking and explores how the culinary expert Fannie Farmer sowed the seeds of the modern food revolution. The "America's Test Kitchen" team recreates a 12-course feast straight from the pages of "Fannie Farmer's Boston Cooking School Cook Book." A dozen food and media mavens, including Harry Smith (CBS News), Renee Montagne (NPR's "Morning Edition"), José Andrés ("Made in Spain"), Mark Bittman (New York Times) and Amy Dickinson (NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!"), judge the results at Chris Kimball's restored 1859 townhouse.

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Comic-Con Registration Shuts Down Again

Nov. 22
By Angela Carone

Registration for passes to the 2011 Comic-Con International convention shut down again this morning, two weeks after technical problems forced the closure of the registration process for the San Diego-based popular arts event.

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The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside The Oval Office

Nov. 22

Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the president’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the president’s shadow. National Geographic and PBS follow Souza inside the Obama White House — aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.

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Security Protest Could Disrupt Thanksgiving Travel

Nov. 22
MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

As if air travel over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't tough enough, it could be even worse this year: Airports could see even more disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans.

Tips To Minimize Holiday Travel Stress

Nov. 22
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

Heading into the busiest travel time of the year we'll hear tips to help minimize inconvenience for travelers on the road and in the air.

Californians Want Spending Cuts -- But Not Really

Nov. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

A new LA Times-USC poll says Californians believe cutting spending is the best way to reach a balanced budget, but do not want any programs to be cut, while another says California Republicans are increasingly an endangered species.

Mark Fabiani Discusses Latest On Chargers' Push For New Stadium

Nov. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Are the Chargers preparing to bolt from San Diego? Or, is the team committed to staying in the city even if a proposal to build a new stadium falls through? We speak to Chargers Special Council Mark Fabiani about the news that minority owner Alex Spanos is looking to sell his share of the team, and we discuss how a recent deal to lift the CCDC redevelopment cap could impact efforts to build a new stadium downtown.

Mayor Calls To Eliminate Defined Benefit Pensions, Streamline City Services

Nov. 22
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

Mayor Jerry Sanders released his plan last week for reducing the city's structural deficit by 2012. We talk to Reporter Katie Orr about the key elements of the mayor's budget plan. Why is the mayor backing a ballot initiative to eliminate defined benefit pensions for new hires? What are Mayor Sanders' ideas for streamlining the city's services?

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Utilities Thrilled And Worried About Electric Cars

Nov. 22
JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press

The first mass-market electric cars go on sale next month, and the nation's electric utilities couldn't be more thrilled - or worried. Plugged into a socket, an electric car can draw as much power as a small house. The surge in demand could knock out power to a home, or even a neighborhood.

MCAS Miramar Marines Return From Afghanistan

Nov. 22
City News Service

About 110 Marines and sailors were scheduled to return home to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Tijuana Police Chief Battles Corruption, Cartels

Nov. 22
Jason Beaubien, NPR

In Mexico, Tijuana's police chief is known as an enforcer: In his two years as chief, Lt. Col. Julian Leyzaola has purged his force of corrupt cops and returned a sense of safety to the city.

Green Job Training In Imperial County

Nov. 22
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A new partnership in the Imperial Valley is geared toward training high school graduates in the growing green economy. The program is one way to increase living-wage jobs in an area with the country's highest unemployment rate.

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Creative Planning Saves Money on Holiday Travel

Nov. 22
By Nicole Corpuz

The holidays are here, a time for last-minute travel plans and lavish meals with loved ones. Budget-minded San Diegans can save money this winter with a few simple steps.