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Stories for November 29, 2010

Mayor Sanders Vetoes Superstore Impact Study

Nov. 29
City News

An ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council to require developers to conduct an economic and community impact study before a "superstore" can be built in San Diego was vetoed today by Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Certain Holiday Gifts To Be Confiscated At The Border

Certain Holiday Gifts To Be Confiscated At The Border

Nov. 29
By Amy Isackson

Handmade Mexican wreaths and a Mexican fruit punch will get confiscated at the border if you decide to do some holiday shopping in Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning cross-border travelers to be careful of what they buy.

State Regulations Slap HMOs With $5 Million In Fines

Nov. 29
By Kenny Goldberg

State regulators have fined seven of California's largest HMOs for frequently underpaying doctors and hospitals. The fines total nearly $5 million. They're the largest penalties ever imposed in California for improperly paying claims.

US Officials Warn Warehouse Owners Near Border To Watch For Tunnelers

Nov. 29
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal authorities are going door to door in San Diego warning warehouse owners near the U.S. Mexico border to watch out for tunnelers.

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'Ruined' Is The Play To See This Season

Nov. 29
By Angela Carone

The winner of last year's Pulitzer Prize for drama is currently on stage at the La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. "Ruined," written by Lynn Nottage, is an exceptionally moving experience at the theater.

Tijuana Has A New Police Chief

Nov. 29
By Amy Isackson

Tijuana’s incoming mayor, Carlos Bustamante, has ended weeks of speculation about the future of Tijuana’s police. Bustamante has appointed a new police chief.

Insight: Transparency Tales

Nov. 29
By Tom Fudge

So far, the revelations of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables have ranged from being humorous to “no surprise” to reassuring. The U.S. and South Korea are talking about what will happen when North Korea falls apart? I’m glad to hear that.

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White House Aims To Limit WikiLeaks Damage

Nov. 29
Scott Neuman, NPR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the release of a quarter-million confidential diplomatic cables by online whistleblower WikiLeaks' an attack on America and the international community.

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Yanni: A Living Legacy

Nov. 29

"Yanni: A Living Legacy" features personally selected instrumental performances of many of Yanni’s most beloved compositions. Viewers will be able to experience the energy and magic of seeing Yanni live, re-live his most inspiring musical moments — captured at some of the most elegant and exotic venues from around the world — and be introduced to exclusive concert footage never before seen on television.

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Latino Evangelical Churches Changing the Religious Landscape

Nov. 29
By Ruxandra Guidi

Evangelical pastors along the U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly building their Latino church services. They're focusing on youth ministry, women in the church and popular culture, and rapidly reinventing a traditionally Catholic community.

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Scientists Must Tell The Climate Change Story

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

What if the world faced a calamity that scientists predicted and that science might help prevent...but the general public just didn't understand it? And at the same time, what if powerful political and business interests found it profitable to convince the public that all the scientists were lying? That, according to climatologist Richard Somerville, summarizes what's happening regarding the subject of climate change.

What Will Be The Hottest Gadgets This Holiday Season?

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Hank Crook

What are the hottest consumer electronic products for this holiday season? We talk to the executive editor of CNET.com about iPods, tablet PCs, motion-sensitive video games and all the other tech goodies that will be at the top of many holiday wish lists.

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South Korea Warns Of Consequences For Aggression

Nov. 29
NPR

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took responsibility for failing to protect his country against attack and threatened retaliation against any further provocation by North Korea.

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El Centro Continues To Struggle With High Unemployment

Nov. 29
By Ruxandra Guidi

El Centro has the unfortunate reputation for having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. -- and it's been that way for a long time.

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Cubic Develops Combat ID System To Prevent Friendly-Fire Fatalities

Nov. 29
By Alison St John

A San Diego-based defense contractor hopes to prevent one of the most tragic ways to die in war -- friendly fire. Cubic’s new technology is designed to cut through the “fog of war.”

Failed Condo Building Has New Use

Nov. 29
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The Vantage Pointe building in Downtown San Diego has not yet succeeded as a condo project. The building is now being used for an entirely different purpose.