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Stories for October 21, 2010

Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock, Season One - A Study In Pink

Oct. 21
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Sherlock Holmes stalks again in a thrilling contemporary version of the Victorian-era whodunits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch ("Atonement," "The Last Enemy") as the go-to consulting detective in 21st-century London, with Martin Freeman ("The Office" UK, "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy") as his loyal friend, Dr. John Watson, and Rupert Graves ("God on Trial", "The Forsyte Saga") as the long-suffering Inspector Lestrade. In this episode, when what appear to be serial suicide cases surface in London, a desperate Detective Inspector Lestrade reluctantly consults the freakish Sherlock.

Insight: Scripps Gets Horizontal

Oct. 21
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

I spoke to lots of people about health care reform when I was a reporter covering the health beat. And one thing a lot of people told me was the health reform plan, signed by Obama this year, was health insurance reform. It was not a reform that went to the heart of escalating health care costs.

Tea Party Express Makes A Stop In San Diego

Oct. 21
By Katie Orr
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The Tea Party Express bus rolled into San Diego Thursday. The Tea Party rally was held on San Diego’s water front, next to the USS Midway museum.

San Diego Doctors Paid By Drug Companies

Oct. 21
By Erik Anderson, Peggy Pico

It’s not uncommon or illegal for doctors to accept money from drug companies. But is it ethical? And, do you as a patient want to know about it?

Martin Yan's Hidden China: Ancient Lijiang: A Journey Through Time

Oct. 21
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Below majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain lies a gem of a town called Lijiang. Martin explores the town on foot and samples some of the local peoples' best breakfast dishes in the great outdoors. Next he meets Mr. Li, the curator of the local museum, who is an expert on the Dongba civilization. Wishing to experience local customs, Martin accepts an invitation to attend a wake honoring Mr. Li's departed mother.

NATURE: A Murder Of Crows

Oct. 21
By Jennifer Robinson
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In "A Murder Of Crows," NATURE reveals new research that has shown that they are among the most intelligent animals on the planet. They use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, and recognize 250 distinct calls. One particular talent they have been discovered to possess is the ability to recognize individual human faces and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later – a trick that might make even Hitchcock shiver with fright.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Perfecting Pasta Sauces

Oct. 21
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Throwing together browned ground beef, onions, garlic and canned tomatoes for a quick half-hour simmer produces lackluster flavor and meat with the texture of a rubber band. Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a weeknight meat sauce that tastes like it's been simmering all day. Creamy tomato sauce sounds easy, but getting the right balance and tomato flavor can prove challenging. Bridget Lancaster uncovers the key steps to making a smooth, full-flavored sauce in which the tomatoes and cream complement each other.

Culture Lust Weekend: Guerrilla Girls, White Buffalo and Diwali

Oct. 21
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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From India to Seville, Buffalos to Guerrillas, get intrepid and wanderLust your way through this CL Weekend!

Keyboard Conversations: Piano Treasures

Oct. 21
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"Keyboard Conversations" presents some of the most familiar and beloved melodies of all time, tunes we know and love, along with the interesting and touching human stories behind them. World famous concert pianist, Jeffrey Siegel, particularly celebrated for his concerts with commentary, engagingly discusses musical gems in an inviting manner and then performs these pieces for all to enjoy.

Insight: Be Careful What You Say To Space Aliens

Oct. 21
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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In the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, called SETI, people point powerful radio telescopes at distant stars in hopes of hearing radio signals from other civilizations. But the problem comes when humans stop listening and begin to shout.

New Poll Shows Likely Voters Favor Brown Over Whitman By 8 Points

Oct. 21
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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A new poll finds Democrat Jerry Brown has opened up a significant lead over Republican Meg Whitman in the California Governor’s race.

Seven Things to Do This Halloween

Oct. 21
By Meredith Hattam
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This Halloween, ditch the beglittered bacchanalia for something a little more Lustable. From street art to unidentifiable edibles, contributor Meredith Hattam has seven places for you to go for an untraditional Allhallows Eve celebration.

San Diego Restaurant Scene In Flux

Oct. 21
These Days
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We'll talk about breaking news in the local restaurant scene and get some recommendations for your weekend.

San Diego Asian Film Festival Highlights

Oct. 21
These Days
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Most women have probably thought at one point in their lives, wouldn't things be easier as a man? Filmmaker Helie Lee decides to find out in her new documentary "Macho Like Me" screening at this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival. We'll also talk with festival organizers and some student filmmakers.

County's New General Plan Is A Hot Potato

Oct. 21
These Days

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors started hearings on Wednesday on an update of its General Plan. The plan features new growth curbs and policies for the unincorporated areas of the county, including zoning and density policies. The last time the General Plan was updated for rural areas was 30 years ago. The issues raised by the plan are so controversial that the vote was tabled until November.

How Will Foreclosure Moratorium Impact San Diego?

Oct. 21
These Days

How will Bank of America's nationwide moratorium on foreclosures impact the local housing market? What have we learned from the investigations into how lenders processed thousands of foreclosures over the last year? We speak to U-T business columnist Dean Calbreath and the CEO of San Diego REO Specialists, Kristian Peter.

Questions Mount For DA In Slaying Of SD College Student

Oct. 21
By Amita Sharma
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October is Domestic Violence Month. San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis highlighted the problem this week. But she did so amid mounting questions about why her office didn't press charges against a man suspected of murdering the wife he had previously brutalized. The victim tapped into the very resources Dumanis touted.

CA Earthquake Drill Comes As Researchers Warn Of Large-Scale Temblor

Oct. 21
By Susan Murphy
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At 10:21 this morning, more than seven million people across California are expected to drop cover and hold. It’s part of California’s annual earthquake drill – The Great California Shakeout. The event comes at time when scientists are warning a large-scale earthquake is long overdue.