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Stories for August 18, 2011

Chaldeans 'Shocked, Devastated' By Federal Raid In Their Community

Aug. 18
By Susan Murphy
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Some members of El Cajon’s Chaldean community say they’re saddened and devastated by the federal raid and crime ring that shook their neighborhood.

Roundup of Bills Debated This Week in State Legislature

Aug. 18
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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From shark fins to cell phones, California lawmakers debated dozens of bills this week at the state Capitol. Marianne Russ has a roundup.

Rent Control To Go On Oceanside's June Ballot

Aug. 18
By Alison St John
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Oceanside residents will get the final say on rent control at the city’s mobile home parks.

Friendship Park At U.S.-Mexico Border Turns 40

Aug. 18
By Jill Replogle
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Friends of Friendship Park will celebrate the park’s anniversary this Saturday with a cross-border salsa lesson, a bi-national jam session, and testimonies from families who have used the park as a meeting place.

Great Performances: A Concert For New York

Aug. 18
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The New York Philharmonic, with conductor Alan Gilbert, soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the New York Choral Artists (Joseph Flummerfelt, director), performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” in a concert for New York for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, in remembrance and renewal. Taped at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on September 10.

Bill Requiring Paid Signature-Gatherers To Identify Themselves Headed to Governor

Aug. 18
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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You’ve probably seen them outside the grocery store: people gathering signatures for California ballot measures. A bill on its way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk would require them to wear a badge if they're being paid.

Southern California Grocery Workers Inch Closer To A Strike

Aug. 18
By Erik Anderson
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60,000 Southern California Grocery workers are inching closer to a work stoppage. Union members in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside County are taking strike authorization votes Friday and Saturday.

California Officials Sue Alleged Mortgage Fraud Ring-Leaders

Aug. 18
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that the state has broken up a national mortgage fraud ring.

America Remembers - 9/11

Aug. 18
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"PBS Newshour" presents a one-hour special commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC, and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Brown will speak with several contributors to a new book, "Legacy Letters." Ray Suarez will explore the attitudes of American Muslims, their efforts to get beyond the deep mistrust caused by 9/11. Judy Woodruff introduces viewers to a generation of young Americans who know only a post-9/11 world. Gwen Ifill will explore a decade of war’s impact on hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families and the nation’s efforts to care for them.

Mystery Odor In San Diego County May Remain A Mystery

Aug. 18
By Ed Joyce
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We'll have to wait until Friday to find out just what a mysterious odor many in San Diego County reported smelling Wednesday afternoon.

Feds Bust Iraqi-Mexican Drug Operation In El Cajon

Aug. 18
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Federal officials said Thursday they've taken down a drug and weapons trafficking ring involving members of a U.S. Iraqi community and a major Mexican drug cartel that was caught selling large amounts of drugs, guns and grenades.

Disabled Retired Military Dog Saved from Certain Death

Aug. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: Rocky the German Shepherd, a resident of Camp Pendleton, was scheduled to die on August 24 because the retired military working dog was disabled and had no handler to care for him. But as of this morning, Rocky has been saved by an anonymous, kindhearted family who has agreed to adopt him.

FRONTLINE: Top Secret America

Aug. 18
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Over one hour, the film examines the history of the dark side of America’s “war on terror.” From the creation of black site prisons abroad and super-secret facilities here in America, to targeted killings and covert wars waged by special forces, to a multibillion-dollar terrorism industrial complex, FRONTLINE and Pultizer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest ask how a decade of fighting terrorism has reshaped the country and whether it has made us any safer.

San Diego Parents Opting Out Of Immunizations

Aug. 18
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More San Diego county kindergarteners are starting school without being vaccinated.

Stocks Tumble On Worries About Global Economy

Aug. 18
STAN CHOE, Associated Press
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U.S. stocks are plunging amid a global sell-off on worries about the weakening economy.

Why Does The U.S. Sneeze When Europe Gets A Cold?

Aug. 18
Yuki Noguchi, NPR
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The crisis in Europe is one of the underlying causes of recent wild swings in U.S. stock markets. U.S. bank stocks in particular suffer badly with any sign that Europe's debt crisis might be worsening.

VA Medical Center Gears Up To Treat Women Veterans

Aug. 18
By Alison St John
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The VA Medical Center in La Jolla is going through a cultural sea change as more and more women veterans come through their doors for health care.

Soul Singer Jerry Butler, Still Strong, Still Surviving

Aug. 18
By Angela Carone
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Jerry Butler may not have the name recognition of Otis Redding or The Black Keys, both of whom have recorded his songs. But the 72- year-old soul singer had a string of hits in the 60s and 70s and has recorded over 50 albums. He’ll make a rare appearance in San Diego this weekend for two performances. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone has this profile of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, known as "The Iceman."

Why Startlight Musical Theatre Went Bankrupt

Aug. 18
Midday Edition
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Starlight Musical Theatre in Balboa Park is famous for its actors freezing in place when planes fly overhead during performances. The once popular venue has struggled financially for years and has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. We'll talk to veteran theater critic Anne Marie Welsh about the story.

Sleep 101: The Basics Of Sleep

Aug. 18
Midday Edition
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How much sleep do we need? Why do we snore? How do we beat jet lag? We'll talk to a local sleep specialist who can answer some of the most basic questions about how and why we sleep.

Objects And Memory

Aug. 18
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Ordinary things in homes and museums take on new meaning through association with people and experiences. This documentary examines items recovered after, or offered in response to, 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War, along with the stories of people who find these items important. With narration by Frank Langella and music by Philip Glass, the program reveals how, in times of stress, we come together in community and see otherwise ordinary objects as symbols of identity, memory and aspiration.