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Stories for August 19, 2011

Redistricting Poses Housing Conundrum For Legislature's Only Married Couple

Aug. 19
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

The new California political maps recently adopted by a citizens’ commission have state lawmakers playing a game of musical chairs. In the case of the legislature’s only married couple, it’s more like a game of musical houses.

Toughest Cell Block In California: A Tour

Aug. 19
Julie Small, KPCC
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Last month, hundreds of inmates in the SHU staged a hunger strike to protest the conditions there. They also protested the strict conditions for getting out.

Southern California Grocery Workers Vote On Contract Offer

Aug. 19
By Erik Anderson
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Union leaders should know soon whether they have the authorization to strike at the region's three largest grocery store chains. San Diego workers cast ballots Friday.

Unemployment Rate Up; Job Creation Down

Aug. 19
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Unemployment is up and job creation is down in California. And one economist says things may get worse this month.

Review: 'Conan the Barbarian'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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Wow! What selection this week. Two remakes in 3-D to choose from this weekend: "Conan the Barbarian" and "Fright Night" (both opening August 19 throughout San Diego). First let's deal with the Barbarian.

No Answers For Mysterious Odor In San Diego County

Aug. 19
By Ed Joyce

Tests of air samples taken from areas where people reported a "fuel-like" odor Wednesday have not indicated what the smell might have been or where it originated.

Hookah Smoking On The Rise In California

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Californians are giving up their cigarettes, a flocking to water pipes. A new study reveals a significant rise in hookah smoking.

FRONTLINE: Faith And Doubt At Ground Zero

Aug. 19
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Veteran FRONTLINE producer Helen Whitney explores how the spiritual lives of believers — and unbelievers — have been challenged in the wake of September 11. The two-hour special also examines how Americans are coping with difficult questions of good and evil, God's culpability and the potential for darkness within religion itself.

Review: 'Crime After Crime'

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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"Crime After Crime" (opening August 19 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters) is documentary filmmaking with an agenda and that's a good thing. It tells the story of Debbie Peagler who was abused by her boyfriend and then the justice system.

40,000 Students Still Need Whooping Cough Vaccination in SD County

Aug. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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Forty-thousand San Diego County middle and high schoolers still have to show they've been vaccinated for whooping cough.

FRONTLINE: The Man Who Knew

Aug. 19
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As we approach the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, FRONTLINE rebroadcasts the extraordinary saga of FBI special agent John O’Neill. As the bureau’s top counterterrorism agent, O’Neill—who investigated the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole—joined then national security counterterrorism co-coordinator Richard Clarke in believing that the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda launched a devastating attack on America.

Roundtable: Crime Ring, Rent Control and Grocery Strike

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
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Roundtable: Friday August 19, 2011

Roundtable: Voters To Decide Oceanside Rent Control Measure

Aug. 19
Midday Edition

Voters To Decide Oceanside Rent Control Measure.

Roundtable: Escondido Proposes Bridge To Ethnic Minorities

Aug. 19
Midday Edition
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Escondido Proposes Bridge To Ethnic Minorities

FRONTLINE: The Man Behind The Mosque

Aug. 19
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FRONTLINE tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims’ relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values, and the meaning of being American. Also in this hour: Adam Davidson of NPR’s “Planet Money” returns to Haiti to meet a man with an unlikely plan to help turn around his country’s economy through tourism.

POV: Better This World

Aug. 19
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The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. “Better This World” follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under a revolutionary activist. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and an entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. This film goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

NOVA: Engineering Ground Zero

Aug. 19
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On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The program features interviews with 1 WTC architect David Childs; Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Foundation; and Michael Arad, the man behind the breakthrough concept for the 9-11 Memorial.

Filling Teaching Positions Comes Down To The Wire

Aug. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego city school teachers go back to work on August 31st. But many won’t know where to go that morning until the day before.

Canine Companions Give Wounded Vets A Helping Hand

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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It's tough for people who are severely disabled to do the simple tasks that many of us take for granted. An agency in Oceanside provides specially trained service dogs to lend a hand.

Protestors Expected At San Diego County Courthouse

Aug. 19
By Marissa Cabrera

A group calling itself "Equality Nine" is holding a protest today at the San Diego County Courthouse. They were arrested one year ago, shortly after a federal court ruled Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. They say the charges are bogus.

Preview: FilmOut 2011

Aug. 19
By Beth Accomando
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FilmOut, San Diego's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender film festival, kicks off its 13th year tonight with "Going Down in La La Land." Here's a preview.