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Stories for August 22, 2011

CSU, Community Colleges Bracing For Cuts

Aug. 22
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Community College students started their fall semester Monday and they’re already feeling the effects of cuts that will be triggered in December if state revenues don’t pick up.

Bill To Ban DNA Discrimination Passes California Senate

Aug. 22
By Peggy Pico
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The State Senate approved a landmark bill to prevent genetic discrimination in California.

Antiques Roadshow: Hartford, Conn. - Hour Two

Aug. 22
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW'S visit to Hartford includes a stop at the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut, to look at time pieces that reflect Connecticut’s rich history of clock manufacturing. Highlights include a custom-made table purchased over 40 years ago from George Nakashima; a rare pre-WWI German toy wagon with its even more rare original box; and a highly-prized bronze statue of a medieval Russian warrior, by Russian artist Eugene Lanceray, valued at $120,000 to $130,000.

San Diego To Train Mail Carriers To Deliver Anti-Bioterror Drugs

Aug. 22
By Susan Murphy
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Mail carriers are already tasked with making rounds in extreme conditions. Now they’re training to deliver emergency medications to San Diego County residents in the event of a bioterror attack -- like one involving anthrax.

Apartment Building Recycling Bill Goes to Governor

Aug. 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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The California legislature has approved a bill that would require owners of apartment buildings to offer their tenants recycling services

CSU, Community College Systems Easing Transfer Process

Aug. 22
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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Community college students hoping to transfer to a California State University campus will find a more streamlined process this school year. But the two higher education systems say they’re struggling under the weight of state budget cuts.

More Budget Cuts Possible For Higher Education

Aug. 22
TERENCE CHEA, AP
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California's public colleges and universities are preparing for another round of state budget cuts that could lead to higher tuition and fewer classes.

Calif. Shark Finning Bill Creates Cultural Divide

Aug. 22
By Ed Joyce
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More than 20,000 people have joined a viral campaign on Change.org asking California lawmakers to approve a bill banning the sale, possession or trade of shark fins in the state.

Health Records Of 300,000 Californians Exposed Online

Aug. 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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Online medical records are supposed to be secure. But the files of 300,000 Californians were recently discovered to be unprotected.

Great Performances At The Met: Le Comte Ory

Aug. 22
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Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. This performance made headlines the world over as—less than an hour before curtain time—tenor Flórez assisted in the delivery of his first child. He welcomed the baby boy into the world, then raced to the Met to sing the opera’s demanding title role.

Travelscope: Ireland – The Dingle Peninsula And Beyond

Aug. 22
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Joseph starts his Ireland adventure in the town of Shannon and then heads southwest to the Dingle Peninsula. While on the Peninsula he uncovers a few important Irish secrets like how to draw a proper pint, spout a wee bit of Gaelic without getting tongue-tied, how to root for your horse home at the Dingle races and which pub has the best Irish soda bread and stew. Joseph also learns about the Irish emigration to America and hears the story of the Blasket Islanders – a modern-day Irish migration saga.

California's Gold: Flying Fish

Aug. 22
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Catalina has been famous for many things over the years, glass bottom boats, buffalo and the Catalina Casino to name a few. But one of the strangest and most popular attractions has been the Flying Fish Boat Trip which has been transporting visitors on nighttime journeys to watch Catalina's flying fish since the turn of the century. Huell travels back to Catalina for a very special 75th anniversary cruise. William Wrigley's granddaughter Blanche (for whom the boat was named) comes back to the island and shares some wonderful stories with Huell.

Escondido Councilmember Responds To E-Verify Criticism

Aug. 22
Midday Edition
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We'll hear about plans in the city of Escondido to "embrace diversity," and whether city leaders intend to revise the controversial E-Verify program.

Grocery Workers Inch Closer To Strike

Aug. 22
Midday Edition
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Union workers rejected the health care proposal presented by supermarket leaders. We'll find out what's at stake for grocery workers and how the cost of food factors into the debate.

Palm Weevil 101

Aug. 22
Midday Edition
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All you need to know about the latest pest threatening the multimillion dollar agriculture industry in San Diego County.

400 Years Of The Telescope

Aug. 22
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This visually stunning program chronicles a sweeping journey, from 1609, when Galileo revealed mankind's place in the galaxy, to today's thrilling quests to discover new worlds in the universe. Narrated by NOVA's Neil deGrasse Tyson, the compelling program takes viewers on an adventure through the heavens and around the globe, visiting the world's leading astronomers, cosmologists and observatories.

Eden At The End Of The World

Aug. 22
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It is the last great wilderness of its kind, a rare and precious haven for some of Earth’s most indestructible creatures. Covering more than half-a-million square miles of Chile and Argentina, this wild place is known as Patagonia. At its crown tip is a grand island, Tierra del Fuego, a land as harsh as it is beautiful. "Eden At The End Of The World" tracks several species that call this extreme environment home. The program details how new conservation models may save them and preserve the wildness at the bottom of the world. Jeremy Irons narrates.

History Detectives: Hot Town Poster; Andrew Jackson's Mouth; Modoc Basket

Aug. 22
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In this episode, the images and the words on this poster suggest a battle is brewing: a clenched fist, police described as "pigs." Who made this poster and why? Then, was this woodcarving of a mouth and chin once part of the Andrew Jackson figurehead affixed to the bow of the USS Constitution? And, how does this basket connect us to a woman congress honored as a heroine of the Modoc Indian Wars?

14-Year-Old Oceanside Girl Found Safe

Aug. 22
City News Service
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A 14-year-old girl who did not return home after taking out the trash was found safe today at a library, accompanied by a 24- year-old man, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Wild!

Aug. 22
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The documentary series "Wild!" brings viewers on weekly sojourns into the wilderness to meet members of the animal kingdom. This week: It's almost impossible to study dolphins for extended periods of time in the open ocean. For this reason, a pod of sixty bottlenose dolphins resident in New Zealand's Doubtful Sound provides a unique opportunity for scientists to improve our knowledge of these mysterious, appealing mammals.

Native American Remains Delay New Housing Development

Aug. 22
By Alison St John
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As developers explore where to build new housing in San Diego’s back country, they're coming up against an increasingly common hurdle. Native Americans inhabited the whole area, and their burial sites are turning up on plots where new homes are planned.

Informed Californians Change Mind On Taxes

Aug. 22
By Joanne Faryon
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A new poll shows California voters change their minds on public policy when they learn more about the issues.