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Stories for November 1, 2011

Annual Candy Buy Back Program Begins

Nov. 1
City News Service
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The third annual "Candy Buy Back'' program, in which children can sell excess unopened Halloween candy to participating physicians and dentists in San Diego County for $1 per pound, got under way today.

Effort To Change Calif. Divorce Law

Nov. 1
By Ed Joyce and Mitch Blacher, 10News I-Team
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A judge has ruled a wife owes her ex-husband support money and a lump sum in cash payments. Not that unusual. But the husband is in prison, convicted for sexually assaulting the wife. How can this be? Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher with the 10News I-Team joins us to explain.

High Speed Rail Authority Defends Plan for Bullet Train

Nov. 1
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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It’s a new day” and “a new beginning”… That was the message from California High Speed Rail Authority members who unveiled an updated business plan. It included new cost estimates that some people describe as “sticker shock.”

Steve Jobs - One Last Thing

Nov. 1
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Gain unique insight into what made Steve Jobs tick. There has been near-universal agreement that the late Apple founder was a great innovator in business and technology, but why was he great? What were the influences that shaped his character and drove him to such success from humble beginnings? With colleagues who worked closely with him and those who have chronicled his life, take an unflinching look at the mercurial, brilliant man and review his many talents and achievements.

State Parks Officials Face Hot Seat on Closures

Nov. 1
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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At least a dozen of the 70 California state parks set to close due to budget cuts may not shut down after all - and lawmakers and parks advocates are pushing hard for that number to grow.

San Onofre Power Plant Says Leak Poses No Danger To Public

Nov. 1
By KPBS
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An alert has been declared because of an ammonia leak, but officials say there is no danger to the public.

NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: What Is Space?

Nov. 1
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This four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe. With each step, audiences will discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize—a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected. In the first episode, Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity.

Senate Holds Hearing About Fate of Stimulus Dollars

Nov. 1
Joe Rubin, California Capitol Network
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On Monday the California State Senate Energy Committee held a hearing to determine whether millions of dollars in federal stimulus money may have to be forfeited.

Coastal Commission To Revisit Stalled San Diego Project

Nov. 1
By Katie Orr
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The California Coastal Commission wants to revisit a San Diego bay front project it first approved 20 years ago.

NATURE: The Animal House

Nov. 1
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Why do some animals build structures and others don’t? And how do animals decide where to build? Animal homes need to be safe and secure, protected from predators and the weather. An eagle’s nest can weigh up to one ton, a termite mound can stand eight feet tall, and some falcon nest sites have been around for centuries. Going above ground and under, NATURE investigates just what goes into making a home when you’re wild and cost is not a factor.

Councilman DeMaio Questions City's Obligation To Small Businesses Affected By Occupy San Diego

Nov. 1
City News Service
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A San Diego councilman asked today for a report on what obligations the city might have regarding two small businesses whose owners closed up shop at the Civic Center Plaza because of the Occupy San Diego protests.

Brandie Taylor

Native American Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

Nov. 1
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Brandie Taylor is the vice chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, an Indian tribe in Northern San Diego County. Ms. Taylor has dedicated her life to advocating for tribal rights, preservation of tribal culture, improvement of health and safety of native peoples, and she is an avid supporter of higher education for youth. Ms. Taylor’s many accomplishments include securing funding for Iipay Nation’s Tribal Social Services, which handles child dependency cases and culturally focused assistance for family preservation.

Tijuana And San Diego A Hub For Popular Mixed Martial Arts

Nov. 1
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Mexico has a long and successful tradition of producing world champion boxers. Now, with the rise of mixed martial arts in the U.S. and Mexico, Tijuana has become a breeding ground for a new generation of fighters.

Michelle M. Parada

Native American Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

Nov. 1
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Michelle M. Parada is the co-founder and lead teacher of All Tribes American Indian Charter School. Since 2001, All Tribes Charter School has provided culturally focused assistance to reduce the dropout rates among Native American students in San Diego by graduating 46 high school seniors to date. Ms. Parada has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Educator of the Year from the National Indian Education Association and San Diego’s 10News Leadership Award.

San Diego's Mid-Century Graphic Designers

Nov. 1
Dave Hampton
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Hampton explores the eclectic influences of mid-century graphic design in San Diego.

Recession Wolf Appears At Food Bank's Door

Nov. 1
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As the holiday collection drive begins, the distressed economy is increasing demand on food banks.

Will There Be Enough Money To Finish San Diego's Dream Library?

Nov. 1
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The new downtown library has long been a dream of city visionaries, but the foundation to build it is about $25 million short.

Did Shakespeare Actually Write His Plays?

Nov. 1
Midday Edition
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For centuries, people have been debating whether William Shakespeare actually wrote the plays credited to him. The new film "Anonymous" (opened October 28 throughout San Diego) suggests that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, an Elizabethan courtier and patron of the arts wrote the plays. Here to debate this and to provide their reactions to the films are a pair of members from the San Diego Shakespeare Society.

6.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Mexico's Coast

Nov. 1
Associated Press
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An earthquake has shaken the seabed well off Mexico's Pacific coast.

Board Members Won't Hear Teacher Pay Cut Proposal

Nov. 1
Evening Edition
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A plan by San Diego Unified School District Trustee Scott Barnett to prevent the district from becoming insolvent was taken off the agenda at Tuesday's board meeting.

Strong Santa Ana Winds Blowing Into San Diego

Nov. 1
City News Service
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Strong gusty winds and low humidity will pose an increased risk of wildfire in the mountains of San Diego County on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Gurganus To Command Marines In Afghanistan In 2012

Nov. 1
By Alison St John
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The commander taking charge of the Marines in Afghanistan next year says there will be changes to adapt to a different role in the region.

Internet, Too Few Services Make Child Sex Trafficking Tough to Combat

Nov. 1
By Amita Sharma
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Technology, deficient laws and lack of shelters make it tough to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children for profit.