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Stories for November 18, 2011

Review: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part I'

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando
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Following in the footsteps of "Harry Potter's" keen marketing ploy to split up it's final installment into two parts, part one of "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" (opening November 18 throughout San Diego) arrives in theaters for the weekend.

California National Guard Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 18
By Beth Ford Roth

California National Guard Spc. Sean M. Walsh died in Afghanistan on November 16 of “injuries sustained after encountering indirect fire,” according to the Department of Defense.

Playing Music Exercises Aging Brains

Nov. 18
By Angela Carone
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Research shows that playing music is a great way to exercise your brain as you get older. And socializing is important for good health as we age. As part of our Envision series on aging in San Diego, meet the passionate musicians in the North Coastal New Horizons Band.

Comments By Union-Tribune's New Ownership Prompt Criticism

Nov. 18
By Amita Sharma

The comments confirmed what many feared.

Review: 'Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life'

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando
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If the thought of watching a biopic puts you to sleep, think again. "Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life" (opening November 18 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) gives the stylish singer a fittingly stylized biography.

American Masters: Woody Allen: A Documentary, Parts One & Two

Nov. 18
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Gaining unprecedented access to the notoriously private film legend, Emmy Award-winner Robert Weide delves into Woody Allen's life and creative process, from his childhood and early career through to his most recent film "Midnight in Paris," in this new, two-part documentary. Exploring the ultimate "independent filmmaker's" writing habits, casting, directing and relationship with his actors, Weide traveled with Allen from the London set of his upcoming film "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" to Allen's home, the editing room and his childhood haunts in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

Entertainment News: 15 Docs Advance

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that "15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category."

Antiques Roadshow: Atlantic City, N.J. - Hour Three

Nov. 18
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Where better for "Antiques Roadshow" and appraiser Kevin Zavian to dive into the subject of pearls than at Dock's Oyster House in Atlantic City, New Jersey? Highlights include a fanciful circa 1900 folk art sculpture; a 1934 New York Yankees team-signed baseball; and an early 20th-century landscape painting by George Bellows, one of America's greatest artists, passed down in the Bellows family and valued at $150,000.

Review: 'Oka!'

Nov. 18
By Beth Accomando
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"Oka!" (opening November 18 at Reading Gaslamp Theaters) is loosely based on ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno who left his New Jersey home to record the music of the Bayaka Pygmies in Central Africa.

America In Primetime: The Crusader

Nov. 18
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Delve into the increasingly grey area between right and wrong as television heroes confront internal demons while seeking their own forms of justice. Interviews include Alan Alda (“M*A*S*H”); Steven Bochco and David Milch (“NYPD Blue”); Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow (“24”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Shawn Ryan and Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”); and David Shore and Hugh Laurie (“House”), among others.

FDA Pulls Approval Of Avastin For Breast Cancer

Nov. 18
Scott Hensley, NPR

After more than a year of deliberations and an unprecedented public hearing in June, the agency has revoked approval of the biotech blockbuster Avastin, a medicine that chokes off the blood supply to various cancer cells, as a treatment for metastatic breast cancer.

Janitors "Occupy" Federal Building Over Immigration

Nov. 18
By Jill Replogle
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More than 100 janitors and supporters demonstrated in front of San Diego's federal building. Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, they expressed their displeasure about the lack of immigration reform.

Roundtable: Sale Of UT; Dire Straits For Schools; Guilty Pleas In SEDC Case

Nov. 18
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Doug Manchester's purchase of the San Diego Union Tribune; the very deep hole SDUSD finds itself in; and former San Diego redevelopment officials plead guilty to embezzlement.

Travelscope: Rwanda - Among The Gorillas

Nov. 18
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Joseph follows in the footsteps of Dian Fossey when he treks into the mountain forest of the Parc National des Volcans. Within sight of the five Virunga Range volcanoes he travels in search of Rwanda’s endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. In addition he takes part in Rwanda’s monthly national day of service, a program that is the heart of Rwanda’s dedication to attack the ideology of genocide at its root – ethnic division.

Calif. Budget Cuts Could Shorten School Year

Nov. 18
JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN, Associated Press
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Millions of California parents and schoolchildren face a direct hit from the state's latest financial woes — the prospect of fewer school days.

Deep Spending Cuts Pose A New Threat To US Economy

Nov. 18
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and DANIEL WAGNER, AP
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Just as the U.S. economy is making progress despite Europe's turmoil, here come two new threats.

California Indian Culture And Sovereignty Center Opens At Cal State San Marcos

Nov. 18
By Alison St John
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Native Americans from tribes around California gathered at Cal State San Marcos last night for the opening of a new Indian cultural resources center. It aims to increase the visibility of Native American culture statewide.

Are Industrial Relics Worth Preserving?

Nov. 18
By Mónica Ortiz Uribe
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There is a debate about what to do with old manufacturing sites. Some cities have re-purposed old industrial spaces for other uses and saved some of the buildings. Others have razed the locations for redevelopment.