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Stories for November 21, 2011

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What Next? Lawmakers Look To Undo The Back-up Plan

Nov. 21, 2011
Donna Cassata, AP

Now that the the plan from the deficit-cutting supercommittee has collapsed, Congress' emergency backup budget-cutting plan is supposed to take over. But will it?

Religious Leader Organizes Communal Meal At Occupy Protest Site

Nov. 21, 2011
By Nico Smedley

Attendees of "OCCU-PIE San Diego" are likely to leave Monday's event with a full stomach.

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NOVA: The Elegant Universe: Welcome To The 11th Dimension

Nov. 21, 2011

The final episode shows how in 1995 Edward Witten of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, aided by others, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory that is cryptically named “M-theory,” a development that required a total of 11 dimensions. But the new 11th dimension is different from all the others, since it implies that strings can come in higher dimensional shapes called membranes, or “branes” for short. These possess truly science-fiction-like qualities, since in principle they can be as large as the universe. A brane can even be a universe — a parallel universe — and we may be living in one right now.

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NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: Universe Or Multiverse?

Nov. 21, 2011

Brian Greene takes us on a tour of a brave new theory at the frontier of physics: that our universe may not be the only one. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. It won’t be easy to prove, but if it’s right, our understanding of space, time and our place in the universe will never be the same.

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The Magic Of Audrey

Nov. 21, 2011

Featuring ample film clips and rare footage of screen tests and interviews, "The Magic Of Audrey" captures the unique allure and charisma of one of the world’s most famous and photographed women. Audrey Hepburn, who lit up the silver screen for decades with her beauty and elegance, is one of Hollywood's all time greatest stars. The film revisits her classic roles; the causes she championed; the people she loved, the clothes she wore and the fashions she inspired, and her leading men — including Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck.

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Dead Whale Washes Ashore in Point Loma‎

Nov. 21, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Patty Lane

The cause of death of a 50 foot fin whale that washed ashore on a Point Loma beach over the weekend is under investigation.

SDSU To Offer New Major In Sustainability

Nov. 21, 2011
City News Service

The new major is meant to prepare students for careers in sustainable business, public policy, environmental education and other fields, according to the school.

Dead Whale Poses Problem In Point Loma

Nov. 21, 2011
By Jessica Plautz, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego Lifeguards today were determining what to do with a dead 50-foot fin whale that washed up ashore on an isolated Point Loma beach yesterday.

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USS Ronald Reagan Sailors Under Investigation For Spice Use

Nov. 21, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth

According to the Navy, there were six different investigations that uncovered the illicit drug use on the Reagan.

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FRONTLINE: A Perfect Terrorist

Nov. 21, 2011

It has been called the most spectacular terror attack since 9/11. On the night of November 26, 2008, 10 men armed with guns and grenades launched an assault on Mumbai with a military precision that left 166 dead. FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the mysterious circumstances behind David Headley’s rise from heroin dealer and U.S. government informant to master plotter of the 2008 attack on Mumbai.

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Cancer Series: A Personal Story And San Diego Research That's Making A Difference

Nov. 21, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

Dealing with cancer-we hear first hand from KPBS reporter Peggy Pico and research being done right here in San Diego, that's making a difference.

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Eveoke's 'Las Mariposas' Goes To The Dominican Republic

Nov. 21, 2011
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

San Diego's Eveoke Dance Theater will be bringing it's production "Las Mariposas" to the Dominican Republic this week. Artistic director and co-creator Erika Malone and lead dancer Jessica Rabanzo-Flores join us in studio to discuss the tour.

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Outcry After Calif. Police Pepper Spray Students

Nov. 21, 2011
SUDHIN THANAWALA, AP

As video spread of an officer in riot gear blasting pepper spray into the faces of seated protesters at a northern California university, outrage came quickly — followed almost as quickly by defense from police and calls for the chancellor's resignation.

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Courts Weighs Scrapping Huge California Water Pact

Nov. 21, 2011
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press

A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States.

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For Debt Committee, No Final-Hour Deal Apparent

Nov. 21, 2011
Tamara Keith, NPR

Monday is the last day the congressional supercommittee can reach a deficit-reduction deal and still make its Wednesday deadline.

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Federal Wildfire Reduction Program Faces Funding Cuts

Nov. 21, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

There's a proposal in a U.S. Senate committee to cut funding for a program which helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

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Guest Review: 'Melancholia'

Nov. 21, 2011
Jeff Murray, Guest Blogger

Welcome guest blogger Jeff Murray, who will be contributing reviews to Cinema Junkie. His first review is of Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" (now playing at Landmark's Hillcrest and La Jolla Village Cinemas.

Do Pension Systems Still Work?

Nov. 21, 2011
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego voters will decide in June if they want to eliminate city pensions for most new hires. Backers of the proposal say pensions don’t work in today’s society. But one pension expert who says that’s not exactly the case.

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Working Past Retirement: Some Want To, Some Have To

Nov. 21, 2011
By Erik Anderson, Katie Schoolov

Baby boomers continue to wash over America's cultural landscape, even as they enter their golden years. Many are putting off retirement's promise of a life of leisure.