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Stories for November 22, 2011

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New Fallbrook Superintendent Focuses On Urgency For School Success

Nov. 22, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

Boosting the academic performance of students who are learning English as a second language is the new Fallbrook superintendent's specialty.

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AAA Says Thanksgiving Travel Up In California

Nov. 22, 2011
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

There'll be more Californians leaving home this Thanksgiving.

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Winter Homeless Shelter Opens For What Could Be Its Final Season

Nov. 22, 2011
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s temporary homeless shelter opened its doors this week in Barrio Logan. The shelter provides beds to 220 people a night.

Hospitals Sue To Block Medi-Cal Cuts

Nov. 22, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

The trade group representing California hospitals is suing the state to block a 10-percent rate cut to Medi-Cal providers.

Green, Libertarian, Peace & Freedom Parties Challenge Prop 14

Nov. 22, 2011
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Three political parties have filed a legal challenge to California's Proposition 14, which created the state's new "top-two" primary system. They hope to overturn the new system in time for next year's elections.

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The Grove

Nov. 22, 2011

A film about AIDS, love and the politics of remembrance, "The Grove" shows how a community in crisis found healing in nature and unexpectedly ignited a debate about what it means to be a national memorial. Thirty years after the first diagnosed cases of AIDS, how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss?

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Federal Judge To Hear Occupy San Diego Suit

Nov. 22, 2011
By Marissa Cabrera

Attorneys for Occupy San Diego and the City of San Diego will be facing off in a federal courtroom today.

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Millions Seized In Tijuana Said To Belong To Sinaloa Cartel

Nov. 22, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

More than $15 million said to belong to the powerful Sinaloa cartel has been seized in Tijuana. This is the second largest cash seizure since 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon started to aggressively go after the drug cartels.

Route 94 East Closed For Possible Jumper

Nov. 22, 2011
By City News Service

Eastbound lanes on SR 94 near downtown San Diego have been blocked off because an apparently suicidal person is threatening to jump from the 30th Street Bridge over the freeway, according to police.

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Kimchi Chronicles: The Pork Chronicles

Nov. 22, 2011

In this episode, Marja, her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, and an expert food blogger named Daniel eat classic pork barbeque at Heukdonga restaurant in Seoul. They also stop by Songgane Gamjatang, where Seoul’s taxi drivers convene for pork bone soup and the grand pork dish known as bo ssam. At home in New York, Marja makes her own version of the cabbies’ favorites and Jean-Georges prepares a delicious, fast stir-fry of sliced pork and colorful vegetables, and improvises a simple, tasty barbeque sauce to coat ribs, chops and even pork feet.

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Cook's Country From America's Test Kitchen: Autumn Desserts

Nov. 22, 2011

Bridget reveals the secrets to the ultimate Apple Dumplings. Then, Adam reveals his top picks for cake carriers. Next, Chris learns about the best apple varieties for baking at Saratoga Orchards. And finally, Julia shows Chris how to make Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie.

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What Support Is There For San Diego's Caregivers?

Nov. 22, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

There are more than 650,000 caregivers in San Diego, taking care of family members and friends. It takes a toll on many of them financially and emotionally.

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Congressman Bob Filner; Supercommittee Failure, Medical Marijuana Crackdown & City Pension Plan

Nov. 22, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Congressman Bob Filner, representing the 51st District in San Diego and Imperial counties discusses marijuana crackdown, the failure of the congressional supercommitte to reach a deal, medical marijuana crackdown and the city of San Diego's pension reform plan.

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New Fall Movie Releases

Nov. 22, 2011
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh and Alex Morales

Beth Accomando, author of the KPBS blog Cinema Junkie, talks to Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh about the latest fall movies, from "The Descendants" to "The Muppets."

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Great Performances: Il Postino From LA Opera

Nov. 22, 2011

Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo with the LA Opera in this romantic new opera by composer Daniel Catán based on the Oscar-winning Italian film. "Il Postino" tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, the esteemed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, played by Domingo. Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Linda Ronstadt hosts.

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Does Supercommittee Failure Imperil Pentagon?

Nov. 22, 2011
Tom Bowman, NPR

Though the cuts would be large, they aren't as steep as what the military has absorbed in the past.

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Groups Ask Congress To Cut Border Enforcement Funds

Nov. 22, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

The congressional supercommittee failed to settle on a bipartisan proposal to cut the nation's deficit. Some advocates for immigration reform say there are savings to be had by cutting border enforcement.

Riverside County To Charge Offenders For Jail Time

Nov. 22, 2011
By Alison St John

Riverside County plans to start charging jail inmates for the cost of incarcerating them. San Diego County is not convinced this is a cost effective strategy.

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Texting Service Aims At Keeping New Moms And Babies Healthy

Nov. 22, 2011
By Kenny Goldberg

Some 2400 expecting and new moms in San Diego have signed up for a free service that sends out text messages with health tips and resources.

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At 106, Life Is Beautiful For This San Diego Woman

Nov. 22, 2011
By Katie Schoolov

Laura Simon, who will be 106 years old Saturday, shares some of the insights she's gained in over a century of life.