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Stories for November 28, 2011

Jacobs Releases Video Promoting His Balboa Park Plan

Nov. 28
By Nico Smedley

Philanthropist Irwin Jacobs released a video today depicting his plan to get vehicles out of Balboa Park's central plaza.

Events May Be Life Saver For New Cruise Terminal

Nov. 28
By Katie Orr
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The Port of San Diego spent $28 million on the Broadway Pier's new cruise ship terminal.

Small Businesses Push Shopping Local

Nov. 28
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's small businesses are working to make sure they get a share of the holiday shopping pie this year. The push began with small business Saturday, but it'll go on all month.

Enviros Suing San Diego Planners Over Transportation Plan

Nov. 28
By Ed Joyce
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Two environmental groups are suing a San Diego agency over a county-wide transportation plan. The groups said the plan is from another century.

Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle

Nov. 28
Daniel Zwerdling, Joaquin Sapien and T. Christian Miller, NPR
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The military is spending more than $42 million on a program its leaders refuse to carry out.

Beyond Sprawl: Watching The Bubble Burst Firsthand

Nov. 28
By Nick Blumberg
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Laura Oeinck was a realtor during the height of the mortgage crisis. As part of our continuing series on development in the Southwest, Oeinck shares what she witnessed.

Occupy San Diego-Protester Rights And Police Tactics

Nov. 28
Midday Edition
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What rights do protestors have when the demonstrations stretch out for weeks?

Space Theory Comes To Life

Nov. 28
Midday Edition
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We'll speak to a San Diego astronomer about his part in confirming "one of the most massive stellar black holes in the Galaxy" -- Cygnus X-1, using data from NASA's Chandra x-ray observatory.

The Lennon Sisters: Same Song, Separate Voices

Nov. 28
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Join the Lennon Sisters, television’s greatest sister act, for a joyful and exuberant song-filled career retrospective based on their best-selling autobiography, "Same Song Separate Voices." This all new musical documentary, also titled "Same Song, Separate Voices," is a celebration of the Lennon Sisters 55th anniversary in show business and a dazzling journey through the great American songbook of the classic pop hits from the '50s, '60s, '70s and beyond.

Gamers And Gaming

Nov. 28
Midday Edition
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"Ragnarok" is a play that opened this past weekend and focuses on the world of live action role playing or LARP. Join us for a discussion of the play and the ever-growing world of gaming.

Virtual Reality Helps Wounded Warriors in San Diego

Nov. 28
By KPBS
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Wounded warriors who have lower leg amputations are participating in a groundbreaking study at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Rants And Raves: Ken Russell

Nov. 28
By Beth Accomando
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Ken Russell defined an era of trippy, hallucinogenic, envelope-pushing filmmaking in the 70s. The 84-year-old British director passed away on Sunday after a series of strokes.

Black Friday Isn't The Only Game In Town

Nov. 28
Associated Press

Retailers are coming up with names for just about every day of the week during the holiday shopping season.

San Diego Gas Prices Fall

Nov. 28
City News Service
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County fell today to its lowest amount since Feb. 25, dropping seven-tenths of a cent to $3.70.

Long Lines At Polls As Egypt Holds Landmark Vote

Nov. 28
Associated Press
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Shaking off years of political apathy, Egyptians turned out in long lines at voting stations Monday in their nation's first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

Mexican Trucker to Be Sentenced for Role in Smuggling 50 Tons of Marijuana

Nov. 28
Associated Press

A Mexican trucker faces a long prison sentence for his role in two major drug tunnels along theU.S.-Mexico border.

Ahead Of Climate Talks, U.S. Leadership In Question

Nov. 28
Richard Harris, NPR
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Without meaningful U.S. action on emissions, a global pact seems unlikely to emerge from U.N. climate talks under way in Durban, South Africa.

Guest Review: 'The Muppets'

Nov. 28
Jeff Murray
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Guest blogger Jeff Murray gives his review of "The Muppets" (opened November 23 throughout San Diego).

Pill Tax Would Fund Doctor Shopping Database

Nov. 28
By Kenny Goldberg

A California man has come up with a novel way to fund a state database that tracks doctor shopping.

Beyond Sprawl: The Southwest Zombie Problem

Nov. 28
By Peter O'Dowd
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Zombie subdivisions are haunting the suburbs. The half-built developments are a nuisance to neighbors, city government and planners. In the first part of a multimedia series, we explore what should be done with the empty land and report how the answers will impact the region's economy.