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Stories for November 7, 2011

Next Year's City Contribution To Pension System Could Be Less Than Expected

Nov. 7
Evening Edition
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Improved investment performance and lower pay increases for municipal workers could mean that the city of San Diego's retirement pay contribution will be smaller in the next fiscal year.

Occupy Protest Draws Attention To Two Small Businesses

Nov. 7
By Katie Orr
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The plight of two small businesses impacted by the Occupy San Diego protest has drawn a lot of attention in the past week. KPBS looks at why they’re being singled out.

NOVA: The Fabric Of The Cosmos: The Illusion Of Time

Nov. 7
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Brian Greene takes us on the ultimate time traveling adventure, hurtling 50 years into the future before stepping into a wormhole to travel back to the past. Along the way, he will reveal a new way of thinking about time in which moments past, present, and future — from the reign of T. Rex to the birth of your great-great-grandchildren — exist all at once. You'll never look at your wristwatch the same way again.

"El Sillas" Arrested In Tijuana; Responsible For 2008 Wave Of Violence

Nov. 7
By Ruxandra Guidi
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Mexican federal officials have arrested a top drug cartel member in Tijuana, allegedly responsible for countless deaths and a wave of violence in 2008.

Camp Pendleton Marine Found Dead in Barracks

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is looking into the death of 19-year-old Lance Cpl. Mario Arias, who was found dead in his barracks at Camp Pendleton on Saturday.

Report: Manchester Intersted In Buying Union-Tribune

Nov. 7
Voice of San Diego
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Developer Doug Manchester told the Voice of San Diego today that he is interested in buying the venerable San Diego newspaper.

NATURE: Jungle Eagle

Nov. 7
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Harpy eagles are the most powerful birds of prey in the world, but scientists know very little about harpy eagles. NATURE enters their secret world with wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley and his team of cameramen as they locate a nest and struggle to document the lives of these elusive birds in Venezuela’s Orinoco River jungle.

'Occupy' Presents Big Problems For Big-City Mayors

Nov. 7
Scott Neuman, NPR
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The nationwide Occupy movement might be targeting Wall Street, but it's arguably municipal governments that have felt the biggest impact so far.

Women, War & Peace: War Redefined

Nov. 7
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“War Redefined” reframes the understanding of modern warfare through probing conversations with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her female predecessors, Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International; globalization expert Moises Naim; and Cynthia Enloe of Clark University, among others. Geena Davis narrates.

Bank Transfer Day And Credit Unions

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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Occupy San Diego protestors promoted Bank Transfer Day on Saturday in response to their dissatisfaction with increasing bank fees. Did you switch to a credit union this weekend? We find out if the effort still has momentum.

What's A Teacher Worth?

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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San Diego Unified School Board Trustee, Scott Barnett, wants to ask taxpayers.

The San Diego Comedy Scene

Nov. 7
Midday Edition
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When the going gets tough... People need to laugh. We check in with Mad House, a comedy club having its grand opening tonight at Horton Plaza, and with The National Comedy Theater, one of San Diego's longest running improv groups to see how San Diego's comedy scene is doing in tough economic times.

Businesses Hiring Jobless Veterans Get Tax Breaks Under New Plan

Nov. 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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In another push to help reduce veteran unemployment, bipartisan legislation being heard in the Senate this week would provide a tax credit for businesses that hire veterans.

Not Enough Help For Growing Refugee Population

Nov. 7
By Jill Replogle
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The federal government's efforts to resettle the refugees has left some schools, hospitals and other local services overwhelmed.

Increasing Medicare Age Could Lead To Higher Costs

Nov. 7
Julie Rovner, NPR
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Raising the eligibility age to 67 would save the government money but may increase overall spending.

Scientists Puzzled By Oklahoma's Seismic Activity

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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The weekend earthquakes were among the strongest yet in a state that has seen a dramatic, unexplained increase in seismic activity.

5 Killed In Calif. Home Care Facility Fire

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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A fire at a California home care facility for the disabled killed five people, and federal authorities on Sunday were helping local investigators determine the cause of the blaze.

US Wealth Gap Between Young And Old Is Widest Ever

Nov. 7
Associated Press
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The wealth gap between younger and older Americans has stretched to the widest on record, worsened by a prolonged economic downturn that has wiped out job opportunities for young adults and saddled them with housing and college debt.

San Diego Gas Prices Poised To Set Record

Nov. 7
By Erik Anderson
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2011 could turn out to be a year that San Diego drivers want to forget, because the average price at the pump could be a record-breaker.

Secret 'Watch List' Reveals Failure To Curb Toxic Air

Nov. 7
Elizabeth Shogren, NPR
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The system Congress set up 21 years ago to clean up toxic air pollution still leaves many communities exposed to risky concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and many other hazardous chemicals.

San Diego City Pension Weathers Stormy 3 Years

Nov. 7
By Katie Orr
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It’s been a bumpy few years for San Diego’s pension fund. Today the city council will hear how the fund’s been performing since 2007.