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Stories for October 20, 2011

English Learners Make Progress On Narrowing Achievement Gap

Oct. 20
By Kyla Calvert

Almost 25 percent of San Diego County kindergarten through 12th grade students are English language learners.

San Diego Libyans Celebrate Gaddhafi's Death

Oct. 20
By Amita Sharma

One man equated the death to cutting off the head of a dragon.

La Niña Expected To Bring Dry Winter To Southern California

Oct. 20
By Ed Joyce
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Government forecasters expect La Niña to cause dry conditions in Southern California this winter.

Women, War And Peace: The War We Are Living

Oct. 20
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In a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries. Clemencia Carabali and Francia Marquez are part of a powerful network of female leaders, who discovered during Colombia’s 40-year civil war that women can organize more freely than men. As they defy paramilitary death threats and steadfastly remain on their land, Carabali and Marquez are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war.

Kaiser Pushes Routine Mammograms Despite Federal Recommendation

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

Kaiser Permanente mounted a massive effort today to encourage women to get a mammogram. Research suggests routine mammograms might do more harm than good.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Lives Worth Living

Oct. 20
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Fred Fay’s life proves that one man can change the world, even though he has to lie flat on his back just to stay alive. “Lives Worth Living” looks at Fay’s struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the small group of dedicated activists who formed the disability rights movement to drive the nation toward equal rights.

America In Primetime: Independent Woman

Oct. 20
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Witness the transformation of women from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters. Interviews include Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne”); Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”); Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Robert and Michelle King and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”); James L. Brooks and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”); Shonda Rhimes and Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”); and Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) among others.

Down Syndrome Series: Treatments, Clinical Trials and Policy

Oct. 20
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Clinical trials are underway here in San Diego that could help lead to better treatment for cognitive problems.

Women's Suffrage Centennial in California

Oct. 20
Midday Edition

100 years ago this month, California became the sixth and largest state to grant women the right to vote. The Women's History Museum of California celebrates the centennial with a new suffrage exhibit in City Hall.

USS Carl Vinson Sailors In Spice Drug Ring

Oct. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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Spice is causing problems among San Diego-based Sailors again, with 64 of them getting kicked out of the Navy for using the synthetic drug.

Kimchi Chronicles: The Fish Chronicles

Oct. 20
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A peninsula surrounded on three sides by water, Korea is a haven for fish lovers. Marja visits Sokcho, where most of her Korean family resides, to see the gigantic octopus come ashore in Daepo Port. Later, she enjoys a memorable meal of simply grilled shellfish in a seaside restaurant. In Busan, the world’s fifth-largest port city, Marja and her dear friend, the actress Heather Graham, sit down for a meal in the fish market, an experience only rivaled by Jean-Georges’ three-course seafood breakfast inside of Noryangjin, Seoul’s bustling fish market.

Refugee Moms And Their American Daughters Bond Through Cooking

Oct. 20
Evening Edition
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Twice a month, refugee women and their children congregate at the City Heights Wellness Center for a cooking class.

San Diegans Practice Surviving Major Earthquake

Oct. 20
City News Service
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Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans will take part in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill today.

Gadhafi, Libya's Leader For 42 Years, Killed

Oct. 20
Midday Edition
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Libyan transitional government officials said Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed the ousted leader's hometown, Sirte.

San Diego Marijuana Dispensaries Face Multiple Crackdowns

Oct. 20
By Katie Orr
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As the federal government begins to crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries, the local authorities are coming after them too.

US & Mexico Work On Border Quake Research, Readiness

Oct. 20
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A year-and-a-half since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed parts of Mexicali on Mexico's northern border, the U.S. and Mexico will join efforts in earthquake research and preparedness.

Sexual Assault And Harassment Are Widespread In The Military

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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A high percentage of women in the military are subject to sexual harassment and assault. Survivors are at high risk for developing PTSD.

Making Music From Old Camera Clicks

Oct. 20
By Angela Carone and Alex Morales
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Check out this award-winning stop-motion music video featuring vintage cameras and their wonderful shutter sounds.