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Stories for September 26, 2011

Bass Populations Collapsing Off Our Coast, Scripps Says

Sept. 26
By Ed Joyce
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A Scripps Institution of Oceanography-led study finds overfishing of spawning areas and environmental conditions are behind the collapse of two important recreational fisheries off Southern California.

Surviving The Tsunami: A NOVA Special Presentation

Sept. 26
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The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0—the worst ever recorded in Japan. Amazingly, amateur and professional photographers captured it all on video, including remarkable tales of human survival, as ordinary citizens became heroes in a drama they never could have imagined. Their stories provide lessons on how we should all act in the face of life-threatening disasters. This unique program was originally produced and broadcast in Japan by NHK, Japan's public broadcaster.

San Diego ATM Fees Second Highest In The Nation

Sept. 26
By Erik Anderson
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ATM fees in San Diego are among the most expensive in the nation; consumer advocates say banks are gouging their customers.

Marines Practice Amphibious Assault Tactics At Pendleton

Sept. 26
By Alison St John
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The Marine Corps launches an exercise off the coast of Camp Pendleton this week designed to brush up on skills they haven’t used for a while.

By The People: What's Next California?

Sept. 26
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Over the weekend of June 24-26, 2011, more than 400 California citizens traveled to Torrance for a citizens’ dialogue on the critical issues facing the state, including legislative representation, taxation, whether local governments should have more autonomy and control over public services, and the initiative process. The citizens, who represented a scientific, random sample of the entire state, participated in California’s first statewide “Deliberative Poll.” MacNeil-Lehrer Productions' BY THE PEOPLE: "What's Next California?" documents this unprecedented event bringing Californians into the conversation about whether California's governance can be improved, and if so, how.

History Detectives: Continental Club Card; St Valentine's Day Massacre; Society Circus Program

Sept. 26
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America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. In this episode: What can a Club Continental business card tell us about California's prohibition-era underground? Then, did gangs use this shotgun in the Chicago St. Valentine's Day massacre that shocked the nation? And why is FDR on the guest list for a High Society Circus during the depths of the Depression?

Trailer: 'John Dies at the End'

Sept. 26
By Beth Accomando
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Last night Austin's Fantastic Fest audiences were treated to a trailer for Don Coscarelli's latest film, "John Dies at the End," based on David Wong's novel. This is his first new work since his 2005 "Masters of Horror" episode and exciting news for his fans. Here's the trailer.

Mexico: The Royal Tour

Sept. 26
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In a personal tour led by President Calderon, "Mexico: The Royal Tour" goes beyond the headlines to journey deep inside Mexico and offer viewers access to extraordinary locations, landmarks and cultural experiences. It's a a fast-paced, non-stop adventure through Mexico's iconic spots as well as experiences that aren't found in any guidebook, but are still accessible to travelers. The ultimate tour of Mexico begins in Los Pinos, the Mexican White House, where the President will engage Peter Greenberg in a revealing no-holds-barred interview about his history in office and the future of Mexico.

Bar Owners Fight Proposed PB Booze Regulations

Sept. 26
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Pacific Beach has become a hotspot for the college drinking crowd. For most PB residents, the party is out of control. Pacific Beach has 18 times the amount of crime compared to the city average, according to a report conducted by the Pacific Beach Planning Group. Pacific Beach community members are calling for regulations on bars but the requests are not being welcomed by business owners.

SDPD Changing Lineup Practices

Sept. 26
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The San Diego Police Department is changing the way it conducts lineups to identify suspects after results from a national study indicate that the method of reviewing suspect photos the department uses has an 18 percent error rate.

Thousands Entering Calif. Schools Without Vaccines

Sept. 26
SHEILA V KUMAR and SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER, AP
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Last year's class of California kindergartners had a record high percentage of parents who used a personal belief exemption to avoid immunization requirements, a development that concerns state health officials.

U.S.-Pakistan Ties On Deepening Downward Spiral

Sept. 26
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U.S. accusations of ties to Afghan attacks and Pakistan's sharp denials signal increasing tension.

SD City Council To Consider Plan For Accepting Miramar Landfill Bids

Sept. 26
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The San Diego City Council today will consider a controversial plan to accept bids for operating the Miramar Landfill, an idea that has drawn opposition from organized labor and environmentalists.

President Obama Makes Fundraising Stop In San Diego

Sept. 26
By Marissa Cabrera
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President Barack Obama will bring his re-election effort to San Diego today, hoping to tap into some deep pockets to pad his campaign war chest.

San Diego’s Legal Costs Mount With Software Settlement

Sept. 26
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The city of San Diego has paid $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a computer software contractor it fired for missing deadlines that put the project more than a year behind schedule and $16 million over budget.

SD Unified Seeks To Build Trust With School Closure Meetings

Sept. 26
By Kyla Calvert
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The school district has started taking proposals for school closures to the community.