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Stories for September 29, 2011

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New U.S. Ambassador To Mexico Visits Tijuana & San Diego

Sept. 29, 2011
By Ruxandra Guidi

Less than a month after being sworn in, the United States Ambassador to Mexico is visiting San Diego and Tijuana to talk about his priorities.

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San Diego MTS Unveils Accessible 'Low Floor' Trolley Cars

Sept. 29, 2011
By Susan Murphy

It will soon be easier for people in wheelchairs and those pushing strollers to board the San Diego Trolley. The Metropolitan Transit Service unveiled a new accessible trolley car.

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Walmart Comes In Under The Radar In Encinitas

Sept. 29, 2011
By Alison St John

Walmart will open a new store in Encinitas without going through a public review; critics accuse the company of using stealth tactics to get a permit.

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PROHIBITION: A Nation Of Drunkards

Sept. 29, 2011
By Jennifer Robinson

"Prohibition" is a three-part, five-and-a-half-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Since the early years of the American Republic, alcohol has been embedded in the fabric of American culture. But by 1830, the average American over 15 years old consumes nearly seven gallons of pure alcohol a year, three times as much as we drink today. Alcohol abuse wreaks havoc on the lives of many families. As a wave of spiritual fervor for reform sweeps the country, many women and men begin to see alcohol as a scourge.

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Chargers Fans Singing The 'Blackout Blues'

Sept. 29, 2011
By Dwane Brown, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Sunday's game against the Dolphins will be blacked out due to NFL policy.

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'Red Tide' Brings Night Light Show To San Diego Beaches

Sept. 29, 2011
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The ocean waters off San Diego have been treating us to a light show at night and a reddish brown colored surf by day, all caused by a red tide.

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More Hispanic Children Living In Poverty

Sept. 29, 2011
By Jessica Plautz

A new report finds there are now more Hispanic children living in poverty than any other ethnic group.

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Female Marines at Camp Pendleton Have Special Mission

Sept. 29, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth

A group of female Marines at Camp Pendleton is preparing for a unique mission when they deploy to Afghanistan this spring.

California Solar Companies React To Solyndra Scandal

Sept. 29, 2011
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The heads of some California solar companies are speaking out about the recent Solyndra scandal and its effect on the industry.

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Weekend Preview: San Diego Symphony, Street Beat, And Beer Tastings

Sept. 29, 2011
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh and Alex Morales

This weekend has something for everyone with the start of San Diego Symphony’s 2011-12 Season, Street Beat, the Tour de Fat, and much more.

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'26 Miles' Balances Dark Issues With Wry Humor

Sept. 29, 2011
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh and Alex Morales

Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company's production of '26 Miles,' a new play raising awareness about issues of divorce and suicide.

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Will Cruise Ship Season Be Profitable For San Diego?

Sept. 29, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

The cruise ship industry has taken a hit and that's affected San Diego, we look at whether the situation has improved as 'cruise season' gets underway.

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Kimchi Chronicles: The Jeju Chronicles

Sept. 29, 2011

Jean-Georges teams up with the “Julia Child” of Jeju Island, the Hawaii of Korea and a veritable paradise. They shop for ingredients at the sprawling 5-Day Market and return to an authentic folk village where they cook over open fires. Later, Jean-Georges and Marja spend an afternoon in the green rolling hills of the Amore Pacific Tea Gardens with their daughter Chloe. Back at home, the Vongerichten family whips up a spicy kimchi jjigae soup and a hearty, healthy seaweed soup topped with crisp slices of pork belly.

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Mexico -- One Plate At A Time With Rick Bayless: Tijuana Taco Crawl

Sept. 29, 2011

People are passionate about their tacos in Tijuana. Ask any local and they’ll tell you their favorite — complete with mouthwatering details. Three local Tijuana foodies take Rick on a taco “crawl” starting with arrachera (skirt steak) tacos at El Yaqui. Piled high with beans, creamy avocado salsa and Mexican “candy” (roasted jalapeños). The feast moves on to include suadero tacos at Los Ahumadores, sautéed and fried shrimp tacos at Mariscos El Mazateño, steamed tacos on Tijuana’s tourist strip and ends with smoked salmon tacos at Salceados.

Police Investigating Cab Driver Found Shot To Death In La Jolla

Sept. 29, 2011
City News Service

San Diego police homicide detectives today investigated the death of a cab driver shot on a La Jolla sidewalk.

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3 Cruise Ships Pull Into San Diego Port Thursday

Sept. 29, 2011
By Dwane Brown and City News Service

Three ships together carrying more than 6,000 passengers will pull in today at the unofficial start of the Port of San Diego's "Cruise Season,'' giving at least a one-day boost to a local industry battered by the poor economy and safety fears about Mexico.

Parents Try To Fill Funding Void At Some San Diego Schools

Sept. 29, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

About 1,000 San Diego school employees were laid off over the summer to help the district close an $80 million budget short fall. A handful of schools held on to some of their staff thanks to parent donations.

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German Lawmakers Pass Expanded Euro Bailout Fund

Sept. 29, 2011
Eric Westervelt, NPR

Germany's parliament approved a plan Thursday to expand the power of a European bailout fund for troubled countries that use the euro.

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University Cuts Could Wound San Diego Economy

Sept. 29, 2011
By Kyla Calvert

UC San Diego has been a driver of biotech and telecommunications innovation and key in the creation of businesses and jobs in those areas.