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Stories for September 30, 2011

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California Company To Produce Key Component Of Electric Car Batteries

Sept. 30, 2011
By Jill Replogle

A California company is poised to become one of the world’s few producers of the battery component.

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The Artists Of The Light And Space Movement

Sept. 30, 2011
By Angela Carone

In the 1960s, a group of artists broke out of the frame and created experiential works of art inspired by the light and landscape of southern California.

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San Diego Worshipers Remember Awlaki As Spiritual Orator Who Connected With His Congregation

Sept. 30, 2011
By Amita Sharma

Local Muslim civil rights group is challenging the decision to assassinate Awlaki.

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Wary State Treasurer Is Bullish On Economy

Sept. 30, 2011
By Erik Anderson

California's Treasurer gave South County business leaders a pep talk Friday. Bill Lockyer says the state is facing some difficult times, but there's hope.

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Fire Breaks Out At Apartment Building In Mission Beach

Sept. 30, 2011
By KPBS Staff

A fire on Bayside Lane broke out in an apartment building in Mission Beach today.

SDPD Investigates Second Complaint Alleging Mistreatment Of Undocumented Drivers

Sept. 30, 2011
By Marissa Cabrera

Some in the local immigrant community continue to have feelings of distrust against the San Diego Police Department.

Pension Reform Supporters Turn In Thousands Of Signatures

Sept. 30, 2011
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

The battle over city employee pensions in San Diego could be moving to the ballot box. Supporters of a pension reform measure delivered thousands of signatures to the City Clerk today.

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PROHIBITION: A Nation Of Hypocrites

Sept. 30, 2011
By Jennifer Robinson

In the final episode, support for Prohibition diminishes in the mid-1920s as the playfulness of sneaking around for a drink gives way to disenchantment with its glaring unintended consequences. By criminalizing one of the nation's largest industries, the law has given savvy gangsters a way to make huge profits, and as they grow in power, rival outfits wreak havoc in cities across the country. When the Great Depression sets in, Americans begin to reexamine their priorities. In December of 1933, Americans can legally buy a drink for the first time in 13 years.

Carlsbad Schools Briefly Locked Down From Unspecified Threat

Sept. 30, 2011
KPBS News and City News Service

All lockdowns at Carlsbad Unified School District campuses have now been lifted, and there is no indication that the anonymous email threat that prompted the security alert was valid, according to city police.

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Roundtable: SDG&E Choppers Grounded, Prison Realignment & Local Tribe Standoff

Sept. 30, 2011
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

We look at this week's grounding of SDG&E helicopters working on the Sunrise Powerlink project, prison realignment affecting San Diego and a local tribe standoff over a lease.

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Review: 'Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil'

Sept. 30, 2011
By Beth Accomando

I've been waiting a VERY long time for this film to arrive on the big screen in San Diego but you'll have to act fast to catch one of the "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" (opening September 30 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) midnight screenings this weekend. NOTE: On October 7, "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" will open at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters. Yay!

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PROHIBITION: A Nation Of Scofflaws

Sept. 30, 2011
By Jennifer Robinson

In 1920, Prohibition goes into effect, making it illegal to manufacture, transport or sell intoxicating liquor. This episode examines the problems of enforcement, as millions of law-abiding Americans become lawbreakers overnight. While a significant portion of the country is willing to adapt to the new law, others are shocked at how inconsistent the Volstead Act actually is. As weaknesses in the law and its enforcement become clear, millions find ways to exploit it.

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Military Chaplains Now Allowed to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

Sept. 30, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth

Military chaplains will be allowed to perform same-sex weddings on or off military bases, according to an announcement made today by the Pentagon. But they can decide not to perform the ceremony if it violates their personal beliefs.

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1,800 Sailors On USS Boxer Return To San Diego

Sept. 30, 2011
City News Service

About 1,800 sailors were expected to return home to Coronado today from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.

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MCAS Miramar Airshow Takes Flight In San Diego

Sept. 30, 2011
By Beth Ford Roth and City News Service

MCAS Miramar will open its doors to thousands of spectators today at the kickoff of the annual Miramar Air Show.

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Prominent US-Born Al-Qaida Cleric Killed In Yemen

Sept. 30, 2011
Associated Press

Yemen's Defense Ministry said Friday that the U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, The Associated Press reports.

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Funding The Arts During A Recession

Sept. 30, 2011
By Beth Accomando

In economic hard times the arts may not be considered a top funding priority. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando speaks with people in the San Diego arts community about why maintaining such funding is important. Watch KPBS TV's Evening Edition tonight at 6:30 to see the creative ways the San Diego arts community has been dealing with the recession.