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Stories for August 31, 2012

Review: 'Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai'

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando
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Last year Japanese director Takashi Miike treated audiences to a grueling samurai epic, "13 Assassins." Now he delivers a very different samurai tale, "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" (opening August 31 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters).

Rants And Raves: The Ken Cinema

Aug. 31
Evening Edition
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The Ken Cinema and I go back a long way, maybe not all the way back to when it was built but it has provided a host of good memories.

Last Day To Send Letter To San Diego County Inmate

Aug. 31
City News Service
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Today is the last day to send a letter to an inmate at the San Diego County Sheriff's Department's seven jails, because starting Saturday only postcards and email will be accepted.

Prison Break: California Rethinks Criminal Justice

Aug. 31
Evening Edition
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KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting take a look at how well Governor Jerry Brown's overhaul of California's criminal justice system is working.

Arellano-Felix Brother Extradited to San Diego

Aug. 31
By Adrian Florido
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Eduardo Arellano-Felix will face federal prosecution for his alleged role in running Tijuana's most powerful drug cartel.

State Sets Minimum Benefits For Health Plans

Aug. 31
Emily Bazar, CHCF Center for Health Reporting
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Californians now have a clearer picture of what health insurance will look like when major provisions of the federal health care law debut in 2014.

California Lawmakers Send Pension Reform Deal To Governor

Aug. 31
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network
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California lawmakers have approved the packet of pension changes mapped out by Democratic legislative leaders and Governor Jerry Brown. Both parties admit the legislation isn’t perfect.

CALTRANS Plans For Crossing Lagoons In I-5 Expansion

Aug. 31
By Alison St John
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CALTRANS unveiled plans today to improve access to North County’s coastal lagoons when they expand I-5.

A Breakfast To Start A Healthier Life

Aug. 31
Muriel Pichon
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Obesity is targeted as "California Latinos Take Back Breakfast."

Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to the Queen

Aug. 31
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Prince Charles shares memories and recalls events from Queen Elizabeth’s public and private life, adding his own commentary and insights. Previously unseen photographs and films from Her Majesty’s private collection — many of them shot by the queen herself — capture royal family life. Highlights include behind-the-scenes footage taken at Buckingham Palace on Coronation Day, showing Her Majesty juggling the dual role of mother and queen as she poses for official photographs.

SDSU Professor And 'Mormon Girl' Talks Romney, Mormonism

Aug. 31
By Marissa Cabrera, Deb Welsh
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She's Mormon, supports same-sex marriage and isn't afraid to talk about religion and politics.

Student Test Scores In San Diego County Continue To Improve

Aug. 31
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service
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Students in San Diego County continued improving their scores on standardized tests, with higher percentages scoring advanced or proficient in math and English, according to results released today by the state Department of Education.

Arraignment Set For Archbishop Arrested On DUI Suspicion

Aug. 31
City News Service
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An Oct. 9 arraignment date is set for the recently appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco, who was pulled over last week near San Diego State University for allegedly driving drunk, the City Attorney's Office announced today.

Sandcastle Challenge Draws Best Sand Sculptors To San Diego

Aug. 31
City News Service
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Some of the best sand sculptors in the world are in San Diego for the U.S. Sandcastle Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exhibition, which opened today for a four-day run on the downtown waterfront.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (New Series Premiere)

Aug. 31
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A new generation of preschool “neighbors” will get to experience the Neighborhood of Make-Believe when DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD premieres Monday, September 3, 2012. The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD, DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel’s everyday adventures, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Summertime Supper

Aug. 31
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Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making perfect Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews liquid measuring cups in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Lighter Corn Chowder with lots of corn flavor.

Roundtable: Vets Want Benefits, State Wants New Fees, Lindbergh Wants Air Traffic

Aug. 31
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Veterans face a long wait to find out their eligibility for benefits. The last day of the legislative session finds Sacramento lawmakers making new rules for San Diego and new fees for all. And San Diego International Airport is having trouble finding enough air traffic.

Coaster Train Hits Big Rig In Old Town, At Least Two Injured

Aug. 31
City News Service
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Two people were seriously injured today in a crash involving a Coaster train, a tractor-trailer and a car in Old Town, authorities said.

22 San Diego Veterans Committed Suicide In Past Year

Aug. 31
City News Service
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A total of 126 San Diego-area veterans attempted suicide and 22 of them succeeded in the fiscal year that ends next month, according to Veteran Affairs officials.

Bill Aims To Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths

Aug. 31
By Kenny Goldberg
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A bill heading to the governor's desk would give people who witness a drug overdose and call 911 immunity from prosecution.

Five Takeaways From Thursday At The Republican Convention

Aug. 31
Mark Memmott, NPR
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While taking aim at President Obama's record, the new Republican presidential nominee used his big night to reintroduce himself. But the evening was also about Mitt Romney's faith and business background — and, rather oddly, about Clint Eastwood. Here are five takeaways.

Hotter, Humid Heat Waves Hit San Diego Coastline

Aug. 31
By Peggy Pico
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It's not your imagination. Hotter, longer and more humid heat waves have expanded to include coastal neighborhoods.