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Stories for November 8, 2012

Navy SEALs Disciplined For Role In Videogame

Nov. 8
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Seven members of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 have been punished for their role they played in the creation of the videogame Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

Bradley Manning Offers To Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges

Nov. 8
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking classified information to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, offered to plead guilty to lesser charges, his lawyer said.

How You Voted: San Diego Mayor’s Race

Nov. 8
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The campaign for San Diego mayor came down to fewer than 10,000 votes in the unofficial tally. Winner Bob Filner was most popular in the city’s core and in its southern reaches. Carl DeMaio attracted supporters throughout the northern part of the city from his home district in Rancho Bernardo to La Jolla.

KPBS GALA TAKES INSPIRATION FROM DOWNTON ABBEY

Nov. 8
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KPBS is pleased to announce that audience favorite Downton Abbey is the theme for this year’s gala. The KPBS Celebrates Gala inspired by Downton Abbey will be held at the historic US Grant on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The event will also honor the 2012 KPBS Hall of Fame inductees Audrey Geisel, Conrad Prebys, and Brad Warner.

San Diego, Unions Reach Agreement On Convention Center Expansion

Nov. 8
By Katie Orr
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San Diego labor groups have agreed to drop their opposition to the proposed Convention Center expansion. The mayor announced the deal with labor on Thursday.

NRC Responds To Problems At San Onofre

Nov. 8
By Alison St John
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected a petition from Friends of the Earth asking for a license amendment for San Onofre before considering a plan to restart the troubled plant.

San Diego Mayor Has New Job Once He Leaves Office

Nov. 8
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has a new job. The two term mayor will become CEO of the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Black Mountain Ranch Man Named California Teacher Of Year

Nov. 8
City News Service
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A sixth-grade teacher at Oak Valley Middle School in Black Mountain Ranch was named today as one of five California Teachers of the Year by the state Department of Education.

NOVA: Ultimate Mars Challenge

Nov. 8
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In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” With inside access to the massive team of scientists and engineers responsible for Curiosity’s on-the-ground experiments, NOVA was there for the exhilarating moments after Curiosity’s landing — and is there for the spectacular discoveries to come.

CBO Warns Again: Ignoring Fiscal Cliff Could Result In Recession

Nov. 8
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The so-called Fiscal Cliff is a double-edged sword, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says in a new report issued today.

Likely Suspects: Guessing Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

Nov. 8
Padmananda Rama / NPR
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Every second-term president has to rebuild some or all of his Cabinet as high-profile members often time their resignations with the end of the president's first term. President Obama already is expected to receive a number of resignations, which he will have to fill.

NATURE: An Original DUCKumentary

Nov. 8
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Ducks fly through the air on short stubby wings — traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. There are some 150 species of them, representing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and behaviors. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive. They are familiar animals we think we know. But most of us don’t really know these phenomenal, sophisticated creatures at all. This program follows a wood duck family as a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks, then come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds.

Navy Relieves Commander Of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy announced today it has relieved Capt. Michael Wiegand, the commanding officer of Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, for "loss of confidence in his ability to command." SWRMC provides maintenance and tech support to U.S. Pacific Fleet's ships and submarines.

Corn Belt Farmland: The Newest Real Estate Bubble?

Nov. 8
Abbie Fentress Swanson / NPR
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Howard Audsley has been driving through Missouri for the past 30 years to assess the value of farmland. Barreling down the flat roads of Saline County on a recent day, he stopped his truck at a 160-acre tract of newly tilled black land. The land sold in February for $10,700per acre, double what it would have gone for five years ago.

You Can Thank A Whey Refinery For That Protein Smoothie

Nov. 8
Dan Charles / NPR
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If you've ever checked the ingredient list on a PowerBar or a high-protein smoothie, you probably have stumbled across these words: "Whey protein concentrate." You'll find it in a growing number of prepared foods.

Camp Pendleton To Celebrate Marine Corps Birthday

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Camp Pendleton will celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps on Friday with the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Pageant.

J.R. Ewing And A Found Recipe For Poppy Seed Cookies

Nov. 8
Melissa Gray / NPR
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During the holidays, family kitchens are ground zero for intense craziness: mixers whirling, timers buzzing, knives flying. So yes, it's understandable that many of us just stay out of way of the experienced cook. Especially when the knives come out and Mama is talking under her breath.

FRONTLINE: The Suicide Plan

Nov. 8
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You have an incurable illness, you want to die and you want help dying — what can you do? The terminally ill who live in Oregon or Washington can openly ask a doctor for help, but in the rest of country, where physician-assisted suicide is illegal, people who are suffering turn in secret to friends, family and even activist organizations. FRONTLINE explores this shadow world of assisted suicide, where the lines between legality and criminality are blurred, taking viewers inside one of the most polarizing social issues of our time — told by the people choosing to die, and by their “assisters,” individuals and right-to-die organizations at risk of prosecution for their actions.

Review: 'Skyfall'

Nov. 8
By Beth Accomando
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"Skyfall" (opens November 8 throughout San Diego) is the 23rd James Bond film and it arrives on the 50th anniversary of 007's screen debut in "Dr. No." This calls for some geeking out.

Jerry Sanders To Lead San Diego Chamber Of Commerce

Nov. 8
City News Service
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Jerry Sanders will be changing work addresses next month, but only by a few blocks, as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced today that the outgoing mayor will become its new president and CEO.

American Masters: Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home

Nov. 8
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Essentially every American who has listened to the radio or gone to summer camp knows Woody Guthrie's “This Land Is Your Land.” The music of the nation's signature folk singer/songwriter has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to the Irish rock band U2. Originally blowing out of the Dust Bowl in 1930s Depression-era America, he blended vernacular, rural music and populism to give voice to millions of downtrodden citizens. Guthrie's prolific music, poetry and prose were politically leftist, uniquely patriotic and always inspirational.

City Of San Diego May Have Open Government Department

Nov. 8
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San Diego Mayor-Elect Bob Filner has been very clear about creating a city department dedicated to "open government." Its aim is to help citizens have access to more information more quickly. We take a look.

Jared Loughner Gets Life In Prison

Nov. 8
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The man who pleaded guilty to a deadly Arizona shooting rampage that wounded former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns sentenced 24-year-old Jared Lee Loughner for the January 2011 attack that left six people dead and Giffords and others wounded.

Peters Still Leads Bilbray in 52nd Congressional Race

Nov. 8
Midday Edition
By Maureen Cavanaugh
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Democrat Scott Peters still holds a slim lead over Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray for the seat in the 52nd Congressional District, with perhaps as many as 200,000 provisional and absentee ballots remaining to be counted.

Iran Fired At U.S. Drone In International Airspace

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Iranian jets fired at a United States drone as it flew in international airspace last week, according to CNN. The U.S. Air Force Predator drone was conducting "routine maritime surveillance" when the two Iranian Su-25 fighter jets fired shots at the drone, but missed.

Market Warriors: Antiquing In New York, N.Y.

Nov. 8
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This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head to the Big Apple in search of big treasures at the Antiques Garage in the heart of New York City. They team up to find the right piece of ephemera from the 100 dealers packed into cramped quarters. The winning picker is determined at Ken Farmer’s Auctions in Radford, Virginia, where the items go under the hammer.

Antiques Roadshow: Cats And Dogs

Nov. 8
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Whether it’s a ceramic dog or a painted cat, this special is chock full of appraisals featuring felines and canines — in sculpture, on canvas and in many other forms. Take a look at an original “Hush Puppy” mascot, dog portraits and one “naughty cat” bronze.

World War II Vet Awarded Bronze Star 67 Years After Battle (Video)

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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Retired Army Tech Sergeant Harvey LaFleur has been awarded the Bronze Star - a full 67 years after his heroic actions in the infamous Battle of the Bulge.

Once Again, Florida's Voting Doesn't Add Up

Nov. 8
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Florida is again having problems determining the winner of its presidential vote. But its difficulties are entirely different from the ones that kept the nation in suspense for more than a month back in 2000.

Weekend Preview: Kelsey Brookes, Kingston Trio Retrospective And The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Nov. 8
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Music, art and a dose of science. Here's a taste of what's happening this weekend.

Masterpiece Classic: Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Nov. 8
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In the final episode of this series, on the eve of war, Beryl and Harry face a race against time to get married. Meanwhile, Mr. Pritchard makes a decision that throws the running of 165 into chaos, until an old friend lends a helping hand. As Lady Agnes returns to London, a dark discovery has explosive consequences for all inside Eaton Place and changes the landscape forever.

Calif. Affirms Death Penalty, Amends 'Three Strikes'

Nov. 8
Mandalit del Barco / NPR
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Several thousand prisoners in California may be eligible to apply for sentence reductions, after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that alters the state's controversial three-strikes law.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning Offers Pleas To Certain Charges In WikiLeaks Case

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The attorney for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has revealed that his client is willing to plead guilty to several lesser charges in the WikiLeaks case. Manning is accused of leaking sensitive military documents to the website WikiLeaks.

Navy Jet Makes Emergency Landing At MCAS Miramar

Nov. 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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A Navy F/A-18 jet made an emergency landing Tuesday night at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The jet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California, was doing training exercises with the USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego.

Hearing Enters 4th Day For Army General Facing Sex Crime Charges

Nov. 8
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Testimony is under way for the fourth day of a hearing to determine whether a U.S. Army general will be tried on sex charges.

Jobless Claims Fell By 8,000 Last Week; Superstorm Sandy Might Be Factor

Nov. 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There were 355,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down by 8,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

Ballot Counting Continues In San Diego County

Nov. 8
City News Service
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Staffers at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office are scheduled to resume counting some 475,000 provisional and mail-in general election ballots today, according to Registrar Deborah Seiler.

Cold Storm From Alaska To Bring Gusty Winds, Showers To San Diego

Nov. 8
City News Service
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A cold low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska will bring strong gusty winds and a slight chance of showers throughout San Diego County today, and possibly snow in the mountains this weekend, forecasters said.

Texas Judge Who Beat His Daughter Is Reinstated To Bench

Nov. 8
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There was outrage across the nation last November when video of a 2004 beating that a local judge in Texas gave to his 16-year-old daughter went viral.

Opening Lines Set For A Deal To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Nov. 8
John Ydstie / NPR
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With the election over, attention in Washington has turned to the nation's debt and deficit challenges -- most immediately the looming fiscal cliff. That's the $600 billion worth of expiring tax breaks and automatic spending cuts that begin to take effect Jan. 1.

Fixing Long Election Lines May Be Easier Said Than Done

Nov. 8
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Although voting problems in Tuesday's election were fewer than some people had expected, there were extremely long lines at many polling sites; so many that President Obama noted them in his victory speech.

Hospitals Gamble On Urgent Care Clinics To Keep Patients Healthy

Nov. 8
Jenny Gold / NPR
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When Stephen Wheeler realized he had an aching, swollen finger, he called his primary care doctor, who works for MedStar Health. The doctor referred him to PromptCare, an urgent care clinic in a strip mall in the Baltimore suburbs.