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Stories for November 9, 2012

52nd Congressional Voters Cross Party Lines In Mayoral Election

Nov. 9
By Kevin Crowe
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A lot of those voters were in neighborhoods such as La Jolla, Bay Park, Bay Ho, North Clairemont and University City south of UCSD.

South Bay Expressway Has Lower Tolls, Greater Use

Nov. 9
By Tom Fudge
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More motorists are traversing the South Bay Expressway (SR 125) since public ownership brought lower costs to the San Diego County toll road.

Supreme Court To Review Voting Rights Act

Nov. 9
Nina Totenberg / NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it would consider eliminating a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the federal law that for decades has been the government's main tool for fighting discrimination at the polls.

Feds To Simulate Flood Through Grand Canyon

Nov. 9
By Laurel Morales
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The federal government will release torrents of water from the Glen Canyon Dam on November 19. The simulated flood will be the first in a regular series of experiments to send sediment down the Colorado River. The idea is to rebuild beaches and habitats in the Grand Canyon.

The Upside To Plunging Off The Fiscal Cliff

Nov. 9
John Ydstie / NPR

Now that the election is over, Washington is transfixed by the fiscal cliff, the automatic tax increases and spending cuts due to take effect Jan. 1 if nothing is done.

Coaster Train Decorated To Honor Military Members, Veterans

Nov. 9
City News Service
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A Coaster train car with a special wrap to honor military members and veterans went into service today.

George P. Bush Gears Up For Political Run In Texas

Nov. 9
By David Martin Davies
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George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, is laying the foundation for a statewide run for office.

Home Sales Up 34 Percent In San Diego County

Nov. 9
City News Service
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The number of single-family homes sold in San Diego County last month was up 34 percent from the same period in 2011, and prices also increased, according to the San Diego Association of Realtors.

Deja Vu All Over Again: Obama And Boehner Clash On Fiscal Cliff And Taxes

Nov. 9
Frank James / NPR
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If you fell asleep Rip Van Winkle-like earlier in the year only to wake up Friday, you might be forgiven for thinking no time had passed.

FEMA Program To Cover Home Damage From Sandy

Nov. 9
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Since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New Jersey and New York coastlines last week, FEMA has already put more than 30,000 residents in hotels and motels and given out roughly $300 million in rental assistance.

Iraqi Man Arrested For Wife's El Cajon Murder

Nov. 9
City News Service
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An Iraqi man whose wife was fatally beaten in their East County home last spring in what initially appeared to be a hate crime was behind bars today on suspicion of murdering her.

How You Voted: 52nd Congressional Race

Nov. 9
I-Newsource and KPBS Investigations Desk
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It’s still too close to call a winner in the race for the congressional seat in the 52nd district, which stretches from Poway to Del Mar and then hugs to coast down to Coronado.

David Petraeus Resigns From CIA, Citing Extramarital Affair

Nov. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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CIA director David Petraeus has resigned from his post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In his resignation letter, Petraeus cited an extramarital affair as the reason for leaving his job.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Americana Music Festival 2012

Nov. 9
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS presents selected performances from the Americana Music Festival, the best in American roots music. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the program features the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Alabama Shakes, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bonnie Raitt and more.

Ask This Old House: Special New York Episode With Jimmy Fallon

Nov. 9
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In a special episode, the guys visit New York. Plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey tours a scale model of the entire city in Queens. Host Kevin O’Connor works with a local electrician to add task lighting to a dark kitchen in Brooklyn. Then, Richard, Kevin, landscape contractor Roger Cook and general contractor Tom Silva play “What Is It” with a special guest in Times Square.

Culture Lust's November Picks

Nov. 9
By Alex Morales
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The holidays are on the horizon and change is in the air. Culture Lust contributor Alex Morales shares her top 10 arts and culture picks for the month of November.

Roundtable: Democrats Clean Up. So What Happens Now?

Nov. 9
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Democrats have a super-majority in both state houses; they have the mayor's office and a majority on the San Diego City Council; and both the electorate and officeholders are more diverse.

Head Start Children Get a Treat at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Nov. 9
By Monica Medina
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KPBS and the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum partnered to host a special One Book for Kids event for local children. The festivities included a short presentation by the authors of "Armando and the Blue Tarp School," who explained how the book is based on the true story of David Lynch and the school he created on a blue tarp, by the Tijuana city dump.

NOVA scienceNOW: What Will The Future Be Like?

Nov. 9
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Mobile phones that read your mind? Video games that can cure cancer? Wearable robots that give you the strength of Ironman? David Pogue predicts which technologies will transform daily life for you — and your grandkids. These advancements are already taking shape in laboratories around the world — and gadgets that once were purely science fiction are on the verge of becoming as common as the iPhones and Androids Pogue reviews every day.

Lock Of Meatball's Hair Briefly Halts Bear Auction

Nov. 9
Associated Press
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An auction to help Meatball the wandering bear is back on track after running into trouble for offering a lock of his hair.

Obama To Lay Down His Markers On Economy & Fiscal Cliff

Nov. 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done.

Obama Says He's 'Open To Compromise,' But Solutions Must Be 'Balanced'

Nov. 9
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The post-election negotiations over taxes, the economy and the so-called fiscal cliff moved into a new phase this afternoon when President Obama stepped up to a microphone at the White House to lay out his latest thoughts about what needs to be done.

It's All Politics, Nov. 8, 2012

Nov. 9
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Election Day has come and gone, but NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin are still trying to make sense of it all. Was it close? Well, a 50-to-48 percent popular-vote edge for President Obama certainly indicates that.

La Mama: An American Nun’s Life In A Mexican Prison

Nov. 9
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How does an American nun end up serving a 'life sentence' in a Mexican prison? Mother Antonia, 'La Mama', has done so by choice for more than 30 years. After a life of privilege in Beverly Hills that included two marriages, two divorces and seven children, Mary Brenner became a nun at age 50. She felt called to Tijuana's most notorious prison, La Mesa Penitentiary. This film was conceived, written and produced by Jody Hammond. Photographed and edited by Ronn Kilby. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.

Cleaning Up Rockaway, Bucket By Bucket

Nov. 9
Amita Parashar / NPR
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I've covered hurricanes, earthquakes and even tsunami cleanup, but I've never had a disaster hit home.

Camp Pendleton Celebrates US Marine Corps 237th Birthday

Nov. 9
City News Service

The United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 237th birthday today with a pageant at Camp Pendleton in northern San Diego County.

Navy SEALs Punished For Secrets Breach

Nov. 9
Robert Burns/Associated Press
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Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, have been punished for disclosing classified information, senior Navy officials said Thursday.

No Federal Charges Against Syracuse Coach

Nov. 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

Federal prosecutors say they will not bring charges against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, who a year ago was accused of having sexually abused young boys.

Rants And Raves: Horrible Imaginings

Nov. 9
By Beth Accomando
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Horror fans rejoice! It's time again for the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival.

Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, One Of The Last Tuskegee Airmen, Dies

Nov. 9
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Retired Lt. Col. Herbert Carter, who flew 77 missions in Europe during World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen, died Thursday at the East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Stan Ingold of Alabama Public Radio reports.

Pulling Back The Curtain On The Mayor’s Race

Nov. 9
By Brad Racino
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The men who engineered the Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio campaigns shared their strategies and regrets with our Investigations Desk.

New Musical Based On Flaming Lips Album

Nov. 9
By Angela Carone
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A new musical at the La Jolla Playhouse was inspired by the music of alternative rock band The Flaming Lips. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone says" Jersey Boys" director Des McAnuff worked with the band to translate "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" to the stage.

Tijuana Soccer Team Bridges The Border

Nov. 9
Brooke Binkowski
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Tijuana's vibrant tourist scene has all but disappeared. But in its absence, the city is becoming a place for a new type of culture, and that includes the enormously popular Xolos soccer club.

School Board A Political Stepping Stone For Tuesday's Winners

Nov. 9
By Kyla Calvert
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There were plenty of school board candidates for voters to pick from on Tuesday, but they also chose former school board members for higher office.

New York Starts Gas Rationing; New Jersey To Re-evaluate

Nov. 9
Mark Memmott / NPR

Nearly two weeks after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the region, problems getting gas to stations and power outages that have left many pumps inoperable continue to plague drivers in New York City, New Jersey and some points nearby.

Boehner: 'Raising Tax Rates Is Unacceptable'

Nov. 9
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The battle lines over the "fiscal cliff" are being drawn in Washington.

What Earthquakes Can Teach Us About Elections

Nov. 9
Shankar Vedantam / NPR

In January 2010, more than a year before Mitt Romney had formally announced he was running for president, political historian Allan Lichtman predicted President Obama would be re-elected in 2012.