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Stories for November 1, 2012

Legal Fight Continues in Arizona Group’s Contributions To California Initiatives

Nov. 1
By Jude Joffe-Block
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A judge ordered a mysterious Arizona nonprofit to turn over records about its donors after the group gave $11 million to two California ballot initiatives.

Governor Brown's Dog To Visit San Diego, Promote Prop 30

Nov. 1
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With polls showing voter sentiment over state Proposition 30 to be very close, Gov. Jerry Brown will put the fate of his proposed tax increases into the hands -- well, paws -- of a special campaigner in San Diego tomorrow.

Belly Up Announces 'Live at the Belly Up' TV Show

Nov. 1
By KPBS
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San Diego County’s premier live music venue, The Belly Up in Solana Beach, is proud to announce a series of shows in November that will be filmed in conjunction with KPBS and San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film, set to air on KPBS in starting January 4, 2013.

Election 2012: What's At Stake

Nov. 1
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This special focuses on the most important issues at stake in the 2012 election. It is a collaboration between NEED TO KNOW, PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE and WASHINGTON WEEK. The program will be anchored by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NEWSHOUR, with reporting from Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeff Greenfield, Maria Hinojosa, Ray Suarez and Christina Bellantoni.

Manhattan Businesses Struggle Without Power

Nov. 1
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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Lower Manhattan continues to slog through another day without electricity, and it's taking a toll on businesses that have been shuttered since the storm hit. No electricity means no lights, no credit card machines, no heating and no refrigerators to keep food fresh, so local shops and restaurants are waiting desperately for the power to turn back on.

Briana Bilbray Ad About Cancer Research Raises Contradictions

Nov. 1
By Alison St John
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An ad featuring Congressman Brian Bilbray’s daughter has introduced a very personal note to the tight race between Bilbray and Scott Peters for the 52nd congressional seat. But the ad reveals contradictions in Bilbray’s position on health care.

In Key Senate Races, Outside Groups Outpace Candidates' Ad Spending

Nov. 1
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Most of the attention heading into Election Day may be on the presidential race, but the stakes are also high in the battle for the U.S. Senate, where there are close contests in about a dozen states.

Lightner Lashes Out Against Ellis Campaign's Claims

Nov. 1
By Katie Orr and City News Service
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The Democrats on the San Diego City Council came out strongly today in defense of Councilwoman Sherri Lightner. Lightner is running for re-election and the race is getting heated.

Reverse Angle Parking Spots Could Come To San Diego

Nov. 1
Michael Chen, CHANNEL 10 NEWS
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Drivers looking for a parking space in one part of the city of San Diego may have to develop some new parking skills.

Latino Voter Registration Surges Before Election

Nov. 1
By Adrian Florido
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About 40 percent of new voters registered in San Diego County since February have been Latino, according registrar statistics.

Manhattan Businesses Struggle Until Power Returns

Nov. 1
Ailsa Chang / NPR
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Lower Manhattan continues to slog through another day without electricity, and it's taking a toll on businesses that have been shuttered since the storm hit. No electricity means no lights, no credit card machines, no heating, and no refrigerators to keep food fresh, so local shops and restaurants are waiting desperately for the power to turn back on.

Fallen Murrieta Soldier To Return Home Friday

Nov. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The body of Army Sgt. Clinton Ruiz, who was killed in Afghanistan October 25 in a suspected insider attack, will return to Murrieta on Friday. Friends and family will be able to pay their respects along the procession, which will begin at Camp Pendleton.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: The Shins/Dr. Dog

Nov. 1
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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. In this episode, ACL presents alternative rock with The Shins and Dr. Dog. The Shins play songs from their latest record "Port of Morrow," while Dr. Dog highlights "Be the Void."

Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

Nov. 1
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Amid the devastation caused by Sandy, there are signs the superstorm might have blown a fresh breeze into the nation's politics. Suddenly, everyone's talking about something that seemed impossible just days before -- bipartisanship.

In Flooded New Jersey, No Oversight For Levees

Nov. 1
Joe Palca / NPR
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Residents of Moonachie and Little Ferry, N.J., are beginning to clear the damage after their communities were inundated by floodwaters. The flooding occurred when a system of levees and berms was unable to control the storm surge pushed ashore by Superstorm Sandy.

In Sandy's Wake, New Yorkers Don't Sweat Small Stuff

Nov. 1
Margot Adler / NPR
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NPR's Margot Adler is covering the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York.

Time Lapse Video Of USS Enterprise's Final Port Visit (Video)

Nov. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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After more than 50 years of service, the nation's oldest warship has just wrapped up its final deployment. The U.S. Navy put together a time-lapse video (complete with jazzy music) of the USS Enterprise pulling into Naval Station Mayport, Florida during her final port visit as a tribute to the Big E.

Early Voting On Saturday Available For San Diego County

Nov. 1
By Claire Trageser
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San Diegans can vote on Saturday ahead of the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.

Katt Williams, Other Lives, And A Special Screening

Nov. 1
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Comedy, Music, and an Artful Dia de los Muertos

SDG&E Sends 40 Employees East To Repair Hurricane Damage

Nov. 1
City News Service
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About 40 San Diego Gas & Electric employees were sent today to storm-stricken New York today, according to the utility.

University Of Alabama Names First Woman President

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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For the first time in the school's 181-year history, the University of Alabama has named a woman to be its permanent president.

Sandy's Damage Under The Sea, Through The Eyes Of Oyster Farmers

Nov. 1
Jeff Cohen / NPR
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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy wrapped up a post Hurricane Sandy news briefing earlier this week by talking about sewage discharges into Long Island Sound. "Suffice to say in the immediate time being, no one should eat the clams or oysters," he said.

Review: 'The Sessions'

Nov. 1
By Nathan John
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Iron lung-bound writer, Mark O'Brien, rediscovers and redefines his sexuality in a film based on his true story, "The Sessions" (opens November 2 in select San Diego theaters). Warning: This review contains explicit language.

Republicans Work To Win Over More Latinos In Las Vegas

Nov. 1
By Veronica Zaragovia
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Republicans are working hard to court Latinos in Nevada, one of the most critical states in the upcoming presidential election. Currently, President Barack Obama holds a lead in the state.

Obama Returns To The Campaign Trail Post-Sandy

Nov. 1
Frank James / NPR
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Just five days before Election Day, President Obama returned to the campaign trail after spending several days preoccupied with overseeing the federal response to the devastation in the Northeast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

San Diego Political Campaigns Switch To Emotion-Driven Ads

Nov. 1
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In the final weeks before the election, some campaign ads in San Diego have turned emotional.

State Superintendent Visits Patrick Henry High, Touts Prop 30

Nov. 1
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California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is on a statewide "Strong Schools for a Strong Economy" tour in part to promote Prop. 30.

Military Dating Website Poll Shows Single Servicemen Back Romney

Nov. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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MilitarySingles.com bills itself as the place "where the ultimate patriot goes to date." The dating website conducted a poll of its members to find out where they were leaning in the presidential election. Survey says? Most military men back Mitt Romney, with most women supporting President Obama.

Pay Phones Are Suddenly Important Again Because Of Sandy

Nov. 1
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"After Sandy, Wired New Yorkers Get Reconnected With Pay Phones: Coin-Eating Retro Devices Baffle Some, Frustrate Many; Moment Merits a Tweet."

Why The White House Glass Ceiling Remains Solid

Nov. 1
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Will the United States ever elect a woman president?

Military Plays Major Role In Sandy Response (Video)

Nov. 1
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Department of Defense is using its military planes to send power restoration experts from California to the East Coast to help those still in the dark after superstorm Sandy.

Latest Figures On Deaths, Power Outages Related To Sandy

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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NPR's librarians are helping us keep track of two sobering statistics about Superstorm Sandy:

The GOP Has Its Eyes On Another Election Day Prize: Arkansas

Nov. 1
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Arkansas voters are about to make history, one way or another.

In Bilbray-Peters Race, Immigrant Activists Try Making Their Mark

Nov. 1
By Adrian Florido
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The race for the 52nd Congressional District is among more than a dozen that immigrant rights activists are focusing on nationwide.

Day Of The Dead, Decoded: A Joyful Celebration Of Life And Food

Nov. 1
Karen Castillo Farfán / NPR
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Sugar skulls, tamales, and a spirit's favorite spirits -- These are things you might find on the altar in cemeteries all over Mexico and nearby places where families go to picnic and celebrate the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, on Nov. 1 and 2.

Air Force Academy Brawl Injures 27 Cadets

Nov. 1
Associated Press
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The Air Force Academy said 27 cadets were injured in a brawl during an unofficial ritual marking the first snowfall of the season.

Gov. Brown's Tax Initiative Slips Below Majority

Nov. 1
Associated Press
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California's undecided voters will determine the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative as the latest public opinion survey shows support slipping below the majority needed for passage.

Clearing Unintended Waste From San Diego's Only Landfill

Nov. 1
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego is conducting its first Waste Composition Study in 12 years to see what is being recycled and what is being thrown away.

Blue Shield of California Refunds $50 Million To Consumers

Nov. 1
By Kenny Goldberg
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Blue Shield of California says it will refund $50 million to consumers before the end of December.

New City Hall On Manchester's Waterfront Could Gain Traction

Nov. 1
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With a new administration and a brighter financial picture, the prospect of moving San Diego city hall to the Navy Broadway complex could be an option.

Slowly, Surely New York And New Jersey Start To Recover From Sandy

Nov. 1
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Life is no where near back to normal in New Jersey, New York City and surrounding areas that were punched hard by Superstorm Sandy, and it won't be for days if not weeks.