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Stories for November 13, 2012

San Diego Judge, O.J. Simpson Prosecutor, Dies At Age 61

Nov. 13
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Superior Court Judge George "Woody'' Clarke, who as a deputy district attorney helped prosecute O.J. Simpson and child-killer David Westerfield, died today at the age of 61.

Marti Emerald To Ask Council To Call For Overturn Of Citizens United

Nov. 13
City News Service
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A San Diego City Councilwoman is scheduled to ask her colleagues Wednesday to back a call for a federal constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizen's United campaign finance case two years ago.

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

Nov. 13
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Notoriously press and camera-shy, David Geffen reveals himself for the first time in this unflinching portrait of a complex and compelling man. His far-reaching influence — as agent and manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and billionaire philanthropist — has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. He and everyone from Yoko Ono and Cher, Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd, Stephen Spielberg and Barry Diller, David Crosby and Neil Young, Elton John and Rahm Emanuel illuminate his rich and riveting story.

California Launches 'Pay-to-Pollute' Carbon Market, But Lawsuit Threatens

Nov. 13
Kathleen Masterson, California Capitol Network

California's first cap and trade auction to reduce greenhouse gas pollution is set to take place Wednesday but it faces a new challenge.

Not Guilty Plea From Iraqi Man Accused Of Killing Wife

Nov. 13
KELLY WHEELER, 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 pleaded not guilty to a murder charge this afternoon.

CSU Board of Trustees Delays Decision On Student Fee Increase

Nov. 13
Amy Quinton, California Capitol Network

Students are celebrating the decision by the California State University Board of Trustees to postpone action on a proposal to increase fees.

Facing Cliff, Obama Tries Again For 'Grand Bargain'

Nov. 13
Mara Liasson / NPR
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Compromise is suddenly the watchword in Washington, as negotiations over taxes, spending and entitlements begin in advance of another self-imposed deadline, popularly known as the "fiscal cliff."

The Dust Bowl

Nov. 13
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Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. See vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance.

US And Mexico To Reach Water Agreement

Nov. 13
By Laurel Morales
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Five years of sensitive talks over water rights between the United States and Mexico are finally reaching a conclusion. Government leaders plan to sign an agreement at the Morelos Dam in Mexico next week.

CALTRANS Tries To Correct Notorious Traffic Bottleneck

Nov. 13
By Tom Fudge
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Lanes were added to the Nordahl Bridge in San Marcos in an effort to improve a part of Highway 78 that's famous for traffic pileups.

MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL: Dressing And Emulsions

Nov. 13
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Homemade dressings far outshine any store-bought varieties, and Martha will show you how easy it is to make your own. She starts the lesson with a delicious shallot vinaigrette prepared two ways: whisked directly in the bottom of a salad bowl and shaken in a small jar. She also makes a creamy blue cheese dressing — just the thing for drizzling onto a wedge of iceberg lettuce. And you can make your own mayonnaise, too. Follow Martha’s step-by-step instructions, then use it to prepare the most delectable BLT.

Calif. To Begin Rationing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 13
Christopher Joyce / NPR
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California begins a controversial experiment to curb climate change on Wednesday: The state will start rationing the amount of greenhouse gases companies can emit.

For The Military, A Possible Fall From Grace

Nov. 13
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Although the story so far is of a personal failing, it's possible that the widening sex scandal surrounding retired Gen. David Petraeus will begin to affect the military's reputation as a whole.

Petraeus Scandal Raises Concerns About Email Privacy

Nov. 13
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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The FBI review of sensitive email messages between former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer-mistress Paula Broadwell has been raising big questions about Big Brother.

America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated: Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov. 13
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In this episode, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the perfect Old-Fashioned Stuffed Turkey. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews hybrid chef’s knives. And finally, science expert Guy Crosby discusses the science behind stale bread.

Time Lapse Video Of USS Peleliu At Sea (Video)

Nov. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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If you've ever wondered what a week at sea looks like aboard the San Diego- based USS Peleliu, the Navy has posted a time-lapse video of the ship's flight deck as it conducts its mission in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

Legalizing And Regulating Pot: A Growth Industry

Nov. 13
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A few years ago, while working on another story, reporter Tony Dokoupil stumbled across the fact that, in the 1970s and '80s, his father, Anthony Dokoupil, had been a big-time marijuana smuggler.

Storm-Battered Food Banks Struggle To Help The Hungry

Nov. 13
Pam Fessler / NPR
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Food banks in New York and New Jersey were already hard-pressed to meet the demands of families struggling with a bad economy. Add to that a natural disaster and the upcoming holidays, and they're looking at a whole new set of challenges.

Chief Claims Slain Marine Aimed Car At Police (Video)

Nov. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The head of the Palms Springs Police Department says his officers shot and killed Twentynine Palms Marine Cpl. Allan DeVillena after he refused orders to stop his car, and instead drove his vehicle toward one of the officers. But the DeVillena family isn't buying the police version of events.

Fallbrook Retired Marine General To Head State Parks System

Nov. 13
City News Service
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A retired Marine major general who lives in Fallbrook was appointed today by Gov. Jerry Brown to take command of California's troubled state parks system.

At Life's End, A Final Home On The (Shooting) Range

Nov. 13
Stan Ingold / NPR

Many people keep cremated remains in an urn on the mantle or scatter their loved one's ashes over a sacred place.

Broadway: The American Musical: Putting It Together (1980 - Present)

Nov. 13
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In the final episode, Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefines the business of show business as "Cats," "Les Misérables," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Miss Saigon" become international blockbusters. James Lapine lures Stephen Sondheim off-Broadway to develop "Sunday in the Park With George," while Jerry Herman’s crowd-pleasing "La Cage aux Folles" has two men sing a love song to each other for the first time on Broadway. Highlights include home movies of Jonathan Larson working as a waiter before leaving his job to create "Rent," and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of "Wicked" in rehearsal and opening on Broadway.

Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Army Sgt. Matthew H. Stiltz, 26, was killed November 12 in at Zerok, Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense, when insurgents attacked his unit with 'indirect' fire.

Home Sales Jump 31 Percent Last Month In San Diego

Nov. 13
By Erik Anderson and City News Service
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The number of homes sold in San Diego County jumped by 31.3 percent in October, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices rose by 11.1 percent, a real estate information service announced today.

Chavez, Weber Talk Democrats' Supermajority In Sacramento

Nov. 13
Midday Edition
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It's the first time since 1883 Democrats have had a supermajority in California. Two newly elected San Diego assemblymembers discuss navigating this new landscape.

San Diego Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Name

Nov. 13
City News Service
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The 15-week-old giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo was named Xiao Liwu, or "Little Gift'' in English, in a ceremony today.

How An American Nun Became A Lifeline Of Hope For Prisoners In Tijuana

Nov. 13
Midday Edition
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Mother Antonia became a nun at age 50 and has called Tijuana's most notorious prison, La Mesa Penitentiary, home since 1978.

Appeals Court Hears Camp Pendleton Marine's Case

Nov. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is hearing oral arguments today in the case of ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Lawrence Hutchins III, who was convicted of murdering a man in Hamdaniya, Iraq in 2006.

How The Alternative Minimum Tax Could Slam You

Nov. 13
Marilyn Geewax / NPR

Seriously, again?

Broadway: The American Musical: Tradition (1957-1979)

Nov. 13
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In the fifth episode, "West Side Story" not only brings nontraditional subject matter to the musical stage, it ushers in a new breed of director/choreographer who insists on performers who can dance, sing and act. But by the time Jerome Robbins’ last original musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," closes after a record run of 3,242 performances in 1972, the world of Broadway has changed forever. Rock ‘n’ roll, civil rights and Vietnam usher in new talents, many trained by the retiring masters, taking musical theater in daring new directions with innovative productions like "Hair," the first Broadway musical with an entire score of rock music.

Genealogy Website Posts Military Burial Records

Nov. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Ancestry.com has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Archives to post more than 500,000 military burial records on its website.

Peters Widens Lead Over Bilbray In 52nd Congressional Race

Nov. 13
City News Service
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Port of San Diego Commissioner Scott Peters padded his lead over Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, in vote counting today in their close congressional race.

Convicted Idiot: Driver Who Passed School Bus Holds Her Sign Of Shame

Nov. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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While smoking a cigarette, texting on her cellphone and declining to talk to the reporters there to watch, Cleveland's Shena Hardin this morning served Day 1 of her 2-day court-ordered punishment for repeatedly driving up on a sidewalk to pass by a stopped school bus:

Gen. John Allen Investigated For Emails To Petraeus Friend

Nov. 13
Associated Press
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In a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus sex scandal, the Pentagon said Tuesday that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

San Diego Hospice May Have To Cut 200 Workers

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and Associated Press

The largest hospice program in San Diego County may lay off hundreds of employees to cope with financial problems because it may have violated Medicare regulations.

Local Bands Sing Of San Diego Bus Travel

Nov. 13
By Tom Fudge
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The San Diego transit agency gets some jingles about bus and trolley use from hip local bands.

Coastal Commission Considers Seismic Studies Near Nuclear Plant

Nov. 13
By Alison St John
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California Coastal Commission staff will recommend denial of a permit to study earthquake faults off the coast near California’s nuclear power plants.

UC San Diego Engineers Try To Redesign Heart Pump

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg
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Mechanical engineers at UC San Diego are trying to come up with a better designed heart pump.

Petraeus Affair Widens: Who's Who & What's What? Here's A Guide

Nov. 13
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The sordid story surrounding the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus continues to grow. This morning there's word that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for "inappropriate communications" with the woman who kicked off the chain of events that led to the uncovering of the extramarital affair Petraeus was having (with a different woman) and his resignation.

Fiscal Cliff Would Only Dent The Deficit

Nov. 13
Tamara Keith / NPR
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Virtually everyone agrees that allowing the nation to fall off the fiscal cliff would be a bad thing.

Beach Towns Mourn Sandy-Ravaged Boardwalks

Nov. 13
Jim Zarroli / NPR
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Hurricane Sandy left a long trail of destruction across the New Jersey shoreline. And it did a lot more than just flood houses.

In Chicago, Violence Soars And Witnesses Go Silent

Nov. 13
David Schaper / NPR

It's an old problem and an old code -- "don't snitch." And it exists everywhere.

Across Pa., Abandoned Wells Litter The Land

Nov. 13
Scott Detrow / NPR
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In February 1932, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt was plotting a run for the White House. And in northeast Pennsylvania, the Morris Run Coal Co. had just finished drilling a 5,385-foot-deep gas well on a farm owned by Mr. W.J. Butters.

The FBI's Role In The Petraeus Investigation

Nov. 13
Carrie Johnson / NPR
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In Washington scandals, the question is usually what the White House knew.