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Stories for November 20, 2012

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Former Union-Tribune Publisher David Copley Dies

Nov. 20
By Mark Sauer

The former owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune. David C. Copley, died Tuesday evening following a car crash in La Jolla.

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Filner Makes Transition From Congress To San Diego City Hall

Nov. 20
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

Mayor-elect Bob Filner has a busy few weeks ahead. He is still serving in Congress while preparing to lead San Diego.

California Lawmakers To Tweak New Rules Governing Insurance Exchange

Nov. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The rules governing insurance exchanges, including what benefits health plans must cover, have just been released by the federal government.

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SeaWorld Buys Knott's Soak City In Chula Vista

Nov. 20
City News Service

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has purchased Knott's Soak City in Chula Vista and plans to transform it into an "Aquatica,'' the company announced today.

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US And Mexico Make Water History

Nov. 20
By Laurel Morales

U.S. and Mexican commissioners have signed an amendment to a 1944 treaty, which allocates water from the Colorado River to Mexico.

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Boundless Potential With Mark Walton

Nov. 20

What should the generation entering their late 40s, 50s and 60s do with the second half of their lives? Peabody Award-winning former CNN senior correspondent and anchor Mark Walton offers an exciting blueprint showing ways to transform thinking, leverage full potential, explore and re-invent work and futures. He provides practical advice, clear direction and real-world inspiration based on his half-dozen years of research into remarkably re-inventive men and women, as well as the latest breakthroughs in brain science, psychology, human performance, creativity and happiness.

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Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight

Nov. 20
Marie Cusick / NPR

Three years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.

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Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Impartiality

Nov. 20
Marie Cusick / NPR

Three years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.

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Forensic Crime Lab Scandals May Be Due To Oversight

Nov. 20
Marie Cusick / NPR

Three years ago, a report from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.

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Motown: Big Hits And More (My Music)

Nov. 20

This program of original Motown classics from 1958 to 1968 features many first-time extended stereo mixes of Motown’s biggest hits, B-sides, album cuts and radio classics from the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas and more. The MY MUSIC team spent the last year in the Motown vaults assembling this special, which features the biggest and best moments from past PBS Motown specials, enhanced and extended with additional footage and archival gems.

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Obama Campaign Machine May Be Turned Loose On Fiscal Cliff Climbing Congress

Nov. 20
Frank James / NPR

The 2012 general election may be slipping into the past, but elements of President Obama's successful campaign aren't likely to go away anytime soon.

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The Tenors: Lead With Your Heart

Nov. 20

The Tenors — Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray, Remigio Pereira and Fraser Walters — have inspired millions of music lovers with their rich harmonies, addictive charm and powerful songs. This dazzling new concert takes place in the breathtaking 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, where The Tenors perform music from their newly released sophomore album "Lead With Your Heart."

Thousands Of Trees Gone, Ripped Out By Sandy

Nov. 20
Margot Adler / NPR

New York City lost almost 10,000 trees from the winds of Superstorm Sandy and the Nor'easter that followed. That's far more than any other storm in the city in which tree damage was recorded.

Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents

Nov. 20
Kathy Lohr / NPR

Some Mississippi parents are learning a new routine when they drop their kids off at day care centers that are taking part in a new pilot program aimed at combating fraud and saving the state money.

There's Oil On Them Thar Campuses!

Nov. 20
Erika Celeste / NPR

Imagine going to college and finding an oil rig on campus. That's becoming increasingly likely as oil and gas companies use a controversial technique commonly referred to as fracking to extract resources from land underneath campuses across the country.

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PCU Anchorage Set To Arrive In San Diego On Wednesday

Nov. 20
By Beth Ford Roth

PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) Anchorage is slated to arrive in her new home port of Naval Base San Diego on Wednesday. The PCU Anchorage is the Navy's newest amphibious ship.

Tough Turkey: People Have A Harder Time Getting Pardons Under Obama

Nov. 20
Ari Shapiro / NPR

Presidential pardons usually take the world by surprise. There's no advance notice -- the White House just sends out an announcement with the names of those receiving clemency. Thanksgiving is one lighthearted exception.

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Local Businesses Honored For Encouraging Non-Car Commuting

Nov. 20
City News Service

A half-dozen area companies were honored by the San Diego Association of Governments today for encouraging employees to use alternative forms of transportation for their commutes between work and home.

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CSU San Marcos Named A Top School For Veterans

Nov. 20
By Beth Ford Roth

The Military Times Edge has named California State University San Marcos the top public university in California for veterans.

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Home For The Holidays - Handling Family Dynamics

Nov. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh

Family gatherings can be warm and fuzzy or bring up old resentments and unresolved issues. A family therapist discusses navigating family dynamics throughout the year.

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San Diego Independent Budget Analyst Predicts City Deficits

Nov. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, City News Service, Peggy Pico, Claire Trageser

A report released by San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst finds quite a few uncertainties projecting a deficit of up to $84 million.

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Why Moms And Cops Are Uniting To End The Drug War

Nov. 20
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

This Thanksgiving, Moms United wants to bring attention to the family devastation caused by the drug war with photographs of empty chairs at the holiday table.

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Most Americans Still View Mexico Negatively

Nov. 20
By John Rosman

Among the growing influence of Latinos on American culture and politics, a new survey finds that most Americans still view Mexico negatively.

Time Again To Talk Turkey, And Why Frying Can Be Fatal

Nov. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

We want everyone to be back with us after the Thanksgiving holiday, so it feels like we should revisit the dangers of turkey frying.

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Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Marine Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, 23, was killed in Afghanistan on November 18. Means died while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province.

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Doo Wop Discoveries (My Music)

Nov. 20

This special brings back pivotal R&B and pop vocal groups of the late 50s and 60s through never-before-broadcast archival and new live performances of their most loved hits. Pop music icons Smokey Robinson, Mike Stoller (of the writing team Lieber & Stoller), producers Mitch and Phil Margo of the Tokens, Aaron Neville, Neil Sedaka and more share their favorite doo wop styles and songs of the genre.

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VIDEO: Clown, Cop Trade Punches

Nov. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

We need a break from the day's incredibly serious news. Maybe you do too. If so, check the story from Milwaukee about a guy in a clown suit who was running in and out of traffic -- and the fistfight/wrestling match he got into with a police officer.

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Three U.S. Navy Ships, Marines Headed To Waters Off Israel

Nov. 20
By Beth Ford Roth

Three U.S. Navy ships are headed to the waters off Israel, along with the 2,300 Marines on board. The USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York, and the USS Gunston Hall were slated to return home to Norfolk, Virginia next week before being redirected by the Navy.

FBI: 4 Calif. Men Charged In Alleged Terror Plot

Nov. 20
Associated Press

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

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Former Sen. Warren Rudman Dies

Nov. 20
Mark Memmott / NPR

Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman has died. His name will always be linked to a 1980s-era effort to tame the federal budget deficit and to a pre-Sept. 11 warning about the nation's security. And he will be remembered as a "moderate" Republican who could work across party lines.

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Obama Sends Clinton To Mideast Amid Gaza Crisis

Nov. 20
Associated Press

President Barack Obama is sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East in hopes that she can help mediate an end to bloody conflict in the region.

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Coronado-Based Author Wins Literary Award

Nov. 20
By Angela Carone

The author of "Seating Arrangements" has won a prestigious literary award for writers under 30. It's her debut novel.

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San Diego Company Offers Solution To Most Common Surgical Mistake

Nov. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

A company with a research arm in San Diego has come up with a high-tech solution to the medical error of leaving a sponge inside a patient after surgery.

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Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?

Nov. 20
Carrie Johnson / NPR

The Justice Department has a big decision to make.