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Stories for November 22, 2012

Remembering A Father And Connecting Generations

Nov. 22
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David Knell was born on Nov. 23, 1916, in Youngstown, Ohio, the second son of immigrant families from Russia. Back then, Albert Einstein had just formulated his theory of relativity, the 40-hour workweek had just been created, and the hamburger had recently been invented.

Sandy Victims Get Bird's-Eye View Of Homelessness

Nov. 22
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It's been almost a month since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Northeast, and for many people, it means the first Thanksgiving outside of their destroyed homes or without the friends or family they usually visit.

100-Vehicle Pileup In Southeast Texas Kills 2, Injures Dozens

Nov. 22
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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At least two people are dead and dozens injured in a 100-vehicle pileup on Interstate 10 in southeast Texas that's being blamed on early morning fog on Thanksgiving Day.

'Erin Brockovich' Town Faces New Threat

Nov. 22
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Hinkley, Calif., is the small town that battled toxic groundwater and inspired the 2000 film Erin Brockovich. Now residents say they are experiencing a sequel to their story.

'Erin Brockovitch' Town Faces New Threat

Nov. 22
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Hinkley, Calif., is the small town that battled toxic groundwater and inspired the 2000 film Erin Brockovich. Now residents say they are experiencing a sequel to their story.

Table For One, Please. A Solo Thanksgiving

Nov. 22
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This is America, where Thanksgiving is portrayed in popular culture as a time for gatherings of loving families and friends, holding hands while saying grace over a roast turkey, passing casseroles and footballs, reminiscing about the past and dreaming of the future.

Border Patrol Successes Questioned

Nov. 22
By Michel Marizco
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The Homeland Security Department has said its beefed up enforcement at the Mexican border has led to fewer illegal crossings. But a new study is questioning that.

Volunteers Prepare Meal For Hundreds Of San Diego Homeless People Downtown

Nov. 22
By Dwane Brown
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Just Call Us Volunteers have been preparing and serving meals for San Diego's downtown homeless since 2005.

Income Gap Rises In The Southwest

Nov. 22
By Nick Blumberg
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A recent study finds income inequality has risen drastically in the United States since the 1970s. Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas have among the widest gaps between rich and poor.

State Parks Director Optimistic About His New Job

Nov. 22
By Deb Welsh
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Marine Corps Major General Anthony Jackson didn't need the job as Director of California State Parks, but he took it anyway.

Ingredients For A Homestyle Thanksgiving, 200 Miles Above The Earth

Nov. 22
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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For Thanksgiving, NASA's space food experts always try to make sure astronauts get to enjoy traditional holiday fare, even if its not exactly home cooking. And being so far from home, astronauts can get pretty attached to their comfort foods.

Before The Showdown: The Long Road To The Fiscal Cliff

Nov. 22
David Welna / NPR
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New Year's Day typically inspires hope and new beginnings. But this next one may be cause for trepidation. Tax cuts for all income levels expire on Jan. 1, 2013, and most federal programs will face a 10 percent haircut -- because Congress failed to agree on a deficit-reduction plan.

On Thanksgiving, Stores Serve Up A Side Of Shopping

Nov. 22
Sonari Glinton / NPR
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Gray Thursday may become the new Black Friday. Many big retailers have moved up the beginning of their shopping season, traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving, to Thursday evening.