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Stories for November 30, 2012

July 4th Fireworks Bring $10.6 Million To San Diego, Report Says

Nov. 30
City News Service
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The annual July 4 fireworks show above San Diego Bay generates $10.6 million for San Diego's economy, according to a report released today.

House Votes In Skilled Immigrant Bill

Nov. 30
By Michel Marizco

The U.S. House passed a bill Friday that would grant legal permanent residence to as many as 55,000 non-citizens who graduate with advanced degrees from U.S. universities.

Face Of HIV In California Is Among Young People Of Color

Nov. 30
Pauline Bartolone, California Capitol Network

As we mark World AIDS Day on Saturday, California health officials say more than 110,000 people in the state are living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

San Diego Hospice Lays Off Staff, Cuts Services

Nov. 30
By Kenny Goldberg

Financial pressures have forced San Diego's oldest and largest hospice to cut staff and services.

Tucson Schools Trying To Desegregrate

Nov. 30
By Michel Marizco

The Tucson Unified School District has started hearing plans for how it is going to desegregate its schools and open equal opportunities for its Latino and African-American students.

After Sandy Outages, A Tale Of Two Utilities

Nov. 30
Joel Rose / NPR

While thousands of people on the East Coast waited weeks for big utility companies to turn the lights back on after Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore, the residents of Madison, N.J., had power just days after the storm. This leafy New York City suburb operates its own municipal utility -- and now some neighboring towns are asking whether they should, too.

Mexico's New President Takes Office Saturday

Nov. 30
By David Martin Davies
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On Saturday a new president takes power in Mexico -- Enrique Peña Nieto. He inherits a nation that is suffering from a long-running conflict against nacro-traffickers and an economy that has improved but is still anemic.

Immigrants Key To Looming Health Aide Shortage

Nov. 30
Marisa Peñaloza / NPR
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In the shadow of the Capitol on a recent sunny morning, about 50 home care workers from around the country gather to lobby their legislators for basic labor rights. Most are native-born Americans, but about a quarter are documented immigrants from Africa, Latin America, India and the Caribbean.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Greatest Gifts

Nov. 30
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A Louis Comfort Tiffany necklace from a husband or a Fender bass guitar as a birthday present — these memorable gifts turned out to be valuable and interesting items. “Greatest Gifts,” filled with appraisals featuring items that guests received as presents, will have you writing your own holiday wish list.

Slight Increase In San Diego Economic Indicators Seen Last Month

Nov. 30
City News Service

The University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate today released its Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego, which showed a 0.3 percent increase for October.

Review: 'Dragon (Wu Xia)'

Nov. 30
By Beth Accomando
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This weekend, you can catch martial arts star Donnie Yen in "Dragon" (opening November 30 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters). The film mixes genres to good effect.

Kerry: In The Shadow Of Rice's Firestorm

Nov. 30
Scott Neuman / NPR

President Obama has yet to make known his choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but plenty of Republicans have made theirs: John Kerry.

Heirloom Meals Christmas

Nov. 30
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Hosted by culinary artist and public-radio personality Carole Murko, "Heirloom Meals Christmas" celebrates the holiday season by delving into America's rich and diverse culinary history and honoring tried-and-true recipes and dining traditions. She contrasts the Mexican-American tradition of making tamales on Christmas Eve with the old-world Austrian-American custom of preparing a Christmas goose. Other unique recipes include a sweet potato cake, holiday-themed lollipops and a closely guarded family eggnog.

Gloria Likely To Be Next San Diego City Council President

Nov. 30
By Katie Orr
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It looks like Democrat Todd Gloria will become the next San Diego City Council president. The official vote will take place Monday, but today, current Council President Tony Young told KPBS he would be supporting Gloria for the position.

Roundtable: Military Suicide, Women In Combat, Dogs & PTSD, City Hall Transitions

Nov. 30
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Military issues front-and-center this week include women in combat, punishment for attempted suicide, and retraining combat dogs with PTSD. Transition issues in City Hall involve new staff, new council members and lack of space.

Homeless Veteran Reunites With Dog Missing Two Months (Video)

Nov. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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Homeless U.S. Army veteran Rusty Reed lost his best friend in the world this summer, when his dog Timber ran away during a camping trip in Utah. Through the power of the internet, and the devotion of friends, Rusty and Timber were recently united.

Possible Tampering Found At San Onofre

Nov. 30
Associated Press
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Someone may have tampered with an emergency generator at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but there was no danger because both reactors at the California coastal facility are shut down.

Suit Challenges Arizona Drivers' License Ban For Young Immigrants

Nov. 30
By Jude Joffe-Block
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The plaintiffs in the class action say Arizona's policy is unconstitutional and preempts federal immigration law, since the federal goverment has authorized young immigrants to be in the country .

Second California Inmate To Be Released Under Revision To Three Strikes Law

Nov. 30
Erin Siegal
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Under California's newly reformed three strikes law, thousands of inmates serving 25 years-to-life sentences for non-violent crimes are eligible for re-sentencing.

Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

Nov. 30
Scott Pham / NPR
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Twinkie hoarders, artists, and Ding Dong enthusiasts weren't the only consumers affected when Hostess started shutting down plants across America just a few weeks ago. At Booches Billiard Hall, a popular restaurant and pool hall in Columbia, Mo., it was the patrons seeking the joint's famous hamburgers that were left on the line.

First Nonviolent Offender Released Under Proposition 36 Thanks Lawyers

Nov. 30
City News Service

The first nonviolent offender released under Proposition 36 is scheduled to pay a visit today to the California Western School of Law to thank lawyers and the school's staff for their help with his release.

Watch USS Enterprise Deactivation Ceremony Live (Video)

Nov. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The Navy will officially retire the USS Enterprise tomorrow after fifty years of service. The deactivation ceremony will take place in Norfolk, Virginia - and we have a link where you can watch it live. By the way, William Shatner will not be attending the ceremony, as was originally reported by a Virginia newspaper.

At Least One Powerball Winner To Be ID'd Today

Nov. 30
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There's a noon ET news conference in Dearborn, Mo., at which Missouri Lottery officials are expected to announce who bought one of the two big winning tickets in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing.

Woman Finds 80-Year-Old Military Jacket On Post-Sandy Beach

Nov. 30
Michael Felberbaum/ Associated Press
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During a beach cleanup after Superstorm Sandy, Donna Gugger stumbled across an 80-year-old tunic owned by a 1933 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a World War II hero described in his West Point yearbook as a soldier with a "heart like a stormy sea."

On San Diego Stages This Holiday Season

Nov. 30
By Angela Carone
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It’s that time of year when an Ebenezer Scrooge is likely to be found on a stage somewhere near you. But it’s not just old standbys like "A Christmas Carol." In a diverse theater community like San Diego’s, you can also see fresh new plays by up-and-coming playwrights.

Train Derails Near Philadelphia, Some Chemicals Reportedly Spilled

Nov. 30
Mark Memmott / NPR

There's a developing story this morning from Paulsboro, N.J., south and across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, where several railroad tank cars have derailed and fallen into a creek after a bridge collapse.

Oceanside Couple Held For Allegedly Enslaving Girl

Nov. 30
Associated Press

Authorities have arrested an Oceanside couple on suspicion of enslaving a 12-year-old Mexican girl who was lured to the U.S. with the promise of a better life.

Scattered Showers, High Surf Move Into San Diego

Nov. 30
City News Service

A storm over the Northeast Pacific Ocean brought scattered showers to parts of San Diego County today, high surf along the beaches and dense fog in the mountains.

Pvt. Bradley Manning To Be Questioned By Prosecutors In WikiLeaks Case

Nov. 30
David Dishneau/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Military prosecutors planned to go face-to-face for the first time Friday with an Army private charged with sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

State Forces San Diego Schools To Shift Money Around To Pay Bills

Nov. 30
By Kevin Crowe
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In California, school districts borrow from one account to pay back another while they wait for payments the state is obligated to provide.

Review: 'Hitchcock'

Nov. 30
By Nathan John
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Mr. Hitchcock's infamous silhouette graces the silver screen once again, and reveals the personal side of cinema's master of suspense. (Opens in San Diego November 30.) Guest critic Nathan John has a review.

Federal 'Compassionate' Prison Release Rarely Given

Nov. 30
Carrie Johnson / NPR

Back in 1984, Congress gave authorities the power to let people out of federal prison early, in extraordinary circumstances, like if inmates were gravely ill or dying. But a new report says the Federal Bureau of Prisons blocks all but a few inmates from taking advantage of "compassionate release."

How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options

Nov. 30
NPR

"No substantive progress has been made." That's what House Speaker John Boehner had to say Thursday about efforts to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases at year's end.

Native Americans To Soon Receive Settlement Checks

Nov. 30
Charles Michael Ray / NPR

Federal officials are working to send out $1,000 checks in the next few weeks to hundreds of thousands of Native Americans. The money stems from a settlement of the Cobell case, a landmark $3.4 billion settlement over mismanagement of federal lands held in trust for Native American people.