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Stories for November 18, 2013

How A Quadriplegic Man Of San Diego And Sweden Views The World

Nov. 18
By Nathan John
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David Thulin, a dual citizen of Sweden and the United States, flies across the world to capture architectural beauty as he sees it -- from a wheelchair. This is his story.

Somalis Receive Federal Prison Terms For Sending Money To Al-Shabab From San Diego

Nov. 18
By Amita Sharma
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The Somali immigrants were convicted earlier this year of sending money to al-Shabab, an extremist Islamist group seeking the overthrow of Somali's weak government.

Political Rookie Pulls Off Surprise Win In Louisiana

Nov. 18
Adam Wollner / NPR
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Republicans are still trying to make sense of Saturday's election results in Louisiana.

College Students Help 'Rock Hunger' With Large Donation To San Diego Food Bank

Nov. 18
By Dwane Brown

CSU San Marcos, UC San Diego and SDSU students teamed up with the Hard Rock Hotel to gather money and nearly 245,000 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank as part of the "Colleges Rock Hunger" food drive.

Delta Announces Daily Nonstop Flight From San Diego And Seattle

Nov. 18
By City News Service

Delta Air Lines announced Monday it will start a daily nonstop commuter flight between San Diego and Seattle beginning next June.

Two Teens Arrested For Months-Long Graffiti Spree In Vista

Nov. 18
By City News Service

Two teenagers were jailed Monday on suspicion of being responsible for more than 900 graffiti crimes that have plagued the city of Vista. Combined, costs related to the vandalism totaled about $275,000.

California Educators, Employers Look to Boost "STEM" Programs

Nov. 18
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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California’s education community is focusing on science and math courses this week. It’s looking at how to expand “STEM” programs in California schools. “STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

Nov. 18
Martin Kaste / NPR
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America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be.

Details Emerge About Colorado Mine Accident And Safety Record

Nov. 18
Howard Berkes / NPR

One of the men killed at the Revenue-Virginius mine in Ouray, Colo., on Sunday was trying to find the other miner who died.

Study: California Child Care Cuts Are Impacting Low-Income Parents

Nov. 18
Max Pringle / Capital Public Radio

The California Budget Project has released a report detailing the effects of cuts to state child care and early education programs. The report says the state has cut child care and preschool services nearly 40 percent in the past six years.

Retiring Lawmaker: Sacramento's Partisanship Too Frustrating to Serve

Nov. 18
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio
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A veteran California Republican is resigning from the state Legislature at the end of the month. Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Hemet) says he’s frustrated with the partisanship at the Capitol and no longer has the energy for the job.

NOVA: At The Edge Of Space

Nov. 18
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Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.

In California, Legislative Caucuses Wield Influence

Nov. 18
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

In California politics, the balance of power is often discussed in terms of the Republican and Democratic parties. But there are other groups that wield influence as well.

FRONTLINE: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?

Nov. 18
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FRONTLINE marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a two-hour reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century. At the heart of the assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald: Was he the emotionally disturbed lone gunman of the 1964 Warren Commission report? Was he, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, probably part of a conspiracy on that day in Dallas? Or was he an unwitting fall guy, the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed when he was arrested on Nov. 22, 1963?

San Diego-Based USS Freedom Heading To Philippines For Typhoon Aid

Nov. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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The USS Freedom - homeport San Diego - is one of three ships heading to the Philippines to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of Tyhpoon Haiyan. The amphibious ships will replace the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, as their smaller size makes them more useful in providing disaster relief.

How Would Your City Handle A Mayor Like Rob Ford?

Nov. 18
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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If an American city had a mayor as embarrassing as Rob Ford of Toronto, whose problems with drugs and alcohol have caused an international sensation, it could get rid of him.

Five-Year Plan To Address San Diego's Crumbling Infrastructure Gets Green Light

Nov. 18
City News Service

Public Works Department got unanimous go-ahead from the City Council Monday to develop a five-year plan to address San Diego's crumbling roads and facilities

'Why We Left' Explores Reasons Behind Early English Immigration

Nov. 18
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SDSU professor and author Joanna Brooks says some of what you thought you knew about America's first European immigrants — is not necessarily so.

SANDAG: San Diego County Arrests Have Decreased Along With Public Safety Spending

Nov. 18
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A new SANDAG study finds that as public safety budgets decrease, the number of arrests in the county have dropped as well.

San Diego Mayoral Special Election Look Ahead

Nov. 18
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City of San Diego residents can hand in their ballots or go to the polls tomorrow in a special election to fill the term of former Mayor Bob Filner. We look at the latest polling and election turnout predictions.

CRAFT IN AMERICA: Forge

Nov. 18
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“Forge” profiles exceptional artists who are working in what may be the only tangible example of “alchemy” we have — the forging of metal magically transformed by fire.

Hoops, He Did It Again: Player Has Second 100-Point Game

Nov. 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The Grinnell College basketball player, who set an NCAA record a year ago when he scored 138 points in one game, poured in 109 Sunday night during his team's 173-123 win over Crossroads College of Rochester, Minn.

Gay Marriage Remarks Spark Cheney Family Feud

Nov. 18
Adam Wollner / NPR
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A family feud between Liz and Mary Cheney, the daughters of former Vice President Dick Cheney, played out in awkward fashion Sunday.

Toxic Waste Seems To Naturally Vanish In California

Nov. 18
Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency has suspended planned cleanup efforts at a Southern California site where industrial waste on the ocean floor appears to be vanishing naturally.

Drone Hits San Diego-Based Navy Ship, Two Sailors Injured (Video)

Nov. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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A drone launched from Point Magu malfunctioned and hit the USS Chancellorsville off the coast of Ventura County Saturday night, sparking a small fire and injuring two sailors. The Chancellorsville is now back at Naval Base San Diego for damage assessment.

Study: Suicide Risk Up For Military Kids In Families With Multiple Deployments

Nov. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Teenagers in military families whose relatives have been deployed to war zones multiple times have a higher risk of suicide, according to a new study from the University of Southern California.

'Prison Is A Mental Challenge' Hill Harper On His New Book

Nov. 18
Tell Me More Staff / NPR
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He's best known for starring in hit TV shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but actor Hill Harper's most significant role may be off the screen.

Remittances Sent To Latin America Recover From Recession

Nov. 18
Kate Sheehy

The United States is the largest source of remittances to Latin America. The recession greatly slowed money being sent to home countries by migrants.

Chula Vista Students Raise $18,000 For Gun Violence Documentary

Nov. 18
By Kyla Calvert
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High school students in Chula Vista have raised more than $18,000 to fund a documentary that asks, what can be done to curb gun violence?

What's Going To Happen To San Onofre's Nuclear Waste?

Nov. 18
By David Wagner
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At a meeting on Monday, San Diegans will have their chance to talk about the reality that waste will be staying at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Stations for decades—and possibly centuries.

Green Beret Killed In Afghanistan

Nov. 18
By Beth Ford Roth
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Green Beret and Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Vazquez, 28, died Nov. 13 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Vazquez suffered his fatal wounds when the enemy attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, while he was on dismounted patrol in Panjwai, Afghanistan.

What Happens If The San Diego Mayoral Election Leaves A Council Vacancy?

Nov. 18
By Claire Trageser
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Two of the major candidates facing off in the San Diego special mayoral race are city councilmen. What happens if one of them wins?

Second Opinion: Which Mental Health Services Have To Be Covered Under Obamacare?

Nov. 18
By Megan Burks
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Insurance providers must cover mental health services, but which ones and how well?

More Blame Congress Than Obama For Park Woes During Shutdown

Nov. 18
Howard Berkes / NPR
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It may seem like a distant memory, but the images are indelible: grizzled veterans tearing down barricades at the National World War II Memorial; armed rangers blocking national park entrance roads with massive signs and government SUVs; and county officials in Utah plotting to storm and takeover five national park areas.

Death Toll At 6 After Storms Explode Over Illinois

Nov. 18
Mark Memmott / NPR
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The extent of the destruction across southern and central Illinois is becoming clearer as searchers comb through the rubble of homes and businesses that were in the path of tornadoes and severe weather that ripped through the region.

Monday Political Mix: Bitcoin In Congress' Spotlight

Nov. 18
Frank James / NPR

This week contains major anniversaries of events that involved the first and last presidents killed in office, a tragic link captured in a famous newspaper editorial cartoon. Friday is the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds

Nov. 18
Rob Stein / NPR

Could the microbes that inhabit our guts help explain that old idea of "gut feelings?" There's growing evidence that gut bacteria really might influence our minds.