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Stories for November 27, 2013

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Fly On, Snoopy (And Friends): Macy's Parade Balloons Get All-Clear

Nov. 27, 2013
Greg Henderson / NPR

The show will go on, giant balloons and all: Snoopy, Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu and 12 other massive balloons will fly in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York police say.

Three San Diego Officials Promoted To New Deputy Chief Operating Officer Jobs

Nov. 27, 2013
By City News Service

The positions were created when the San Diego City Council approved a reorganization of the mayor's office last month.

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Mama's Kitchen To Sell 5,000 Pies At Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser

Nov. 27, 2013
By Dwane Brown

Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell 5,000 pies donated from San Diego bakeries until noon on Thanksgiving day. Flavors include pecan, pumpkin, apple and Dutch apple.

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San Diego Supervisors To Consider 2024 Olympics Exploratory Group

Nov. 27, 2013
By City News Service

Ten cities -- including San Diego -- are expected to compete for the U.S. bid for the 2024 game. The last U.S. city to host the summer games was Atlanta in 1996.

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Baja Wineries Say New Law Allowing Development Threatens Budding Industry

Nov. 27, 2013
By Jill Replogle

Baja California's budding wine industry is fighting against new land-use regulations they say would ruin the valley's rural charm and compromise its scarce water supply.

First San Diego Mayoral Forum To Be Held Tuesday In Rancho Bernardo

Nov. 27, 2013
By City News Service

The first of six mayoral forum of the runoff campaign between San Diego City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer will take place on Tuesday in Rancho Bernardo.

San Diego Homeless Project Looking For 300 Volunteers

Nov. 27, 2013
By City News Service

Around 600 volunteers are required to pull off the eighth Project Homeless Connect, scheduled for Dec. 4 at Golden Hall, but only 311 have signed up so far.

Small-Business Access To Online Health Exchanges Delayed Again

Nov. 27, 2013
Julie Rovner / NPR

The Obama administration is delaying yet again online signup for small businesses through the Affordable Care Act. The program was intended to make it easier for small employers to provide health insurance to their workers on a more equal footing with big business.

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Booming Demand For Donated Breast Milk Raises Safety Issues

Nov. 27, 2013
Carrie Feibel / NPR

The public health message that "breast is best" has been received loud and clear. More mothers in the U.S. are breast-feeding, and they're doing so longer than ever.

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When Will The San Diego Mayoral Runoff Be?

Nov. 27, 2013
By Claire Trageser

While the San Diego mayoral primary has long been over, the city won't be able to schedule the runoff election between City Councilmen David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer until mid-December.

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'Turkey Day' Stuffing: Unlikely Pitches Fill Our Inboxes

Nov. 27, 2013
Liz Halloran / NPR

Turkey is not the only thing that gets stuffed during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Did Your Thanksgiving Turkey Take Any Antibiotics?

Nov. 27, 2013
Eliza Barclay / NPR

In our series Pharmed Food, we've been looking closely at how the livestock industry in the U.S. uses antibiotics, and what that might mean for human health.

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Is The Pentagon Planning To Close Stateside Commissaries? (Video)

Nov. 27, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

As countless military families head out to buy their Thanksgiving fixings at commissaries across the country, the Department of Defense is considering a plan to forever close the doors of all stateside base grocery stores.

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In Rural Iowa, Distance Makes Health Care Sign-Ups A Challenge

Nov. 27, 2013
Sarah McCammon / NPR

Broadlawns Medical Center has been serving low-income residents of Des Moines, Iowa, and the surrounding countryside for decades. Now there's a twist in Broadlawns' mission as a public hospital: helping people sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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Fire Chief Offers Tips To Keep San Diego Kitchens Safe This Holiday Season

Nov. 27, 2013
By KPBS Staff

Heartland Fire Chief Rick Sitta offers tips for San Diegans to keep safe while preparing holiday meals.

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Poultry Pardon: President Rewards America's Top Turkey

Nov. 27, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

A turkey caught a break in Washington today. President Obama bestowed the traditional presidential pardon to a turkey named Popcorn, who now becomes the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey. It's the 66th anniversary of the tradition that keeps a lucky turkey or two off the dinner table.

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Frida Kahlo Exhibit Organizers Respond To Criticism

Nov. 27, 2013
By Angela Carone

Exhibit organizers respond to criticism by adding more copy clarifying that the paintings are copies.

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Conservative Groups Would Take Hit From New IRS Rules

Nov. 27, 2013
Frank James / NPR

The new U.S. Treasury/Internal Revenue Service rules aimed at clarifying what constitutes political activity for tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations are likely to give more heartburn to conservative groups than their liberal counterparts.

San Diego Small Businesses Are Banking On Saturday Shoppers

Nov. 27, 2013
By Alison St John, Natalie Walsh, Peggy Pico

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated Small Business Saturday, a day created by American Express to encourage shoppers to buy local. In San Diego, many businesses are hoping shoppers will spend money at their stores.

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POV: Listening Is An Act Of Love: A Storycorps Special

Nov. 27, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. The special features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, when everyday people sit down together to share memories and tackle life’s important questions.

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Local High Schoolers And Their Robot To Lead Off Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 27, 2013
Joe Little / 10News

"The Holy Cows" from High Tech High in San Diego won the FIRST Robotics national competition in April with their robot "Daisy Thunder."

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Jeanne Robertson: Looking For Humor

Nov. 27, 2013

Jeanne Robertson looks for humor and finds it. A professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences, she speaks to thousands of people annually and utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. In this special, hear the latest stories about the regular cast of characters featured in her repertoire including, of course, her husband Jerry, a.k.a. "Left Brain" and many more.

LA Airport Creates Emergency Response Team

Nov. 27, 2013
Associated Press

Officials at Los Angeles International Airport are seeking volunteers among its full-time workforce to staff a response team designed to assist travelers during emergency operations.

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Return To Downton Abbey

Nov. 27, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Savor fond memories from the past three seasons of DOWNTON ABBEY and get a tantalizing taste of the upcoming fourth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series — hosts the program, which includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. Structured around three themes, "Return To Downton Abbey" explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”

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Border Business Leaders Challenge Mexican Sales Tax Hike

Nov. 27, 2013
By Jill Replogle

Tijuana's business community is spearheading an effort to legally challenge the planned sales tax hike for the border region.

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Award-Winning Chefs Offer San Diegans Tips For A Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 27, 2013
By Alison St John, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

It's become an annual tradition at KPBS Midday and Evening editions: turkey talk! This Thanksgiving Eve, we're taking your questions on how to prepare a dinner that will make them coming back for more. Call in at 1-888-895-5727 at 12:15 p.m.

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San Diego Marine Based In Afghanistan Recreates Stonehenge, Kim Kardashian

Nov. 27, 2013
By Beth Ford Roth

What do Abraham Lincoln, Stonehenge, and Kim Kardashian all have in common? They've each been recreated in rock sculpture by Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Miller, a San Diego-based Marine currently stationed in Afghanistan.

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CROSSING SOUTH: Rosarito: Horse Ride

Nov. 27, 2013
By Jennifer Robinson

Get ready to saddle up and head into some beautiful countryside just south of Rosarito, Mexico. In this episode, we join our friends from All the Pretty Horses of Baja Rescue to go on a horse-ride like in the old days.

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Tell Us About Your Family's Endangered Dishes

Nov. 27, 2013
Eliza Barclay / NPR

If you tuned in to Wednesday's Morning Edition, you may have heard NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris' conversation with Melanie Vanderlipe Ramil of Sacramento, Calif., in the latest story from The Race Card Project.

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Black Tech Game Changers

Nov. 27, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

NPR's Tell Me More is again using social media to reach out to a new community of leaders - this time, to recognize African-American innovators in technology who represent just 5% of America's scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

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Judge Smooths Path For American-US Airways Merger

Nov. 27, 2013
Bill Chappell / NPR

A U.S. judge says American Airlines can exit bankruptcy and join forces with US Airways Group, all but ensuring that their merger can take place within weeks. Wednesday's bankruptcy court ruling was one of the final hurdles for a huge merger that's been in the works for more than a year.

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Estrogen May Not Help Prevent Fuzzy Thinking After Menopause

Nov. 27, 2013
Maanvi Singh / NPR

There's a widely held belief that women experience moodiness and fuzzy thinking because of the drop in estrogen during menopause. And women have looked to hormone replacement therapy for relief.

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How Republicans And Democrats Ended Up Living Apart

Nov. 27, 2013
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

Secession movements are active in several states, generally consisting of residents of rural red counties seeking to separate themselves from the more liberal and urban-centered policies of blue-state leaders.

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Please Send This Man Photos Of Snow Of Your Patio Furniture

Nov. 27, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

If you haven't seen it yet, take a couple minutes to watch this video of Denver news anchor Kyle Clark's funny appeal to the people of Colorado to stop sending his TV station so many pictures of snow piled up on their patio furniture.

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Review: 'Nebraska'

Nov. 27, 2013
By Beth Accomando

“Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and ”The Hobbit 2" might be getting most of the media attention but little films like Alexander Payne's “Nebraska” refuse to be eclipsed by these Hollywood behemoths.

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Why San Diego County Will Lose Half Its State Health Funds (And Why It Might Not Matter)

Nov. 27, 2013
By Megan Burks

The San Diego region is poised to lose at least half its state funding for indigent healthcare and public health programs.

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Judge Orders Sriracha Factory To Cool It

Nov. 27, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

Peppered with complaints from citizens about burning eyes, sore throats and headaches, city officials in Irwindale, Calif., went to court to see if they could do something about smells coming from a factory that produces Sriracha hot sauce.

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Three Words For Getaway Day: Soggy, Sloppy And Snowy

Nov. 27, 2013
Mark Memmott / NPR

While those in the western half of the nation will mostly enjoy fair skies on this Thanksgiving Eve, we regret to repeat that for millions of Americans east of the Mississippi it's going to be a messy busiest-travel-day-of-the-year (otherwise known as Getaway Day).

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To Changing Landscape, Add Private Health Care Exchanges

Nov. 27, 2013
Chris Arnold / NPR

We've been reporting a lot lately on the troubled rollout of President Obama's signature health care law. But at the same time, there are rumblings of a major shift in the way companies offer private health insurance to workers.

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The Horse Who Picked Up A Paintbrush

Nov. 27, 2013
Frank Deford / NPR

This is a Thanksgiving story about a horse. Actually, a horse artist. I don't mean an artist who paints horses, like Degas or Remington, but a horse who paints -- and thereby also raises money for less fortunate horses.

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More Girls Target Archery, Inspired By 'The Hunger Games'

Nov. 27, 2013
Grace Hood / NPR

The indoor shooting range at Archery In The Wild in Northern Colorado used to be dominated by camouflage and hunters. But on this Saturday morning, the archery range is dotted with ponytails and 7-year-old girls like Y'Jazzmin Christopher.

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Squash Your Thanksgiving With Tips From The Test Kitchen

Nov. 27, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

Squash is the ultimate Thanksgiving food, not turkey. So says Chris Kimball, host of the PBS showAmerica's Test Kitchen.

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After Years Of Pasta, Rice Returns To A Filipino Family Kitchen

Nov. 27, 2013
NPR Staff / NPR

NPRcontinues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project,where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris dips into those stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity forMorning Edition.