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On the right foot? Cardiff's Switchfoot joins big boys for 'Beautiful Letdown'

People measure a band's success by how many CDs and concert tickets it can sell, how many of its songs can penetrate a Clear Channel station's playlist, or whether MTV is willing to squeeze one of its videos onto the air.

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Tina Osborn of Fallbrook leans on her poster honoring her husband, Lance Corp. Aaron Osborn, who is in Iraq, during a pro-administration rally in Fallbrook Saturday. - Bill Wechter

Hundreds turn out to support troops

Tina Osborn had to smile as person after person stopped to give words of encouragement as she held a sign reading "My husband is my hero ---- Support our troops" during a rally in Fallbrook on Saturday.

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Inland

Military families find comfort in each other

A tight-knit military community in North County has drawn closer as families deal with the deployment of loved ones fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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From a Marine town to tourist desitination?

OCEANSIDE ---- Members of the Oceanside City Council get a lot of sideways looks when they say they're trying to shift the local economy from serving the military to meeting the needs of tourists.

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Transitional shelter may surprise people, advocate says

Some downtown Lake Elsinore merchants are fighting county plans for a transitional homeless shelter just blocks from Main Street, saying they fear an increase in transients and panhandling will hurt business and property values.

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British capture Iraqi general in Basra

A general from Saddam Hussein's army has been captured in southern Iraq and is being pressed to provide strategic information, British officers said Sunday. An Iraqi official said 4,000 Arab volunteers have arrived, eager to carry out more suicide attacks against U.S. and British forces.

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Business

Newcastle panel seeks help from postal workers in spotting backyard chickens

Post office workers throughout the areas in Southern California hit by the deadly Exotic Newcastle disease have been asked by the state and federal task force to keep an eye out on their routes for homes with chickens, and to report their findings to the panel.

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Sports

'Q' has always been friendly to pitchers

SAN DIEGO ---- The Padres' home ballpark for 35 years was built during the era of cookie-cutter stadium architecture. But that doesn't mean Qualcomm Stadium doesn't have a flavor all its own.

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