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Stories for December 12, 2006

Holiday Shoppers are Spending More Than Expected

Dec. 12
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's that time of year again. 'Tis the season to spend. Holiday shopping is in full swing, and as Joanne Faryon tells us, sales are better than anyone expected.

S.D. County Picks Developer to Take on Major Rennovation Project

Dec. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisor have picked a developer to embark on a major consolidation of County buildings. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CA Helps Drivers Who Can't Afford Insurance

Dec. 12
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's insurance commissioner says there are 165,000 uninsured drivers in San Diego County. John Garamendi is promoting a program that would insure a low-income driver for less than a dollar a day. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Hunter Defends President Bush in Postponing Iraq Stragegy Announcement

Dec. 12
By Bob Costantini and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President George Bush has put off, by a couple weeks at least, announcing his new approach to Iraq, despite almost daily criticism from Democratic lawmakers. A member of the San Diego congressional delegation thinks Democrats are wrong. From Capital Hill Bob Costantini reports.

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A doctor with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reveals the signs of holiday depression and offers tips on how to avoid it.

Legal Issues: Office Parties, Race in Public Schools

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do know the legal liabilities you face at office parties? What about the Supreme Court's case on assign students using race in public schools? Legal analyst and regular contributor to "These Days", Dan Eaton, fills us in on the latest legal issues.

Film Critic's DVD Gift Picks

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What should you get as a gift for the film lover in your life? Film critic Scott Marks joins us to talk about the best DVDs.

Children's Literature Reflects Childhood Experience

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with Jerry Griswold, director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature and professor of English at San Diego State University. In his new book, "Feeling Like a Kid," Griswold examines the qualities of childhood and how they reappear in children's literature.

Most-Qualified California Teachers Near Retirement

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning in Santa Cruz released a new study that finds that while California teachers are more likely to meet qualifications, many are nearing retirement. Plus, the most inexperienced are likely to be teaching low-performing schools. We look at the report in depth.

Embedded Local Journalist Reports from Iraq: Week 1

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tony Perry, the San Diego bureau chief for the 'Los Angeles Times,' is embedded in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton. We get the first in a series of weekly updates from Tony about life in a war zone with local Marines.

New Development Encouraging Local Investment

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In a long-neglected urban San Diego neighborhood, development of a new business and cultural plaza has become a true neighborhood project. Now, people who live, work or volunteer have invested in the project through a historic initial public offering.

Report Card on County Board of Supervisors

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

They supervise a $4-billion plus budget and are one of the top employers in the county. Do the supervisors easily make a career of the posts that come with cushy perks and little accountability? Full Focus takes a year-end look at the County Board of Supervisors.

S.D. Prison Consultation Company Offers Advice to Inmates

Dec. 12
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 90,000 people were booked into San Diego County jails this year and 10,000 went on to state prison. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown learns some of the do's and don'ts of prison life from Dr Prison.com -- a San Diego company providing what could be life saving information.

Aguirre Holds Public Meeting to Discuss City's Legal, Financial Problems

Dec. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre offered an unexpected olive branch to council members he has accused of wrongdoing in the past. He held a public meeting last night to give his views on how the city is dealing with its legal and financial problems. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.