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Stories for December 20, 2007

175 Ballot Machine Computer Chips Go Missing

Dec. 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County election officials say about 175 computer chips meant to power machines that will tally ballots in February's presidential primary disappeared after they were shipped from state offices in Sacramento.

Questions Remain About How to Fund Governor's Healthcare Package

Dec. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Senator Denise Ducheny says she agrees with the governor that the state's healthcare system needs to be fixed. But the Democratic lawmaker says she has some questions about how the governor wants to finance his proposed overhaul. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Sweeney Todd

Dec. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Christopher Bond's 1973 play

Gasoline Was 50 Cents Per Gallon Cheaper at This Time Last Year

Dec. 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The price of a gallon of regular gas in San Diego is down four cents a gallon in the last week. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks the local gas market. U-CAN's Charles Langley says consumers can find gas selling at around three dollars and six cents a gallon. The average price is $3.23.

Tijuana Council Offers Border Crossing Coupons to Medical Tourists

Dec. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People who get medical treatment in Tijuana can now cross the border back to San Diego more quickly through a new lane for medical tourists. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Weekend Preview: Restaurants and Nightlife

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If you like to dine out during the holidays, we have some suggestions for you. There are two new pub-like restaurants in North Park, a swanky bar downtown, gourmet Greek makes an appearance, and a new dessert cafe launched by a chocolatier.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Behind the Scenes of the Play ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cygnet Theatre stages a unique twist on the holiday favorite "It's a Wonderful Life,” highlighting the Foley skills of Scott Paulson. Paulson and local actors talk shop and perform scenes from the play.

Union-Tribune Staff Buyouts and the Effect on the Newsroom

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Why is the “San Diego Union-Tribune” reducing its news staff? The newspaper recently sent out a memo to employees announcing a "Voluntary Separation Program" as a way to cut costs.The story of what's happening at the “Union-Tribune” is not unique; newspapers all over the country are cutting costs to respond to the economic challenges facing the industry.

City Hall: Top Stories of 2007

Dec. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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From landslides to too-tall buildings to beach booze bans, San Diego's political year gave us political in-fighting, plenty of controversy, and a few changes of heart from our elected officials.

Calif. Population Nears 38 Million

Dec. 20
By Don Thompson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is fond of referring to California as a nation state. Population figures released Wednesday show that if the Golden State was its own country, it would be right there with Poland.

Extended Stay

Dec. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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This latest collection of short films will feature mostly short film from Citizen Video's own shelves. But Jones says, "I also just found a short film

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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