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Stories for December 5, 2007

San Diego Zagat Guide Is Here!

Dec. 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California DMV Uses YouTube to Spread Training Videos

Dec. 5
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The DMV is using a popular website to connect with teenagers. The agency has posted videos on YouTube showing how to pass the California driver's test. More than 50 short videos cover subjects like unsafe lane changes, how to avoid being hit by a light rail train, and being overly cautious during a driving exam.

Teamsters Chief Protests U.S.-Mexico Cargo Program

Dec. 5
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The International Teamsters Union chief was at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego today, protesting a program that lets some Mexican trucks haul cargo anywhere in the United States. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Congressman Issa Suggests Afghanistan Needs More U.S. Troops

Dec. 5
By Capital News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa just got back from a trip to the Middle East. He and four other lawmakers met with military and political leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Washington reporter Matt Laslo has the story.

San Diego Beaches Running Out of Sand

Dec. 5
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California officials say beach tourism brings in about $61 billion a year to the state's economy. But some of San Diego County’s more popular beaches are running out of sand. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more on the plan to fix that problem.

‘The Golden Compass’ Becomes a Movie and Creates Controversy

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

British author Philip Pullman's fantasy series for young adults “His Dark Materials” have remained controversial since their publication. This weekend, a film adaptation of “The Golden Compass,” the first book in the series, comes to theaters. We'll talk about the religious world of the books, the author and the new film.

Suspected Drug Traffickers Assassinate Tecate Police Chief

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Tecate police chief was assassinated a day after Mexican police discovered a tunnel and two tons of marijuana along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Mexican government has deployed 25,000 troops and federal police across Mexico to curb drug violence. More than 300 people have been killed in Baja California, which is the highest of any Mexican state.

Inside Sacramento: Redistricting, Electoral College, Term Limits, Indian Gaming Agreements

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger takes up redistricting reform again; GOP backers propose changes to the way California counts electoral votes; Democrats and Republicans spar over a campaign to change legislative term limits; and the federal government delays approval of Indian-gaming agreements. John Myers, the Sacramento bureau chief for KQED public radio and "The California Report," takes us "Inside Sacramento."

20th Century Sports History and Culture Examined in New Book

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Did you know that legendary athlete Jim Thorpe and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once clashed on the gridiron in one of the most hard fought football games in history? We speak to author Lars Anderson about his new book "Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle."

Romance and Cigarettes

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Surge Expected in Number of Homeless Vets Seeking Winter Shelter

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City of San Diego’s Winter Shelter for Homeless Veterans opens tomorrow in the Midway area. Some are questioning if it will have enough beds to handle the number of homeless vets who need shelter. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Geologist: Recent Rainstorm Caused Further Slippage on La Jolla Hillside

Dec. 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's senior engineering geologist says last weekend's rainstorm caused further movement in a La Jolla hillside that collapsed in October.

S.D. Developer Wins a Round in the Battle over Bay Front Proposal

Dec. 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A major San Diego developer has won another round in the ongoing battle over the Navy Broadway Complex on the Embarcadero downtown. The San Diego City Council voted to deny an appeal filed by the citizens' coalition that opposes the project. Manchester's "Pacific Gateway" development is planned for an area often called "San Diego's front porch.” KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Experience

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

High Ranking Tecate Police Officer Murdered Following Discovery of Border Tunnel

Dec. 5
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gunmen murdered a high ranking police officer in his Tecate, Mexico home Tuesday. The killing came less than one day after U.S. authorities discovered a tunnel used to smuggle drugs beneath the border in Tecate. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 5
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 5
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

S.D. School Superintendent to Begin New Job at SDSU

Dec. 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego School Superintendent Carl Cohn has a new job at San Diego State University. He leaves the San Diego Unified School District at the end of this month. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.