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Stories for December 1, 2008

Taking Stock: Arts Education

Dec. 1
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 1
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County Launches Winter Shelter Network

Dec. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nine North County cities have coordinated with non-profit agencies and the County of San Diego to run a winter shelter network designed to get people off the streets. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

More Toys Needed After Warehouse Floods

Dec. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Salvation Army officials in downtown San Diego say they're slowly rebuilding their toy collection after a flood destroyed their inventory last week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Border Drug Seizures

Dec. 1
By Amy Isackson
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Despite arrests and the border battle, drugs are still making it across the border. Reporter Amy Isackson gathered data from government agencies showing the trends.

Debate Rages in SD Unified Schools About Amount of Tests

Dec. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are San Diego Unified students being over-tested? How many standardized tests should a local elementary school student be expected to take in an academic year? What's the value in giving students multiple tests that don't count towards their grades? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis about the debate going on in the San Diego Unified School District about how many standardized tests local students should take in an academic year.

Lessons on Life From a Centenarian

Dec. 1
These Days

San Diegan Laura Simon turned 103 last week. In 1905, the year of her birth, Teddy Roosevelt was president and women did not have the right to vote. More than a century later, Simon has lived through 19 presidents, the Great Depression, two World Wars, and a technical revolution that continues to boggle the mind. We'll talk with Simon about the biography she wrote at age 100, and with her playwright son, Mayo Simon.

City Councilman Peters Looks Back and Ahead

Dec. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Termed-out San Diego City Council President Scott Peters talks about the state of the city, the challenges the city faces, and his vision for San Diego's waterfront.

34 Killed in Tijuana

Dec. 1
By Amy Isackson

Thirty-four people were killed in Tijuana this weekend. A four-year-old boy, a thirteen-year-old and the state director of tourism's teenage nephew are among the dead.

Sports Columnist Jay Paris Discusses Another Disappointing Chargers Loss

Dec. 1
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers are turkeys and not the ones you eat. The under-performing San Diego Chargers went head-to-head with their former back-up running back and lost. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

New Legislature, Same Problem

Dec. 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new session of the California State Legislature starts Monday but with the same old problem. One San Diego legislator says she hopes that newly-elected members can reach agreement on a state budget. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

End of An Era at S.D. City Council

Dec. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Half of San Diego’s city council members are termed out, and this week marks their final week on the job. The four council members are the last of those whose votes in 2002 led to a billion dollar pension deficit. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Parents, Educators Upset Over 'Testing Frenzy'

Dec. 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most adults remember taking a test or two in grade school. But few would recall taking upwards of 16 tests in a single year. That's the reality some school kids face in the San Diego Unified School District. Parents and teachers are calling it a 'testing frenzy.' But administrators say the exams are needed. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.