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Stories for December 12, 2008

Frost/Nixon

Dec. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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San Diego's Credit Rating Improves

Dec. 12
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s financial prospects improved slightly today with the announcement that both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service have upgraded the city’s bond ratings. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has more.

Frost/Nixon

Dec. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Peter Morgan's play "Frost/Nixon" premiered in London in 2006 and in what seems like a miraculously short turnaround, "Frost/Nixon" (opening December 12 in select theaters) now arrives on the big screen. The film version also turns to the original stage actors Michael Sheen and Frank Langella (who won the Tony for his performance) to reprise their roles as the British talk show host and former president. Morgan based his play and the screenplay on the series of televised interviews that former President Richard Nixon granted David Frost in 1977. The interviews famously ended with a tacit admission of guilt regarding his role in the Watergate scandal.

State Air Board Approves New Truck Rules

Dec. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California Air Resources Board has approved regulations to reduce diesel pollution in the state. The new rules target older heavy-duty diesel trucks in California. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

City Attorneys Take Ethics Training

Dec. 12
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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USD’s School of Law will hold a full day of Ethics Training on Saturday for employees in the San Diego city attorney’s office. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains.

Stormy Weather Predicted for San Diego

Dec. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cold and stormy weather is on its way to San Diego County this weekend.

KPBS Presents MAXED OUT An Envision San Diego Special Presentation Credit Card Debt Gets San Diegans In Trouble

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Presents MAXED OUT An Envision San Diego Special Presentation Credit Card Debt Gets San Diegans In Trouble SAN DIEGO – The latest episode of Envision San Diego, KPBS’ monthly documentary series, looks at California’s exorbitant spending habits. Did you know that consumers in California spend more on goods and services than the entire gross domestic product of countries like Canada and Spain? Excessive spending - especially using credit cards - has caught up to some San Diegans. Join KPBS for a special presentation of Envision San Diego: Maxed Out, Thursday, December 18th at 8 p.m., on KPBS channel 11 simulcast on KPBS-HD.

Mexican Authorities Say Arellano Felix Leader May Have Used U.S. As Hideout

Dec. 12
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Mexican authorities say the leader of the Arellano Felix cartel may have used the U-S as a safehaven last month. This as his cartel battles for the key smuggling turf between Tijuana and San Diego. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

City Council President, Chula Vista, Media Cuts

Dec. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Councilman Ben Hueso was selected to serve as city council president this week. Plus, the financial situation continues to worsen for the City of Chula Vista. And, NPR recently announced that it will cut two shows, and eliminate its workforce by 7%.

Mexican Authorities Say San Diego Gang Members May Have Planned To Kill Baja Security Official

Dec. 12
By Amy Isackson
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Mexican authorities say a San Diego gang may have planned to assassinate Baja California's top ranking security official and other Baja law enforcement officials. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Southeast San Diego Mourns Death of Teens

Dec. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Families who live in Southeast San Diego say they're still coming to grips with the tragic loss of two promising high school students. Seventeen-year-old Monique Palmer and 15-year-old Michael Taylor were gunned down last Saturday after leaving a house-party in their neighborhood.

University City Residents Vent Frustrations Over Military Jet Crash

Dec. 12
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Residents turned out in the San Diego neighborhood of University City last night to get answers and vent frustrations about this week’s military jet crash that killed four people. There was a wide range of emotions at the community meeting. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has more.

State Agency Votes On Diesel Rules

Dec. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A California agency is expected to vote today (friday) on new rules that would reduce toxic exhaust from diesel vehicles starting in 2011. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The Matador

Dec. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Bullfighting has been celebrated in books such as Hemingway's