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Stories for December 18, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Balboa Park Looking for Wider Support

Dec. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego city advisory group, the Balboa Park Committee, concludes the city alone will not be able to cover operation and maintenance of the Park into the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Consumers Have New Tool to Compare Nursing Homes

Dec. 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Medicare has unveiled a new website that contains quality ratings of nearly 16-thousand nursing homes in the U.S. Ratings of nursing facilities in San Diego vary considerably. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Southern Route Approved For Sunrise Powerlink

Dec. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California regulators have approved a nearly $2-billion, high-voltage power line that would run through Imperial and San Diego County. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more on the Sunrise Powerlink.

Toll Road Appeal Turned Down

Dec. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The effort to build a 16 mile toll road that cuts through San Onofre State Beach Park has hit a road block. A federal agency rejected an appeal. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Earl Thomas Performs

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tom Fudge brings us an except of the performance and interview with singer Earl Thomas.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Economic Crisis

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon looks back at how the economic crisis has impacted the people of San Diego.

State Agency Approves Sunrise Powerlink

Dec. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California regulators have approved a nearly $2-billion, high-voltage power line that would run 123 miles into San Diego County.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Dealing with Cancer

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg reflects on his story about cancer survivors turning to writing as therapy.

A Year of Great Local Radio: City Attorney Race

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner reflects back on the race for San Diego City Attorney and the contentious debate she hosted between the two candidates.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Centenarian Brings Hope

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tom Fudge reflects back on his interview with 103-year-old San Diegan Laura Simon.

Food Bank Sees Rise in Donations and Demand

Dec. 18
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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With about one week to go until Christmas, donations are up at the San Diego Food Bank. But so is the demand for assistance. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has more.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Gang Murders

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis reflects on her coverage of the gang-related murders of two Southeast San Diego teens.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Fire Preparedness

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Reporter Alison St John reflects on the region's fire preparedness over the past year.

A Year of Great Local Radio: Political Leadership

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tom Fudge looks back on some of the best interviews he has done with local politicians over the last year.

Toll Road Appeal Rejected By Commerce Department

Dec. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A federal agency has rejected an appeal to build a 16-mile toll road through a the San Onofre State Beach Park.

Financial Crisis Forcing Americans to Examine Spending Habits

Dec. 18
By Joanne Faryon, Guillermo Sevilla
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If the housing bubble was the best of times -- Americans feeling rich with equity and flush with credit -- this may now be the worst of times. The real estate market has crashed, foreclosures are commonplace and credit card debt is catching up to the country. We are being forced to examine how we spend money – especially money we don’t have. In this KPBS and Envision San Diego special, reporter Joanne Faryon introduces us to people who couldn’t stop spending and experts who say we’re addicted to shopping.

Teen Says Maybe to Yes Man

Dec. 18
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Zooey Deschanel and Jim Carrey in Yes Man (Warner Brothers)

State Agency Considers Sunrise Powerlink Today

Dec. 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A state agency may vote today on whether to approve plans for a major electrical transmission line project. San Diego Gas and Electric wants to build the Sunrise Powerlink to connect with renewable energy sources in the Imperial Valley. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Financial Crisis Forcing Americans to Examine Spending Habits

Dec. 18
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If the housing bubble was the best of times -- Americans feeling rich with equity and flush with credit -- this may now be the worst of times. The real estate market has crashed, foreclosures are commonplace and credit card debt is catching up to the country. We are being forced to examine how we spend money – especially money we don’t have. Consumer spending is down – the sharpest drop in almost 30 years. We may finally be exhausted from trying to keep up with the Joneses. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon introduces us to people who couldn’t stop spending and experts who say we’re addicted to shopping.

Consumer Woes Making Small Businesses Close

Dec. 18
By Brandon Stone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Corporations are finding ways to stay upright in a tight economy and dropping consumer confidence, but small businesses are taking punishment that many can't afford. Brandon Stone has details on how a few small businesses in San Diego are faring in the new economic picture.

Are You Sick and Tired of Cute Animal Pictures on the Web?

Dec. 18
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Do you think this little guy is cute or are you so over it your eyes just rolled? Are you underwhelmed by the obnoxious presence of cutesy, furry animal pictures on the web? If you are, then I have just the website for you. Be forewarned, the f-bomb is all over this site. It's even in the title,

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Dec. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Top Stories of 2008

Dec. 18
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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The year 2008 was suited to those of us who cover the news and who analyze it. It was replete with drama from the devastating natural disasters in China and Myanmar to those caused by human greed and negligence resulting in a global economic meltdown. There were genuine surprises including Sarah Palin's rapid rise from obscurity to rock star popularity on the national political stage and Barack Obama's victory over racism, conservatism, and the power of the Clinton and the Bush connections.