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Stories for December 29, 2008

City Will Offer Free Transportation on New Year's Eve

Dec. 29, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego law enforcement officers hope free public transit service will help keep more people alive this New Year's Eve. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The CHP is Ready to Crack Down on DWT Offenders

Dec. 29, 2008
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Driving while texting will be officially illegal in California on January 1. The California Highway Patrol is already geared up to enforce the new law.

UC Nurses Threaten to Strike

Dec. 29, 2008
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nurses at five University of California medical centers have voted to strike over what they say are unsafe staffing conditions. Nurses say they hope to resolve their concerns with hospital officials before actually scheduling a walkout. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Offering Christmas Tree Recycling

Dec. 29, 2008
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Christmas season is coming to an end and decorations are coming down. But San Diego officials are hoping residents will refrain from throwing the trees out with the trash. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Managed Competition on the Back Burner

Dec. 29, 2008
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders launched an ambitious plan at the beginning of 2008 to cut costs by opening city departments to competition with the private sector. But the so -called “managed competition” program has made little headway this year. KPBS reporter Alison St John finds most of the new city council members are against widespread privatization, and the focus remains on how to cut existing labor costs.

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Benjamin Button Appeals to Teen Critic

Dec. 29, 2008
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Brad Pitt stars as a man who ages in reverse in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount)

San Diego Weekend: A Golden Christmas, An Otter Bearing Gifts, and Bacon, Glorious Bacon

Dec. 29, 2008
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This is the frosty beach in my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, where I spent the holidays this year.

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Teen Critic Finds the Spirit Dull

Dec. 29, 2008
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Gabriel Macht stars as The Spirit (Lionsgate)

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 29, 2008
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting