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Stories for December 1, 2009

Report Alleges CSU Intentionally Pushing Out Students

Dec. 1
By Ana Tintocalis

The union representing California State University faculty says San Diego State is a prime example of how officials are squeezing out students to make the CSU a more elite institution.

Obama: 'Afghanistan Is Not Lost'

Dec. 1
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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Announcing that he would send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, President Obama tried to strike a delicate balance in a prime-time address to the nation Tuesday night by detailing his plan for a significant short-term strategic surge while also laying out a start date for an eventual withdrawal.

Doo Wop 50

Dec. 1
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The year 1999 marked the 50th anniversary of doo wop music: harmonic vocal-group songs popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s. This program reunited more than 100 original performers to sing their mega-hits. From the Platters’ “Great Pretender” to Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl,” the fast-paced special includes such magic moments as the reunion of the Chantels’ after 40 years and host Jerry Butler’s performance of his first hit recording.

San Diego Could See Reduced Water Supply In 2010

Dec. 1
By Ed Joyce
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The California Department of Water Resources issued its lowest initial estimate on how much water will be delivered from the State Water Project next year.

Things I Like: Local Photo Blog "Birds Of A Feather"

Dec. 1
By Angela Carone
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There are a lot of photo blogs on the interwebs and, frankly, a lot of aspiring photographers. I really enjoy a local photo blog called "Birds of a Feather," powered by photographers Sarah Yates and Lou Mora.

Talk Surrounding New Lieutenant Governor

Dec. 1

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice for the California's second in command is still the talk of the town at the state capitol. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Will Holiday Shoppers Revive The Economy?

Dec. 1
These Days

As the official holiday shopping season gets underway, we'll look at how local retailers are doing and what's ahead for December.

Why We Can't Say Ain't And Other Language Rules

Dec. 1
These Days

Why can't we say the word "ain't" without raising eyebrows? Who decided ain't was grammatically incorrect? The standards and rules governing language may seem arbitrary because language is always changing. We'll talk with Jack Lynch, author of "The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of 'Proper' English from Shakespeare to 'South Park'" and working lexicographer and co-host of A Way With Words, Grant Barrett.

Officials: 30,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

Dec. 1
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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President Obama will announce plans to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan when he gives a nationally televised address Tuesday night, administration officials told NPR.

Did Women's Liberation Work?

Dec. 1
These Days

Has the women's liberation movement really made a difference? Anyone wondering whether it has, has only to compare American life today with what it was in 1960. We look at how women, men and society began to change when women started to reject second-class status.

Produce Your Own Damn Movie!

Dec. 1
By Beth Accomando
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"Tromeo and Juliet," "Toxic Avenger," "Poultrygeist." For thrity-five years Troma Studios has been producing gems like this outside the Hollywood establishment. Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman talks with me about Troma and about his latest book, "Produce Your Own Damn Movie."

Dental Problems Cause Frequent School Absences

Dec. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report finds more than half-a-million California kids miss at least one school day a year due to dental problems. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research says access to affordable dental care is a major factor.

North County Winter Homeless Shelter Opens Its Doors

Dec. 1
By Alison St John

Almost 200 winter homeless shelter beds will open tonight in communities around North County. The goal is to prevent people who have hit hard times from joining the ranks of the chronically homeless.

Deliberative Obama Sets New Path In Afghan War

Dec. 1
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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After an exhaustive three-month strategic review, President Obama is launching his second significant strategic escalation of the U.S. military's involvement in Afghanistan.