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Stories for December 4, 2009

San Diego Faces Increase In Food Stamp Applications

Dec. 4
San Diego Week
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With nationwide hunger at an all-time high, more people in San Diego are applying for food stamps.

Masks, Gloves To Be Shipped To County Schools

Dec. 4
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego County Office of Education reports roughly 500,000 surgical masks will be distributed to county school districts in hopes of curbing the spread of swine flu -- and more supplies are the way.

Analysis: Sanders' Budget Proposes Sweeping Cuts

Dec. 4
San Diego Week
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Mayor Jerry Sanders proposed his plan for dealing with the looming $179 million budget deficit and the City Council began public hearings on the budget. The San Diego Union-Tribune Government Editor Ricky Young discusses the plan and City Council's response.

Border Battle: Tijuana Drug Cartels Target Police

Dec. 4
San Diego Week
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Tijuana police officers have become another target in the brutal drug wars. Drug cartel hit men have killed 23 officers in the last five months.

Free Toys for Military Kids

Dec. 4
By Alison St John
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Hundreds of military families showed up near Camp Pendleton Friday for a free Christmas toy event, run by Operation Homefront.

Christmas With The King Family

Dec. 4
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Join 39 members of the musical King family - Grammy©-winning big band greats the Fabulous King Sisters, legendary guitar virtuoso Alvino Rey, '60s sweetheart Tina Cole ("My Three Sons") & the King Cousins plus film favorite Robert Clarke and all the King kiddies -as these legendary entertainers serve up a big dose of seasonal cheer. "CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING FAMILY" is an ultimate compilation of classic musical moments from their dazzling Christmas specials.

Christmas With The Annie Moses Band

Dec. 4
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The Annie Moses Band is an eclectic blend of classical, jazz and pop music that draws from the family's four-generation musical journey. This all-sibling group makes it's debut on PBS this season with a mix of holiday classics, performed in a way that viewers have never heard before.

UCSD Scientists Rolling Out Air Pollution Monitoring Network

Dec. 4
By Ed Joyce

UC San Diego computer scientists are creating a network of environmental sensors to help people avoid air pollution hot spots.

Unemployment Rate Raises Hope, Doubt

Dec. 4
Scott Neuman, NPR
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Friday's better-than-expected unemployment report could be positive news for holiday retail sales, but some economists say the jobless rate could still go higher.

The Strip

Dec. 4
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If I do one good deed this week let it be stopping you from seeing “The Strip” (opening December 4 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas). But apparently no one informed the cast about how bad the film is so actors Dave Foley and Federico Dordei who will appear in person with producer Jay Khan on Saturday, December 5 at 7:40pm.

Highlight Of The Week: Matt McBane's Build Performed In Studio

Dec. 4
By Angela Carone
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This week, the five-piece, indie-classical band Build performed in our studios for a These Days show. They went on to play The Loft on Wednesday night. If you missed them, we have some performance footage you may want to check out.

Health Officials: Swine Flu Still Widespread

Dec. 4
Marianne Russ, CCN

State health officials say swine flu activity is still widespread, but there’s now more vaccine to go around. Swine flu cases may be leveling off a bit, but state health officials are warning that the H1N1 virus is still very widespread in California.

Tijuana Police Targeted By Drug Cartels

Dec. 4
Editors Roundtable

There's a new chapter in the Tijuana drug wars where a battle over control of the drug trade frequently results in gruesome violence. What changes have been made in the last year to fight the drug war raging just across the border?

Thousands Of Local Servicemembers Expected To Deploy To Afghanistan

Dec. 4
Editors Roundtable

Obama's new plan to control al-Qaida and the Taliban will have an acute effect on San Diego with thousands of Camp Pendleton-based marines expected to be stationed in Afghanistan by mid-2010.

Will Mayor Sanders' Budget Plan Cut San Diego's Record Deficit?

Dec. 4
Editors Roundtable

Mayor Sanders announced his plan to tackle the city's budget shortfall. Proposed cuts will reduce police and fire staffing, trim library hours and eliminate hundreds of city jobs. Does the city of San Diego have a long-term strategy for addressing its budget problems? Where will the pain be felt?

Lending Likely To Cool After Dubai Debt Woes

Dec. 4
Peter Kenyon, NPR
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Officials of the debt-laden Dubai World conglomerate are preparing to meet creditors owed some $26 billion.

More Families Looking For Shelter This Winter

Dec. 4
By Alison St John
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The face of homelessness has changed over the past decades. A population that was once mainly single adult males started to include more women, and now includes many families with children.

Oh My God

Dec. 4
By Beth Accomando
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The new documentary "Oh My God" (opening December 4 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) asks people from all walks of life -- from celebrities to common folks, from priests to atheists - the question"What is God?" Needless to say there is not one simple answer.