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Stories for December 8, 2009

Amnesty International Urges Mexico To Investigate Tijuana Torture Claims

Dec. 8
By Amy Isackson
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A new report by Amnesty International says Mexican authorities have failed to fully investigate allegations that the military has abused human rights in the war on drugs.

RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles

Dec. 8
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RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. No other rendition of the Fab Four's music comes close to this level of performance, which has taken years of mastery and attention to detail that is unmatched.

The Oxford American Southern Music Issue Is A Thing To Admire

Dec. 8
By Angela Carone
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The Oxford American's 11th Annual Southern Music Issue is now available in stores and online. It comes with two CDs, one of Southern Masters and one featuring the music of Arkansas, the first in the magazine's new southern states series. For the last three years I've produced a show based on this issue and every year I'm stunned at how much good music is out there.

Trailer Tuesday: Burma VJ

Dec. 8
By Beth Accomando
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This is the time of year when studios send me awards screeners in the hopes I will vote for their film. But amongst the bloated and self-satisfied entries was a small gem, "Burma VJ," a documentary from Oscilloscope Laboratories that uses smuggled footage to tell the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks.

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration

Dec. 8
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This Christmas celebration — with singers Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon and fiddler Mairead Nesbitt — includes such popular classics as “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night” and “Let it Snow.” The special was filmed in Dublin’s prestigious Helix Centre, where the Celtic Woman phenomenon began, and features several original pieces: “Green the Whole Year Round,” a fiddle solo called “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Christmas Pipes.”

San Diego Eighth Graders Earn High Marks In Math

Dec. 8
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego middle school students scored better on a national math test compared to students in other big city school districts across the country. That's based on a national assessment called the Nation's Report Card.

CT Scanners Under Scrutiny

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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Hospitals in San Diego are taking a closer look at using a particular type of CT imaging on stroke patients. Recently, two hospitals in Los Angeles accidentally exposed patients to overdoses of radiation from CT scanners.

Emergency Channel Helps Keep Tijuana River Valley From Flooding

Dec. 8
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San Diego police are warning Tijuana River Valley residents to move their families and livestock to high ground before heavy rains begin again. The emergency drainage channel the city dug in the river valley helped prevent flooding.

McChrystal, Eikenberry Defend Afghan Plan On Hill

Dec. 8
KEVIN WHITELAW, NPR
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The two top U.S. military and civilian officials in Afghanistan presented a united front before Congress on Tuesday as they defended the new war strategy that President Obama unveiled last week

Elmo Visits The These Days Studio

Dec. 8
By Angela Carone
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Sesame Street's lovable red monster Elmo was in the These Days studio today and we've got the proof!

The Holiday Blues

Dec. 8
These Days
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It's the time of year for holiday stresses, which can often lead to the "holiday blues." We speak with a local therapist about the issue.

Il Pranzo di Ferragosto

Dec. 8
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Italian Film Festival just completed its third festival a month ago and the organizers are already right back to screening more Italian films for us. "Il Pranzo di Ferragosto" ("Mid-August Lunch") will screen on one night only at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Thursday December 10.

Chargers Win Seventh Game In A Row

Dec. 8
By Dwane Brown
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The Chargers have now won seven games in a row. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Politics Around The Next California Assembly Speaker

Dec. 8
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis
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We should have a better idea of who will be California's next Assembly Speaker this week, but the process is charged with politics. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

The Oxford American's Southern Music Issue On Stands Now

Dec. 8
These Days
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Every year, the quarterly magazine The Oxford American produces a Southern Music Issue. The editors and writers do their best to find the most interesting music from history and contemporary southern culture. This includes the forgotten acts, the talented studio musicians who never made it big, the colorful street musicians, and the one-off gems in the genres that flourish in the south: country, blues, soul, gospel, funk and rockabilly. We'll talk with the editor of The Oxford American about this year's Southern Music Issue, which includes a CD devoted to the music of Arkansas, the first in their new southern state series.

What Apple's Buyout Of Music Site Lala Means

Dec. 8
By John P. Gamboa
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A few weeks ago I wrote about how Google was using streaming music site Lala.com (along with MySpace) to buck the Apple hegemony of iTunes.

Legal Update: How To Keep Office Parties Lawsuit-Proof

Dec. 8
These Days
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The Law doesn't take a Holiday, so during this Holiday season we examine legal issues surrounding office parties. We'll also discuss some of the constitutional issues surrounding bankruptcy law and in all the media circus surrounding the Tiger Wood story, just what do "morals" clauses mean in endorsement contracts? We'll discuss it all with These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton.

Flu Pandemic Much Milder Than Expected

Dec. 8
Richard Knox, NPR
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As federal health agencies launch a big campaign to convince more Americans to get flu shots, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and outside analysts indicate this pandemic is much milder than officials expected or have let on so far.

Bitter Recall Election In Oceanside

Dec. 8
By Alison St John
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A recall election today in Oceanside has stirred up passionate feelings and big political contributions.

Marijuana Task Force To Make Its Recommendations

Dec. 8
By Tom Fudge
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San Diego's task force on medical marijuana presents its land-use recommendations to the city council today.

Cold, Wet Weather Prompts Veterans' Shelter To Open Early

Dec. 8
By Alison St John
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Rain has prompted Veterans Village of San Diego to open the winter shelter for homeless veterans tomorrow morning, instead of on Friday as planned.

The Blind Side Serves Up Good Life Lessons

Dec. 8
Alisha Jackson, Teen Critic
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“The Blind Side” (opened wide November 20 throughout San Diego) is a true story based on the life of NFL player Michael Oher. This film shows how hard the struggle is in life for an African American.