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Stories for December 11, 2009

Christmas With The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Dec. 11
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Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in a magnificent Christmas celebration featuring some of the season's most beloved songs. Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by The New York Times, Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway and television and in film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country's finest conductors and orchestras.

City Council Examines Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Dec. 11
San Diego Week
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A task force on medical marijuana dispensaries reported Tuesday to the City Council. Alex Kreit, the chair of the San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force goes on the record about medical marijuana law and the editors discuss.

Avoiding The Holiday Blues

Dec. 11
San Diego Week
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Though the holidays can be exciting, some may feel depressed or down during this time of year. KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn explores ways to beat the holiday depression.

Magic Moments: The Best Of '50s Pop

Dec. 11
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Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic trip back to the 1950s. The program’s mix of live performance and archival footage takes viewers back to the era’s pop music days with classic moments from Patti Page, Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, the McGuire Sisters and more.

Developer Meets Resistance In Back Country

Dec. 11
San Diego Week
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A developer plans to build more than 2,600 new homes on more than 1,000 acres north of Escondido on Merriam Mountain, but the proposal has divided the county's board of supervisors. Alison St John reports the story.

Release Older Inmates To Save Money?

Dec. 11
By Joanne Faryon
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Older prisoners cost California two to three times what it costs to incarcerate younger inmates. Some suggest releasing non-violent elderly inmates to save money. What do you think?

Logan Heights Celebrates New Joint-Use Library

Dec. 11
By Ana Tintocalis

A new, two-story library opened its doors today in the San Diego neighborhood of Logan Heights near Chicano Park. It's the first joint-use project between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.

Chargers Set Sights On Downtown Stadium

Dec. 11
San Diego Week
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The Chargers have located a potential new stadium site just east of Petco Park where the Wonder Bread Bakery currently stands in the 100 block of 14th street. Should public funds be used on the potential downtown stadium site in San Diego? The editors discuss.

Local Union Hoping To Spark Welding Careers For Former Marines

Dec. 11
By Katie Orr
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A local union is offering men and woman leaving the Marine Corps a chance to learn how to become welders. Organizers are hoping the program might spark some careers.

André Rieu Live In Dresden: Wedding At The Opera

Dec. 11
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Recorded at Dresden’s Semper Opera House in 2008, this musical confection from André Rieu is both a concert and a real wedding party in one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses. The charming bride and groom, part of the famous “Vienna Debutantes,” are joined by 40 pairs of dancers from the Elmayer Dance School in Vienna, as well as sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the Platinum Tenors, baritone Morschi Franz and the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir.

California's Poison Contol System Catches A Break

Dec. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

California's Poison Control system has gotten a last minute financial reprieve that will allow it to operate until next June. The service operates out of San Diego and three other cities.

Federal Funds Keep Poison Control Running

Dec. 11

California's Poison Control system has gotten a last minute financial reprieve that will allow it to operate until next June. The service operates out of San Diego and three other cities.

Regulating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In S.D.

Dec. 11
Editors Roundtable

What should be done to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego? That was the question the city council grappled with at a spirited meeting on Tuesday. The council decided to postpone further discussion on the matter until January 4. We talk about the complexities of California's medical marijuana laws, and the local proposals that have been discussed so far.

City Council Backs Mayor's Budget Proposal

Dec. 11
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego City Council approved Mayor Jerry Sanders proposal to close the city's $179 million budget deficit earlier this week. What are the specific elements of the budget plan? And, does the proposal do enough to solve San Diego's long-term financial challenges?

Not Interested in Kissing This Frog Prince

Dec. 11
Alisha Jackson, Teen Critic
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“The Princess and the Frog” (opening throughout San Diego December 11) is a cartoon based on the children story of the same name. But this film adds a twist and excitement to the story.

Chargers Focused On Stadium Site Downtown

Dec. 11
Editors Roundtable

The conversation about where to build a new stadium for the Chargers has been renewed in the City of San Diego. The team has been talking to the mayor, and other city officials about a site downtown just east of Petco Park. What are the pros and cons of the Wonder Bread site? And, should public money be used to pay for a new football stadium?

State Steps Up Random Home Visits For In-Home Care Providers

Dec. 11
By Amita Sharma

State investigators are stepping up random home visits of the disabled and elderly who receive in-home care. But not everyone thinks the house calls are a good idea. KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma tells us about the visits.

Immigration Sweep Nets 280 Arrests In Calif.

Dec. 11
Associated Press

Immigration agents arrested 280 people in California in their biggest push yet to round up suspected illegal immigrants with criminal records, authorities said Friday.

House Scales Back Proposed Rules For Wall Street

Dec. 11
Associated Press
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House Democrats head into the final stretch on a long-awaited Wall Street regulation bill with two crucial and contentious votes looming before they can declare victory on one of President Obama's legislative priorities.

Invictus and Up in the Air

Dec. 11
By Beth Accomando
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Matt Damon and George Clooney have worked together in a number of films. But this weekend they’ll have competing films at the box office. You can also listen to my radio review of “Invictus” and “Up in the Air” (both are opening December 11 throughout San Diego).

Groups File Another Challenge To Carlsbad Desalination Project

Dec. 11
By Ed Joyce

The California Coastal Commission rejected a challenge Thursday to a proposed desalination project in Carlsbad. But, opponents have filed another request to revoke the plant's development permit.