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Stories for December 14, 2009

"Dexter" Season Finale Was Brutal

Dec. 14
By Angela Carone
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The "Dexter" season finale ended with a shocking twist - one that fans have been speculating about for weeks. The season also ends John Lithgow's run as the creepy Trinity Killer.

The Best Tiger Woods Gag I've Seen

Dec. 14
By Angela Carone

I'm so over the whole Tiger Woods media whipping/scandal, except when such shenanigans are fodder for quality comedic bits like this one starring Billy Dee Williams.

Street View: Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Dec. 14
By Wendy Fry
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“You stand here on the street corner,” Mama Rita informed me. “Then, here come the cops and they tell you to move four blocks that way. You move four blocks that way and here come the schools telling you to move four blocks that-a-way. Where are we supposed to go?"

Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah Live In Concert

Dec. 14
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This high-definition special features a distinguished, diverse and dynamic ensemble of musical performers in celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Craig Taubman hosts a musical extravaganza featuring the likes of the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics; cantor/tenor Alberto Mizrahi (first introduced in "CANTORS: A FAITH IN SONG"); top-selling jazz artist Dave Koz; soulful and dynamic Joshua Nelson; Emmy Award-winning actress Mare Winningham; rising star Michelle Citrin and others.

Complicated Triple Swap Kidney Transplant Gets Underway This Week

Dec. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Surgeons at La Jolla's Scripps Green Hospital will perform the area's first triple swap kidney transplant this week. The operations will enable three people to get kidneys from donors who hadn't been able to find a match.

New Center Planned For Study Of San Diego Bay

Dec. 14
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego Port District is teaming up with three San Diego research institutions to establish a center to study San Diego Bay.

Oceanside Middle School Lifts Lockdown After Weapon Search Completed

Dec. 14
By Alison St John
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Jefferson Middle School in Oceanside went into lockdown for several hours today.

Jerusalem: Center Of The World

Dec. 14
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Jerusalem is arguably one of the most fascinating and complicated cities in the world. This program draws on religious texts, the science of archaeology and oral traditions passed on through millennia to try to determine why this small city has occupied the minds of so many for so long. Host Ray Suarez of "The PBS Newshour" leads viewers to the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - on the land, from the sky and underground.

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2009

Dec. 14
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This program is a music and dance special highlighting the top performances from the LIVE 2008 Holiday Celebration at the Music Center of Los Angeles. The program reflects the cultural mosaic of Los Angeles and the broader "melting pot" of the United States as performers of African, Asian, European and Latino backgrounds join to express the joy of the season.

FRONTLINE: From Jesus To Christ: The First Christians

Dec. 14
By Jennifer Robinson
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FRONTLINE presents the epic story of the rise of Christianity. Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, the series transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity.

Obama Presses Banks To Boost Lending

Dec. 14
Associated Press
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President Obama told top bankers Monday to explore "every responsible way" to increase lending, saying they were obliged to help repair the American economy after being saved by the taxpayer-funded bailout.

Enjoying Holiday Foods

Dec. 14
These Days

As part of our monthly food segment, we'll talk about sweet and savory holiday dishes and food-related gifts.

Dada Came To San Diego At Vroman's Bookstore

Dec. 14
Dave Hampton
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In this Culture Lust series, contributor Dave Hampton will chart the birth and ascendancy of modernism in San Diego, including the artists, the hubs, and the champions of this now-celebrated aesthetic. Hampton looks at how a bookstore called Vroman's served as an unlikely but crucial exhibition space.

Scripps Science Delegation At Climate Change Conference

Dec. 14
These Days

A science delegation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen presenting findings on the threat climate change poses to the world's oceans.

Has Positive Thinking Undermined America?

Dec. 14
These Days

Americans are so relentlessly focused on positive thinking, writes Barbara Ehrenreich in her book "Bright-Sided," that there is little room for genuine hope or happiness or planning for downturns and disasters.

Pentagon, CIA Eye New Threat: Climate Change

Dec. 14
Tom Gjelten, NPR
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Global warming is now officially considered a threat to U.S. national security. For the first time, Pentagon planners in 2010 will include climate change among the security threats identified in the Quadrennial Defense Review.

Chargers Win Eighth In A Row

Dec. 14
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis

The San Diego Chargers have made it eight in a row. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

S.D. Layoffs Spread Throughout City

Dec. 14
By Katie Orr

As many as 200 city employees could lose their jobs as San Diego works to fill a multi-million-dollar budget hole. The layoffs will be spread throughout city departments and the people targeted may not be the ones who ultimately lose their jobs.

Backcountry Property Values And The County's New General Plan

Dec. 14
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors hope to approve a new plan for growth in the back country next year. But thousands of rural property owners want to be compensated if their property loses value.

Broadcast Film Critics Association Announces Nominations

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando
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The Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a voting member) has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards live on Friday, January 15, 2009 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. The top grabbers represent two polar extremes. "Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" each received ten nominations.

Imperial County Continues To Grapple With Teen Pregnancy

Dec. 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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California's teen birth rate has declined by 48 percent since 1991. It now stands at the lowest level in state history. But the rate of teen pregnancy remains high in some parts of California, including Imperial County.