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Stories for December 15, 2009

S.D. Unified Taps New Board President

Dec. 15
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified School Board has a new board president. Trustee Richard Barrera was tapped yesterday to lead the board of education.

Science Education Under Microscope

Dec. 15
By Ana Tintocalis

A group of science supporters called on San Diego Unified school trustees yesterday to make science education a priority by protecting science initiatives from budget cuts.

San Diego Film Critics Vote for Best of 2009

Dec. 15
By Beth Accomando
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Today the San Diego Film Critics Society voted on the best of 2009 with "Inglourious Basterds" taking Best Picture as well as five other awards.

New Citizens Committee On City Revenues Holds Its First Meeting

Dec. 15
By Alison St John

The Citizens Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission could help break new ground on ways to balance the City of San Diego's budget.

Tijuana Drug Gang Truce Appears Broken

Dec. 15

Gruesome drug cartel violence has kicked up again in Tijuana. At least 30 people have been killed in the last five days.

Group Wants South Bay Power Plant Removed

Dec. 15
By Ed Joyce

A coalition of elected officials claim the old South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista is no longer needed. They say it should be torn down.

Top Ten Album Releases of the Year

Dec. 15
These Days
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It's time to look back over the year in popular music. According to our guest, Chris Cantore, the best music in 2009 was dominated by indie rock bands like Grizzly Bear, the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, and Phoenix. Cantore will tell us about his favorite album releases of the year.

Perceptions of the Tree of Life Before and After Darwin

Dec. 15
These Days

The Tree of Life is commonly associated with Charles Darwin, though its iconography predates the theory of evolution. We speak with a local professor of biology about the perceptions of the Tree of Life before and after Darwin.

Sherri Lightner Discusses The City's Budget Deficit And Goals For 2010

Dec. 15
These Days

Sherri Lightner, who represents San Diego City Council District 1, talks about the past year as a brand-new council member, how she has addressed her campaign goals and what she would like to see happen for the City of San Diego in 2010.

Marti Emerald Talks About First Year On San Diego City Council

Dec. 15
These Days
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Marti Emerald, who represents District 7 on the San Diego City Council, talks about the past year as a brand-new council member, what she considers her major accomplishments, how she feels about the recently passed city budget, and relations with the Mayor's office.

Illinois Prison To House Guantanamo Detainees

Dec. 15
NPR
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In a key step toward closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison, the White House is planning to acquire a rural prison in Illinois to house detainees on U.S. soil.

Politics Around Gay Latino State Assembly Speaker

Dec. 15
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis

The governor has picked the next speaker for the California Assembly. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Golden Globe Nominations Announced

Dec. 15
By Beth Accomando
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The Hollywood Foreign Press (a non-profit organization whose members are international journalists based in Southern California) just announced its nominations for both film and television. No real surprises with “Up in the Air,” “Nine,” and “Avatar” among the leading contenders in the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Group Urges San Diego Unified To Save Science Education

Dec. 15
By Ana Tintocalis
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A group of concerned citizens is calling on San Diego Unified to save science education and adopt a 'green-tech' focus in the process.

Live From Copenhagen: Calif. Team To Host Discussion

Dec. 15
By Alison St John

California’s Climate Team will hold a live video conference from the UN Summit in Copenhagen to respond directly to questions from San Diegans.