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Stories for December 16, 2009

New School Board Leaders Want Open, Honest Dialogue

Dec. 16
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified's new school board leader and vice president are expected to hold a news conference this morning talk about the district's money problems. They say its part of their overall strategy to make the district a more open and honest place.

Christmas At Belmont 2009

Dec. 16
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Three-time Grammy Award winner and Belmont University alumna Trisha Yearwood hosts a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites. More than 400 student voices join Yearwood, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children's Choir to present this annual production, taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

NATURE: Christmas In Yellowstone

Dec. 16
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As snow falls and Christmas lights glow in Jackson Hole, a holiday season of a different sort settles in just beyond the town, in the great winter world of Yellowstone. Breathtaking landscapes frame intimate scenes of wolves and coyotes, elk and bison, bears and otters as they make their way through their most challenging season of the year.

NOVA: The Last Great Ape

Dec. 16
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Deep in the Congo lives a little-studied group of apes called the bonobos. Like chimpanzees, bonobos are among humans' closest relatives. But unlike chimps, known for their violent behavior, bonobos are far more peaceful, even matriarchal. They embrace their neighbors and resolve conflict in an usual way -- by having sex. Much like humans, bonobos have sex not just to procreate, but also for pleasure. The discovery of these more gentle ape traits have fascinated scientists and led them to question our origins and the roots of human nature as a whole.

Great Performances: Dance In America: San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

Dec. 16
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Since the first production of "The Nutcracker" in St. Petersburg more than a century ago, its charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score have combined to make it one of the most popular and enduring ballets the world over. San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved ballet its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing “Dance in America” viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan.

Antiques Roadshow: Big And Little

Dec. 16
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“Big & Little” proves good things come in small — and gigantic — packages. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW looks high and low through its archive of appraisals for unusually teeny treasures and outsize objects, from an heirloom five-carat diamond ring valued at $40,000 to $50,000 to a wall-sized painting by noted American artist John Fery, estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000.

South Bay Power Plant Foes Get Another Hearing

Dec. 16
By Ed Joyce
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A coalition of elected officials and environmentalists continued its effort Wednesday to force the removal of the South Bay Power Plant in Chula Vista. The group used a regional water board meeting to make its case.

San Diego Researchers Help Sequence Lung Cancer Genome

Dec. 16
By Tom Fudge
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Scientists at San Diego-based Life Technologies have co-authored a study that reveals the genome of lung cancer.

In Copenhagen, Trees May Carry The Day

Dec. 16
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Climate negotiators in Copenhagen may snatch a small victory from the jaws of defeat Wednesday as they put the final touches on a deal that would pay countries to not cut down trees (growing trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and thus slow warming).

School Trustees Sift Through Budget Ideas

Dec. 16
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified school board begins to sift through hundreds of community ideas today that could help them plug the district's multimillion dollar budget hole for next year.

Stimulus Money Helps Families On The Verge Of Eviction

Dec. 16
By Alison St John
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More than a million dollars in federal stimulus funds have arrived to help a North County coalition keep families off the streets.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Holiday Etiquette

Dec. 16
These Days
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How has etiquette for hosts changed over the years? What's expected of those hosting parties and their guests these days? Etiquette expert Elaine Swann answers all your etiquette questions and shares a few horror stories.

What Are The Hottest Tech Toys This Holiday Season?

Dec. 16
These Days
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Why are those netbook computers so popular right now? What's the newest 3G phone on the market? And, are consumers spending less on tech gadgets this holiday season? We speak to Brian Cooley from CNET about this year's most innovative, and sought-after tech gadgets.

Kevin Faulconer On The Budget, Outsourcing And Working With The Mayor

Dec. 16
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Kevin Faulconer represents the 2nd District (downtown, Old Town, Point Loma) on the San Diego City Council. We ask him about budget issues, outsourcing, accomplishments for 2009 and challenges for 2010 and 2011.

Political Analysis: Recall Elections

Dec. 16
These Days
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The effort to recall Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern failed decisively last week. KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner examines the success and failure of recent recall elections in San Diego and across California.

Climate Talks Deadlocked As Clashes Erupt Outside

Dec. 16
Associated Press
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Danish police fired pepper spray and beat protesters with batons outside the U.N. climate conference on Wednesday, as disputes inside left major issues unresolved just two days before world leaders hope to sign a historic agreement to fight global warming.

Oceanside To Vote On Charter

Dec. 16
By Alison St John
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Oceanside city council tackles a contentious issue this evening: whether to become a charter city. The vote comes one week after one councilmember survived a bitter recall campaign and another councilman is due to leave the city for a job in Sacramento.