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Stories for December 2, 2009

SDSU Gets Record-Breaking Number Of Applications

Dec. 2
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego State University received a record-breaking number of undergraduate applications for the fall semester. However officials say a vast majority of those applicants will be turned away.

Carlsbad Composer Brings Band "Build" To San Diego

Dec. 2
These Days
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Seven years ago, Carlsbad native Matt McBane started the Carlsbad Music Festival and it has become one of the area's most innovative music showcases. Since relocating to Brooklyn, the classically-trained violinist has built a band called Build. McBane and his indie-classical quintet play The Loft on Wednesday night.

Camp Pendleton Marines Await Orders

Dec. 2
By Alison St John
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Marines at Camp Pendleton are waiting to find out exactly how many of them will be deploying earlier than expected to Afghanistan.

Thanksgiving At My House

Dec. 2
By Angela Carone
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After Thanksgiving dinner, my guests were cajoled into a tableau vivant for my camera. Some may cry sacrilege, but I like to think of it as an homage to da Vinci (not the Code, the artist).

Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas In Concert

Dec. 2
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Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli for a Christmas concert of seasonal favorites. Showcasing Bocelli’s soaring vocals are lush new arrangements given the distinctive Foster touch. Recorded at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, the program features special guests Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige, Reba McEntire, Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, the Muppets and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Stolen Climate E-Mails Cause A Ruckus In Congress

Dec. 2
Richard Harris, NPR
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A congressional hearing that was supposed to be a routine recap of global-warming science Wednesday turned into a fracas involving e-mails stolen from some prominent climate scientists.

Brain Fitness: Frontiers

Dec. 2
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This program illustrates how ordinary people are using their brain plasticity to create lasting and astonishing changes. Neuroscience research is proving that neuroplasticity holds the key to previously unimaginable and amazing transformations. The third program of the "BRAIN FITNESS" trilogy takes viewers into the labs of the scientists and the lives of those who have been assisted and changed through cognitive training. Peter Coyote hosts.

Incomplete Border Tunnel Found In San Diego

Dec. 2
Associated Press
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says Mexican authorities discovered an incomplete tunnel that extends into San Diego and is equipped with a lift system, ventilation and lighting.

Kehoe Wants Greenway At Del Mar Fairgrounds

Dec. 2
By Ed Joyce
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State Senator Christine Kehoe Wednesday called for the creation of a greenway along the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Dieguito River.

City Council Convenes For First Budget Hearing

Dec. 2
Joe Britton, City News Service
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Fire pits, beach maintenance, and garbage collection are all on the chopping block. A union official testified the proposed spending cuts would degrade public safety.

Hype Vs. Fact In Science News

Dec. 2
These Days
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How accurate is the reporting of scientific discoveries in the media today? We'll look at the role of the media in reporting important stories like global warming and stem cell research to the public.

Calif. Faces $20 Billion Deficit. Does That Sound Familiar?

Dec. 2
These Days
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What's the latest news on the state budget deficit? Will Democrats put up a fight over Republican Sen. Abel Maldonado's nomination for lieutenant governor? We speak to John Myers, from "The California Report", about the top stories in Sacramento.

Afghan Plan Met With Cautious Approval

Dec. 2
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President Obama's decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan received a cautiously positive assessment Wednesday from the top U.S. commander in the region, NATO allies and even congressional Republicans. But the response from many Democratic lawmakers was more skeptical.

Terminally Ill S.D. Man Looks For An Answer In Stem Cells

Dec. 2
By Tom Fudge
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Stem cell research offers great promise for people with incurable diseases. But promises won't help those who don't have time to wait for those medical breakthroughs. A man, dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, has gone out of the country in search of treatment.

Health Insurance Subsidies End For Many Unemployed Californians

Dec. 2
By Kenny Goldberg
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Many Californians who have received federal subsidies to help them pay for health insurance after losing a job are now on their own. The COBRA subsidies that began last March have expired.