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Stories for December 28, 2009

Reflecting On A Decade Of Stem Cell Research

Dec. 28
Joe Palca, NPR
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Some say they hold the potential for medical miracles. Others claim they are a moral abomination. Either way, human embryonic stem cells captured headlines during the past decade in a way few areas of scientific research have before.

Year Of Iranian Discontent Continues Into 2010

Dec. 28
Mike Shuster, NPR
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Unrest in Iran continued Monday for a third consecutive day. There were reports of isolated clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police. At least nine people were killed in Sunday's demonstrations, which were the most violent since those that followed the disputed presidential election last June.

San Diego County Population Grows, But Not As Fast

Dec. 28
By Alison St John
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San Diego County grew by more than 38,000 people last year, most of that growth due to new children born to existing residents. However, significantly fewer new babies were born in the region compared to the year before.

Greater Access To Flu Vaccine Gets Strong Public Response

Dec. 28
By Tom Fudge

Following the announcement last week that swine flu vaccine would be available to everyone, public health clinics in San Diego County saw a dramatic upswing in patients.

'Our System Did Not Work,' Napolitano Concedes

Dec. 28
NPR
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The security screen meant to stop potential terrorists from boarding commercial airliners failed on Christmas Day when a man with explosives tried unsuccessfully to detonate a bomb on an international flight bound for Detroit, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday.

San Diego Gives Christmas Trees Second Life

Dec. 28
By Ed Joyce
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You can recycle your old Christmas tree in a way that returns it back to the earth. The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department offers free tree recycling.

California Could Legalize Marijuana Next Year

Dec. 28
By Kenny Goldberg
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Californians may have a chance to vote next year on whether to legalize marijuana. Supporters of the concept say they've collected more than enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.