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Stories for December 29, 2009

It's Complicated and Nine

Dec. 29
By Beth Accomando
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“It’s Complicated” (opened December 25 throughout San Diego) and “Nine” (opened December 25 throughout San Diego) are two of the most miserable filmgoing experiences of recent memory. Tooth extraction without Novocain would be more pleasant.

Obama: 'Systemic Failure' Allowed Bomb Attempt

Dec. 29
Associated Press
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President Obama said Tuesday that "a systemic failure" allowed the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam. The president said he wants preliminary results by Thursday from two investigations he has ordered to examine the many lapses that occurred.

Appeals Court Finds Police Officer's Taser Use Was Excessive Force

Dec. 29
City News Service

A Coronado police officer who zapped a 21-year-old man with a Taser during a stop for a seatbelt infraction is not entitled to qualified immunity, according to a federal appeals court ruling obtained today.

San Diego's Political Character Continues To Change

Dec. 29
By Alison St John

2009 was not an election year but San Diego’s political parties continue to build on their strengths in preparation for battles ahead. The political make-up of San Diego County continues to change.

More Exercise Is Top San Diego Health Goal

Dec. 29
By Tom Fudge

Getting more exercise is the number-one health goal for San Diegans, according to a recent survey. The survey, sponsored by Scripps Health, asked 2,000 San Diego County adults what they'd like to do to improve their health in 2010.

No Fear Of Flying? Makes Perfect Sense, Experts Say

Dec. 29
Liz Halloran, NPR
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In the wake of the unsuccessful Christmas Day terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253 bound for Detroit, many Americans — with the exception of political partisans — seemed to react with a collective shrug and some humor.

Baja California Police Arrest Alleged Drug Gang Killer

Dec. 29
By Amy Isackson
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Baja California police have arrested an alleged drug gang member who is suspected of killing and kidnapping people for a Tijuana drug trafficking group.

Immigrants Rights Activists Head To Court

Dec. 29
By Amy Isackson

Immigrants rights activists headed to court in El Centro Tuesday morning. They were ticketed last month by the Sheriff for stringing safety buoys across the All American Canal to help prevent migrant drownings.

Trailer Tuesday: The Visual Underground Reunion

Dec. 29
By Beth Accomando
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Instead of highlighting a Hollywood trailer I decided to highlight the preview trailer for The Visual Underground Reunion (Warning: mature content). If the people putting on this film-music-art event put this much creative effort into the teaser trailer for their show imagine how good the show will be.

Two Dead After Ex-Security Guard Opens Fire At Barona Gaming Commission

Dec. 29
City News Service and Associated Press

A man who was fired from his job at the Barona Resort and Casino last month burst into the tribal gaming commission's security office with a gun Tuesday and reportedly fired shots before barricading himself inside, authorities said.

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Dec. 29
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Monthly Home Prices Rise Again — With An Asterisk

Dec. 29
NPR
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Home prices rose for the fifth month in a row in October, but the recovery continues to be uneven with only 11 of the 20 metro areas tracked showing gains.

Attempted Bombing Won't Stop Public From Flying

Dec. 29
Wade Goodwyn, NPR
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Friday's attempted bombing of a Northwest jetliner could mean more bad news for the nation's struggling airlines. It all depends on how the flying public reacts to long lines, increased security and the knowledge that a suspected would-be terrorist eluded detection.

Supervisor Roberts Still Not Showing His Hand

Dec. 29
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts has not yet revealed if he will resurrect the major development known as Merriam Mountain in North County.