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Stories for December 30, 2009

San Diego Zoo Welcomes New African Elephant

Dec. 30
City News Service
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A bull African elephant was moved from Florida to the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park in hopes of contributing to the genetic diversity of its herd, it was announced today.

Rebates Available For Home Water-Saving Devices

Dec. 30
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego County Water Authority says funding for commercial water conservation rebates has dried up for this fiscal year, but there is money for residential water-saving device rebates.

Analysts: After Bailouts, Detroit Must Deliver In 2010

Dec. 30
Frank Langfitt, NPR
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This year was an epic one for the Detroit auto business. Amid plunging sales and shattered business plans, General Motors and Chrysler were forced into bankruptcies at taxpayer expense.

Group Ranks San Diego Legislators On Environment

Dec. 30
By Ed Joyce

A California-based environmental group says several members of the California Legislature and the state's Congressional delegation voted for the environment 100 percent of the time. Three elected officials from San Diego made the list.

California Bans Tranfats In Restaurants And Food Outlets

Dec. 30
By Alison St John

Starting Friday, restaurants in California can no longer use any oils, margarine or shortening that contain trans fats.

New Transportation Planner Takes Over At SANDAG

Dec. 30
By Alison St John

A new Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning officially takes over today at the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG. Charles “Muggs” Stoll says next year will be an important one for San Diego planners.

Sierra Snowpack Still Below Normal After Early Winter Storms

Dec. 30
Samantha Young, AP
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California's first snow survey of the winter shows the Sierra snowpack is below normal despite a series of early winter storms.

U.S.-Mexico Border Cities On Same Time In 2010

Dec. 30
By Amy Isackson

A new Mexican law means less scheduling snafus this spring for people who cross the border between Tijuana and San Diego. The new law synchronizes daylight savings schedules in U.S. and Mexican border cities in 2010.

Earthquake In Mexicali Rattles Border Cities

Dec. 30
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A magnitude-5.8 earthquake rocked the U.S.-Mexico border region just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday, causing hospitals to evacuate in the Mexican industrial city of Mexicali as buildings swayed more than 100 miles to the west in San Diego and southwestern Arizona.

New Focus For Airport Screening: Strange Behavior

Dec. 30
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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The failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S. airliner has triggered a new wave of scrutiny of the U.S. government's approach to aviation security. There are questions about whether the U.S. government is being aggressive enough in implementing other kinds of measures to detect suspicious passengers.

Julius Shulman's San Diego Photography Following "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman"

Dec. 30
By Angela Carone
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Nobody captured modernism better than architectural photographer Julius Shulman and he photographed buildings and homes right here in San Diego. This Friday, "Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman" opens at Landmark's Ken Cinema and immediately following the 7:30pm screening, you can see a slide show of his San Diego work, courtesy of Modern San Diego.

Environmental Cleanup Beginning In Downtown San Diego

Dec. 30
By Ed Joyce

The Centre City Development Corporation plans to remove contaminated soil from underneath a parking lot in the East Village of San Diego.