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Stories for November 24, 2009

S.D. Budget Proposal Not As Draconian As Feared

Nov. 24
By Alison St John

The city of San Diego won’t lose any sworn police officers or close any libraries under the mayor’s suggested budget proposal for the next 18 months. However, the plan relies on improved revenues in 2011 to avoid deeper cuts later.

Colleges Develop Fast-Track Biotech Programs

Nov. 24
By Ana Tintocalis

An increasing number of San Diego County colleges and universities are developing biotechnology education programs in hopes of developing more local scientists and workers.

Psychologist Looks For Ways To End Marijuana Addiction

Nov. 24
By Tom Fudge
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The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego is studying ways to help people end their addiction to marijuana. There are three efforts underway to qualify ballot measures, for the 2010 election, that would legalize marijuana use in California.

Consumer Group Says Many Unsafe Toys Still On The Market

Nov. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

Despite new federal safety standards, many toys on store shelves could pose a hazard to children. The California Public Interest Research Group has released its 24th annual Trouble in Toyland report.

To Pass, Health Bill May Have To Ditch Public Option

Nov. 24
Liz Halloran, NPR
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It will be another week before senators begin floor debate on the Democrats' health care overhaul bill, but many in Washington are already predicting the demise of its current provision for a modest government-run insurance program.

Schwarzenegger Introduces Lieutenant Governor Nominee

Nov. 24
City News Service

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced his choice for lieutenant governor, Sen. Abel Maldonado, to the public today in East Los Angeles.

Talking Turkey: Top San Diego Chefs Give Advice

Nov. 24
These Days
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Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Will 20 relatives be roaming around your house waiting to taste the turkey or the pumpkin pie? Well we have two of San Diego's premiere chefs in studio to answer your cooking questions and put any hosting anxieties to rest. We'll talk turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and pie today on These Days.

Trailer Tuesday: Raging Phoenix

Nov. 24
By Beth Accomando
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With "Red Cliff" and "Ninja Assassin" both opening for the holiday weekend, I had Asian action on the brain. Well okay, I always have Asian action on the brain. Anyway, here's a new Thai film called "Raging Phoenix" that mixes Drunken Muay Thai, break dancing, and parkour.

State Budget Cuts Impacting Local Parks, Beaches

Nov. 24
These Days
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Recent cuts to city and state budgets are affecting local beaches and parks. We take a look at how this impacts the quality of life for San Diego residents.

How To Protect Yourself From Swine Flu

Nov. 24
These Days

An update on Swine Flu in San Diego County. County of San Diego Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, joins us in studio to talk about the availability of the vaccine, what you can do to prevent infection and what people should do if they suspect they have the flu.

UCSD Scientist Says Climate Change Accelerating Beyond Expectations

Nov. 24
By Ed Joyce

A UC San Diego scientist says climate change is accelerating beyond expectations. A new report calls for a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Obama Closes In On Afghan Troop Increase

Nov. 24
Tom Bowman, NPR
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President Obama is expected to address the nation early next week, saying he will send a sizable force of additional troops to Afghanistan, sources tell NPR. The tentative plan is for the president to make his announcement Dec. 1.

Will Corporate Sponsors Help Save Education?

Nov. 24
By Ana Tintocalis
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We’re familiar with big corporations like Petco, Qualcomm and Cricket Wireless that buy the naming rights to sports and entertainment venues. But now these deals are beginning to infiltrate public education. The San Diego County Office of Education is looking for corporate sponsors to keep its extracurricular programs alive.