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Stories for November 27, 2009

Christmas Lights Start Early

Nov. 27
By Alison St John
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For those interested less in the shopping and more in the glow of the holiday season, here's more on where and when to see Christmas tree lights.

S.D. Retailers Pleased With Early Black Friday Results

Nov. 27
Nicole Lozare, City News Service
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Black Friday shopping in San Diego started as early as midnight and some retailers are already calling it a success, but local economic experts said today it won't compare to pre-recession times.

Film Club: The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando
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Wes Anderson has dealt with dysfunctional families in "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Darjeeling Limited," but "Fantastic Mr. Fox (opened November 25throughout San Diego) marks the first time he has done so in the realm of animation.

Rail Safety Campaign Targets Calif. Teens

Nov. 27
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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State officials say California leads the nation in railroad crossing deaths, and teenagers are the number one at-risk group. Cal-Trans has launched a campaign aimed at preventing more deaths.

Christmas Tree Sellers Hope For Better Season

Nov. 27
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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Today and tomorrow many Christmas tree farms and retailers will open up for the season. Sales were down last year, but sellers are hoping to reverse that trend this year.

'Black Friday' Buyers Focus On Bargains

Nov. 27
Tamara Keith and Steve Inskeep, NPR
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This day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, has come to be known as Black Friday. Retailers are extending their hours, and they are competing for consumers who are expected to spend less on presents this holiday season.

Asian Action at Theaters

Nov. 27
By Beth Accomando
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If you like action then you’ll have something to be thankful for this holiday weekend as third century Chinese armies and ninja assassins invade theaters. This Thanksgiving holiday two very different kinds of action films square off at theaters: John Woo’s epic “Red Cliff” (opens November 27 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) or the video game-like “Ninja Assassin" (opened November 25 throughout San Diego).

UCSD Reflects National Reduction In Swine Flu Cases

Nov. 27
By Tom Fudge
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UC San Diego has seen a reduction in both suspected and confirmed cases of swine flu.