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Stories for December 2, 2010

Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Dog Fighting Sentenced Today

Dec. 2
City News Service

A Ramona father of two who raised pit bulls at his home for dog fighting was sentenced today to a year in custody.

SWAT Standoff In Encinitas

Dec. 2
City News Service

A woman wanted for alleged drug and weapons crimes prompted a SWAT standoff this afternoon by holing up in a North County home when authorities showed up to take her into custody.

Residents React To Reported Toxic Dump

Dec. 2
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

Some residents in the Central Valley town of Kettleman City, are concerned about a toxic dump, pollution and a cluster of birth defects.

80 Employees Laid Off From SeaWorld San Diego

Dec. 2
City News Service

About 80 employees of SeaWorld San Diego were laid off today, part of a corporate-wide restructuring that eliminated 350 salaried and hourly workers at 10 parks and the company's headquarters in Orlando.

The Dandy Warhols Play The Belly Up Tavern

Dec. 2
David Walters
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The Dandy Warhols play the Belly Up Tavern on Tuesday and Culture Lust contributor David Walters has followed the band's 17-year career with interest. He gives Culture Lust readers a quick primer on the Portland band.

Supercenter Veto Squashed

Dec. 2
By Katie Orr
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You can still build a massive supercenter store in San Diego. But you’re going to have to do some additional studies beforehand. The city council has overturned a mayoral veto that would have blocked tougher regulations for supercenter developers.

Men Still Outnumber Women In Top Management Positions

Dec. 2
California Capitol Network

In its sixth annual survey of women in the workforce, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management found that men continue to outnumber women in top management positions by a wide margin.

Camp Pendleton Breaks Ground On New Naval Hospital

Dec. 2
By Alison St John
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Camp Pendleton has broken ground on the largest Navy construction project in the federal stimulus fund program.

San Diego Hospital Ranked In Top 65 In The US

Dec. 2
City News Service

Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center was named one of the top 65 hospitals in the United States in a survey of patient quality and safety, it was announced today.

Culture Lust Weekend: December Nights, 'Plaid Tidings' & Handmade Holiday Shopping

Dec. 2
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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It's only the second day of December but San Diego is taking it's "off season" very seriously. Between December nights, festive plays and handmade holiday gifts, you'd better grab hold of your winter coat because the season is officially upon us!

Parent Company Plans To Lay Off SeaWorld Employees

Dec. 2
Associated Press

The company that owns the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks plans to lay off 350 workers around the nation.

City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto On Superstores

Dec. 2
City News Service

The San Diego City Council today overrode a mayoral veto of a council-passed ordinance to force developers to conduct economic and community impact studies before so-called "Big Box" superstores can be built.

Workers Prepare To Destory Bomb-Filled House

Dec. 2
City News Service

Workers began building a protective barrier today alongside a condemned North County home to be burned to the ground to dispose of large amounts of illegal explosive chemicals and other bomb-making paraphernalia found inside it two weeks ago.

Program Offers Breast Cancer Screenings To Low-Income Women

Dec. 2
California Capitol Network

It’s been closed for nearly a year, but now a program that helps low-income women get breast cancer screenings is re-opening. It’s known as “every woman counts.”

Mayor Sanders Pushes New Money-Saving Plan

Dec. 2
James R. Riffel, City News Service

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today urged members of the new City Council to support his managed competition money-saving plan.

California Voters Find Ballot Initiatives Confusing

Dec. 2
California Capitol Network

A post-election survey finds that California voters aren’t thrilled with the initiative process, but they do value it – especially when they’re unhappy with their legislators according to the new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

EPA Says Regulators Did Not Monitor Air At Toxic Dump

Dec. 2
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

An email from the U.S. EPA said state regulators did not monitor air quality at a toxic dump in rural Kettleman City, during a period when there was a spike in the number of area babies born with birth defects.

"The Last Good War" Celebrates World War Two Veterans

Dec. 2
These Days

In the new book of photographs and essays called THE LAST GOOD WAR, we see pictures of over 100 World War two veterans as senior citizens, some from here in San Diego. And in the essays, they tell their stories, what their missions were during the war, how they were injured, who they met and who they lost.

Sacramento Press Club Says Goodbye To Schwarzenegger

Dec. 2
California Capitol Network
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The capitol community said goodbye to outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday night by roasting him at the Sacramento Press Club’s gridiron gala.

NASA: Arsenic-Eating Microbe May Redefine Life

Dec. 2
Associated Press
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The discovery of a strange bacteria that can use arsenic as one of its nutrients widens the scope for finding new forms of life on Earth and possibly beyond.

Troops Get Christmas Trees

Dec. 2
City News Service

Some 900 Christmas trees will be given away to Marines and their families at Camp Pendleton today as part of an annual "Trees for Troops" program.

Authorities Say 17-Year-Old Boy Intended To Die

Dec. 2
City News Service

A 17-year-old boy who died after crossing into oncoming traffic on state Route 78 in Vista apparently intended to die, authorities said today.

Entertainment News: 'Marwencol' Gets Best Doc Nom

Dec. 2
By Beth Accomando
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As I have mentioned before I like to follow the progress of films that I feel a connection to so I am happy to report that the marvelous documentary "Marwencol" that won the Best Documentary Award at this past Comic-Con International Film Festival has just nabbed a Best Doc nom at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Panel OKs Mosque Plan

Dec. 2
Associated Press

A planning commission in Southern California has unanimously approved plans for a mosque after a contentious 5 1/2-hour meeting that included more than 80 speakers.

Events: 'Plaid Tidings', 'The Color Purple,' Holiday Cocktails

Dec. 2
These Days
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It's the holidays, so everyone can begin drinking, eating, and going to the theater. We'll talk holiday cocktails, plays, and a few new restaurants.

Video: Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible Do "Radio Borderland"

Dec. 2
By Angela Carone
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Love this video for the song "Radio Borderland" from Nortec Collective's Bostich and Fussible. They go to Shanghai! The song is off the newly Grammy nominated album "Bulevar 2000."

San Diego Real Estate Forecast For 2011

Dec. 2
These Days

Will local home sales pick up in the new year, or will high unemployment and the expiration of state and federal tax credits keep the sales volume low? We speak to local real estate experts about the latest trends in the San Diego housing market.

Insight: Connecting Cross-Border Commercial Traffic To The Freeway System

Dec. 2
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The opening of a three-mile stretch of highway 905 today is the first step toward improving the flow of goods across the Mexican border. Residents of Otay Mesa also hope it will make it a little easier for them to do business.

Local Somalis Doubt Fed's Terror Support Case Against Four San Diegans

Dec. 2
By Amita Sharma
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Despite scores of FBI intercepts, many local Somalis think the government's case against four area San Diegans is fabricated and believe their community remains caught in the crosshairs of 9/11.

Winter Shelter Finally Opening

Dec. 2
By Katie Orr

If everything goes as planned, San Diego’s winter homeless shelter will open Thursday, a week later than organizers would have liked.

Review: 'Four Lions'

Dec. 2
By Beth Accomando
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The British film "Four Lions"(opening December 3 at the Reading Gaslamp 15 Theaters) serves up a comedy about wannabe suicide bombers. This got me wondering if anything has the potential to be funny. You can listen to my radio feature or read my review.

Teenagers Killed By Gang Members To Be Remembered

Dec. 2
By Ana Tintocalis
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Southeast San Diego was devastated two years ago by a gang-related, double-homicide. The victims: Two teenagers who were rising stars at their schools. Residents and students will remember the two young teens this Sunday, and call for an end to gang violence.