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Stories for December 3, 2010

Crusading Cyclists Head for the Border

Dec. 3
By Nicole Corpuz
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Two cyclists with a vision to bring clean water to Fiji pedaled out of San Diego today. Their 31,000-mile global tour will take them through 6 continents and 40 countries in 18 months.

Del Mar's Quest To Buy The Fairgrounds

Dec. 3
San Diego Week
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Why does the City of Del Mar want to buy the Del Mar Fairgrounds? Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest held a press conference this week to answer questions about his city's interest in the site. KPBS Senior Metro Reporter Alison St. John gives us the latest info on the potential sale of the fairgrounds.

US Attorney Laura Duffy Discusses Goals For Southern District

Dec. 3
San Diego Week
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Laura Duffy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, sits down with Reporter Alison St. John for an in-depth interview about her goals for the region, her recent investigations of Mexican drug cartels, and Somali terror suspects in San Diego.

How Will Rep. Issa's Prominent Role Impact San Diego?

Dec. 3
San Diego Week
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North County Congressman Darrell Issa has become one of the most powerful members of the House of Representatives. The Republican is incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Issa has pledged to increase scrutiny of the Obama Administration in an effort to cut government spending. How might Rep. Issa's rise to national prominence affect our region?

San Diego Boasts Burgeoning CleanTech Cluster

Dec. 3
San Diego Week
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Is the San Diego region well-positioned to take advantage of future growth in the green-technology industry? KPBS environment and business reporter Ed Joyce joins us to discuss the potential growth of clean technology industries in San Diego.

Insight: Assemble A Political Team Before You Plan An Airport

Dec. 3
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Pat Shea is a bankruptcy attorney and a one-time candidate for San Diego Mayor. But in 2001 he was president of Brown Field Aviation Partners, an investor group that wanted to turn the airfield near the Mexican border into San Diego’s cargo airport.

Absentee Voters Outnumber Voters At The Polls This Year

Dec. 3
By Alison St John

With all the votes cast in the November election tallied and squared away, San Diego’s Registrar of Voters notes that the way people prefer to vote is changing.

San Diego Federal Grand Jury Indicts a Fourth Man for Helping Al-Shabab

Dec. 3
By Amita Sharma

The Anaheim man was arrested at Lindbergh Field Thursday after taking a flight from Dubai.

UCSD Scientists Warn Of Ocean Acidification in Cancún

Dec. 3
By Ed Joyce

UCSD researchers say action is needed now to keep carbon dioxide from making the world's oceans more acidic. The scientists are highlighting the problem at a climate summit in Cancún, Mexico.

Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas

Dec. 3
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The angel-voiced former Celtic Woman steps out on her own for the first time in this new public television concert event. Singer/harpist Orla Fallon performs with special guests David Archuleta (2008 "American Idol" runner-up), country sensation Mark Wills, and former Celtic Woman Meav - the first time the two original members of Celtic Woman have performed together since their years with the group!

Review: 'Heartless'

Dec. 3
By Beth Accomando
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Twenty years ago Philip Ridley made the striking indie film "The Reflecting Skin." Now he has a new film called "Heartless" (opening December 3 at Reading Gaslamp 15 Theaters) about demons on the London streets.

Riverdance: Live From Beijing

Dec. 3
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In December 2009, Riverdance embarked on a 12-city tour of China, a first for any international show. A celebration of Irish dance and culture, Riverdance enthralled the Chinese audience and continues to amaze with their sophistication and vibrancy.

Holiday Stages: December Theater Guide

Dec. 3
By Jocelyn Maggard
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Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard assembled this joyous little guide to San Diego's holiday theater offerings.

Bringing Life To 'The Walking Dead'

Dec. 3
Aaron Watanabe
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Culture Lust contributor Aaron Watanabe is a fan of the comic series "The Walking Dead" and he's happy to report that AMC's new television series based on the comic (and which wraps up this Sunday) lives up to expectations.

Number Of SDSU Applicants Dropped 2 Percent For Next Fall

Dec. 3

San Diego State University received more than 60,000 undergraduate applications for the fall 2011 semester, a 2 percent drop from a year ago, but still the third-highest total ever, it was announced today.

Body Found In Strip Mall

Dec. 3
City News Service

The body of an apparent homicide victim turned up early today in a parking lot near Sweetwater County Park.

North County Habitat To Be Preserved

Dec. 3
City News Service

More than 70 acres of sensitive habitat in the North County will be preserved, under a joint purchase announced today by the San Diego Association of Governments and county of San Diego.

The Peter Yarrow Sing-Along Special

Dec. 3
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"The Peter Yarrow Sing-Along Special" is a family celebration of America's favorite folk songs performed by some of America’s most beloved folk singers. Starring Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Keb Mo, Billy Jonas and Bethany & Rufus, this concert will inspire the whole family with joyous and tender sing-alongs by a theater full of kids, their parents and grandparents.

Celtic Thunder Christmas

Dec. 3
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This heart-warming Celtic Thunder show features holiday standards such as "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night" as well as a few specially-written originals, "Going Home For Christmas," "Christmas Morning Donegal" and "Our First Christmas Together."

San Diego Fugitive Captured

Dec. 3
City News Service

An East County man who skipped bail five weeks ago while facing charges of robbery, domestic violence and attempted murder in several criminal cases was captured Thursday.

Escondido "Bomb Factory" Suspect Indicted On Federal Charges

Dec. 3
City News Service

A man accused of making explosives at his rented Escondido home -- one of which injured a gardener -- was indicted by a federal grand jury, so local charges were dismissed today.

James Moody Nominated For A Grammy

Dec. 3
By Angela Carone
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Jazz sax legend James Moody was nominated for a Grammy Award this week for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Moody resides in San Diego and is battling pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Lori Mosca's Three Keys To Heart Health

Dec. 3
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Dr. Lori Mosca is one of the leading cardiologists in the country, and in this program, she'll present an engaging and evidence based approach for women to improve their cardiovascular health and the health of their families.

14-Year-Old, SD Native, Held As Killer For Drug-Cartel

Dec. 3
By Kyla Calvert, Mark Sauer

Mexican soldiers arrested a 14-year-old, born in San Diego, suspected of being a killer for a drug cartel. The boy told reporters in Cuernavaca that he had been working for the cartel since he was 11.

ADD And Loving It?!

Dec. 3
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The film that started it all, "ADD And Loving It?!" starring comedian and actor Patrick McKenna. Watch as Patrick gets his own diagnosis and learns from top experts about Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This ground-breaking documentary is a blend of humor, hope, and science that dispels common myths about ADD/ADHD.

Gang Member Sentenced For 2009 Murder

Dec. 3
City News Service

A gang member who shot an 18-year-old man in the head in rival gang territory last year was sentenced today to 32 years in prison.

Camp Pendleton Marine Killed In Afghanistan

Dec. 3
City News Service

A 22-year-old Camp Pendleton Marine was killed in combat this week in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced.

Two Women Attacked By Gang Members

Dec. 3
City News Service

Two 16-year-old boys were in custody today accused of being part of a group of juvenile gang members who attacked a group of young women in Colina del Sol, sending one of the victim to the hospital with a stab wound, police said.

Review: 'The Warrior's Way'

Dec. 3
By Beth Accomando
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Next year we'll get "Cowboys vs. Aliens" but for now you can console yourself with cowboys vs. ninjas in "The Warrior's Way" (opening December 3 throughout San Diego).

State Budget Concerns Schwarzenegger And Brown

Dec. 3
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

Both outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and incoming Governor Jerry Brown are focused on the state’s budget mess.

Local Congressman Darrell Issa Rising To National Prominence

Dec. 3
Editors Roundtable

Vista's Darrell Issa continues to elevate his role as one of the most powerful members of the House of Representatives. The Republican, incoming chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, pledges to increase scrutiny of the Obama Administration in an effort to cut government spending. How might Rep. Issa's rise to national prominence impact San Diego?

Can New City Council Fix San Diego's Budget Mess?

Dec. 3
Editors Roundtable

San Diego will welcome two new city council members next week, and say goodbye to longtime Councilwoman Donna Frye and Council President Ben Hueso. The council will also select a new president on Monday, and begin discussing how to cut the city's $73 million budget deficit. How will the makeup of the council change once Lorie Zapf and David Alvarez take office? Who will be the next council president? What impact will Donna Frye leave on city government? We discuss what's on the agenda for the new San Diego City Council.

How Will Job Market Be Impacted By Expiration Of Unemployment Benefits?

Dec. 3
Editors Roundtable

The holiday season could be tough for San Diegans looking for work. Federal benefits for the long-term unemployed expired this week, and it doesn't look like Congress will extend them in the near future. What impact will the expiration of benefits have on San Diego? Is it harder to find a job in San Diego than other parts of the nation? And, how might the local job market change in 2011?

San Diego's CleanTech Industry Booming

Dec. 3
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego's efforts to grow its "green" or cleantech industry are paying off. A local trade group believes the need to develop new sources of energy will create new jobs for the region.

Indicted San Diego Imam Endorsed Declaration Condemning Al-Shabab

Dec. 3
By Amita Sharma

Declaration implored Somalis to withold support, material and moral, to the Islamist insurgents which the U.S. State Department has branded a terrorist group.

Film Club: 'Four Lions'

Dec. 3
By Beth Accomando
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The film critics of the KPBS Film Club of the Air disagree about whether "Four Lions" (opening December 3 at the Reading Gaslamp 15 Theaters) is a comedy that's actually funny.