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Stories for December 8, 2010

NATURE: The Desert Lions

Dec. 8
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In the forbidding Namib Desert, along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, Dr. Philip (Flip) Stander tracks a mysterious and remarkable quarry: lions. The animals are some of the world’s most intriguing and unique populations of lions, yet very little is known about them. Dr. Stander is passionate about studying them and helping them to survive.

Chargers Say They'll Play In San Diego In 2011

Dec. 8
BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press
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The San Diego Chargers have notified the city that they won't exercise their 2011 escape clause on Feb. 1.

It's Cheaper To Dine Out In San Diego

Dec. 8
By Angela Carone
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The folks behind the popular Zagat dining guides recently surveyed San Diego diners and the local restaurant scene and found that it was cheaper to dine out in SD in 2010.

Everyday Food: Comfort Food

Dec. 8
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In this episode, "Everyday Food" develops ways to make comfort food tastier, easier and better. Margot starts with an irresistible and delicious plate of meatloaf and baked mashed potatoes. Today's "Have You Tried? " ingredient is panko. Lucinda uses the traditional Japanese breadcrumbs to create crust for juicy panko-crusted pork chops.

Governor-Elect Brown Says Calif. Faces Painful Budget Choices

Dec. 8
Associated Press
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Gov.-elect Jerry Brown on Wednesday hosted the first of what he promised would be several town hall-style forums focused on California's budget crisis, opting to start acting on the state's crippling deficit even though he will not take office for three weeks.

Martin Yan's Hidden China: For All The Teas In Western China

Dec. 8
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Yunnan Province is well known for its tea production. In this episode, Martin visits the famous Pu-erh tea region and gains some 'hands-on' experience at the tea plantations. In addition to picking tealeaves, Martin discovers how tea and tea products are processed and packaged. He learns to make the famous 'tea cake' - a brick of tea compressed into a round shape, which is then labeled, stamped and aged.

Insight: The Winter Shelter For Homeless Veterans Gets Underway

Dec. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The San Diego Veterans Winter Shelter opened today to provide housing for 150 homeless vets during the winter months.

Mother Of Alleged Mexican Child Assassin Charged In SD With Being In US Illegally

Dec. 8
By Amita Sharma
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The mother of an alleged 14-year-old assassin in Mexico has been charged with entering the United States illegally, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.

Insight: Imperial Valley Clinic Helps Mentally Ill With Funds From 'Millionaire's Tax'

Dec. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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One morning in early December, county employee Eddie Sanchez walked me through a suburban office building in El Centro that goes by a very non-descript name: The Resource Center.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa To Chair Oversight & Reform Committee

Dec. 8
By Susan Murphy
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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, was selected today as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has promised to closely scrutinize the Obama Administration.

WikiLeaks Fallout: Unease Over Web Press Freedoms

Dec. 8
Alan Greenblatt, NPR
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The legal and political troubles that WikiLeaks has encountered since publishing thousands of State Department cables in recent weeks may have troubling implications for more traditional media outlets.

Young Vets Plagued By Pain Med Abuse, End Up Homeless

Dec. 8
These Days
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Learn about the growing number of veterans who are reportedly abusing pain medication, and find out what military doctors are doing to address the problem.

Should San Diego Charge Residents For Trash Pickup?

Dec. 8
These Days
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What are the key arguments for and against charging San Diego residents for trash pickup? How is trash service different in the cities that have privatized trash pickup? Reporter and blogger Tom Fudge joins us to talk about what he dug up in his investigation of the trash pickup issue.

Brute Krulak: The Most Important Marine

Dec. 8
These Days
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The name of US Marine Corp General Victor Krulak is legendary. The General died here in San Diego a couple of years ago at the venerable age of 95. His career spanned World War two , Korea and the Vietnam wars. Brute Krulak wrote a comprehensive book on the Marine Corps, called "First to Fight" and was celebrated for his bravery and the respect he engendered in his men. A new biography explains why some call him the most important officer in Marine Corps history.

Judge Denies Request To Delay 'Bomb House' Burning

Dec. 8
By Ed Joyce
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A federal judge today denied a request to delay the burning of the Escondido home known as a "bomb factory," paving the way for officials to destroy the place tomorrow morning.

Imperial Valley Water Shortage: Tough Choices Ahead

Dec. 8
Krissy Clark, The California Report
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The wet season arrived early this year for much of California, even as Lake Mead has dropped to record low levels.

Insight: To Clean Up SD Budget Dump, Talk Trash

Dec. 8
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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We’re told that San Diego has a $73 million budget deficit. But here’s a way to get us more than halfway to the goal of solving that problem. Charge people to have their trash picked up

San Diego County To Keep Firm Hand On Redistricting

Dec. 8
By Alison St John
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Like the State of California and the City of San Diego, the County must consider district boundary lines every 10 years, after the latest census. San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors has decided to keep a firm hand on the process.

US Officials Met With Alleged Boy Hitman In Mexico

Dec. 8
OSWALD ALONSO, Associated Press
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U.S. Embassy officials met with Mexico's alleged child assassin to check on his welfare and provide him with information on a lawyer in the case that he is an American, a spokesman said Tuesday.