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Stories for December 14, 2010

Hantavirus Found In San Diego Rodents

Dec. 14
City News Service

The potentially deadly disease hantavirus was found in a wild harvest mouse trapped for testing at Torrey Pines State Park, San Diego County vector control officials announced today.

BYU To Play In Poinsettia Bowl If Eligible

Dec. 14
City News Service

Brigham Young University will play in next year's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, if the Cougars are bowl-eligible at the end of the regular season, it was announced Tuesday.

New Bill Gives Doctors Final Say About Injured Student Athletes

Dec. 14
California Capitol Network

Doctors could soon be deciding when injured student athletes are allowed to return to competition.

Alleged Cartel Leader Extradited From Mexico, Faces Criminal Charges In SD

Dec. 14
Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department said an alleged leader of Mexico's Arellano Felix drug cartel has been extradited from Mexico to face criminal charges in San Diego.

CA Gas Prices Expected To Keep Rising

Dec. 14
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

California gas prices have gone up 12 cents in the past month and they’re not expected to go down anytime soon. According to a new report, Wall Street can be blamed for the increase.

NATURE: Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns

Dec. 14
NATURE: Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns  Tease photo

In this sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion Of The Rockies,” filmmaker Ginger Kathrens continues to chronicle the lives of a band of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana. Cloud is now father to Bolder, a stallion in the making, but all the horses must face the obstacles of a Bureau of Land Management round-up, the unpredictable fires of the American West and the harsh weather.

Brown Says State Budget Is Worse Than He Thought

Dec. 14
Associated Press
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Gov.-elect Jerry Brown has warned California educational leaders to have their seatbelts fastened when he unveils his 2011-12 state budget proposal next month.

Researchers Identify Ingredients In Pomegranate Juice That Have Anti-Cancer Properties

Dec. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers at UC Riverside have identified components of pomegranate juice that block the spread of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. It's not the first study to show pomegranates have anti-cancer potential.

Fake Sweetner Saccharin Considered Safe By EPA

Dec. 14
By Peggy Pico

The artificial sweetener saccharin is removed from the list of substances posing a risk to humans.

Number Of CA Public School Teachers Lowest In A Decade

Dec. 14
Associated Press

A new report says the number of public school teachers has reached a decade-low in California, and the job is getting less attractive amid state budget cuts.

UC System Ups Retirement Age

Dec. 14
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

University of California employees would work longer before retiring – and pay more for health care when they do. The changes were approved by the UC Board of Regents Monday.

Lack Of Donations Results In Cutbacks For Rescue Task Force

Dec. 14
City News Service

The Rescue Task Force, the East County-based international disaster aid organization, announced today that routine activities are being scaled back in response to a drop in donations.

Local Couple's Donation Will Upgrade Police Evidence Room

Dec. 14
City News Service
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The San Diego Police Department's evidence room will be computerized, thanks to donations and a gift made today by a local couple.

Former Poway City Manager Joins Water District Board Of Directors

Dec. 14
City News Service

James Bowersox, former longtime Poway city manager, was sworn in today as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Faulconer Re-Elected As City Council President Pro-Tem

Dec. 14
City News Service
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Kevin Faulconer was unanimously re-elected president pro-tem of the San Diego City Council today, putting him in the number two position behind council president Tony Young.

US Customs And Border Control Send 200 People Back To Mexico

Dec. 14
Associated Press

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say more than 200 people were turned back at six California ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border between Friday and Monday.

KPBS And Watchdog Institute Investigation Questions Efficacy Of Whooping Cough Vaccine

Dec. 14
These Days

Why is a disease that was nearly extinct 30 years ago, finding its way back not just in this state, but in other parts of the country as well? A four-month investigation by KPBS and the Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit investigative center based at San Diego State University, has found that many people who have come down with whooping cough have been immunized. We'll hear the details of the investigation.

21-Year-Old Army Specialist From San Diego Killed In Afghanistan

Dec. 14
City News Service

The Pentagon today announced the deaths of six Army soldiers in Afghanistan, including a 21-year-old specialist from San Diego.

Grant Barrett Meets San Diego Through Books

Dec. 14
These Days
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In October, Grant Barrett asked readers of VoiceofSanDiego to suggest books he could read to quickly get acquainted with San Diego, his new home. He received dozens of suggestions and he shares some of them with us.

Are Board Games Making a Comeback?

Dec. 14
These Days

Monopoly is old hat; Parcheesi is boring. The new generation of board games features debates, co-operative planning and decision-making and are as interesting to parents as to their children.

New on Blu-ray: Minions and the Duke

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando
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With the awards season in full swing you'll get a chance to see an animated Oscar hopeful and a past Oscar-winner that's just been remade.

Run Or Ride Outdoor Bike Wins Innovation Award

Dec. 14
By Peggy Pico
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A new seatless bicycle made in San Diego lets you run rather than ride on it -- outdoors.

Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough, Experts Spar Over New Strain

Dec. 14
Joanne Faryon, KPBS and Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute
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Matthew Jacob Bryce was born a healthy baby boy, so when he showed signs of a cold at just two weeks, his parents knew something more might be wrong.

Entertainment News: Golden Globe Noms Announced

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando
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When it rains it pours and we're in the midst of the torrential awards season. The Golden Globes are the latest to announce their nominations with "The King's Speech" leading the pack.

Federal Agents Go Door-To-Door To Crack Down On Drug Tunnels

Dec. 14
By Amy Isackson
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US federal Authorities are trying out a new tactic in their hunt for subterranean drug smuggling tunnels near the border in San Diego. Authorities are going door-to-door to ask business owners to keep their heads up for underground activity.