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Stories for December 16, 2010

California Nears Decision On Cap and Trade

Dec. 16
By Kyla Calvert

California air-quality regulators spent Thursday hearing testimony on the nation's most sweeping greenhouse-gas-regulation systems. Air Resource Board members are expected to vote Thursday night or Friday on the proposal, which would involve financial incentives for power plants and other major polluters to cut emissions.

New Program Proposed To Cut Down Carbon Emissions In CA

Dec. 16
California Capitol Network

California may soon have the nation’s most extensive cap-and-trade program for reducing carbon emissions. The Air Resources Board spent all Thursday hearing testimony on the proposed cap-and-trade rules.

NASCAR Champ Donates Funds To San Diego Schools

Dec. 16
By Peggy Pico
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El Cajon’s Jimmie Johnson, named NASCAR driver of the year, gave more than $420,000 to several San Diego County Schools.

Activity Expected On The State's "Rough" Budget

Dec. 16
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

You can expect a lot of activity on the state budget over the next couple of months. Governor-elect Jerry Brown said earlier this week he hopes to have a spending plan in place within 60 days. Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg supports that goal.

Pipeline Break Disrupts North County

Dec. 16
City News Service

A pipeline break disrupted water service to scores of residents in a North County neighborhood for about six hours today.

Judge Grants Tribe's Request To Halt Solar Project

Dec. 16
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A giant solar plant by NTR's Tessera Solar runs into major roadblocks. The injunction is a victory for the Quechan tribe, which has opposed the project for years.

Study Finds Toxins Linger In Smokers' Homes Long After They Move Out

Dec. 16
By Kenny Goldberg
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New research from San Diego State finds harmful chemicals from cigarette smoke linger in a home long after smokers move out. The study reveals smokers' homes become toxic reservoirs.

Name Of Killed Pendleton-Based Marine Released

Dec. 16
City News Service

The Pentagon released the name today of a 28-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Two San Diegans Among Four People Arrested On Suspicion Of Insider Trading

Dec. 16
City News Service

Two San Diego men were among four people arrested Thursday on suspicion of conspiring to distribute confidential financial information, amid a nationwide crackdown on insider stock trading.

Sempra Donates To Nonprofit Organizations

Dec. 16
City News Service

The Sempra Energy Foundation today announced $1 million in charitable donations to nonprofit organizations in California and the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

Fire Safety Officials Urge Caution When Using Candles

Dec. 16
City News Service
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Candles, though among the most enduring of holiday traditions, pose serious hazards unless used with an abundance of care.

Great Performances: From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 2011

Dec. 16
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Continuing its longstanding holiday tradition, "Great Performances" returns to the stately splendor of Vienna’s Musikverein for its 27th annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic. News veteran Paula Zahn hosts with Franz Welser-Mőst leading a festive selection of Strauss Family favorites to welcome the New Year with public television audiences.

DirecTV To Pay Up For Misleading Customers

Dec. 16
City News Service

The California attorney general's office announced Thursday a $13 million settlement with DirecTV, plus restitution for customers who were subjected to misleading sales and marketing practices on the part of the satellite television company.

Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic New Year's Eve With Lang Lang

Dec. 16
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The concert starring Alan Gilbert, Lang Lang, and Tchaikovsky is a true mid-winter’s dream featuring Gilbert conducting Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Lang Lang, and the magical second act of "The Nutcracker" from Avery Fisher Hall.

Final Members Of Redistricting Commission Chosen

Dec. 16
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission’s final six members were chosen Wednesday. Now, the commission has about half a year to redraw political district lines.

Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story

Dec. 16
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"Life Is A Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story" traces the remarkable show business career of this legendary actress of Hollywood's Golden Era. Rosalind Russell was the star of Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy and scores of other memorable films and Broadway shows. An innovative and highly talented performer, Rosalind earned four Oscar nominations, won five Golden Globes and a Tony Award.

Rain Causes Abnormal Number Of Crashes

Dec. 16
City News Service

There were an unusually high number of crashes on San Diego County's rain-slicked highways and freeways today, authorities said.

Land Girls: Series One: Episode Two

Dec. 16
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Commissioned by BBC1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II, LAND GIRLS follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four young English women who left their homes and families to join the Woman's Land Army. In this episode, with evidence of an unidentified sympathizer in the village, sadistic Sergeant Tucker tries to find the culprit. But when he gets Esther to screen the girls' mail, he discovers Nancy has a secret.

Culture Lust Weekend: Gingerbread Collective, Flood Tide: Remixed and Fitz & the Tantrums

Dec. 16
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Relive the days of long division in the digital age, eat your way through an art competition and then boogie over to The Belly Up for some soul with Fitz & the Tantrums!

Land Girls: Series One: Episode One

Dec. 16
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Commissioned by BBC1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II, LAND GIRLS follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four young English women who left their homes and families to join the Woman's Land Army. A civilian organization, the WLA sent city women to rural farms to replace the male workers who had been called up to the military. In the first episode, Nancy joins the WLA and hates every minute of it. But when she finds herself in a life or death situation with Annie, will her priorities change?

Police Officers Sorry For "Frivolous" Lawsuits

Dec. 16
Kelly Thornton, Watchdog Institute
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The San Diego Police Officers Association has sued the city several times in recent years, and the city has spent $8.6 million to fight them so far. That makes the city’s own cops its most expensive legal adversary.

Events: Victor Villaseñor, Young Choreographers, and Marching Bands

Dec. 16
These Days
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Gingerbread, new restaurants and marching bands all make an appearance on this week's weekend preview.

Artist Roy McMakin Asks 'What's Your Favorite Color?'

Dec. 16
These Days
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Artist Roy McMakin wants to know what your favorite color is and why. The acclaimed artist and UCSD grad will be in La Jolla this weekend constructing a mural using the favorite colors of passers-by. We'll talk with McMakin about interactive mural-making, color and his career in art, architecture and design.

Local Assistance Available To Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Dec. 16
These Days

Foreclosures are continuing at above normal levels in San Diego. More of the people being foreclosed on now are people who have lost their jobs or who have only been making payments on their mortgage's interest and now also have to pay down the principle. What are the things homeowners need to know about foreclosure and loan modification? What resources are out there to help them?

Using Populism To Influence Political Change

Dec. 16
These Days

It seems logical that if 70% of Americans support a specific political policy, it should be made law. Yet, lawmakers continue to pass legislation that the majority of Americans oppose. The outrage over the insurance purchase mandate in the federal health care reform bill could derail the policy from going into effect in 2014. If so many people are opposed to the idea, why was it included in the legislation? The author of the "Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell" talks about how the power of the people can influence political change.

Administration Sees Progress In Afghanistan War

Dec. 16
Rachel Martin, NPR
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The Obama administration's review of its war strategy for Afghanistan concludes that there has been progress, but it's fragile.

Investigating Whooping Cough

Dec. 16
Kevin Crowe, Watchdog Institute
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For the past four months, KPBS and the Watchdog Institute have tracked the whooping cough epidemic across California and other affected states.