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Stories for December 20, 2010

US Firearms Officials Want To Track Semi Automatic Sales

Dec. 20
By Amy Isackson

The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms wants to monitor the sale of semi-automatic weapons in states along the U.S.-Mexico border to help control drug cartel violence.

Mexico To Use Colorado River Water For Repairs After April Earthquake

Dec. 20
Associated Press

U.S. and Mexican officials reached a deal Monday for Mexico to defer part of its water allotment from the Colorado River until 2014 while farmers in the Mexicali area repair irrigation networks damaged by an earthquake this year.

Local High School Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

Dec. 20
City News Service

A student at Patrick Henry High School has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have exposed other pupils, staff and faculty to the disease, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

A Wall Of Favorite Colors In La Jolla

Dec. 20
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Roughly 1,000 people showed up in La Jolla on Saturday, despite the rain, to choose a favorite color and share it with artist Roy McMakin, who is constructing a mural out of the choices.

Guns Exchanged For Food Cards

Dec. 20
Rebecca Romani

The third-annual exchange of guns for food gift cards was a success at Lincoln Park church.

UCSD Medical Center Receive Grant From NFL To Research Brain Injuries

Dec. 20
City News Service

UCSD Medical Center will use a grant from NFL Charities to develop an imaging technique to detect brain injuries overlooked by conventional methods.

Narcotics, Guns And Cash Seized During Seven-Month Crackdown

Dec. 20
City News Service

A seven-month crackdown on drug-dealing gangs in Escondido resulted in scores of arrests, along with the seizure of an array of narcotics, nearly three dozen guns and almost $100,000 worth of illicit cash proceeds, authorities reported Monday.

Insight: All the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

Dec. 20
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Every Christmas season brings somber statements from influential people who want to tell us which toys they disapprove of. And today San Diego County health officials spoke of a new bane to holiday cheer: Noisy toys.

Scripps Releases Most-Searched Terms On Its Website

Dec. 20
City News Service

The information people searched for the most this year on the Internet site of Scripps Health involved maternity issues, the hospital system announced today.

Marine Commander At Camp Pendleton Ready To Adapt To Repeal Of DADT Policy

Dec. 20
By Alison St John
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The news that both the House and the Senate have agreed to repeal the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy means changes ahead for marines and sailors based in San Diego. Major General Anthony Jackson, the Commander of Marine Corp Installations West, based at Camp Pendleton, said he's ready.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Robert E. Lee

Dec. 20
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Robert E. Lee is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.

New Law Allows Early Parole Release Of Ill Inmates

Dec. 20
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

A new law that takes effect in January allows very ill prison inmates to be released on parole early. The goal is to trim the corrections budget.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Miami Beach, Florida - Hour One

Dec. 20
By Jennifer Robinson
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From Miami Beach, Florida, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW revs up for its 15th anniversary season premiere. Highlights include a rare 1960 re-release movie poster for the iconic biker film "The Wild One," starring Marlon Brando; a George Ohr vase with a surprising secret; and a 1940s mobile by Alexander Calder — grabbing the number two spot in the list of all-time highest value "Roadshow" appraisals at $400,000 to $1,000,000!

Officials Find Loud Toys Can Be Dangerous To Children's Hearing

Dec. 20
City News Service

County officials warned parents today about the dangers of loud toys that can damage hearing in children.

MASTERPIECE: The Complete Jane Austen: Mansfield Park

Dec. 20
By Jennifer Robinson
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In one of Jane Austen's most complex plots, Billie Piper ("Doctor Who," "The Ruby in the Smoke") stars as Fanny Price, who goes to live with prosperous relatives at Mansfield Park. Fanny navigates a labyrinth of intrigues and affairs among the occupants of the house, while her cousin Edmund Bertram (Blake Ritson, "Inspector Lynley Mysteries") remains her stalwart confidant. Also starring Jemma Redgrave ("Bramwell") as Fanny's observant aunt.

Masterpiece Classic: My Boy Jack

Dec. 20
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This is the story of British literary giant Rudyard Kipling's son Jack, who triggers a bitter family conflict when he joins the Irish Guard at the outset of World War I. Daniel Radcliffe ("Harry Potter") plays Jack, with Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") as his mother.

Overnight Construction On Route 67 Through Wednesday

Dec. 20
City News Service

State Route 67 will again be closed for overnight construction starting tonight and ending Wednesday night, Caltrans officials said.

Local Heroes Awards 2010

Dec. 20

In 2010, 12 individuals are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. These honorees represent Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian-American Pacific Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and American Indian Heritage Month. KPBS and Union Bank honor their endeavors as they strive to make our community a better place to live and work. This annual event is a celebration of the diverse community of San Diego, the individuals who are making a difference and their spirit and vision.

UCSD Student Faces Deportation After Father's Death Left Immigration Process Incomplete

Dec. 20
City News Service

A doctorate student at UC San Diego, who came to this country from the Philippines when he was 10 but was never naturalized because his father died without completing the immigration process, is facing deportation absent intervention by lawmakers, it was reported Sunday.

Families Request Help From Public In Solving Sons' Double Murder

Dec. 20
City News Service

The families of two teenage boys killed in a car-to-car freeway shooting in Bonita more than 2 1/2 years ago will implore the public once again Monday for help in solving the double murder.

Rain Continues, Flash Flooding Possible

Dec. 20
City News Service

Rain fell steadily around San Diego County Monday for the fourth consecutive day, causing a soggy morning commute.

Tips For Sustainable Holidays

Dec. 20
These Days
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Along with precious moments, the holidays also generate a lot of garbage. From wrapping paper to plastic packaging, along with all the leftovers and travel and last-minute dashes to the store the holidays are usually a time of excess. We'll talk about ways to cut down on the waste and make the season a little greener.

Increased Protections For San Diego Coastal Waters

Dec. 20
These Days
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Areas off San Diego County's coast will now be part of a statewide system of underwater parks. The California Fish and Game Commission voted last week to adopt a network of marine protected areas, or MPA's, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border.

How long can we expect San Diego's wet weather to last?

Dec. 20
These Days

We speak to a meteorologist with the National Weather Service about how much rain we experienced over the weekend, and to look ahead at the forecast for the rest of the holiday week. Plus, we hear tips from a CHP public information officer for driving safely in the rain.

New S.D. Unified School Board Members Discuss Goals For District

Dec. 20
These Days

What will new San Diego Unified School District trustees Scott Barnett and Kevin Beiser bring to the school board? What impact will Kevin Beiser's experience as a public school math teacher have on the decisions he will make on the board? How does San Diego Taxpayers Advocate Scott Barnett think the district should solve its ongoing budget problems? We'll talk to Beiser and Barnett about their backgrounds, and discuss their primary goals for the district.

Republicans Likely Winners In New Census Count

Dec. 20
Brian Naylor, NPR
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The Census Bureau announces its official tally of the U.S. population on Tuesday, and the results will have big implications on the makeup of Congress — and who will be our next president.

Demand For 'Green Majors' At UCSD Outstrips Resources

Dec. 20
By Ed Joyce
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The demand for majors related to environmental jobs is climbing at UC San Diego. What is driving the growing interest?

Teen Review: 'All Good Things'

Dec. 20
Lidia Marin, Teen Critic
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The film “All Good Things” (opened December 17 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) says it is based on true events.

Mesa College Somalia Refugee Wins Prestigious Science Award

Dec. 20
By Peggy Pico
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A Somalia refugee who is a student at Mesa College, won a prestigious national science award for cancer research.