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Stories for December 23, 2010

No Swimming At San Diego's Ocean Beach

Dec. 23
By Ed Joyce

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health has posted warning signs to keep people out of the water at Ocean Beach after an estimated 1.2 million gallon sewage spill occurred Wednesday in Santee flowed into the San Diego River.

Surfing In Sewage Bad Idea

Dec. 23
By Ed Joyce

Southern California residents who endured flooding, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain now have another problem: contaminated water and fouled beaches.

Happy Holidays From Culture Lust

Dec. 23
By Angela Carone
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From all the writers at Culture Lust, including me, your host, have a healthy, happy, and culturally rich holiday season. Here's a video treat for you.

All You Need To Know For Holiday Meals

Dec. 23
These Days
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If the rain has kept you from food shopping and planning for the holidays, don't worry. We've got Chef Bernard Guillas in studio to talk about last minute recipes, stress-free holiday dinners, and New Year's cocktails.

Grant Barrett's New Words of 2010

Dec. 23
These Days
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One of the hallmarks of our vibrant, lively English language is that it is constantly growing. Not everyone is thrilled with all the directions of that growth, but it certainly is interesting to watch, and to listen to. Each year, lexicographer Grant Barrett, co-host of A Way With Words, heard here on KPBS, gathers up a group of the most intriguing words.

Sports Update: Poinsettia Bowl, SDSU Basketball, Chargers Playoff Hopes

Dec. 23
These Days

What are the key matchups to watch in tonight's Poinsettia Bowl game featuring SDSU versus Navy? How good is the Aztecs Men's Basketball team? And, what needs to happen for the Chargers to make the playoffs? We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the top local sports stories.

How Will Repeal Of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Affect San Diego's Military Community?

Dec. 23
These Days

President Obama signs historic legislation that overturns the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. How will the new law affect San Diego's military community? Will openly-gay servicemembers face backlash? How will the military implement the legislation?

Parcel Bombs Explode At 2 Embassies In Rome

Dec. 23
NPR
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Bombs hidden in packages exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome on Thursday, wounding two people.

As Sanctions Squeeze Trade, Iran Looks For Options

Dec. 23
Peter Kenyon, NPR
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The United States this week expanded its sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but Tehran says the sanctions are having no effect.

For Democrats And Obama, Christmas Came Early

Dec. 23
NPR
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It's hard to say who had the better December, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team or President Obama and the lame-duck Democratic-controlled Congress.

SIDS Deaths Peak On New Year's Day

Dec. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study reveals the number of babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome surges on New Year's Day. UCSD researchers suggest there's a link between SIDS deaths and drinking alcohol.

Rain Forces Homeless Shelters To Overflow

Dec. 23
By Peggy Pico
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This week’s rain has flooded local riverbeds and freeway underpasses. The foul weather has forced thousands of San Diego's homeless to try and squeeze into the city's two shelters.

Local Atheist Groups Wish For Critical Look At Religion During Holidays

Dec. 23
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The holidays are a time of religiosity, and the San Diego atheist community would like to change that now, and in the new year.

San Diego Holiday Shopping Bouncing Back

Dec. 23
By Kyla Calvert

The weather outside might have been frightful, but families lined up for photos with Santa and shoppers were weighed down with bags filled at Plaza Bonita Mall this week.