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Stories for December 29, 2010

MTS To Offer Expanded Services In Anticipation Of Parade And Holiday Bowl Crowds

Dec. 29
By Sarah Kovash

Between the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade and the Holiday Bowl, Metropolitan Transit Services expects increased trolley usage Thursday.

SD College Instructor Killed In His Tijuana Apartment

Dec. 29
By Ana Tintocalis
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Friends of a San Diego college instructor who was stabbed to death in Tijuana Dec. 18 say his body was flown back to the Philippines on Wednesday for burial.

The Year In San Diego Arts And Culture

Dec. 29
By Angela Carone
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Looking back at the year in arts, it's been one wild ride here in San Diego. It was a year of exciting growth, national acclaim, a centennial celebration, new faces and some controversy. Here's the Culture Lust report on the year in San Diego's arts and culture scene.

No Free All-Night Trolley Rides Provided This New Year's Eve

Dec. 29
By Sarah Kovash
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San Diegans who traditionally rely on the free 24-hour trolley service provided by MTS on New Year's Eve may have to cut their festivities short this year.

New Law Increases Penalties For Aggressive Paparazzi

Dec. 29
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

A new state law that takes effect on January 1 will increase the penalties for paparazzi who recklessly chase after celebrities in traffic.

Night Court Reduced To One Night Per Week For SD Central Traffic Division

Dec. 29
City News Service

Night Court sessions in San Diego's Central Traffic Division are about to be reduced to one night per week, and reservations will be required, court officials announced today.

The Big Balloon Parade Floats Through San Diego

Dec. 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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The 20th annual Big Balloon Parade will float through San Diego's Harbor Drive Thursday morning. Up to 100,000 people are expected to line the parade route.

Kaiser Donates $90k To Increase Healthy Eating

Dec. 29
City News Service

Kaiser Permanente San Diego announced today two donations of $45,000 each to help local food charities hand out fruits and vegetables.

Law Banning Toxic Metal In Jewelry Leaves Consumers Guessing Until 2012

Dec. 29
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

A new law passed this year bans children’s jewelry made with cadmium -- a toxic metal. Yet, the law doesn’t take effect until the start of 2012 -- meaning for the next year parents have to evaluate the safety of the jewelry on their own.

San Marcos Lottery Ticket Worth $600k

Dec. 29
City News Service

A Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in San Marcos was worth nearly $600,000 today, lottery officials said.

Sewage Spill Contaminates Oceanside Shoreline

Dec. 29
City News Service

A spill of roughly 180,000 gallons of sewage in an Oceanside neighborhood fouled a stretch of ocean shoreline several miles away Tuesday, authorities reported.

Storm Causes Havoc In Saturated San Diego County

Dec. 29
City News Service

More blustery, wet winter weather drenched the already saturated San Diego area today, ushering in a messy morning commute and forcing a few road closures but causing no immediate serious problems.

Local Journalist's Short Stories Published Electronically

Dec. 29
By Angela Carone
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San Diego CityBeat staff writer Dave Maass moonlights as a fiction writer. A new chapbook of his short stories has been published electronically.

What Are Most Important Local Health Stories Of 2010?

Dec. 29
These Days

KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg traveled around the world to cover the top health-related stories of 2010. Goldberg joins us to recap some of the biggest stories he's worked on over the last year. What impact is the federal health care reform bill having in San Diego? How might a new vaginal microbicide gel play a significant role in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa? And, why did a team of local doctors perform brain surgery on a patient that was awake during part of the procedure?

Friends, Family Mourn San Diego Professor Killed In Tijuana

Dec. 29
City News Service

Friends and family today were mourning a popular San Diego-area professor who was reportedly stabbed to death at his Tijuana apartment. Henry Abalayan Acejo, 45, was found dead of numerous stab wounds in the Rio Zone shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 18, Mexican authorities announced Tuesday.

Chinese Top In Tests, But Educators Call For Reform

Dec. 29
Rob Gifford, NPR
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This year, for the first time, schools from China took part in international standardized tests, which provide an interesting if imperfect picture of which countries' students are doing best in reading, writing and math.