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Stories for December 30, 2010

Electronics Companies Exaggerated TV Sizes, CA Schools Benefit

Dec. 30
City News Service

Five electronics companies are donating more than $1 million worth of televisions and other audio-visual equipment to schools and other public institutions in California because they exaggerated the size of their TV screens, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced Thursday.

New Year Brings New Safety Labor Laws

Dec. 30
Julie Small

Monday begins the first work week of 2011 and there are new workplace safety laws in place for the new year.

A Vote For 'The King's Speech'

Dec. 30
By Pat Finn
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Culture Lust contributor Pat Finn disagrees with our KPBS Film Club critics about the British drama "The King's Speech." She really liked it and makes her case.

Holiday Will Mean Closure Of Some Government Offices

Dec. 30
City News Service

With New Year's Day falling on a Saturday, there will be a patchwork of holiday closures in the days ahead, with most city, county and federal offices closed on Friday.

Balloon Parade Draws Crowd Of About 100,000

Dec. 30
City News Service
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Spectators braved chilly and windy conditions today as more than 20 large balloons, mostly of children's cartoon characters, were carried down North Harbor Drive for the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade.

New Year's Eve Aztec Basketball Game Not Sold Out Yet

Dec. 30
Sarah Kovash
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It's still not too late for San Diego State basketball fans to see the team's game against Occidental College on New Year's Eve.

Trans Fats Banned By The State Starting January

Dec. 30
California Capitol Network

Most bakeries in California have already stopped using trans fats ahead of a state imposed deadline -- but for those that haven’t, it’s going to be tough to keep their doughnuts consistent.

Firm Has To Pay Up After Using Phony Forms Demanding Fees

Dec. 30
City News Service

A $2.4 million settlement was reached in San Diego with the perpetrators of a scheme that utilized phony documents appearing to originate from a government office to get money from law-abiding businesses.

Brown Keeps Quiet About Budget Plan

Dec. 30
Associated Press
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Gov.-elect Jerry Brown is keeping quiet about his plans to tackle a $28 billion budget deficit, despite reports that he plans to couple deep spending cuts with a special election next year to extend temporary tax increases.

Rants and Raves: The Best and Worst of 2010

Dec. 30
By Beth Accomando
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With the year coming to an end it's time to recap the best and worst the cinema had to offer.

Snow Survey Yields Good Results For CA Water Supply

Dec. 30
California Capitol Network

The season’s first snow survey yielded phenomenal results, according to the Department of Water Resources.

New "Blue Alert" System Will Help Identify Criminals Who Attack Police

Dec. 30
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Most people have heard of “Amber Alerts,” where freeway signs and emergency broadcasts notify the public of abductions in hopes of catching the suspect. Starting January 1, California will also have a “Blue Alert” system – which does the same when a police officer is killed or seriously injured.

Signatures Gathered To Repeal Ordinance Regarding Impact Of "Big Box" Retailers

Dec. 30
City News Service

Organizers of a petition drive seeking a special election to repeal a new ordinance that requires a study before so-called "big box" superstores can be built in San Diego collected nearly 54,000 signatures, according to the City Clerk's Office.

New Law Requires Calorie Counts Posted At Chain Restaurants

Dec. 30
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

Starting with the New Year, restaurant chains in California will have to post calorie count information on their menus.

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boat Carrying 4 People

Dec. 30
Associated Press

A single unconfirmed report of a possibly sinking pleasure craft in the ocean off Point Loma prompted the U.S. Coast Guard today to conduct a roughly five-hour search that turned up no vessels or boaters in distress.

Enthusiasm High For Holiday Bowl

Dec. 30
City News Service
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A rematch of a lopsided September game and the first year of being lower on college football's postseason pecking order did little to diminish enthusiasm for tonight's Holiday Bowl.

SD Gas Prices Still Highest Since 2008

Dec. 30
City News Service

The seventh increase in eight days pushed the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County to its highest amount since Oct. 17, 2008 today.

What Challenges Will New City Council Face In 2011?

Dec. 30
These Days

The new city council will grapple with the same problems that have dogged San Diego for years: how to the cut the city's budget deficit without hurting public safety. We talk to KPBS Reporter Katie Orr about what the two new councilmembers bring to the table, and how they may impact budget decisions next year.

Lone-Wolf Plots Alter U.S. Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Dec. 30
Dina Temple-Raston
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This year ended with a flurry of terrorism sting operations. The plots had two things in common: They were launched by lone-wolf attackers, and the FBI was in the middle of them.

One Is The Luckiest Number For Engaged Couple

Dec. 30
By Katie Orr

You may be starting the New Year off with a couple of resolutions you’ll soon forget. But some people are taking on a slightly bigger commitment.

County Job Market Made Modest Gains Through 2010

Dec. 30
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego’s unemployment rate has hovered above 10 percent through all of 2010. The picture may still be bleak but this year was better than the last.