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Stories for November 30, 2010

Local Photographers Donate Portrait Time

Nov. 30
By Angela Carone
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Local professional photographers are donating their services to help needy families and individuals have their portraits taken for the holidays. Great for holiday cards and keepsakes!

Easier Travel Through Tijuana Airport Possible For SD Residents

Nov. 30
James R. Riffel, City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted unanimously today to begin the process of amending the Otay Mesa Community Plan to make it easier for San Diegans to fly into, and out of, Tijuana's international airport.

Judge Will Determine If Health Care Law Is Constitutional

Nov. 30
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

A federal judge will hear oral arguments this month over whether the federal health care law is constitutional. A prominent California conservative legal group believes the case could ultimately be decided on how health care is viewed by the public.

Southwestern Community College President Resigns

Nov. 30
By Ana Tintocalis

The embattled president of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday. Dr. Raj K. Chopra is stepping down almost two years before his contract officially ends.

Cirque du Soleil: Flowers In The Desert

Nov. 30
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Since 1993, Cirque du Soleil has produced seven original, permanent shows in Las Vegas, creating a garden of delights that has transformed the very nature of entertainment in this desert oasis. "Cirque du Soleil: Flowers In The Desert," an extraordinary entertainment experience, capturing the magic of Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. The program will present mesmerizing performances recorded in High Definition at six of the seven Cirque shows in Las Vegas.

Kamala Harris Wins Race For Attorney General

Nov. 30
By Marrianne Russ and California Capitol Network

Democrat Kamala Harris has declared victory in the race for California Attorney General. The contest was too close to call for weeks, and Harris beat her Republican opponent, Steve Cooley, by less than one percentage point.

Video: Don Draper Says What??

Nov. 30
By Angela Carone
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Love this mash-up video featuring the many "whats" of "Mad Men's" Don Draper.

San Diego Woman Accused Of Helping Al-Shabab Remains In Federal Custody

Nov. 30
By Amita Sharma
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A San Diego woman charged with helping a Somalia-based terror group will remain behind bars for the foreseeable future. The defense did not ask for bail because of the woman’s immigration status.

Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful!

Nov. 30
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Recorded at The Tropicana in Atlantic City on October 27, 2006 in celebration of his 50 years in show business, "Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful!" features Johnny performing many of his hits including "In the Morning", "Wonderful! Wonderful!", "What I Did For Love", "Chances Are", "Misty", "Maria", Stranger in Paradise", and "A Certain Smile."

Assemblywoman Not Giving Up On Plastic Bag Ban

Nov. 30
By Marrianne Russ and California Capitol Network
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The effort failed in the California legislature earlier this year, but Governor Schwarzenegger says lawmakers should reconsider a ban on plastic grocery bags.

Some Revenues On The Rise In SD

Nov. 30
By Katie Orr

A ray of light may be shining through the dark budget clouds hanging over San Diego. Some city revenue streams appear to be on the rise.

Albert King With Stevie Ray Vaughn In Session

Nov. 30
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The famed live jam session by two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar - Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Originally recorded for the Canadian television program "In Session" in 1983, this was a historic meeting of two artists that has proven to be a very special moment of time in the careers of each musician.

New on Blu-ray: Chick Flick, Action Flick

Nov. 30
By Beth Accomando
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I am going to ignore most of the crap coming out today on Blu-ray so that I can just highlight two worthy releases: “Cairo Time” and “Kill Zone” (a.k.a. “SPL”).

Record Numbers Of Marijuana Plants Seized In Public Lands And Forests

Nov. 30
By Ruxandra Guidi
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In an effort to get drugs off the streets, the Drug Enforcement Agency is seizing record numbers of marijuana plants on public lands in San Diego County.

Nearly 400,000 Marijuana Plants Obtained By Authorities This Year

Nov. 30
City News Service

Authorities seized nearly 380,000 marijuana plants so far this year from illegal indoor and outdoor grows in San Diego County, it was announced today.

Tijuana Inaugurates New Mayor

Nov. 30
By Amy Isackson

A new mayor took the helm in Tijuana Thursday afternoon. The 65-year-old Carlos Bustamante was born in National City and has made his fortune in Tijuana.

City Council Terminates Mission Bay Visitors Center Lease

Nov. 30
City News Service

The San Diego City Council today terminated the lease for the Mission Bay Visitors Center, which operated profitably for more than 40 years until falling victim to modern technology.

Who Will Lead The Republican Party In California?

Nov. 30
By Dwane Brown and Leo McElroy

Republicans scored big victories across the country in the mid-term elections this month, but what happened to the GOP in California? We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Desert Jackrabbit Homesteads Inspire Artists

Nov. 30
These Days
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While driving through the California desert, you may come across derelict shacks spotting the landscape. These homesteads, called jackrabbits, were built by people laying claim to plots of desert land in response to the Small Tract Act of 1938. Our guests, both artists, have explored the jackrabbits in their work, through photographs, audio tours, sculpture and installation.

Escondido Town Hall Meeting Tonight To Discuss Removal Of Explosives

Nov. 30
City News Service

Local, state and federal experts will field questions from the public tonight during a town hall meeting thrown to discuss the disposal of a massive cache of explosives found earlier this month at a home in an unincorporated section of Escondido.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy On Prosecution Priorities

Nov. 30
These Days
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The new US Attorney in town Laura Duffy takes on the job with some powerful and high-flying successes behind her. As a federal prosecutor, she worked relentlessly to cripple the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel. And Laura Duffy is still taking aim at the remaining members of that drug gang.

John de Beck Discusses Time On School Board, Challenges District Faces In Future

Nov. 30
These Days

What are the most significant changes that have happened in the San Diego Unified School District over the last two decades? What are the biggest challenges currently facing the district? We speak to outgoing trustee John de Beck about his time on the school board, and his defeat in the last election.

Legal Update: The In-State Tuition Ruling And A Holiday Grinch

Nov. 30
These Days

The issue of public education benefits for students in this country illegally was the subject of a major ruling by the California Supreme Court earlier this month. We'll be discussing that case, as well as reviewing the legality of airport searches and we'll hear the story of a real-life Grinch who tried to steal Christmas, all in this edition of our Legal Update.

USS Carl Vinson Strike Group Deploys From San Diego

Nov. 30
City News Service
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The aircraft carrier USS Vinson was scheduled to depart Naval Air Station North Island today for a training exercise and deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle Eastern waters.

Heeding Wake-Up Call Could Mitigate Debt Crisis

Nov. 30
John Ydstie and Scott Horsley, NPR
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President Obama's fiscal commission begins its final round of meetings Tuesday, which may or may not produce a plan to cut the nation's growing debt.

Nurse Practitioners: Can They Fill The Gap?

Nov. 30
By Kenny Goldberg
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Studies show fewer than a third of doctors nationwide practice primary care. And most medical students want to go into more lucrative specialties. That could mean trouble ahead, as health reform promises to expand care to millions of Americans.

San Diego City Wrestles With Benefit Mistake

Nov. 30
By Alison St John

San Diego City Council must decide how to make up more than $100 million that was underpaid when employees bought benefits in 2003. The IRS is waiting for a decision.