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Stories for December 5, 2011

City Council Considers Funding Issues For Convention Center Expansion

Dec. 5
By Katie Orr
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The debate over whether to expand San Diego’s Convention Center moves to the City Council Tuesday.

New Home For Surfing Madonna Up For Debate

Dec. 5
By Marissa Cabrera

The Encinitas Arts Commission will consider a proposal today to put the popular Surfing Madonna mosaic on the corner of Coast Highway 101 and Encinitas Boulevard.

Backers Of Parental Notification Try Again

Dec. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

The third time wasn't the charm, so proponents of a ballot measure requiring doctors to notify parents 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor will try again.

SDSU Receives Record Number Of Applications

Dec. 5
City News Service
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A record 69,225 students applied for undergraduate admissions to San Diego State University for the fall 2012 semester, the school announced today.

You Can Track Santa This Year Using Your Phone

Dec. 5
By Beth Ford Roth

They call Santa “Big Red” and they’ve been tracking him on Christmas Eve for 56 years running

Travelscope: Christmas In Switzerland

Dec. 5
By Jennifer Robinson
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Host Joseph Rosendo journeys to Lausanne, Montreux and Basel to bask in the glow of a Swiss-style Christmas at some of the country's holiday markets, where food stalls feature some of the best regional fare. He samples locally produced wine, venison sausage fresh from the hunt and even chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Rosendo also enjoys a scenic train ride to Rocher-de-Naye, where he meets Father Christmas and his trusty companion, the Schmutzli, at Santa's Village.

San Diego Winter Shelter In Need Of Blankets

Dec. 5
City News Service

With nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s, the city of San Diego's winter shelter for homeless adults is in need of blankets, the head of the organization that runs the facility said today.

Trailer: 'John Carter'

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Sci-fi fans have been excited about the new adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars. Here's the latest trailer of "John Carter."

Cancer Series: Emotional Help For Patients And Their "New Normal"

Dec. 5
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Psychologists trained specifically to help cancer patients assist them in dealing with the emotional challenges, and the transition to a "new normal."

Snapshot of San Diego's Underwater Homes

Dec. 5
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The number of underwater mortgages in San Diego is still high, but improving.

Lessons For Calif. At UN Climate Summit

Dec. 5
By Ed Joyce
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The United Nations Climate Change Conference in South Africa has practical applications for California.

What's Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams

Dec. 5
Shankar Vedantam, NPR
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Toddlers outfitted with high-tech wireless recording devices have helped researchers discover that tantrums have a very distinct, predictable pattern.

Straight No Chaser: Songs Of The Decades: Holiday Edition

Dec. 5
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Filmed live at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, this holiday special is a journey through the decades of the pop songbook, including everything from doo-wop to contemporary pop done with the unforgettable Straight No Chaser twist. From “The Boys Are Back in Town” to “Joy to the World,” from “Billie Jean” to “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” Straight No Chaser is the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music.

Cutting Retiree Benefits A Sore Subject For Military

Dec. 5
NPR Staff
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Part of the defense budget usually protected from budget cuts is health care and retirement benefits, but some argue those benefits are depleting the Department of Defense of funds it needs to function as a top military force.

Entertainment News: San Diego Films Make Sundance Cut

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando
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On Thursday, Sundance announced the film line up for its January festival in Park City, Utah, and two San Diego films made the cut: "That's What She Said" and "I'm Not A Hipster."

S.D. Council Has Much To Do Before Year Wraps Up

Dec. 5
By Katie Orr
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The year is winding down for the San Diego City Council. And the council has a lot to do before leaving City Hall.

2012 Could Determine Future Of Algae As Fuel

Dec. 5
Evening Edition
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If it's proven economically viable, this promising biofuel could bring jobs and money to San Diego in the future.

Child Sex Trafficking Documentary To Premier In San Diego

Dec. 5
By Amita Sharma

Advocates hope the film serves as a warning to children and parents.

Temperatures In San Diego Dip To 20s And 30s

Dec. 5
City News Service

Temperatures dipped into the mid-20s to mid-30s early today, causing frost in the valleys of San Diego County, where strong gusty winds were also expected through Tuesday.