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Stories for December 1, 2011

High Winds Stop Short Of Damage In San Diego

Dec. 1
By Dwane Brown

Although Santa Ana winds caused problems in southern California this week, they've so far spared San Diego of serious damage.

Most Unauthorized Immigrants In U.S. Are Long-term Residents

Dec. 1
By Jill Replogle

The Pew Hispanic Center released a report today estimating that nearly two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. have lived here for longer than a decade.

State Superintendent Says Many School Districts Are On A Financial Cliff

Dec. 1
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified officials have said mid-year budget cuts could leave the district facing insolvency in the fall - and they're not alone, according to the state's schools superintendent.

San Diego Woman Admits Sending Money To Terrorist Group

Dec. 1
By Amita Sharma

A San Diego woman has admitted she sent money and recruits to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.

County Launches New Effort To Promote HIV Testing

Dec. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

A new San Diego County initiative aims to encourage more people to get an HIV test.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting 2011

Dec. 1
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Presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, the ceremony is a time-honored holiday tradition which includes the illumination of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse just south of the White House. The event features Carson Daly, with performances by Marsha Ambrosius, OneRepublic, Big Time Rush, Rodney Atkins, Ellie Goulding, Kermit the Frog and more.

Woman, 85, Gets Prison For Human Smuggling

Dec. 1
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The woman was convicted of leading a human smuggling operation across the U.S.-Mexico border for decades. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Suspicious Object At Congressman's Office Determined Not Hazardous

Dec. 1
By Nico Smedley
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Authorities are investigating a suspicious package left at the Vista office of Rep. Darrell Issa.

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2011

Dec. 1
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This holiday-themed show, attended by nearly 7,000 people annually and featuring 1,000 performers, represents the diverse cultures and holiday traditions found in Los Angeles' myriad neighborhoods. This edition of the Emmy-nominated music and dance extravaganza yields distinctive interpretations of holiday classics and a glimpse into how world cultures mark the season.

Director Des McAnuff Talks About 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Dec. 1
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A new, much-lauded revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has just opened at the La Jolla Playhouse before it heads to Broadway. We'll talk to director Des McAnuff about his production.

City Heights Residents Brace For Prisoner Realignment

Dec. 1
Midday Edition
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About 4,000 state prisoners and parolees will be shifted to local law enforcement in San Diego under AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act.

Is The American Dream Attainable?

Dec. 1
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The wealth gap between the rich and the poor in America continues to rise, and by many measures the gap is the widest it has ever been. At the same time, the wealth gap between younger and older citizens is at its highest ever. Pew Research Center has released a study showing the increasing gap between economic well-being of the young and the old in America.

Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday Tables And Traditions

Dec. 1
By Jennifer Robinson
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Celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich celebrates culture through food. Join her for an Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes with actors Mo Rocca and Stanley Tucci; a Mexican-American Christmas Day with four generations of the Cortez family in San Antonio, Texas; a Chinese New Year feast and celebration with the Fong-Torres family; and a Jewish-American Passover seder with the Russ family of the famed specialty shop Russ and Daughters and food author Ruth Reichl.

Jim Brickman's A Christmas Celebration

Dec. 1
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This holiday season, two-time Grammy-nominated, platinum selling artist, Jim Brickman, is creating a musical celebration for audiences seeking an escape from the hectic demands of the holiday season. In a spectacular concert, Jim and his very special guests present an evening of dazzling solo piano and vibrant vocals, plus plenty of warmth and humor.

'Jesus Christ Superstar' As Time Capsule

Dec. 1
By Angela Carone
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If you grew up during the 1970s, there’s a chance the music of "Jesus Christ Superstar" was a part of your youth. The famed musical is currently playing at the La Jolla Playhouse. KPBS arts and culture reporter Angela Carone says the latest staging has her feeling nostalgic.

Santa Ana Windstorm Lashes Southern California

Dec. 1
KPBS News And City News Service
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A Santa Ana windstorm arrived to San Diego County Wednesday night, producing gusts up to 50 mph in the mountains and valleys. Strong winds are expected to return today.

Beyond Sprawl: Can Foreign Cash Save The Housing Market?

Dec. 1
By Jude Joffe-Block
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Absentee buyers are seeing opportunity in cheap Las Vegas homes; they accounted for close to half of home sales in September. As part of our continuing series, we explore why some local realtors want to lure cash-rich foreigners to join in on the buying.