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Stories for December 14, 2011

Escondido Ready To Fight Voting Rights Suit

Dec. 14
By Alison St John
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Escondido appears to be headed to court over the question of whether the city’s Latino population has a fair chance to be represented on the council. The city risks being sued because it has not decided to change from city-wIde to district elections.

Group Says San Diego County Water Quality 'Fair'

Dec. 14
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego Coastkeeper has released a report showing most of San Diego County's water quality is ranked as "fair."

Biotech Jobs Could Be Affected By State Cuts

Dec. 14
Evening Edition
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State cuts are making it harder to recruit qualified applicants at biotechs in California.

American Masters: Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect And The Painter

Dec. 14
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This film crafts a fascinating, complex blueprint of two great American artists and provides a candid view of their emotional lives as they apply their genius to practical problems and innovation. The film draws extensively from a virgin cache of archival material, visually stunning films, love letters, photographs, and artifacts produced in mind-boggling volume during the hyper-creative epoch of the Eames Office. Together, they are considered America’s most important and influential designers, whose work helped shape, literally, the second half of the 20th century and remains culturally vital and commercially popular today.

DeMaio Calls Public Meeting To Discuss Water Billing System

Dec. 14
Kelly Thornton, Investigative Newsource
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San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio on Tuesday called for a public meeting to discuss the new $24 million water billing system, which has been plagued with problems.

How To Reduce Your 2011 Tax Debt

Dec. 14
Midday Edition
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We look at steps can you take now -- to help reduce your tax debt for 2011.

What Gov. Brown's Mid-Year Budget Cuts Mean For San Diego Schools

Dec. 14
Midday Edition
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After Brown's announcement of mid-year budget cuts, we'll look at what that mean for SDUSD and state-funded universities. We'll also hear how newly-elected school board President John Lee Evans will address the challenges facing San Diego's largest school district.

Study: Single-Family Homes May Be History

Dec. 14
By Jill Replogle
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A new study of some of the country's biggest housing markets suggests the neighborhoods of the future will look a lot different from today's suburbs.

Eating Healthy For The Holidays

Dec. 14
Midday Edition
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Some people can't engage in the usual holiday food splurge that adds seven pounds to the rest of us. How can those with food allergies and other health conditions stay healthy during the holidays?

Live From Lincoln Center: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Dec. 14
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Live from Lincoln Center returns to the New York City Ballet for "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker." This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

San Diego Researchers Use 'Personalized Medicine' To Fight Melanoma

Dec. 14
City News Service
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Two groups of San Diego researchers will be part of a new "Dream Team'' tasked with finding ways to fight melanoma using an innovation known as personalized medicine, Scripps Health announced today.

Tensions Feared As U.S. Leaves Disputed Iraqi City

Dec. 14
Kelly McEvers, NPR
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As American troops leave Iraq, the one place in the country that's most likely to erupt into violence, at least in the short term, is the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Smaller Cuts To Schools' State Funding Will Still Sting

Dec. 14
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified expects to lose $7-$8 million in state funds Jan. 1 - but that's good news in comparison to the roughly $30-million loss school leaders were expecting.

Stanford Study Critical Of Pension Systems

Dec. 14
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network
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The pension share of the California state budget is likely to triple, according to a new study out Tuesday.

The Problem With Expanding Palomar Airport

Dec. 14
By Tom Fudge
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Making a longer runway at the Carlsbad airport means building the expansion on an unstable old landfill.

Recent Cab Driver Killings Point To Need For Safety Measures

Dec. 14
By Ruxandra Guidi
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The vast majority of cab drivers in San Diego are new immigrants to this country. Two recent killings highlight their vulnerability and the challenges they face lobbying for safer working conditions.