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Stories for December 19, 2011

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FRONTLINE: The Undertaking

Dec. 19

In this moving and powerful film, FRONTLINE enters the world of Thomas Lynch, a poet and undertaker whose family has cared for the dead in a small Michigan town for three generations. Through the intimate stories of families coming to terms with grief, mortality and a funeral's rituals, the film illuminates the heartbreak and beauty in the journey taken between the living and the dead when someone dies.

Initiative Would Regulate, Tax Medical Marijuana in San Diego

Dec. 19
By Kyla Calvert

Medical marijuana supporters want to reverse the closings of dispensaries across the city since October.

San Diego Sharp Will Participate In National Medicare Experiment

Dec. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Sharp HealthCare will provide Medicare services to nearly 32,000 San Diego seniors through a new model.

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2011: Top Science And Technology Stories

Dec. 19
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane, Peggy Pico

On KPBS Midday Edition, we take a look at top San Diego's top stories on innovation, science and technology of 2011, with KPBS Reporter Peggy Pico.

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2011: KPBS Top Investigative Stories

Dec. 19

On KPBS Midday Edition we take a look at the top investigative stories of 2011, from the countywide blackout to the killing of a former San Diego Imam. We hear from the KPBS reporter who covered the issues.

Domestic Violence Counseling Plan Draws Criticism

Dec. 19
By Nicholas McVicker, Amita Sharma

Former prosecutors contend couples counseling proposed in new San Diego pilot program endangers lives and contradicts research.

Changing Traffic Checkpoints Laws To Affect Escondido

Dec. 19
By Alison St John

A new state law that goes into effect in January will have a significant effect on cities like Escondido that impound cars for 30 days if the driver doesn’t have a license.

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More Seizures, Arrests Don't Curb Flow Of Drugs From Mexico

Dec. 19
By Ruxandra Guidi

Despite an increase in the amount of drugs stopped at the border, a government memo concludes that it has not dampened the flow of narcotics into the U.S.

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Retailers Revel In Holiday Cheer

Dec. 19
By Erik Anderson

Overall holiday sales numbers are running better than expected, but there are some interesting trends in the numbers.

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Police Collect More Than 250 Guns In 4th Annual Guns-For-Gifts Exchange

Dec. 19
By Dwane Brown, Peggy Pico

The fourth annual guns-for-gift exchange in San Diego took place Monday morning.

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Rants and Raves: LA Road Trip

Dec. 19
By Beth Accomando

I went up to LA for a weekend of movie related fun including a one-off performance of "Re-Animator the Musical" that was to die for. Damn you LA!

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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies At 69

Dec. 19
Anthony Kuhn, NPR

North Korean state media said Kim died on a train due to a "great mental and physical strain" during a "high-intensity field inspection" Saturday.