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Stories for December 20, 2011

$14 Million In Federal Funds Will Support Homeless Programs

Dec. 20
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego County organizations will get about $14 million in federal grants to support homeless services for the coming year.

Burning Of Fossil Fuels Causing Rise In Ocean Acidity

Dec. 20
Helen Hawes
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The burning of fossil fuels is causing a rise of acid levels in the ocean, and it may be harming sea life, according to a new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Live From Lincoln Center: Bernstein And Gershwin

Dec. 20
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The New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Gala celebrates the music of American 20th-century composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, conducted by music director Alan Gilbert, with star pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Celebrate the start of the New Year with this glamorous evening featuring Bernstein’s Overture to "Candide" and Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue."

Travelscope: Crossing The Swiss Alps

Dec. 20
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From cosmopolitan Geneva to the UNESCO heritage Aletsch Glacier Joseph travels through Switzerland by bus, train and lake steamer. In Geneva Joseph explores a city that has remained in the forefront of innovation and change and visits Lake Geneva’s fascinating lakeside villages. While in Bettmeralp, Joseph enjoys a typical Swiss experience that is filled with glacier treks, colorful festivals, local cuisine, the beauty of the rural countryside and warm Alpine hospitality.

Inspector Morse: Happy Families, Parts One & Two (Season Six)

Dec. 20
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When one of Britain's wealthiest businessmen is found murdered, Inspector Morse and his sidekick Sgt. Lewis (Kevin Whately) are assigned the case. Their investigations lead them to a family void of grief who are far more concerned with the impending changes to their share of the business. While the press and his peers provoke the Inspector to make an early determination on the case, another member of the family is murdered.

California's Gold: See's Candy

Dec. 20
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Host Huell Howser gets a first hand taste of the See's story. First he visits one of the earliest shops to open in San Francisco and meets with current and past employees. While there, Huell also talks with regular customers who come in to purchase their particular favorite type of See's Candy. Then he travels to Los Angeles for a tour of the inner sanctum of the See's Candy factory where the historic candies are actually made. The story of See's Candy is indeed a true California success story -- one of which Mary See surely would be proud!

House GOP Rejects Senate's Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

Dec. 20
Associated Press
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Republican members are instead demanding that the Senate return to negotiate an extension for the entire year.

Rick Steves' Europe: Iran: Tehran And Side Trips

Dec. 20
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Rick Steves explores Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran's bustling capital city. University students give us a look at modern values in a theocratic society where religious and anti-American billboards are commonplace. After a visit to Khomeini's tomb, we take a trip into the countryside to get a taste of village life.

Tule Wind Project Gets Federal Approval

Dec. 20
By Ed Joyce
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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Tuesday approved a wind project in southeastern San Diego County.

Medical Data Breaches Affected More Than 10 Million Americans In 2011

Dec. 20
By Kenny Goldberg
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It's been a bad year for data security, with a number of high profile medical data breaches reported.

Book Reviews: From Mystery Plots To Memory Loss

Dec. 20
By Angela Carone, Tom Fudge
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KPBS Morning Edition host Tom Fudge reviews two novels penned by female authors: from a dark thriller to a witty take on amnesia.

2011: San Diego's Top Health Stories

Dec. 20
Midday Edition
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On KPBS Midday Edition, we look at San Diego's top health stories of the year. Reporter Kenny Goldberg discusses some of the issues he's covered, from prescription drug abuse to healthcare reform.

U.S. Bank Shuts Down Money Wiring Service To Somalia

Dec. 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The U.S. bank that facilitates money wire transfers to Somalia is shutting down the service over fears of prosecution after some transfers were linked to a terrorist group.

Study Illuminates Dearth Of Lawyers In Immigration Courts

Dec. 20
By Jill Replogle
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Less than half of all immigrants facing deportation proceedings have legal representation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Theater Critics Nominate Best In Local Theater

Dec. 20
By Angela Carone
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The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announce their nominees for the best in theater from 2011. "August: Osage County," "Angels in America," and "The Who's Tommy."

America's Wildest Refuge: Discovering The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Dec. 20
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Tucked into a remote corner of Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a place where wilderness is experienced on an epic scale. From forested lowlands in the south to the towering mountains of the Brooks Range and north to the coastal plains, this is where we can go back in time to see how the earth was before modern civilization. With sweeping views of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, its wildlife, and interviews with those that know it best, "America's Wildest Refuge" is an ecological and historical portrait of this corner of Alaska.

Fire Devours Upscale Home In Encinitas

Dec. 20
City News Service
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Two adults and their three children narrowly escaped injury early today as flames consumed their large home in an upscale Encinitas neighborhood.

The Future Of Salvation Mountain Uncertain

Dec. 20
By Angela Carone
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The creator of a desert artwork known as Salvation Mountain has been placed in a long-term care facility in El Cajon. Now the future of the candy-colored mountain is unknown.

In Calif. Mental Hospitals, Assaults Rarely A Crime

Dec. 20
Ina Jaffe, NPR
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For the most part, it's been a challenge for the criminal justice and mental health systems to figure out how to deal with assaults by the mentally ill.