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Stories for December 26, 2011

Entertainment News: SDFCS Recognize Indie Films

Dec. 26
By Beth Accomando
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This month, the San Diego Film Critics announced their winners for the best of 2011. I checked in with the group's president Anders Wright about the winners.

San Diego VA Hospital To Get Influx Of Iraq War Vets

Dec. 26
By Beth Ford Roth
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Home Post Blog: More than 16,000 veterans of the war in Iraq who were part of the recent mass troop withdrawal from that country are expected at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Southern California this Spring

2011: Top Business Stories Of The Year

Dec. 26
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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On KPBS Midday Edition, we look at San Diego's top business stories of the year. Reporter Erik Anderson joins us to discuss some of the stories he's covered.

San Diego Farmers Hit Record Sales In 2011 Amid Many Challenges

Dec. 26
By Nathan John
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Despite rising water costs and other obstacles, growers had a prosperous 2011.

Sweetwater In Hot Water

Dec. 26
Midday Edition
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Sweetwater Union High School District has had its share of troubles this year, including scandals involving grade-changing and misuse of credit cards, and now the homes and offices of several board members and contractors have been raided by the San Diego County DA's office.

Fire Damages Church In Old Town

Dec. 26
City News Service
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Firefighters battled a blaze in an Old Town church today, before extinguishing it 20 minutes later.

Calif. Teen Becomes Youngest To Climb 7 Summits

Dec. 26
Associated Press
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A Southern California teenager became the youngest person to successfully climb to the summit of the seven tallest mountains on Earth's seven continents, according to his website.

California To Stop Towing Unlicensed Drivers

Dec. 26
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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Escondido has impounded more than 3,200 vehicles since 2006, mostly at the federally funded sobriety checkpoints. The city had towed about 1,000 at driver-license-only checkpoints until the American Civil Liberties Union and El Grupo, a Latino advocacy group, threatened a lawsuit in 2009, contending they violated the state vehicle code.

North Korea: Kim Head Of Powerful Committee

Dec. 26
The Associated Press
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North Korea's state media on Monday called Kim Jong Il's heir the head of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee.

San Diego Wants You To Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Dec. 26
By Ed Joyce
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If you are ready to recycle your Christmas tree, the city of San Diego is ready for you.

Alternate Route To Teaching Attracts More Minorities

Dec. 26
By Kyla Calvert
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Programs that let students work in the classroom while they earn their teaching credentials have seen an increase in future teachers of color.

New Health Laws Take Effect Next Week

Dec. 26
By Kenny Goldberg
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The new year brings a slate of new health laws in California.