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Stories for December 8, 2011

Escondido Faces Ultimatum Over Latino Representation

Dec. 8
By Alison St John

Half of Escondido’s population - and a quarter of the city’s voters - are Latino, but there's very little Latino representation on the City Council.

Bringing Healthy Choices To The Corner Store

Dec. 8
By Jill Replogle
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A California program seeks to improve the health of local residents by putting fresh foods in people’s paths. Officials hope the program may go national, making cilantro and pomegranates common at the corner store.

San Diego County Farmers Protecting Crops From Frosty Weather

Dec. 8
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

County farmers are working to protect their crops from expected temperatures in the 20s and 30s tonight and tomorrow.

Scripps La Jolla Fined $100,000 For Putting Patient's Life At Risk

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

For the sixth time in the last four years, state regulators have fined Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for putting a patient's life at risk.

European Christmas Markets

Dec. 8
By Jennifer Robinson
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Join us in our discovery of Europe's Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square, or just the sides of narrow, cobblestone streets come alive in the dark of winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering hot wine, regional food, Christmas decorations, sweet confections, toys, regional crafts and local entertainment.

Gunfire At Virginia Tech, Two Deaths Reported

Dec. 8
Associated Press
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A man killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday at Virginia Tech, sending a shudder through campus as students and faculty were told to stay inside and police searched for the gunman, school officials said.

Human Nature Sings Motown With Special Guest Smokey Robinson

Dec. 8
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Smokey Robinson presents the multi-million selling Australian pop group Human Nature. The group takes a walk through the Motown songbook with high-energy takes on the great sounds of vocal groups like the Four Tops, The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha and the Vandellas and others. Shot at Las Vegas’ famed Paris Theatre, the special is a tribute to the great days of a great record label and a new look at some of pop music’s most enduring anthems.

San Diego Tackles Prisoner Recidivism Rates

Dec. 8
Evening Edition
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San Diego is one of a few California counties that plan to avoid building more jails by keeping offenders from ending up back behind bars.

Weekend Preview: New Bacharach Musical, Holiday Shows, And Local Art Fairs

Dec. 8
Midday Edition
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There's a chill in the air, which means that the holidays are here. This weekend has something for everyone with a new Burt Bacharach musical, holiday theater shows, 91X's two-day music festival, and much more.

Celtic Woman - Believe

Dec. 8
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The extravagant production was filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, with a dazzling array of visual and musical effects, including a 20-piece orchestra, seven-piece Celtic Woman Band, 16-piece Atlanta Bagpipe Band, lush vocal harmonies from the 10-member Aontas Choir and a 30-member children’s choir, serving as the backdrop to the grace and beauty of Celtic Woman.

Local Musicians' Top Album Picks Of 2011

Dec. 8
Midday Edition
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Two musicians from local San Diego bands, The Donkeys and Cuckoo Chaos, share their favorite albums of 2011.

Report: More Troops' Remains Dumped In Landfill

Dec. 8
NPR Staff and Wires
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The remains of at least 274 American troops were dumped in a Virginia landfill during a four-year period ending in 2008 — far more than the military originally acknowledged, according to a report published by The Washington Post.

San Diego State University Joins Big East

Dec. 8
Midday Edition
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego State University's athletic department is in line for a significant boost in revenue when the football team joins the Big East conference in two years. The move comes at a time when finances are tight for the university.

Two San Diego Hospitals Fined For Waste Violations

Dec. 8
City News Service

The District Attorney's Office has reached settlements totaling nearly $400,000 in two separate lawsuits -- against Scripps Health and Sharp Memorial -- for improperly handling, transporting and storing medical waste at the hospitals and a city of San Diego landfill.

White House Details Plan To Fight Terrorism At Home

Dec. 8
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The new approach aims to enlist local officials for help spotting potentially violent extremists.

Hundreds of Trees To Be Planted Along Coast Highway In Leucadia

Dec. 8
By Alison St John
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Leucadia residents turned out in force to plant the first of hundreds of trees planned along a stretch of Highway 101. It turns out the North County project has a long history.

Nation's Largest Study Of Hispanic Health Gets Underway

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg
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The nation's largest study focusing on Hispanic health has been launched in San Diego, Chicago, Miami, and the Bronx.