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Stories for December 19, 2012

Activists Protest Paving Of Tijuana Creek

Dec. 19
By Adrian Florido
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Activists are fighting to save a natural watershed that runs through some of Tijuana's poorest neighborhoods from concrete.

Senator Boxer Proposes Bills To Increase School Security Funding

Dec. 19
Associated Press
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Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer is proposing to give schools more money for security improvements and to make greater use of the National Guard.

ATF Official's Gun Turns Up At Cartel Gunfight

Dec. 19
By Michel Marizco

A Republican Senator has called for a new investigation into one of the federal agents who oversaw the gunwalking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Study: US Gun Policy Felt In Mexico

Dec. 19
By Peter O'Dowd

A economist says access to assault weapons in the United States affects violence in Mexican border towns.

City Schools Serving Up Free Lunches Over Winter Break

Dec. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego Unified is serving free lunches at city recreation centers over the winter break.

California Sets Goal Of Becoming Healthiest State By 2022

Dec. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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California has set a goal of becoming the healthiest state in the country within 10 years.

Mayor Bans City Employees From Work Travel

Dec. 19
City News Service
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New San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said today he has temporarily barred municipal employees from going out of town on business until the city's travel policy can be strengthened.

Rick Steves' Rome: Eternally Engaging

Dec. 19
By Jennifer Robinson
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In this hour-long travel special, Rick Steves explores the "Eternal City" of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture and centuries of history. Rick traces the rise and fall of classical Rome, meanders through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome and makes a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

In Faith, Finding Answers To 'The Mystery Of Evil'

Dec. 19
John Burnett / NPR
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When a human tragedy occurs on the scale of the Newtown shootings, clergy are invariably asked an ancient question: If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and benevolent, why does he allow such misfortunes?

World War II Marine Veteran's Medals Stolen (Video)

Dec. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine veteran Clyde Kellogg, 88, says he's devastated someone took the military medals he earned fighting in World War II from his Vista home.

San Diego Could Lose $41 Million Next Year Through Redevelopment, Pension Costs

Dec. 19
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San Diego got some bad news Wednesday about its redevelopment plans. The city's budget could also take a $41 million hit next year.

Christmas Trees For Newtown Victims Displayed In Kearny Mesa

Dec. 19
City News Service
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Christmas trees representing the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school massacre will be set up in Kearny Mesa tomorrow, and San Diegans will be invited to decorate them and attend a lighting ceremony.

USS Peleliu Crew Members Start Unique Exercise Program

Dec. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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A unique new exercise program is being offered to USS Peleliu Sailors and Marines this month while they're deployed at sea. Called Pitaiyo, the exercise style is sometimes referred to as "yoga on steroids."

What Is California Doing About Illegal Guns?

Dec. 19
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California's gun laws are among the strictest in the nation. Enforcement is backed up by the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) database. How does the system work and how effective is it?

After Newtown - A PBS Special

Dec. 19

As the country comes together to grieve the loss of life in Newtown, a national conversation has begun about how to better protect and serve our communities in the face of catastrophe. The questions of how to respond to these tragedies face us all: government at all levels, educators, mental health professionals, the media, and individual Americans. Continuing PBS’ participation in this vital discussion, "After Newtown," an hour-long special from WNET, brings together news and public affairs teams from across PBS in a joint effort to analyze and illuminate the issues surrounding these events.

Frigid Temperatures Put Homeless At Risk

Dec. 19
By Susan Murphy
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Temperatures in San Diego County are expected to plummet tonight, and the conditions could be life-threatening for the hundreds of homeless people on the streets.

San Onofre's Future Still Hangs In The Balance

Dec. 19
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Almost one year since the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was abruptly shut down due to a unexpected equipment problems, the discussion continues over Southern California Edison's proposal to partially restart the plant.

San Diego Cooks: German Rouladen

Dec. 19
By Monica Medina
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Susan McBeth grew up, the daughter of an Air Force father and a German mother. For her, living on a base, there was nothing like her mother’s cooking.

Let Teachers Carry Guns? Some State Lawmakers Say Yes

Dec. 19
Mark Memmott / NPR
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There are reports from a variety of states about local lawmakers who want to give teachers the right to bring guns to school. They're making the case that school shootings such as the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 small children and six adults dead could be prevented or stopped if some school staffers were armed.

Army To Seek Death Penalty Against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Dec. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. Army announced today it would seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who's accused of murdering 16 Afghan villagers in a bloody massacre.

DCI BANKS: Season One

Dec. 19
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Stephen Tompkinson and Andrea Lowe star as the tenacious and stubborn Chief Inspector Alan Banks and the feisty and headstrong Detective Sergeant Annie Cabbot in four thrilling crime stories. The Yorkshire countryside provides a striking and contrasting backdrop to these four chilling murder stories based on the "Inspector Banks" novels by Peter Robinson.

Defense Secretary Orders Review Into Military Day Care

Dec. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Prompted by potential problems with employee security background checks at a Virginia military day care, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has ordered a review of all 283 Defense Department child development centers across the globe.

White House Says Obama Would Veto GOP's 'Plan B' For Avoiding 'Fiscal Cliff'

Dec. 19
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Making the case that the "Plan B" proposed by House Republicans to keep the federal government from going over the so-called fiscal cliff at the end of the year "does not meet the test of balance," the White House announced this morning that President Obama would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

The Words That Defined 2012

Dec. 19
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Grant Barrett, co-host of public radio's "A Way With Words," takes a look back at some of the new words and phrases that developed over the past year.

Calif. Completes Network Of Undersea Sanctuaries

Dec. 19
Associated Press

California's 848-square-mile marine reserve, the largest network of undersea sanctuaries in the continental United States, is now complete.

Army General To Face Court-Martial In Sex Charges

Dec. 19
Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press
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An Army general will face court-martial on a series of sexual misconduct charges, but the Army on Tuesday refused to say what crimes he is being charged with as he heads to his arraignment next month. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair finished preliminary hearings last month, in which he initially faced a long list of charges including forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships and adultery.

Supervisors To Break Ground On New Registrar Office

Dec. 19
City News Service

Members of the Board of Supervisors are scheduled to break ground today for a building that will house the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office.

Counting Bike Trips Could Get More People To Pedal

Dec. 19
By Tom Fudge
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A program to monitor bike use in San Diego County seeks a way to improve the cycling environment.

Veterans Get Clean Slate Through Court Program

Dec. 19
Rick Rogers
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Hundreds of people gathered to witness a graduating class from the San Diego Veterans Treatment Review Calendar, better known as the San Diego Veterans Court.

Newtown Shootings: Funerals Continue; Biden To Lead Task Force

Dec. 19
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Some of today's headlines and news about the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. Twenty children and six adults were killed by the gunman who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary:

Single-Issue Solidarity Behind NRA's Clout

Dec. 19
Peter Overby / NPR
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The National Rifle Association says it will hold a major news conference Friday -- a week after the school massacre in Connecticut -- and that it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again."