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Stories for December 21, 2012

SD County Treasurer Questions Huge Fee Increase For Pension Fund Manager

Dec. 21, 2012
By Alison St John

The San Diego County pension board’s decision to pay its investment consultant up to five times more than the current contract is raising eyebrows. The county treasurer is calling for an independent assessment.

Obama On Fiscal Cliff Talks: 'I Actually Still Think We Can Get It Done'

Dec. 21, 2012
Dana Farrington / NPR

In a news conference Friday, President Obama said there were still things the parties could agree on about the automatic tax-rate increases and spending cuts at the end of the year. But he said parties would have to work together to get a plan approved in the next 10 days.

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More Than 360 Guns Exchanged For Gift Cards

Dec. 21, 2012
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

More than 360 weapons—including an Uzi—were collected today in an annual for Guns for Gift Cards exchange held in Southeast San Diego.

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Opening A Door Into Childhood Memory

Dec. 21, 2012
By Angela Carone

An artist enlists the children of City Heights to create an installation for the whole community. Warning: some of this content is unbearably cute.

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Military Contestant On 'Wheel Of Fortune' Gets Scrooged (VIDEO)

Dec. 21, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Many "Wheel of Fortune" fans are in a tizzy over the apparent Scrooging of a military contestant named Renee by some hardhearted judges. In an episode that aired this week, Navy Intel Specialist Renee Durette appeared to answer a puzzle correctly, but was buzzed by the judges, who didn't think she spoke clearly enough.

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Man Arrested For Falsely Reporting Shooting At Oceanside School

Dec. 21, 2012
City News Service

A 61-year-old North County man was arrested today on suspicion of falsely reporting an impending shooting at an elementary school near his home six days after the second-deadliest campus gun rampage in U.S. history.

An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit

Dec. 21, 2012
Sarah Hulett / NPR

In Detroit, an entrepreneur says he's got a plan to curb urban blight in parts of the city. He is buying up acre after acre of abandoned lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers of the plan see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.

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Governor Brown Makes New Appointment To California Public Utilities Commission

Dec. 21, 2012
By Amita Sharma

There will be a new voice at the public commission that regulates power companies including San Diego Gas & Electric.

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City Heights Youth Flex Their Civic Muscle In 2012

Dec. 21, 2012
By Megan Burks

You might know City Heights youth want a skate park. Here are five more causes they took up this year.

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Roundtable: Guns, City Budget, Redevelopment, Homelessness, UC & East County Images

Dec. 21, 2012
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn, Peggy Pico

San Diego law enforcement agencies exchange guns for gift cards. No city budget surplus after all. City redevelopment gets smacked down. San Diego's homeless getting attention. East County and the University of California have image problems.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Dec. 21, 2012

Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway’s golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. Filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning "Broadway: The American Musical."

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John Kerry Already Considered A Seasoned Diplomat

Dec. 21, 2012
Michele Kelemen / NPR

Long before President Obama nominated John Kerry as the country's top diplomat, the Massachusetts senator was seen as a secretary of state in waiting.

Sen. Daniel Inouye Remembered As Quiet Inspiration

Dec. 21, 2012
Scott Neuman / NPR

At a service for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday, President Obama said if it weren't for the example of the long-serving Hawaii Democrat, he might not have gone into public service.

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San Diego's Land Leases To Boy Scouts Ruled Legal

Dec. 21, 2012
City News Service

A federal appeals court has ruled that two leases the Boy Scouts of America have on city-owned land in Balboa Park and Mission Bay are not illegal.

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Military Family Pets Euthanized In Okinawa Despite Microchips

Dec. 21, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Workers at the Japanese government-run Okinawa Prefectural Animal Protection and Control Center say the pets of U.S. military families are being needlessly put to sleep - because the American-run kennel in charge of tracking down lost pets fails to contact them in time.

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Returns To San Diego

Dec. 21, 2012
City News Service

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sherman is scheduled to return to its homeport of San Diego today from an 85-day Bering Sea patrol.

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Marine Vet Jon Hammar To Be Released From Mexican Jail Today

Dec. 21, 2012
By Beth Ford Roth

Marine veteran Jon Hammar, who has been held in a Mexican jail for more than four months on a gun charge, will be released today. The Marine's mother, Olivia Hammar, confirmed the impending release to Fox News Radio.

The NRA Isn't The Only Opponent Of Gun Control

Dec. 21, 2012
Alan Greenblatt / NPR

A nascent discussion about gun laws has dominated the nation's agenda during the week following the school shootings in Newtown, Conn. But one dominant voice has been missing from the debate thus far.

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The Architect And The Opera Singer: A Tale Of Two Drug Mules

Dec. 21, 2012
Erin Siegal

Investigating and prosecuting certain drug transportation cases isn't always black and white for U.S. judges and attorneys.

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San Diego’s Biggest Park Gets Even Bigger

Dec. 21, 2012
By Tom Fudge

The addition of 1,300 acres is the latest chapter in the story of Mission Trails Regional Park.