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Stories for January 9, 2007

Scientists Find Evidence for Water on Mars

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

For decades, sci-fi fans have fueled fantasies of Martians inhabiting the red planet. Now the idea of life on Mars doesn't appear to be so far fetched, thanks to a new study of photographs taken by San Diego scientists who operated a camera aboard the global surveyor spacecraft.

Trimming Trans Fats

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New York is spreading the news that trans fats will be banned from all restaurant food served in the city. Tonight, Full Focus has the skinny on just what the trans fat fuss is all about and whether the government should take on the role of food police.

Governor's Health Proposal Draws Praise Locally

Jan. 9
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to require all Californians to have medical coverage is drawing praise from a local prominent health advocate. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has the story.

My Son, the Jedi Knight

Jan. 9
By Deanna Mackey

The older I get and the longer I parent I find its the simple things that bring me joy. I was actually afraid of facing the holidays this year because of all that would be expected and all that I feared Id leave undone. I traveled a lot leading up to December and I knew Id be playing constant catch up to do all the things Im responsible for (and used to doing) this time of year. I was afraid of getting so caught up in the expectations, that I wouldnt be able to enjoy anything. What I really wanted was some happy memories. I have a child who still believes in Santa Claus and one who just figured out who he is and likes the idea. I wanted to celebrate that magic.

Remembering the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Jan. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The University of California San Diego Libraries, the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), the Center for the Humanities, the Chinese Studies Program, the American Chinese Culture and Education Foundation, and the San Diego Chinese Association present

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hunter Wants More Border Fence Funding; CA Democrats Reluctant

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Alpine Republican Congressman and Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter is still pushing for funding of the 700 mile border fence. But Hunter’s now in the minority and California Democrats are not as enthusiastic. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Tony Gwynn Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan. 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former San Diego Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. “Mister San Diego” was at Petco Park yesterday afternoon to talk about the milestone. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Captures Human Migration

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk with Los Angeles Times photojournalist Don Bartletti about his career photographing migrant populations, including his photos documenting Honduran children migrating to the United States.

New Electronics on Display at the Consumer Electronics Show

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We get a live update on the latest gadgets at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

A Look at California’s Religious Diversity

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We learn about the broad spectrum of religion in our region with both the author and photographer for The Visionary State A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape.

Does the California Homeowner’s Association Infringe on Your Rights?

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As more Americans find themselves living in privately-owned communities, more lawsuits arise from residents running afoul of the rules and regulations governing those communities. We navigate the legal waters of homeowner associations on today's show.

CA Update: State of the State

Jan. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the key elements of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s healthcare reform plan? What other issues will the governor discuss in tonight’s State of the State address? We speak with John Myers of KQED about the latest news out of Sacramento.

Educators Want to Revamp No Child Left Behind

Jan. 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal. The federal program wants to raise student achievement across the country. Many San Diego teachers and principals say the law needs to be changed. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Federal Authorities Disarm Tijuana Police, Send in 3,000 Soldiers to Control City

Jan. 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Drug violence in Tijuana has become so brutal recently the federal government is sending in 3,000 soldiers to crack down. In the battle to control the key drug smuggling territory last year, hundreds of residents were kidnapped. Twenty-three policemen were killed. And in a chilling move, suspected drug traffickers dumped the severed heads of three police officers in a field. Federal authorities suspect local police may be in cahoots with cartels, and in their first move have disarmed the city’s force. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.