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Stories for January 23, 2009

Four Alleged Arellano Felix Drug Cartel Members Arraigned in San Diego

Jan. 23
By Amy Isackson

Four alleged members of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Drug Cartel refused to enter pleas in federal court today in San Diego. The men face drug trafficking and money laundering charges on this side of the border. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

SD School Trustee Calls For Schools To Shut Down

Jan. 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Unified's veteran school board member John de Beck wants local public schools to shut down for two weeks this year in order to deal with a state funding shortfall. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

California Jobless Rate Soars in December

Jan. 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's unemployment rate jumped to 9.3 percent in December, capping a tumultuous year of massive job losses and a housing slump that has struck most of the country. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

SDFD Looking for New Recruits

Jan. 23
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Fire Department is looking for new recruits. But landing a spot this year will be a lot more competitive than in the past. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Inkheart

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Based on the best-selling book,

Outlander

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Here's the deal - a space traveler from a far away planet crash-lands on earth during the reign of the Vikings as a moose watches (700 A.D. in Norway a title tells us and I couldn't help but think of the Monty Python subtitle gag about "a moose bit my sister"). The stranger is Kainan (Jim Caviezel) and unbeknownst to him he has also brought an alien predator known as the Moorwen along with him. Kainan has some cool gizmo that he hooks up to his eye and it feeds him all the information he needs to know about the primitive earthlings, including their language (well not really their language but English so that we don't have to suffer through subtitles). The mass info download proves a bit painful and the first English word he utters is "F*ck!"Fittingly eloquent I suppose.

Environmental Groups Appeal Sunrise Powerlink

Jan. 23
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two environmental organizations are challenging San Diego Gas and Electric's $2 billion Sunrise Powerlink project. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

President Obama, SD Real Estate, CA Budget Crisis

Jan. 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation witnessed history when President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Tuesday. Now that the celebration has ended, the new commander in chief is getting to work. Plus, home loan defaults in San Diego County increased by more than 100 percent in December. And, the debate over how to close California's budget deficit continues in Sacramento.

UC President Has New Proposal to Help Low Income Students

Jan. 23
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the University of California system is hoping to convince more low income students that they can afford the schools. He's proposing some additional financial aid to help with fees. Jenny O'Mara reports.

San Diego Assemblywoman Shares Her Perspective on State's Budget Problems

Jan. 23
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's no secret California has a huge budget deficit, but one San Diego lawmaker says Sacramento doesn't understand the "real problem." Republican Assemblywoman Diane Harkey explains what the state's capital doesn't get.

Parents with Medically Fragile Children Catch a Much Needed Break

Jan. 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Children who have cerebral palsy and other serious medical conditions often need constant care and supervision. That can be exhausting for their parents.A program in San Diego takes care of medically fragile kids on weekend so their parents can catch a break. It's the only program of its kind in California. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.