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Stories for January 29, 2009

Local Girl Scouts Head to Cookie College

Jan. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

You're friendly Girl Scout is likely to knock on your door or greet you at your neighborhood grocery store beginning this weekend. That's because February marks the official start of the Girl Scouts cookie season. But selling cookies is not what is used to be. In fact, the 'Girls in Green' recently attended Cookie College at the University of San Diego to perfect the art of selling cookies. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis reports.

From the KPBS Green Room after the Casbah Anniversary Special

Jan. 29
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Chris Cantore just sent me this picture taken in our green room after KPBS'

KPBS Announces New General Manager Tom Karlo

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Karlo has been named the new general manager of KPBS, it was announced this evening.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 29
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

LA Psychedelic Pop Band West Indian Girl Plays the Belly Up Tonight

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

West Indian Girl is a six-piece band from Los Angeles known for their sunny, pop psychedelic sound. Their latest album is a remix of songs from their second album titled 4th and Wall. They're playing the Belly Up Tavern tonight in Solana Beach.

SD Unified Officials Look Into Early Retirement Plan

Jan. 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school district officials are looking at whether they should give veteran teachers extra money to retire early. They say the plan might actually help save money. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The Wild Child/ L'enfant Sauvage

Jan. 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Wild Child (Film Desk)

Overall Crime Down in San Diego in 2008

Jan. 29
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Police Department today came out with its crime statistics for 2008. In general crime was down, but there were a few areas of concern. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Escondido's Newest City Council Member Wants to Change Agenda

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Although Escondido's population is nearly half Hispanic, the city has never had a Hispanic member of the city council until this year. Olga Diaz, a businesswoman and mother of four, was elected in November, 2008. We'll talk with Diaz about the recession's impact on Escondido's budget.

Forensic Psychologist Probes the Minds of Killers

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What motivates someone to commit multiple murders? Are serial killers born that way or does their upbringing foster these tendencies? How does a forensic team begin to understand a serial killer? We talk with a national expert in the field of forensic psychology teaching here in San Diego.

Magnitude-4.2 Quake Shakes Isles off Calif.

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A small earthquake near the Channel Islands off the California coast early Thursday was felt by many in Catalina Island's main city of Avalon, but there were no apparent damages or injuries.

How Parents Help Kids Succeed in School

Jan. 29
These Days

How do we measure student success today? And what role can parents play to ensure their kids get the most out of their education so that they graduate as academically and socially knowledgeable citizens ready to face the world? We'll talk about educating our kids in a competitive, fast-paced world and the tensions that arise.

Company Has Postive Findings in Testing for Down's Syndrome

Jan. 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego company has announced positive results in prenatal testing. Sequenom is finding a safer way to test for Down's Syndrome.

Prison Health Care Becoming Controversial Amid Budget Crisis

Jan. 29
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials say it's time to get rid of the court appointed Federal Receiver who's in charge of improving prison health care in California. Jenny O'Mara reports.

San Diego Black Film Festival 2009

Jan. 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Black Film Festival is still a young and growing event. Now in its sixth year, it was originally known as the Noir Film Festival when it launched in 2004. It's a fundraiser for the

San Diego Black Film Festival 2009

Jan. 29
By Beth Accomando

The Sixth Annual San Diego Black Film Festival kicks off tonight, January 29, at the Regal United Artists Theatres at Horton Plaza with a mix of documentaries and short features. There's an opening night reception at 6:00 pm followed by an evening of films. Among them are Black Indians, a documentary narrated by James Earl Jones that looks to Indians of African descent, and Newark Street Preachers, about a group of New Jersey preachers who march where drug dealers and gangs rule in order to take back the streets. The festival will also be presenting their 2009 Award of Merit to actor Louis Gossett, Jr. (pictured left). Gossett can also be seen in the new film The Least Among Us on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Actor and martial arts expert Michael Jai White will be receiving the festival's Filmmaker's Choice Award.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Jan. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Brian Bilbray on the Obama Agenda

Jan. 29
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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UPDATE: Since this post was written,