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Stories for January 8, 2009

The Wrestler

Jan. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Marisa Tomei and Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler (Fox Searchlight)

New Airport Plan Takes Off-But Will It Fly?

Jan. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A retired San Diego engineer says he believes San Diego could solve its airport problems with a double-decker airport, built over water.

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Presidents-Elect in a Pickle

Jan. 8
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

With just a few days to go before Inauguration Day, President-Elect Barack Obama must be having second thoughts about whether he really wants to be president given the monumental problems the world is facing. Who, in their wildest nightmares, could have predicted the economic meltdown the nation, and perhaps the entire globe, is experiencing? Just think! Our national debt is more than 10 trillion dollars and

Bayfront High Rise Plan Gets Coastal Commission Go Ahead

Jan. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A plan to build two high rise luxury hotels on San Diego’s Embarcadero has passed a major hurdle this week. The California Coastal Commission has given the go ahead for the Bay front development, with a couple of strings attached. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Chula Vista Council May Declare Fiscal Emergency

Jan. 8
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chula Vista city council will decide tonight whether to declare a fiscal state of emergency for the city. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

DEA Identifies Ringleaders of Tijuana Violence

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has published a poster of 10 men it believes are locked in violent battle for drug trafficking routes through Tijuana, Mexico.

Sand to Beach Project In Encinitas

Jan. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A project to replace dwindling sand on a North San Diego County beach may become more common in the future. The sand delivered today on an Encinitas beach comes from a construction site. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Hospitals Feel the Pain

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recession is hitting California hospitals where it hurts. A new report reveals an increasing number of hospital patients are unable to pay their bills. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Tax Collector Talks About Reassessing Property Taxes

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Where do your property taxes go? And does the recent housing slump mean you may be overpaying your property tax bill? We'll talk with the County Tax Collector-Treasurer about the state of the economy and the impact it is having on the county's coffers.

The Best and the Worst in Film from 2008

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Hollywood awards season begins this weekend with Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony. Next comes the Independent Spirit Awards and the coveted Oscars of the Academy Awards. Before we're bombarded with all of these awards, let's hear what our Film Club have to say about 2008's big screen offerings. We'll talk with Beth Accomando and Scott Marks about the good and the bad of 2008.

Sports Update: Chargers vs. Steelers, Padres Sale, SDSU Football

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Chargers are heading to Pittsburgh this weekend to face the Steelers in the AFC playoffs. What do the Bolts need to do on Sunday to leave Pittsburgh with another playoff victory? Plus, what's the latest news on the sale of the San Diego Padres? And, how can SDSU turn its football program into a winner? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to long-time sports talk show host Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the hottest local sports stories in San Diego.

Border Patrol to Build Border Fence at Friendship Park

Jan. 8
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Border Patrol will close a popular park on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean to make way for a triple fence along the Mexican border, a legislative aide and activists said Wednesday.

Alcohol Ban at Silver Strand After a Boozy 2008

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's only booze-friendly beach last summer will have a dry season this year. The state is banning alcohol at Silver Strand State Beach near Coronado from March 16 to Sept. 30 this year.

Economist Analyzes San Diego Markets

Jan. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's housing industry has a number of obstacles and tourism in the region is softening. Joining us on Morning Edition is Steve Cochran, managing director for Moody's economy.com who covers economic issues in California.