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Stories for September 11, 2009

Backcountry Resident Relieved At Shut-Off Plan Denial

Sept. 11
San Diego Week

Many people living in San Diego’s backcounty are relieved by the recent denial of San Diego Gas and Electric’s emergency shut off plan. KPBS reporter Katie Orr spoke with a Ramona man who opposed the plan.

Job-Based Health Coverage Down In California

Sept. 11
San Diego Week

New census figures show employer-based health insurance in California covers 56 percent of people under age 65. That's below the national average and down five points from the year 2000.

Superintendent Selection To Be An Open Process

Sept. 11
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school trustees want to reform the way the next superintendent is picked so the community -- not the school board -- decides who is best to lead the district.

Judge Prevents Cuts To Adult Day Health Care Services

Sept. 11
San Diego Week

A federal judge has blocked the state of California from making cuts to adult day health care programs. The temporary injunction means thousands of disabled seniors and adults with mental illnesses can get care five days a week.

Are Post-Sept. 11 Airport Screens Just 'Security Theater'?

Sept. 11
Brian Naylor, NPR
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As any airline passenger can attest, security at the nation's airports has gotten infinitely more stringent in the eight years since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Girl Talk, The Musical Dr. Frankenstein

Sept. 11
By Andy Trimlett
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Check out this interview with Girl Talk where you can read about a toilet paper gun and US copyright law in the same story.

Live From Lincoln Center: New York Philharmonic Opening Night Gala Concert

Sept. 11
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The New York Philharmonic begins a new era as Alan Gilbert takes the reins as Music Director for the Philharmonic's 2009 season opener. Soprano Renee Fleming headlines this gala concert. The Alan Gilbert era begins in historic fashion with a brand-new, never-before-heard overture written especially for the occasion by Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg. Fleming sings exotic Messiaen and the evening concludes with Berlioz's spectacular orchestra showpiece, "Symphonie Fantastique". Alec Baldwin hosts.

P.O.V. The Principal Story

Sept. 11
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“The Principal Story” tells two stories, painting a dramatic portrait of the challenges facing America’s public schools — and of the great difference a dedicated principal can make. Tresa Dunbar is a second-year principal at Chicago’s Nash Elementary, where 98 percent of students come from low-income families; in Springfield, Illinois, Kerry Purcell has led Harvard Park Elementary, with similar demographics, for six years. Tod Lending (P.O.V. “Omar & Pete,” 2005) and David Mrazek followed both women over the course of a school year, discovering each one’s unique style yet similar passions.

Retirement Revolution: The New Reality

Sept. 11
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From light-hearted stories about self-defense and second careers to solid advice about money, health and Medicare, this program features experts who analyze the financial problems of retirement and demonstrate ways to richer, healthier retirement years. Paula Zahn hosts.

Earth Days

Sept. 11
By Beth Accomando
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If you are tired of documentaries that just make you feel miserable about how bad everything is, then here’s a refreshing change of pace, “Earth Days” (opening September 11 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema). Here’s a film that captures the passion and idealism of activists who want to change the world.

Unstuck: Your Guide To The Seven-Stage Journey Out Of Depression

Sept. 11
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"UNSTUCK" is hosted by Dr. James Gordon, a Harvard educated psychiatrist and one of the world’s leading experts in mind-body medicine. Dr. Gordon is a Clinical Professor at Georgetown Medical School and the Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. The "UNSTUCK" television program takes viewers on a seven-step journey to a healthier and happier life. It will help people who are suffering from anxiety, stress and low-grade dissatisfaction with their lives as well as the millions of Americans who are diagnosed with clinical depression.

UC Proposes 32 Percent Increase In Student Fees

Sept. 11

University of California undergraduates could be facing much bigger tuition bills next year.

One Dose Of H1N1 Vaccine May Be Enough

Sept. 11
Joanne Silberner, NPR

Four and a half months after the new H1N1 swine flu virus was first found infecting people in California and Mexico, researchers are reporting that they've got a vaccine that works better than anyone expected. Researchers say one shot appears to be strong enough to offer protection within 10 days of the shot.

CPUC Rejects SDG&E's Power Shut-Off Plan

Sept. 11
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

The California Public Utilities Commission rejected SDG&E's controversial proposal to shut off power to rural areas of the county during times of high fire risk. What's the next step for SDG&E?

Challenging Year Ahead For Local School Districts

Sept. 11
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

The new school year began for many San Diego County schools this week. How will the San Diego Unified School District move ahead without a superintendent in place?

President Obama Makes Case For Health Care Reform

Sept. 11
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable

Speaking before a joint session of congress, President Obama says "the time for bickering is over" with regards to efforts to reform the nation's health care system. Did the president change any minds with his speech?

Americans Help Each Other On 9/11 Anniversary

Sept. 11
Associated Press
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Drawing on the spirit that spurred volunteers to rush to the burning World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans looked for ways to help each other on a day better known for mourning the thousands of people killed in the nation's worst terrorist attack.

San Diego School Leader Heads To Houston

Sept. 11
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier officially accepted Houston's top school job yesterday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis says his last day in San Diego Unified is a week from today.

Whiteout

Sept. 11
By Beth Accomando
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If you didn’t get enough of a small town law enforcement officer battling icy conditions and dealing with dead bodies piling up in “30 Days of Night,” then you’ll have another chance at a sub-zero thriller with “Whiteout” (opening September 11 throughout San Diego). It is based on the Oni Press comic by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.

Freedom Walk Honors Military Families

Sept. 11
By Alison St John

Several hundred people are expected to gather at the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park this afternoon to reflect on the events of 9/11, and honor those who are still engaged in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

County Supervisor Jacob Happy With SDG&E Ruling

Sept. 11
By Katie Orr
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County Supervisor Diane Jacob is commending state regulators for denying San Diego Gas and Electric’s emergency power shut-off plan.

Bill Would Require More Training For Tattoo And Body Piercing Artists

Sept. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

California's tattoo and body piercing artists would be subject to new regulations under a bill approved by the state legislature. The measure would impose tighter safety rules and more training.