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Stories for December 10, 2010

Cruise Ship Pollution Reduced

Dec. 10
By Alison St John
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Cruise ships that dock at the Embarcadero downtown are now able to turn off their engines while in port, and plug into power on shore.

American Masters: Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould

Dec. 10
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There have been other documentaries about Glenn Gould, a profoundly enigmatic musical poet, but they were typically sidetracked by his eccentricities, focusing on the pills and gloves and scarves — missing the man, the magic and the message behind his music. AMERICAN MASTERS artfully pierces through the myths and misconceptions about this humming and hunched figure, whose fingers glided across the piano as no one’s before or since.

Escondido Bomb-House Burned, Toxic Testing Begins

Dec. 10
San Diego Week
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What's next now that the Escondido home, filled with explosive materials has burned to the ground? KPBS Environment reporter Ed Joyce gives an update including the impact the fire had on air quality.

Principal Says New School-Based Clinic Will Save Lives

Dec. 10
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A new school-based health clinic opened at Central Elementary School in City Heights on Friday. The opening comes five months after a student's death.

Whooping Cough Has Sickened Thousands, Is The Vaccine Working?

Dec. 10
San Diego Week
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California is experiencing a whooping cough epidemic, the worst in 60 years. Ten babies have died throughout the state and more than 7,000 people have become sick, nearly 1,000 in San Diego County alone. KPBS and the Watchdog Institute at SDSU have spent the last four months investigating this epidemic and two of the reporters, Joanne Faryon and Kevin Crowe discuss some of their findings.

Ground Broken On Sunrise Powerlink Amid Protest

Dec. 10
San Diego Week
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SDG&E broke ground on the controversial Sunrise Powerlink project Thursday. For years, local residents, community leaders, organizations and elected officials fought the project, concerned in part that the route will traverse some of the most fire prone areas of San Diego County. KPBS Fronteras Reporter Ruxandra Guidi explains why tribal leaders oppose the powerlink and what is being done now to stop the project from progressing.

Accused Teenaged Assassin Was Born In S.D.

Dec. 10
San Diego Week
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A 14-year-old boy born in San Diego was arrested in Mexico this week. Authorities claim he killed at least four people on behalf of drug traffickers in Central Mexico. Other members of the teen's family have also been arrested including his mother, who was living in San Diego. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson joins us with the latest details.

Learn How Local Tiger Cubs Could Help Save A Species

Dec. 10
San Diego Week
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Go inside the den of twin Sumatran tiger cubs born in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Peggy Pico has the story on the cubs role in reversing a nearly extinct species.

Antiques Roadshow: Trash To Treasure

Dec. 10
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Sugar plum fairies aren't just in your dreams; they're also in your garbage. "Trash To Treasure" puts viewers in a festive mood with more than twenty incredible tales of valuable treasures rescued from rubbish heaps, roadsides, dumpsters, and demolition sites.

NOVA: Secrets Beneath The Ice

Dec. 10
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Can Antarctica’s climate past offer clues to what may happen to our warming planet? To gather crucial evidence, NOVA follows an ambitious Antarctic investigation — a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as ANDRILL. Drilling deep beneath the Antarctic ice, down through the sea and three-fourths of a mile into the seafloor, ANDRILL recovers rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today.

Review: 'Black Swan'

Dec. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Darren Aronofsky has come a long way from his no-budget, black and white indie debut "Pi." His latest film, "Black Swan" (opening December 10 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema and La Jolla Village Theaters) is set in the world of ballet and stars Natalie Portman. You can also listen to our Film Club of the Air discussion of the film.

Interim President Of Port Of San Diego Now President

Dec. 10
City News Service
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The interim president and CEO of the Port of San Diego is interim no more, the Board of Port Commissioners announced today.

Price Of Gasoline In SD Highest Since 2008

Dec. 10
By Erik Anderson
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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since Oct. 20, 2008, increasing seven-tenths of a cent to $3.257.

KPBS Radio Holiday Programs 2010

Dec. 10
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KPBS Radio will broadcast these holiday specials throughout the month of December. View the complete list of programs and air dates.

Possible End For Local Fireworks Show With New Regulations

Dec. 10
By Kyla Calvert
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Proposed fees and regulations for coastal fireworks shows in San Diego County would put an end to traditional July 4th pyrotechnics near bodies of water, and residents should oppose the idea, Mayor Jerry Sanders said today.

Chevron Seeking New Lease To Stay In San Diego

Dec. 10
Associated Press
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Chevron Corp. is seeking a new long-term lease for its oil terminal in the Santa Monica Bay, a move opposed by environmentalists who worry about an oil spill.

Earthquake Hits Baja California And Local Regions

Dec. 10
City News Service
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A mild earthquake rattled the East County highlands this morning, causing no reported structural damage or injuries.

In Search Of Myths And Heroes: Shangri-La

Dec. 10
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The third of Michael Wood's historical journeys takes viewers on a thrilling trek through India, Nepal and Tibet in search of Shangri-La. The tale of the magical valley hidden behind the Himalayas was popularized in the 1930s movie "Lost Horizon," but the myth of a secret earthly paradise is much older. To find the truth behind the legend, Wood travels on foot through some of the world's most sacred mountains before finally reaching the fantastic ruins of a lost city, which he believes is the real inspiration behind the myth.

Reduced Charges For Coast Guard Crew Member Involved In Boy's Death

Dec. 10
City News Service
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A U.S. Coast Guard crew member involved in an on-duty boat crash that killed an 8-year-old Rancho Penasquitos boy on San Diego Bay last year will face reduced charges over the fatal accident, the federal maritime agency announced today.

One-Third Of Property Taxes Still Unpaid In SD

Dec. 10
City News Service
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About a third of San Diego County property owners have yet to pay the first installment on their property taxes, which are due Friday, according to the county.

Video: A Performance By James Moody On KPBS-TV

Dec. 10
By Megan Burke, Angela Carone
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In 1989, legendary jazz saxophonist James Moody performed on a KPBS music series called "Club Date." Moody died yesterday from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Review: 'The Tourist'

Dec. 10
By Beth Accomando
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If you are booked to see "The Tourist" (opening December 10 throughout San Diego), then get yourself a new travel agent.

Mayor's Top Political Advisor Stepping Down

Dec. 10
Editors Roundtable
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Kris Michell is one of the most powerful people in San Diego city government that you've never heard of. Michell, Mayor Jerry Sanders chief of staff for the last five years, announced that she will step down in January. We discuss the impact Michell has had on city government, and what her departure will mean to the mayor's office.

Insight: Defending Prop 8: Someone’s Got To Do It

Dec. 10
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The continuing saga of Proposition 8 took the public stage early this week as we got to actually see televised arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. And I paid the greatest attention to arguments about a procedural issue called “standing.”

County Supervisors Discuss Ways To Increase Local Food Stamp Enrollment

Dec. 10
Editors Roundtable
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County Supervisors are once-again looking at ways to improve the food stamp program. The supervisors this week discussed increasing enrollment in the food stamp program, and asked county staff to report back with a plan in 90 days. We discuss the food stamp recommendations, and assess what might be different this time as the county board remains the same.

Escondido "Bomb House" Burned Down

Dec. 10
Editors Roundtable
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Authorities report the controlled burn of the Escondido "bomb house" went according to plan. What will be done to ensure that the property is safe and free of hazardous debris? And, what can be made of the bizarre story of accused bomb-maker George Jakubec?

Obama 'Confident' Congress Will Pass Tax Deal

Dec. 10
Scott Horsley, NPR
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In the face of strong opposition from members of his own party, President Obama says he's confident lawmakers will eventually approve a tax cut deal he negotiated with congressional Republicans.

SD Hospitals Slashing ER Wait Times

Dec. 10
By Kenny Goldberg
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Unless you've been shot or suffered another serious injury, chances are you'll have to wait your turn if you go to a hospital emergency room. Scripps Mercy Hospitals in Hillcrest and Chula Vista have adopted a new system to slash wait times.

Tiger Cubs Born In SD Offer Hope To Nearly Extinct Wild Tigers

Dec. 10
By Peggy Pico
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There are only about 3,200 tigers left in the world living in the wild, but two tiger cubs born in San Diego are doing their part to save the species from extinction.

Review: Indies at the Gaslamp

Dec. 10
By Beth Accomando
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Today the Reading Gaslamp Theaters are opening a quartet of movies that represent the full spectrum of indie filmmaking. Listen to my radio feature or read the review.