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Stories for February 1, 2010

USS Carl Vinson Resumes Journey Toward San Diego

Feb. 1
By Alison St John

The aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has left Haiti and resumed its scheduled journey toward San Diego.

FRONTLINE: Digital Nation

Feb. 1
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Over a single generation, the Web and digital media have remade nearly every aspect of modern culture, transforming the way we work, learn and connect in ways that we're only beginning to understand. FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin ("Growing Up Online") teams up with one of the leading thinkers of the digital age, Douglas Rushkoff ("The Persuaders," "Merchants of Cool"), to continue to explore life on the virtual frontier.

NOVA: Ghosts Of Machu Picchu

Feb. 1
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NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site. This program explores the extraordinary trail of clues that began on that fateful day in 1911 and continues to the present.

San Diego's Busiest Trauma Center Expands

Feb. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County's busiest trauma center is expanding. Scripps Mercy Hospital has broken ground on a new building to house its emergency and trauma departments.

Retail Stores Move Toward Sustainable Fish

Feb. 1
By Wendy Fry, Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Two national retail chains with grocery stores in San Diego County are looking at policies that may change the type of fish they sell.

Mom Of 2 Missing Tijuana Children Gives DNA Sample In S.D.

Feb. 1
By Amy Isackson

The mother of two children who went missing in Tijuana during heavy rains nearly two weeks ago provided a DNA sample in San Diego Monday. She wants to know if the bodies of two children found here last week are her children.

Receive 2-for-1 admission to the San Diego Botanic Garden during the month of February.

Feb. 1
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Join now at the $60 level or above and enjoy benefits at hundreds of restaurants and attractions with the KPBS MemberCard. Join or renew today!

Warhol Would Be So Proud Of Lady Gaga

Feb. 1
By Angela Carone
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Lady Gaga's professed investigation into fame and the cult of celebrity was in full effect during last night's Grammy Awards. Check out this picture of her arrival.

Producer's Perspective: What I Learned In Prison

Feb. 1
By Pat Finn
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The blandly named Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility is huge, squatting over some 700 acres of Otay Mesa about twenty minutes south and east of KPBS and a stone’s throw from the colonias and maquilidoras of Tijuana. After visiting the prison, producer Pat Finn wrote this essay about her impressions.

Obama Unveils Budget With $3.8 Trillion In Spending

Feb. 1
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President Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan Monday, pledging an intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the deficit to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion.

Doing Time in Donovan State Prison

Feb. 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn
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KPBS goes inside R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa for a two-hour broadcast to talk with the prisoners and staff about what life in prison is like. The broadcast marks the first time any radio program has been allowed to tape a program inside prison walls in California. KPBS also sent a photographer to capture images of life inside Donovan.

4.4 Quake Shakes South of San Diego

Feb. 1
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The U.S. Geological Survey has downsized its estimate of a morning earthquake in Baja California and is now calling it a magnitude-4.4 shaker. Earlier estimates had put it as high as 5.0.

S.D. Voters To Decide On Strong Mayor

Feb. 1
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

San Diego’s experiment with the strong mayor form of government is coming to an end. This summer voters will get to decide whether to keep the system or not.

Local Hospice Doctor Brings Personal Care To The Hospital

Feb. 1
By Tom Fudge

Last week San Diego Hospice marked its 20th anniversary, and one of its doctors, Jeff Stoneberg, was one of four physicians to receive the first ever Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award.

Hearings Begin On Proposed Carlsbad Power Plant

Feb. 1
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

Hearings to consider a new power plant along the coast in Carlsbad are scheduled to begin Monday.

San Diego Schools Get High-Tech Tools

Feb. 1
By Ana Tintocalis
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Pencils, textbooks and chalkboards are becoming things of the past in San Diego public schools. Today, students are using a whole host of digital tools as part of the district's technology plan.