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Stories for February 12, 2010

Blueprint America: Beyond The Motor City

Feb. 12
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This program is an investigation of American transportation infrastructure from the past to the future, using Detroit as the narrative base for exploring this national story. Detroit has grown, flourished and fallen in accordance with the infrastructure choices we have made as a nation and, in Detroit's future, we can see a mirror of our national resolve.

Antiques Roadshow: Madison, Wis. - Hour One

Feb. 12
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"Antiques Roadshow's" visit to Madison, Wisconsin, includes a detour with appraiser Wes Cowan to the Wisconsin Dells to discuss the late 19th-century stereoscopic photography of H.H. Bennett that made the Dells famous. Highlights include an heirloom Art Deco charm bracelet with a possible connection to John D. Rockefeller; an heirloom 1938 Martin D-18 guitar, highly coveted by folk and bluegrass musicians; and an angry 1976 letter from Frank Sinatra to Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko.

Gourmet's Adventures With Ruth: Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Feb. 12
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In the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm embodies the heritage of American cooking that is informing the fresh and simple way we want to cook right now. Join Ruth and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand at this culinary resort as they roll up their sleeves and harvest their own dinner, as well as slide into waders to fly-fish for rainbow trout.

NATURE: In The Valley Of The Wolves

Feb. 12
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As the first wolves reintroduced into Yellowstone, the Druids are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America. New pioneers in the wilderness, they were at the heart of a massive scientific experiment to restore an entire ecosystem that began to break down without its wolves. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bob Landis spent over three years with these remarkable wolves, creating a spectacularly dramatic and intimate record of their lives.

District B13 Ultimatum

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando
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Back in 2004 the French action film “District B13” officially introduced audiences to the breathtaking art/sport of Parkour or free running. Now the film has spawned a sequel, “District B13 Ultimatum” (opening February 12 at Reading’s Gaslamp Stadium 15 Theaters and if you are a myKPBS Film Club member log in to get a discount coupon for the film).

Orthopedic Surgeon Returns From Haiti

Feb. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

An orthopedic surgeon from Rady Children's Hospital has just returned from a week in Haiti. Dr. Hank Chambers had his hands full helping earthquake survivors.

A New Generation of Spike and Mike

Feb. 12
By Beth Accomando
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It's time for another Spike and Mike animated festival. This time it's "A New Generation of Spike and Mike" playing select weekend days at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla.

Customs Agents Make Sure You Don't Bug Your Valentine

Feb. 12
By Amy Isackson
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If you plan to cross the border with flowers from Mexico for your Valentine in the US, plan on a trip to secondary inspection. Customs and Border protection agents will screen all flowers.

Cleanup Scheduled To Help Protect The San Diego River Estuary

Feb. 12
By Ed Joyce
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If you see canoes and kayaks in a protected area of the San Diego River Saturday morning, don't be alarmed. It's part of a special cleanup effort.

Reconsidering The Coronado Tunnel

Feb. 12
San Diego Week
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For nearly 30 years, officials in the City of Coronado have studied the idea of building a tunnel under Fourth Street to help alleviate traffic in the city. KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn has more on when voters will get to weigh-in on the project.

In-home Services Challenged

Feb. 12
San Diego Week
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We discuss another accusation against a $5 billion social program the state wants to cut. This time allegations government checks are being issued to dead people.

Ethics Commission Under Microscope

Feb. 12
San Diego Week
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What's the point of an ethics commission if it isn't allowed to hold elected officials accountable? We put the head of the commission on the record.

State Of S.D. County

Feb. 12
San Diego Week
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The county government says the state is draining taxpayers dry to pay for social programs. We'll ask the editors what they think.

Group Hands Out 'Endangered Species Condoms'

Feb. 12
By Ed Joyce
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More than 3,000 volunteers with the Center for Biological Diversity will be handing out 100,000 free condoms beginning on Valentines Day. The environmental group says the "endangered species condoms" are intended to raise awareness about the human impact on wildlife.

Man Accused Of Killing Border Agent To Appear In Court

Feb. 12
By City News Service

A Mexican national accused of fatally running down a U.S. Border Patrol agent trying to stop suspected drug smugglers in Imperial County two years ago is scheduled to make his first court appearance in San Diego federal court today.

Helix High May Lose Charter

Feb. 12
By City News Service

The Grossmont Union High School board of trustees, which oversees Helix High School, has voted to issue a letter of intent to revoke the school's charter.

City Ethics Commission Challenged

Feb. 12
Editors Roundtable

What's the point of having an Ethics Commission if it doesn't have the power to hold public officials accountable? We discuss the role of the ethics panel in San Diego.

San Diego's Transportation Future

Feb. 12
Editors Roundtable

Local rush-hour traffic is getting worse, and the Metropolitan Transit Service plans to drastically reduce bus service on Sundays. What kind of changes should we make in the future to improve our local transportation system?

State of the County

Feb. 12
Editors Roundtable

What should be the role of county government during these tough economic times? We discuss the current state of San Diego County.

What City Hall Says About San Diego

Feb. 12
By Katie Orr
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In the coming year, San Diego political leaders will decide whether to build a new city hall. But what does a city hall say about the city it serves?

$94 Million Money Laundering Settlement Will Help Fight The Problem

Feb. 12
By Amy Isackson

A $94 million settlement will help fight money laundering across the U.S-Mexico border. Local law enforcement agencies will be able to apply for the funds.