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Stories for January 8, 2010

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NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Ship

Jan. 8

A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth -- or was it a reality? NOVA travels to the legendary temple, built some 3,500 years ago for the celebrated female pharaoh Hatshepsut, in search of answers to this tantalizing archeological mystery.

San Diego Unified Optimistic About State Budget Proposal

Jan. 8
By City News Service

San Diego Unified School District officials said today they are "cautiously optimistic" about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's state budget proposal because it guarantees $50 billion in education funding.

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Soaring Costs For California's Failing Prison System

Jan. 8
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Gloria Penner

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced this week a proposal to reduce prison costs with privatization. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon discusses her investigation into the aging prison population.

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American Masters: Sam Cooke: Crossing Over

Jan. 8

Sam Cooke put the spirit of the Black church into popular music --creating a new sound and setting into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. With "You Send Me" in 1957, Cooke became the first African American artist to reach #1 on both the R&B and the pop charts. It was groundbreaking. It was also risky for this young gospel performer to alienate his fans by embracing "the devil's music" -- but he proved, with his pop/gospel hybrid, that it was, indeed, possible to win over white teenage listeners and keep his faithful church followers intact.

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San Diego County Faces Another Economic Crisis

Jan. 8
By Megan Burke, Hank Crook, Gloria Penner, Natalie Walsh

San Diego County Treasurer Dan McAllister predicts collecting $50 million less in revenues because of declining property values. The editors discuss.

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Housing Market On Its Way Up

Jan. 8
By Sharon Heilbrunn, Gloria Penner

San Diego County home prices are creeping higher and higher. But, is it enough to be optimistic for the future? KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn investigates.

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Obama's Base Cools As It Watches Him Compromise

Jan. 8
Mara Liasson, NPR

President Obama will begin his second year in office buffeted by some strong political crosswinds. He faces implacable Republican opposition in Congress, an energized conservative base outside Washington, and an anemic economic recovery.

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NATURE: Hummingbirds: Magic In The Air

Jan. 8

Hummingbirds represent one of nature's most interesting paradoxes --they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

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Crazy Heart

Jan. 8
By Beth Accomando

There is Oscar buzz about Jeff Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart” (opening January 8 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) and maybe this time he’ll finally bring one home. You can also listen to my interview with writer-director Scott Cooper.

San Diego County Kicks Off Mass Vaccination Clinic

Jan. 8
By Tom Fudge

More than a thousand people lined up in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot this afternoon to begin the county's swine flu vaccination event.

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In-Home Care Program For Disabled At Risk

Jan. 8
By Amita Sharma

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today said he’ll terminate an in-home care program for the disabled to help close a budget shortfall unless the federal government gives the state $7 billion.

Merriam Mountain Development Not Dead Yet

Jan. 8
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts has called for another hearing on Merriam Mountain, a major development that would build thousands of new home on Interstate 15.

Coast Guard Rescues 24 On Migrant Smuggling Boat

Jan. 8

The United States Coast Guard rescued 24 people from a migrant smuggling boat off San Diego's coast. The arrest Thursday night is part of a continuing trend of smuggling by sea.

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Life In Prison: California Medical Facility

Jan. 8
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource

Aging, infirm and ill inmates are housed at California Medical Facility, a prison in Vacaville, California. It also has a hospice unit for terminally ill inmates.

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TSA To Expand Use Of Full-Body Scanners

Jan. 8
Chris Arnold, NPR

The attempted bombing of an airplane on Christmas Day could lead to more widespread use of whole-body imaging scanners. Some airports have started using the devices, but critics are worried that the machines invade passengers' privacy.

National Science Foundation Awards USD Grant For Science And Math

Jan. 8
City News Service

The University of San Diego was awarded a $600,000 grant by the National Science Foundation to increase the number of graduates in science and mathematics, especially among minority and disadvantaged groups.

North County Update: Political Battles in Oceanside, Poway

Jan. 8
By Editors Roundtable

There are two strange political battles taking place in North County. A fiercely divided Oceanside City Council can't agree on a candidate to replace a recently departed councilmember. And, in Poway, there's an effort taking place to recall a councilmember accused of improperly using her influence to disrupt a neighbor's home-construction plan.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Discusses Plans For Prisons, Education During State Of The State

Jan. 8
By Editors Roundtable

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined plans for his last year in office during the annual State of the State speech earlier this week. The governor discussed plans to reduce prison spending, and to increase funding for higher education.

What Does 2010 Hold For San Diego Economy?

Jan. 8
By Editors Roundtable

2009 was a tough economic year for our region and the nation. What are the economic predictions for the new year? We discuss what's expected to happen with the local housing market, unemployment, and consumer spending.

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Surprise Fall In Jobs Does Not Dash Recovery Hopes

Jan. 8
Scott Neuman, NPR

The U.S. economy unexpectedly shed another 85,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department reported Friday, but the unemployment rate managed to hold steady at 10 percent, and most analysts still expect a gradual improvement in coming months.