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Stories for January 15, 2010

Critics Choice Gives Top Awards to Hurt Locker

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando
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The Broadcast Film Critics gave out their Critics Choice Awards tonight and the big winners were "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar."

Stephen Fry In America: Mountains And Plains

Jan. 15
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Stephen travels the entire length of the country, starting at the Canadian border in the mountains of Montana, and ending in El Paso, where Texas meets Mexico. En route he talks to a Wyoming ranching couple who share details of their close encounters with a variety of animals, watches a belly-dancing display in Oklahoma, and visits an unusual home - a converted nuclear missile silo.

New Nursing Graduates Have Trouble Finding Jobs

Jan. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

New nursing graduates are having a tough time finding work in California. The recession has forced many hospitals to put a freeze on new hires.

Obama, Democrats Eager To Move Past Health Bill

Jan. 15
Scott Horsley, NPR
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A push to overhaul the nation's health care system has cleared another hurdle. Leaders of organized labor say they'll go along with a plan to tax so-called "Cadillac" health care policies after winning concessions designed to shield middle-class families.

NOVA: Riddles Of The Sphinx

Jan. 15
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For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering: the mighty head towers as tall as the White House, while its body is nearly the length of a football field. This strange half-human, half-lion image has inspired countless fantastic theories about its origins. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? Surprisingly, the scribes of the period when it was built - during Egypt's Old Kingdom - passed over it in silence.

Benise: The Spanish Guitar

Jan. 15
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Described in concert reviews as "The Latin Riverdance," flamenco guitarist Benise's upcoming pledge special "The Spanish Guitar" combines soaring music, sumptuous production values, and an epic tale that will transport the audience to exotic places with video, new songs, and an ever-changing set. Armed with his instrument and an amazing world-class band of musicians, Benise pushes the boundaries of traditional Flamenco/Spanish guitar.

Free Sandbags Available In San Diego County

Jan. 15
By Ed Joyce

A series of intense winter storms are expected to bring heavy rainfall to areas of San Diego County.

A Ripple Of Hope

Jan. 15
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On the night of Dr. Martin Luther King's murder in 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was scheduled to make an appearance in an African-American neighborhood as part of his run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Upon hearing the tragic news, Kennedy was forced to make a crucial decision: Should he venture into the heart of the Indianapolis inner city and talk to the potentially volatile crowd gathered in a park?

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Raleigh, North Carolina - Hour Three

Jan. 15
By Jennifer Robinson
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits North Carolina's Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, once the site of a U.S. arsenal seized by the Confederacy, to look at some of the weapons made in North Carolina during the Civil War. Highlights include an archive of items related to Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1966 visit to St. Mark's AME Zion Church in Durham; a circa 1800 heirloom Virginia-made table, purported to have ties to Thomas Jefferson; and a pair of circa 1725 chairs, made by New England furniture maker John Gaines, whose value - much diminished because the pieces are refinished - is estimated to be $30, 000 to $50,000.

NATURE: Clash: Encounters Of Bears And Wolves

Jan. 15
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What happens when two great predators come face to face in Yellowstone? The grizzly and the wolf -- they couldn't be more different. The bear is a loner, ranging far and wide in search of a rich variety of resources. The wolf hunts to survive and finds its strength in speed and teamwork. Their strategies have taken them to the very top of Yellowstone, and it's no simple matter when they meet. In every encounter, the opposition must be measured, strengths must be tested, and risks must be carefully weighed. Each time, one of them will have a tactical advantage -- but which one, and when?

Life In Prison: Harriet Salarno, A Victim Speaks

Jan. 15
By Stephen Crutchfield
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KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon interviews Harriet Salarno, a crime victim whose daughter was murdered in 1979. Ever since, Salarno has fought for crime victims' rights.

Schools Vie For Federal Stimulus Money

Jan. 15
San Diego Week
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We talk about why so few cash-strapped San Diego school districts want federal stimulus grants.

San Diegans Urged To Recycle More

Jan. 15
San Diego Week
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We'll look at San Diego's new recycling laws.

Major Tijuana Drug Gang Leader Captured

Jan. 15
San Diego Week
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We'll have analysis of the impact of the capture of notorious Tijuana drug lord "El Teo."

Mayor Sanders Outlines Plans For City

Jan. 15
San Diego Week
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We'll have analysis of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' fifth State of the City address as the city continues to face a tough economic climate.

U.S. Senate Race Kicks Off In San Diego

Jan. 15
Editors Roundtable

A high-profile U.S. Senate race began in San Diego this week. Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina both held campaign events in town. What's at stake in this Senate contest? And, why did the candidates visit San Diego early on in the race?

Building Green Industries In San Diego

Jan. 15
Editors Roundtable

In Mayor Sanders' State of the City speech, he said he is committed to the success of the clean technology industry in San Diego. If so, then why is the city substantially increasing its solar permit fees this year?

S.D. Mayor Looks To Future With State Of The City Speech

Jan. 15
Editors Roundtable

What were the highlights of Mayor Jerry Sanders 2010 State of the City Speech? We discuss the mayor's vision for the future, the city's financial challenges, and the proposal for a Chargers stadium downtown.

California Assemblyman Helps Prevent A Suicide

Jan. 15
By Dwane Brown, Pamela Davis

Usually when we skip lunch, we save a few calories, or a few bucks. It's not often we can save a life. San Diego North County Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher took a lunchtime run along the American River in Sacramento this week, and did just that.

'Everything Is Breaking Down' In Haiti

Jan. 15
Kevin Whitelaw, NPR
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Haitians were growing increasingly desperate Friday in the stricken capital of Port-au-Prince as aid supplies remain scarce and bodies still litter the streets. Bodies were still piled up throughout the city. The international Red Cross estimated on Thursday that between 45,000 and 50,000 people were killed in the quake, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials.

San Diego Symphony Presents The General

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando
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It's somewhat fitting that the latest Jackie Chan movie is opening the same weekend that the San Diego Symphony is presenting "The General" (January 16 at Symphony Hall) with Buster Keaton. The great silent clown and this film were both influential on the Hong Kong stuntman/comedian/action star.