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Stories for January 22, 2010

CA Schools Chief Says He Welcomes Federal Reforms

Jan. 22
By Ana Tintocalis
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State Schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell says the federal Race To The Top program will give California the extra push it needs to reform its own education system. He made those remarks in his State of Education address on Friday in Sacramento.

Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders

Jan. 22
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Join host Marco Werman and the "Sound Tracks" reporting team as they travel deep into the heart of international music. Meet the living legacy of superstar Afrobeat creator Fela. Examine the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin's sexy propaganda song. Find out if music can help the creators of Borat make amends with the insulted people of Kazakhstan, and capture the mood of a cozy Portuguese bar with diva Mariza.

American Experience: Wyatt Earp

Jan. 22
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Wyatt Earp has been portrayed in countless movies and television shows by some of Hollywood's greatest actors, including Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and more recently, Kevin Costner, but these popular fictions often belie the complexities and flaws of a man whose life is a lens on politics, justice and economic opportunity in the American frontier. Wyatt Earp lived in a society torn between the class structure of the Victorian era and the lawlessness and opportunity of the West. This program examines the struggles of one of the American West's most enduring figures.

Antiques Roadshow: Atlantic City, N.J. - Hour One

Jan. 22
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Appraiser Arlie Sulka looks at some beautiful old American paperweights and host Mark L. Walberg tries his hand at glass blowing. Highlights include a Walt Whitman memoir inscribed by the author to a group of firefighters; a late 19th-century bronze and marble statue by the acclaimed French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse; and an oil painting by acclaimed 19th-century Canadian artist Cornelius Krieghoff, noted for portraying narrative-like scenes, valued at $200,000 to $350,000.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Copyright Criminals

Jan. 22
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This program examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and, of course, money. The film traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than 30 years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a "borrowed melody" became a "copyright infringement."

Delayed Passengers Flood Lindbergh Field

Jan. 22
By Tom Fudge
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Southwest airlines resumed its service to and from Lindbergh Field today, following yesterday's cancellation of all flights.

Airliner Bound For S.D. Forced To Land After Colliding With Bird

Jan. 22
Joan Lowy, AP
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A collision with a large bird forced a United Airlines plane to return to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia.

Masterpiece Classic: Emma - Part 1

Jan. 22
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Unmarried and glad of it, Emma Woodhouse (Romola Garai) thinks herself the perfect matchmaker for others. Her friend Mr. Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller) has his doubts. Undeterred, she takes on the matrimonial cause of Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan), with unanticipated results.

NATURE: American Eagle

Jan. 22
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Everything about them is big. Their wings can span eight feet. Their nests weigh up to a ton. They can fly with a deer fawn in their talons. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. Photographed by Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, "Nature: American Eagle” will tell the story of a year in the lives of these majestic raptors on a breathtaking stretch of the Mississippi.

California's Education Leader Says Teacher Evaluations Need To Change

Jan. 22
By Ana Tintocalis
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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said drastic changes are needed in how teachers and principals are evaluated in California schools. The superintendent made those remarks during his final State Of Education address.

Stormy Weather Continues To Douse San Diego Region

Jan. 22
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A blustery storm front drenched and frosted the San Diego area for a fifth straight day today, delivering a wet, icy and snowy finale to the spate of severe winter conditions. The latest round of cloudbursts proved less torrential than those that arrived Thursday.

Tooth Fairy

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson dons tights again this time to play a “Tooth Fairy” (opening January 22 throughout San Diego).

Reducing Calif. Prison Population

Jan. 22
San Diego Week
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What's the latest on efforts to reduce California's overcrowded prison system? KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon updates us on the history behind the prison crisis, and the ideas that are being discussed to solve the problem.

S.D. Residents Using Recycling To Bolster Income

Jan. 22
San Diego Week
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How are San Diegans using bottles and cans to bolster their wallets these days? KPBS Reporter Sharon Heilbrunn discusses some of the ways residents are using recycling to get a little extra cash.

Mayor Jerry Sanders Testifies in Prop. 8 Trial

Jan. 22
San Diego Week
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Why did San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders testify in a federal trial examining the constitutionality of the California's same-sex marriage ban? We speak to a staff writer from the San Diego Union-Tribune who covered the story.

S.D. City Budget Gap Increases By $19 Million

Jan. 22
San Diego Week
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Why is the City of San Diego now facing a $19 million budget a week after the mayor praised the council for passing a balanced budget in December? We speak to Scott Lewis, from voiceofsandiego.org, about what's causing the projected deficit to grow.

City Of San Diego Underestimated Pension Debt

Jan. 22
Editors Roundtable
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Last week Mayor Jerry Sanders said the city's aggressive budget reforms prevented $24 million in cuts to city services. Just days later, bad news from the pension board. The city underestimated what it owes by $19 million. How can San Diego sustain all this debt?

Mayor Jerry Sanders Testifies In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Jan. 22
Editors Roundtable
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Mayor Sanders made national headlines this week for his role in the Prop 8 trial. Sanders said he didn't think it was unusual for a Republican or a police chief to stick up for people who have had their rights taken away. How unusual is it for an elected official to testify in court?

S.D. Schools Brace For Budget Cuts

Jan. 22
Editors Roundtable
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San Diego's public schools brace for more cuts while some local districts leave federal funding on the table. Why is San Diego Unified School District the only big California city school district not applying for the federal grant?

Risk of Flash Flooding Remains Around S.D. County

Jan. 22
City News Service
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Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected in San Diego County today, increasing the risk of flash flooding in coastal, valley and mountain areas, forecasters said.

Sempra Mexican Wind Project Would Bring Power To U.S.

Jan. 22
By Ed Joyce
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Three energy projects are proposed for an area of southeastern San Diego County and just across the Mexican border. One proposal would send renewable energy from Mexico to a substation in Boulevard.

Killing Kasztner: The Jew Who Dealt With Nazis

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando
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Hollywood has often turned to familiar stories about the Holocaust but the documentary “Killing Kasztner: The Jew ” (opening January 22 at Reading's Gaslamp Stadium 15 Theaters) looks to a forgotten chapter of history.

Storm Damage In Tijuana, But Authorities Say Under Control

Jan. 22
By Amy Isackson
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The string of storms has taken a toll on the border. Seven people who may have been trying to cross the border illegally have been rescued from the rain-swollen Tijuana River in the last two days. Across the fence, the rain turned many Tijuana streets into rivers.

3 Energy Projects Proposed For Rural San Diego County

Jan. 22
By Ed Joyce
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Three energy projects are proposed for an area of southeastern San Diego County and just across the Mexican border. One would send renewable energy from Mexico to a substation in Boulevard.

State Of Education Address To Highlight Federal Reforms

Jan. 22
By Ana Tintocalis
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State School Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell gives his final State of Education address today in Sacramento. The termed-out superintendent is expected to explain why the federal government's Race To The Top program makes sense for California schools.