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Stories for January 26, 2010

Study Finds Immigrants Generate 25% Of GDP In San Diego County

Jan. 26
By Amy Isackson
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A new study by the California Immigrant Policy Center finds that immigrants generate about 25 percent of San Diego County's gross domestic product.

Great Lodges Of The National Parks: Death Valley, The Northwest, And Hawaii

Jan. 26
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This episode takes viewers to the surreal desert landscape of Death Valley and the Furnace Creek Inn, a historic four-diamond hotel that rises from the red rock like a shimmering oasis. In the lush Pacific Northwest, Lake Quinault Lodge nestles in the heart of the Olympic National Forest, delighting guests with such old-fashioned pleasures as a hike in the woods or a game of chess by the fire. It’s a step back in time at Wallowa Lake Lodge, where every item has been lovingly restored to its original 1920s condition. Finally, visitors can pay their respects to Pele the goddess of fire at the historic Volcano House in Hawaii’s thrilling Volcanoes National Park.

Tavis Smiley Reports: One On One With Hillary Clinton

Jan. 26
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In the first of four primetime specials that examine some of the country's defining moments, noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley accompanies Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a diplomatic mission abroad, to meetings on Capitol Hill and within the State Department itself, to give the American public a candid and incisive view of the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy and international relations.

Haiti's Homeless Wary Of Efforts To Relocate Them

Jan. 26
Corey Flintoff, NPR
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The Haitian government says it hopes to proceed with plans to move hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors from makeshift settlements in Port-au-Prince to new camps in outlying areas where they can receive food, shelter and medical aid.

San Diego Awards Contract For Water Recyling Demonstration Project

Jan. 26
By Alison St John
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San Diego City Council will vote Tuesday on a $3 million contract to manage a water recycling demonstration project.

S.D. County Expecting Less Money From State

Jan. 26
By City News Service
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San Diego County's chief administrative officer and Supervisor Greg Cox both warned Tuesday that state budget proposals would again put a squeeze on local programs in the next fiscal year.

School Superintendent Search To Be Considered

Jan. 26
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego Unified School Board is expected to hammer out a timeline in its search for a new school superintendent Tuesday. School board president Richard Barrera wants a permanent superintendent in place by July.

Human Genome Scientist Targets The Secrets Of the Oceans

Jan. 26
These Days
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Human genome mapping expert Craig Venter sails the world's oceans to discover an abundance of genetic diversity.

The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse Take Top Honors At S.D. Theatre Critics Circle Awards

Jan. 26
By Meredith Hattam
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All eyes were on the stage at MCASD La Jolla last night as S.D.'s finest productions were honored at the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle's 2009 Craig Noel Awards.

Trailer Tuesday: Fun with Avatar

Jan. 26
By Beth Accomando
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Since James Cameron's "Avatar" (still in theaters) continues to rake in the bucks, break records, and rack up awards, I thought it was time to poke some fun at this box office Goliath courtesy of some online mash ups.

Army General Talks About Training Future Leaders

Jan. 26
These Days
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As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan push on, we'll hear from Army General H.R. McMaster about the moral and psychological preparations for combat.

What Direction Will The Current U.S. Supreme Court Take?

Jan. 26
These Days
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The United States Supreme Court recently made a ruling that could have a major impact on the nation's campaign finance laws. These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton join us today to explain the court's decision, and how it could impact elections in the future.

Who Benefits Most From Downtown Development?

Jan. 26
These Days
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What's the role of a city's downtown? We'll look at the evolving nature of downtown San Diego and what role the government plays in shaping it.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Jokes About His Future Plans

Jan. 26
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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There’s been lots of speculation about what Governor Schwarzenegger will do after he leaves office at the end of the year. Though he’s still not giving any hints, he did tell the Sacramento Press Club on Monday that he’s gotten suggestions from a lot of people.

Obama Set To Call For 3-Year Freeze On Spending

Jan. 26
Associated Press
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Facing voter anger over mounting budget deficits, President Obama will ask Congress to freeze spending for some domestic programs for three years beginning in 2011, administration officials said Monday. Separately, Obama unveiled plans to help a middle class "under assault" pay its bills, save for retirement and care for kids and aging parents.

Burnham Institute Gets A Big Gift And A New Name

Jan. 26
By Tom Fudge
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The Burnham Institute for Medical Research has been renamed the Sanford-Burnham institute. This follows a $50 million gift from South Dakota banker Denny Sanford.

Teaching Doctors To Help The Obese

Jan. 26
By Tom Fudge
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Obesity may be America's number one health problem. Yet doctors who specialize in weight management say most physicians know very little about treating obesity, especially now that treatments have become more sophisticated.

Has PETCO Park Been A Good Investment?

Jan. 26
By Katie Orr
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In the near future, the eastern edge of downtown San Diego might be transformed with a brand new Chargers stadium. The City of San Diego has already built one stadium downtown and is considering building another. But has PETCO Park been a good investment?