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Stories for January 29, 2010

INDEPENDENT LENS: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats And Rhymes

Jan. 29
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This film takes an in-depth look at machismo in rap music and hip-hop culture -- where creative genius, poetic beauty and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence and homophobia.

Masterpiece Classic: Emma - Part II

Jan. 29
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Is confirmed bachelor Mr. Knightley secretly courting demure Jane Fairfax (Laura Pyper), recipient of a piano from a mysterious benefactor? Meanwhile, Emma, too, feels the unfamiliar tug of romance — in the direction of dashing Frank Churchill (Rupert Evans).

Big Calif. Snowpack No Panacea For Water Users

Jan. 29
Samantha Young, AP

Winter storms have bolstered the Sierra snowpack and started to replenish California's water supply, but officials said Friday that may not mean much for farms and cities.

SPJ Asks Mexican Authorities To Help Curb Violence Against Reporters

Jan. 29

The U.S. Society for Professional Journalists has joined a chorus of journalism and human rights groups that are calling on Mexican authorities to fully investigate crimes against reporters. The groups say Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous places for reporters.

For Toyota Drivers, Confusion And Growing Anger

Jan. 29
ERIN McCLAM and EMILY FREDRIX, AP
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Toyota executives have been virtually silent amid a recall of millions of their cars because gas pedals can become dangerously stuck. For their customers, oh, what a feeling - fear, frustration, confusion and anger.

Jury Convicts Killer Of Abortion Provider

Jan. 29
Kathy Lohr, NPR

It took a Kansas jury on Friday just 37 minutes to find Scott Roeder guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller. The prosecution said all along that this was a clear-cut murder case, and the defendant even admitted the crime.

Faces Of America With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Jan. 29
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What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the PBS series FACES OF AMERICA. Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans. Among Gates’ guests are comedian Stephen Colbert; journalist Malcolm Gladwell; musician Yo-Yo Ma; director Mike Nichols; Queen Noor of Jordan; heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, M.D.; multi-award winning-actor Meryl Streep; and former Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Independent Lens presents Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

Jan. 29
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In early America, anthropology zeroed in on supposed correlations between anatomical features and assumed behaviors of various races. Then came Melville J. Herskovits.

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Era

Jan. 29
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In honor of Black History Month, President and Mrs. Obama hosted a concert in the White House East Room. Artists include Yolanda Adams, Joan Baez, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Howard University Choir and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman are guest speakers.

Proposed Budget Cut Threatens Adult Day Health Care Programs

Jan. 29
By Kenny Goldberg

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget would eliminate state funding for adult day health care services beginning in March. Operators of the programs are trying to fight back.

Health Department Ends Weekly Swine Flu Reports

Jan. 29
By Tom Fudge

The San Diego County health department has stopped issuing weekly swine flu updates, in another sign of waning flu activity.

For Love Of Liberty: The Story Of America's Black Patriots

Jan. 29
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To illuminate the largely untold experiences of African Americans in the United States’ armed forces, this special serves up history, from as far back as the Revolutionary War to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Ahmed Sahid

Black History Month: 2010 Honoree

Jan. 29

As executive director of Somali Family Service, Ahmed Sahid works to help Somali and other East African refugees and immigrants build self-sufficiency and decrease their dependence on public assistance in the United States.

Randy K. Jones

Black History Month: 2010 Honoree

Jan. 29

Active community leader Randy K. Jones is an attorney with two decades of experience in federal criminal litigation and government law. He’s a rare lawyer, who brings dedication to law, a broad national and international perspective, and a life-long commitment to making a positive difference in the world to the versatile role of today’s legal professional.

U.S. Growth Quickens, But Hold The Champagne

Jan. 29
Scott Neuman, NPR
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The economy grew faster than expected at the end of last year, the strongest evidence yet that the recession is likely over. But economists say the numbers are still mixed and that unemployment continues to weigh on any recovery.

Irma Cota

Women's History Month: 2010 Honoree

Jan. 29
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Irma Cota, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer of North County Health Services, a non-profit, community organization that operates 11 health clinics to serve northern San Diego County residents.

American Masters presents Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun

Jan. 29
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Writer and cultural anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston was successful in many areas, yet her words and conclusions were often surrounded by contention.

How Has Downtown San Diego Changed Over The Past 30 Years?

Jan. 29
San Diego Week
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KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr tells us about the history of downtown San Diego and what's in store.

State Energy Network And Sunrise Powerlink

Jan. 29
San Diego Week
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We discuss how plans for the Sunrise Powerlink project are coordinated with other planned state energy projects by the California Independent System Operator.

When in Rome

Jan. 29
By Beth Accomando
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"When in Rome" (opening January 29 throughout San Diego) is being pitched as a goofy, magical romantic comedy that will cast a spell on you. Don't believe it!

Community Controversy Over Proposed Energy Projects

Jan. 29
San Diego Week
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Should a wind farm be built in rural southeastern San Diego County? KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Museum Month And August Wilson's 'The Piano Lesson' At Cygnet Theatre

Jan. 29
By Dwane Brown, Angela Carone, Pamela Davis

KPBS Arts producer and Culture Lust blogger Angela Carone talks with Morning Edition hosts Dwane Brown and Pamela Davis about Museum Month in February and two new plays on San Diego stages.

Pension Board Trouble

Jan. 29
San Diego Week
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The California Supreme Court dismissed conflict-of-interest charges against five former city pension board members. We discuss the court ruling and how this will impact San Diego.

State Of The Union: President Calls For More Jobs, Less Bickering

Jan. 29
Editors Roundtable

President Barack Obama discussed the need for more job creation, and more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. during his first State of the Union address. What were the key elements of the speech, and did the president inspire Republicans and Democrats to do a better job of working together?

Charges Dismissed Against Former Retirement Board Officials

Jan. 29
Editors Roundtable

The California Supreme Court dismissed conflict-of-interest charges against five former San Diego retirement board officials early this week. How might the state Supreme Court's ruling impact future conflict-of-interest cases involving public officials?

Local Home Prices On The Rise

Jan. 29
Editors Roundtable

San Diego was one of only four large metro areas in the nation to see an increase in home prices late last year. Why is the local housing market improving in San Diego, while home prices are declining around the rest of the country?

Marine West Expo On Camp Pendleton Touts More Than Weapons

Jan. 29
By Alison St John
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Defense contractors, large and small, had a chance to demonstrate their latest products this week at an exposition on Camp Pendleton. The displays included the latest weaponry, but also the latest gadgets to help Marines survive and thrive on the battlefield.