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Stories for January 11, 2011

Governor Brown Cracks Down on State Cell Phones

Jan. 11
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cut in half the number of cell phones issued to state workers. He's ordered state agency and department heads to turn in 48,000 phones by June. Brown says 40 percent of state employees have taxpayer-funded phones, a figure he calls “astounding.”

Gabrielle Giffords A Military Spouse And 'Strong Advocate' For Veterans

Jan. 11
By Jamie Reno
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Veterans groups and other military organizations are singing the praises today of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords following the tragic shooting in Tuscon. Still in critical condition but expected to survive, Giffords, in addition to being a Congresswoman, is also a military spouse (seen here on the cover of Military Spouse magazine) who married U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark E. Kelly in November 2007.

The Search For Sherlock Holmes

Jan. 11
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"The Search For Sherlock Holmes" follows Scottish actor David Hayman (star of the British crime series "Trial and Retribution") goes off in search of the most famous fictional detective in the world – Sherlock Holmes. Hayman talks to authors, researchers, historians, fans and even a real police detective as he tries to uncover the secret to Holmes’ lasting popularity.

American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

Jan. 11
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Called “the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that has ever lived” by über-critic Pauline Kael, this 2010 Oscar-winning best actor embodies traits far beyond brilliance as an actor. He is an exceptional musician, a photographer, an occasional vintner and a storyteller.

Michigan Hires SDSU's Football Coach

Jan. 11
By KPBS
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Brady Hoke, whose Aztecs enjoyed a strong turn-around season in 2010, is the new football coach at the University of Michigan, according to the Big Ten school.

SD County Supervisors Look To Crack Down On 'Gang Pimps'

Jan. 11
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego County will lead the way in trying to aggressively punish and prosecute so-called “gang pimps” in California. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to sponsor new state legislation in Sacramento.

Offshore Quakes Rattle Southern California

Jan. 11
City News Service
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Several small earthquakes have jiggled the ocean floor off Southern California. A magnitude-3.1 quake at 8:52 a.m. Tuesday was the closest to the mainland, occurring under Santa Monica Bay four miles west of Hermosa Beach.

Doctors Say Giffords 'Holding Her Own' And Can Take Breaths Unaided

Jan. 11
Scott Hensley and Joe Neel, NPR
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Doctors taking care of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords say her condition is essentially unchanged, which is a hopeful sign.

Clinton In Yemen To Press Counterterrorism Efforts

Jan. 11
NPR
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Yemen on Tuesday to repair damaged relations and push for greater cooperation on counterterrorism in a country that has increasingly become a staging area for al-Qaida-affiliated operatives.

Stuttering Difficult For Kings, Commoners

Jan. 11
These Days
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There have been advances made in speech therapy since the 1930s when Britain's King George IV worked to overcome his stammer, as well as new insights into what causes stuttering.

Legal Update: Mount Soledad And New Laws

Jan. 11
These Days

A federal appeals court rules the cross on Mt. Soledad is unconstitutional. But the legal battle is not over. We'll discuss this ruling and talk about some of new laws that take affect in 2011.

'Ruined' Wins Big At Awards Ceremony Celebrating Local Theater

Jan. 11
By Angela Carone
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Close to 450 people gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla Monday night to celebrate San Diego's theater community. The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle gave their annual awards for the best in local theater. "Ruined" took home 12 of the 35 awards, including Outstanding Dramatic Production. We have the list of winners.

Treasurer-Tax Collector Discusses Property Tax Outlook For 2011

Jan. 11
These Days

How much has San Diego County collected in property taxes over the last year, and how is that money being invested? We speak to Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister about the outlook for 2011. Plus, learn where you can go to find out if there's a supplemental refund waiting for you.

'Consoler-In-Chief': Tough Role In Partisan Times

Jan. 11
Mara Liasson, NPR
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After a tragedy, many Americans look to the president for reassurance. "Consoler-in-chief" is an important part of the job, and done well, such efforts can be unifying for the nation.

Proposed Budget Cuts To Affect Poor And Immigrant Families

Jan. 11
By Ruxandra Guidi

In his first proposal for the new budget year, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown made a case for steep cuts to essential services that would affect poor Californians, including refugees and immigrants.

Brown's Budget Plan Threatens Redevelopment

Jan. 11
By Alison St John
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Part of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to balance the state budget is to eliminate redevelopment agencies. If the legislature approves his proposal, millions of dollars worth of development, including a new Chargers stadium, could be at risk.

Colleagues To Take Up Giffords' Agenda In Congress

Jan. 11
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Congresswoman Davis said she and other colleagues will make sure the issues important to Gabrielle Giffords are represented in Washington.

Shooter Suspect's SD Attorney Has History of Tough Cases

Jan. 11
By Amita Sharma
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Jared Loughner is accused of committing some of the worst political crimes in recent memory -- the killing of a federal judge and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress. Now Loughner has one of the best defense lawyers in the country. Judy Clarke is a federal death penalty expert with a reputation for taking on daunting cases.

Tucson Shooting Raises Security Concerns Among SD Lawmakers

Jan. 11
By Susan Murphy
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San Diego’s elected officials say they’re outraged over the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people in Tucson, Arizona. The attack is raising questions about security among politicians.