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Stories for January 13, 2011

Overburdened Food Banks Can't Say No To Junk

Jan. 13
Blake Farmer, NPR
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A slow economy has forced food pantries and soup kitchens into high gear, with nearly 50 percent more people depending on them since 2006. And while food banks around the country struggle to meet the increased demand, they’re also pushing themselves to focus on what they're feeding people, not just how much.

Good News For Financially Strapped San Diego

Jan. 13
By Katie Orr
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San Diego's annual pension payment is far lower than expected. But the long-term picture is not so rosy.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Dinosaur Wars

Jan. 13
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"Dinosaur Wars" reveals the story of two paleontologists who uncovered the remains of 130 species of dinosaur and collected thousands of specimens, putting American science on the world stage in the late 1800s. Paleontologists Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh uncovered the remains of hundreds of prehistoric animals in the American West, including dozens of previously undiscovered dinosaur species. But the rivalry that developed between them would spiral out of control, permanently damaging their careers and threatening the future of American paleontology.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Science Fiction

Jan. 13
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This episode explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of "The Twilight Zone") used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force... or, perhaps, a giant radish.

Managed Competition Sweeping Through San Diego

Jan. 13
By Katie Orr
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The wave of managed competition continues to roll through San Diego City Hall. The mayor announced on Thursday three more services he’ll put out to bid.

Culture Lust Weekend: Luscious Noise, Alison Saar and 'Hamlet'

Jan. 13
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Another fascinating artist at Lux, classical music in the club, and "Hamlet" on the big screen, not to mention modern dance, cabaret-style. Culture Lust has these recommendations for your weekend.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Children Of Haiti

Jan. 13
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In the midst of Haiti’s lush mountains and historical relics is an epidemic of over 500,000 orphan children who wander the streets day and night. Known as the “soulless” and forgotten by their own people, they do what they must to survive each day. “Children of Haiti” follows three teenage boys who reflect on their country and their lives, while sharing a common dream of education, government assistance, and social acceptance.

Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey - Part Two (Season One)

Jan. 13
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In this episode, Mary entertains three suitors, including a Turkish diplomat whose boldness leads to a surprising event. Downstairs, the shocking former life of Carson, the butler, is unmasked and Bates risks his health to remain valet. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern. KPBS will rebroadcast all four episodes from season one starting October 21st through November 11, 2012.

Entertainment News: First Look at New Spidey

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando
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Well there's nothing new under the Hollywood sun these days. So prepare for remakes, revamps, and reboots in 2011. Here's a first look at the new actor in the Spidey reboot.

Insight: San Diego Loses Carnival Cruise Ship To Australia

Jan. 13
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The cruise business has been losing ground in San Diego and the bad news just got worse. Carnival Cruise Lines now says the Carnival Spirit, which can carry 2,600 passengers, will no longer be based in San Diego starting next year.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Stronger

Jan. 13
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Hosted by The New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, this groundbreaking series focuses on the personal qualities that underlie the process of invention — the visionary talent, sheer luck and dogged determination that turn a wild idea into a cutting-edge material. What is the world’s strongest material? From steel to Kevlar and spider silk to carbon nanotubes, host David Pogue looks at the ways in which science and nature work to make strong stuff.

Events: 'Next to Normal' 'Waving Goodbye' And More

Jan. 13
These Days
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Fresh off a celebration of local theater, two critics tell us about the best in 2010 and what's happening on San Diego stages as the new year begins.

Jane Austen's 'Emma' Comes To The Old Globe

Jan. 13
These Days
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Jane Austen's appeal translated to the screen long ago, and now the stage becomes a home for the 19th century novelist's comedy of manners. The Old Globe will stage a musical version of "Emma," featuring the matchmaking heroine who can't figure out her own love life. We'll talk with the writer and composer of "Emma," along with director Jeff Calhoun.

Local Clinic Works To Prevent Birth Defects

Jan. 13
These Days

Having a healthy baby takes a bit of work and awareness. Birth defects, if they are severe, can affect not only the baby but the whole family for the rest of their lives. And the costs can be enormous.

Council President Tony Young Discusses State Of The City

Jan. 13
These Days
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What are San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' goals for 2011? We speak to KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr about the key issues the mayor discussed in his annual State of the City address. Plus, City Council President Tony Young joins us to share his thoughts on the mayor's speech, and to talk about his agenda for the year.

Redevelopment, Pension Reform Focus Of SD State Of City

Jan. 13
By Katie Orr
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Redevelopment and pension reform stole the show at San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ State of the City address Wednesday night.

Homeward Bound For San Diego's Most Needy

Jan. 13
By Joanne Faryon
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Twenty five of the most needy and most costly homeless people in San Diego are getting a place to live. A $3 million project to get them off the streets is being funded by private and public agencies.

UCSD Climate Change Scientists Pioneering New Tracking Tool

Jan. 13
By Ed Joyce
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UC San Diego and a private company have launched what's being called the world's first and largest privately funded network to track greenhouse gases.