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Stories for January 19, 2011

Hunter Wants Military Chiefs To Control Repeal Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Jan. 19
By Alison St John
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San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter, (R) El Cajon, has introduced a bill that could delay the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Smaller

Jan. 19
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Here in the information age, smaller is better: transistors, microchips and the laptops and cell phone that they power are triumphs of tiny. Now, host David Pogue takes us to an even smaller world, as he profiles the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day hold the key to saving lives and building materials from the ground up.

SD Business Leaders Rally Against Republicans' Health Care Repeal

Jan. 19
By Susan Murphy
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Some San Diego groups and business leaders decry House Republicans' vote to repeal health-care reform.

San Diego Police Freeze Recruiting To Cut Costs

Jan. 19
By Kyla Calvert
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Belt tightening by the City of San Diego has reduced police-force staffing by about 270 positions in the last two years.

Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Info Line Launches Online Chat

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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A toll-free information service at UCSD for pregnant and breastfeeding women is adding an online chat feature. It's designed to provide immediate answers about drugs and other potentially harmful exposures.

Rural Residents Fear Proposed Energy Projects

Jan. 19
By Ed Joyce
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Opponents of several proposed energy projects are holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in southeastern San Diego County. Some property owners are worried the projects could affect their health and property values.

11-Mile Pipeline In SD Will Help Deliver Water In An Emergency

Jan. 19
City News Service
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The San Diego County Water Authority dedicated an 11-mile pipeline today that will help deliver water in an emergency. The San Vicente Pipeline -- 8 1/2 feet in diameter -- is part of the agency's $1.5 billion emergency storage project. The goal is to store up to six months of water for use in case of an earthquake or another disaster that interrupts normal supplies.

Local Event: 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'

Jan. 19
By Beth Accomando
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If you have never seen the 1962 film "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (playing tonight only at 7pm at the Birch North Park Theater) now is your chance!

Insight: Has The iPhone Changed Life As We Know It?

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The story of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs taking another medical leave as he battles with cancer has been a big media story this week. It’s a led to some extravagant claims by reporters and their sources about Jobs’ demigod status.

UC President Warns Of Possible Layoffs, Program Cuts

Jan. 19
By Ana Tintocalis
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University of California campuses may have to layoff hundreds of faculty members and enroll more out-of-state students to deal with Gov. Jerry Brown's budget cuts. The UC Board of Regents met yesterday in San Diego to talk about their next steps.

Prime Suspect: Season One, Episode Two

Jan. 19
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In the previous episode of "Prime Suspect," Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) was denied the chance to lead a murder investigation -- not the first time she'd been passed over by the men who run Scotland Yard. But when the detective in charge of the case dropped dead of a heart attack, Tennison finally got the break she'd been waiting for. Now she's really got her hands full. Not only does she have a brutal sex crime to solve, but she's working with a police force of men who don't think she's up to the job.

Green Jobs Are New Sunrise Industry

Jan. 19
By Padma Nagappan
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San Diego leads the state in green jobs for which local colleges now offer training.

The Space Age: NASA's Story: From The Ground Up

Jan. 19
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Born of a Cold War fear, NASA moves boldly from disastrous rocket tests to the glorious conclusion of the Gemini Program. Examining the massive challenges to get the first man in space, this episode shows how, despite many setbacks and six epic flights later, the astronauts proved the most important component of any NASA mission would be a human being.

Looking For Influence Between Wavves And Best Coast

Jan. 19
Dave Walters
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Culture Lust contributor Dave Walters listens to Wavves, the band formed by San Diegan Nathan Williams, and tries to spot the influence of Best Coast. The two bands play SOMA this Friday.

Program Aims To Keep Seniors Safely Behind The Wheel

Jan. 19
These Days
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By 2020 an estimated 4 million licensed California drivers will be over the age of 65. A team of experts from UCSD are working on a program to identify and assist older drivers who may be at risk for a crash due to age-related health problems. We'll hear details of the driver screening and find out simple things seniors can do to improve their ability to drive safely.

Should California Move Forward With Plan To Build High-Speed Rail System?

Jan. 19
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What will it take to get a proposal to build a California high-speed rail system off the ground? We speak to KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge about the latest news on the high-speed rail plan.

With Eye On Domestic Politics, Superpowers Meet

Jan. 19
Tom Gjelten, NPR
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The Washington visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao brings together the leaders of the world's two superpowers. Analysts say it could be among the most pivotal state visits in U.S. history.

How Much Can San Diego Save By Freezing Pensionable Pay?

Jan. 19
These Days
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How could a proposal to freeze city employees' "pensionable pay" affect San Diego's more than $2 billion pension liability? KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner provides her analysis of the proposal. Plus, Vince Mudd, one of the people behind the failed Prop. D ballot measure, and Councilmember Carl DeMaio share their thoughts on the idea.

The "Maudsley Approach" To Anorexia

Jan. 19
These Days
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A conference of "Maudsley parents" meets in San Diego this week. They are involved in a new eating disorder treatment aimed at helping their anorexic children. The Maudsley Approach uses intense monitoring and family support to get adolescents to eat normal meals again.

CA College Officials Warn Deep Budget Cuts Will Reduce Student Access

Jan. 19
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California higher education officials are warning lawmakers deeper budget cuts will mean reduced student access. Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes a $400 million reduction for community colleges. His plan also calls for a $500 million cut for both the California State University and the University of California.

Judge In Tucson Case Has Experience in High Profile Cases

Jan. 19
By Amita Sharma
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The defense in the case against Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner has yet to file for a change of venue. One option is San Diego, where U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns, selected to preside over the case, is based.

Insight: The Gospel Of High-Speed Rail Still Has Many Doubters

Jan. 19
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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If you want to imagine a high-speed rail line coming to San Diego, one place you can do it is Rose Canyon.