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Stories for January 24, 2011

New Bills Target California's Homeless Youth

Jan. 24
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

Less than a third of California’s counties are prepared to deal with the unique needs of homeless teens and young adults. A new study by the California Homeless Youth Project finds that only 19 counties have such accommodations.

White House Unveils Ambitious Plan To Assist Military Families

Jan. 24
By Jamie Reno

In what could one day be looked upon as one of the more significant programs of his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama today announced an ambitious set of new government-wide policies to improve the lives of military families that addresses everything from veteran homelessness and job opportunities for spouses to child-care and financial problems.

San Diego City Approves Another Water Rate Increase

Jan. 24
By Alison St John

San Diego city residents will see another water rate increase this spring. The city council approved the increase six to two, in spite of heated opposition.

NOVA scienceNOW: Can We Live Forever?

Jan. 24
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This provocative episode of NOVA scienceNOW examines whether we can slow down the aging process, looks at the latest on human hibernation, and checks in with bioengineers and a computer scientist inventing ways to keep us "going forever." Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts.

Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, Calif. - Hour Two

Jan. 24
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In this episode, host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Rafael Eledge aboard the USS Midway, the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century, to discuss the evolution of a 19th-century sailor’s side arm: the cutlass. Highlights from episode two in San Diego include an 18th-century ivory carved crèche that could be worth up to 30 times what the owner paid for it; a beautifully preserved banner from George Washington’s inauguration ball; and a circa 1800 asmalyk rug from Turkmenistan, valued at $125,000 to $150,000.

Law & Order's World-Class Problem

Jan. 24
By Pat Finn
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Pat Finn originally wrote this piece for “Culture Lust” when she read that Skeet Ulrich was being kicked off “Law & Order: Los Angeles.” He’s still out, but now the series, which was supposed to return in February, has abruptly been pulled from NBC’s schedule altogether, which makes Pat even unhappier.

Insight: More Leaks

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

As I heard Morning Edition launch into a story this morning about diplomatic documents being leaked to the press, I assumed WikiLeaks was up to its old tricks. But no… it was Al Jazeera that got its hands on documents that shed new light on Middle East peace talks.

Guest Blogger: Local Writer Considers Film Scores

Jan. 24
Douglas Payne, Guest Blogger
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Most people are focused on the films in contention for the big Oscar prizes of Best Picture or Best Actor and Actress. But one local writer wants us to consider the music that can make a film better.

Video: The Tree Ring's Lyrical New Video

Jan. 24
By Angela Carone
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Local band The Tree Ring has a new album coming out in mid-February, but they've just released a stunning video for the song "Wore It Deep," shot by former San Diego filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton.

Bruce Reznik Reflects On His 11 Years At San Diego Coastkeeper

Jan. 24
These Days

Bruce Reznik, former executive director of San Diego Coastkeeper, looks back on his 11 years as the head of one of the city's most influential environmental organizations. Reznik talks about the accomplishments he's most proud of, and the issues he hopes environmental community will address in the future.

Preventing Future Sewage Spills Could Take Binational Effort

Jan. 24
These Days

What can the U.S. and Mexico do to prevent future ocean contamination from sewage spills along the border? What can San Diego do to reduce contamination in our local waterways? We talk about what caused the recent sewage spill that forced beach closures in Imperial Beach.

A Superbowl Party Preview

Jan. 24
These Days

There's more to a great Superbowl party menu than chips and salsa. On this month's Food Hour, we huddle to discuss the best food for your superbowl party. And how everyone, men included, can get in the pre-game food prep.

Dozens Dead After Explosion Rocks Moscow Airport

Jan. 24
NPR
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An explosion that killed dozens of people when it ripped through the international arrivals area at Moscow's busiest airport on Monday may have been a terrorist act.

Extremist Intimidation Chills Pakistan Secular Society

Jan. 24
Julie McCarthy, NPR
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In Pakistan, a battle has been joined by those who want a tolerant Islamic state against those who want a fundamentalist religious regime.

Dog Helps Firefighters Battle Bedbugs

Jan. 24
By Peggy Pico

A half-dozen fire stations in San Diego have been repeatedly infested with bedbugs. To help get rid of them, local firefighters have turned to a familiar firehouse friend—a dog.

City Council Tackling Hot Topics Monday

Jan. 24
By Katie Orr

Water rates and redevelopment are hot topics in San Diego that draw strong reactions around the city. The city council will consider both at its meeting this afternoon.

Finding Affordable Housing In San Diego May Get Tougher

Jan. 24
By Alison St John
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Finding somewhere affordable to live in San Diego is not easy. For low-income earners it is particularly hard. But local funding for more affordable housing is one of the victims of Gov. Brown’s budget plan.

Insight: North County Transit Cuts Prices To Get More Riders

Jan. 24
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The North County Transit District raised its fares four years ago then saw its commuter rail system, the Coaster, lose 2,000 passengers a day. But today the price of gas is going up and transit fares in North County are going down.