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Stories for January 25, 2011

Obama: 'Our Destiny Remains Our Choice'

Jan. 25
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama characterized the nation's challenges as between the United States and the rest of the world, and not Democrats and Republicans.

San Diego County Expands Regional Fire Authority

Jan. 25
By Alison St John

San Diego County's non-urban areas have been covered by a patchwork of small fire agencies. Five more agencies have agreed to join the county’s regional fire authority, bringing it one step closer to having a coordinated response system.

SD County Studies Emergency Evacuation Routes

Jan. 25
By Susan Murphy
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A new study is underway in San Diego to evaluate how difficult it is for rural residents to evacuate during an emergency.

Fee Imposed On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Jan. 25
By Peggy Pico

Medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County will have to pay an annual fee of about $11,000.

Aztecs Basketball Team 'Excited' For Showdown With BYU

Jan. 25
By Erik Anderson
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The undefeated SDSU Aztec's face off with BYU on Wednesday. The winner will have the inside track at the Mountain West Conference regular-season title.

CA Students Doing Poorly In Science

Jan. 25
By Ana Tintocalis

More than half of eighth-grade students in California are performing poorly in science. That's based on a national assessment referred to as the "Nation's Report Card."

County Moves Ahead on Embarcadero Park

Jan. 25
By Alison St John

Supervisors approved a $4 million contract to begin work on new public space along San Diego’s downtown bay front.

San Diego Housing Prices Tick Up

Jan. 25
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego home prices climbed 0.1 percent between October and November last year. That may not sound like much, but it was the only major city in the U.S. to see any gain in that period.

EXCLUSIVE: Latest Numbers on VA Patients and Mental Health Treatment

Jan. 25
By Jamie Reno

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a new, unpublished report on Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) under the Freedom of Information Act, which VCS has provided to this blog.

The Space Age: NASA's Story: To The Moon

Jan. 25
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In this episode, landing a human being on another celestial body was the first step to living beyond our planet. The breathless pace and daring of the Apollo program sees NASA’s team master previously unimagined tasks and machines toward the most incredible climax in the history of human endeavour. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon and return safely to Earth, the whole planet throws them a party.

Insight: SD Cityscape Diary

Jan. 25
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Look at a map of Southeast San Diego and you’ll see a triangle of freeways with Hwy 94 at the bottom, I-805 and I-15 along its slanting sides. There’s a place down there that you’ve never heard of: Ortwine Hardware store.

February Is Museum Month

Jan. 25
By Jocelyn Maggard
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February is the month to visit our local museums for half price. Culture Lust contributor Jocelyn Maggard lists some of the exhibits on view around town during Museum Month.

Music Video: 'Wore It Deep'

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando
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I have mentioned in the past that I like to keep up with local filmmakers whose work I have highlighted. So here is the latest from Destin Cretton, a music video for The Tree Ring.

Cost Of Water Will Rise In San Diego

Jan. 25
These Days

Another water rate hike in the city of San Diego has left a bad aftertaste for many residents. The new water rate hike will add about $4 a month to the average residential water bill. But water rate payers in the city of San Diego are beginning to total up a dramatic increase in bills in recent years. And, there's controversy over how the news went out about the latest water rate hike proposal.

What Effect Has Health Care Reform Had In SD?

Jan. 25
These Days

The Health Care reform law has been in the news lately; we'll hear what aspects of the law are set to kick in this year and how the new law has impacted San Diego so far.

Veterans Hit Hard By Recession

Jan. 25
These Days

Unemployment is twice as high for veterans compared to the average Californian. The state's unemployment rate is 12.4 percent, but young vets have it worse with one out of four out of work. Many have turned to business, and others are trying to figure out their options. We talk about the reasons why vets struggle to find work, and the programs out there that can help them find jobs or start businesses.

Obama Takes The Capitol Stage On Surer Footing

Jan. 25
Liz Halloran, NPR
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President Obama will deliver his second State of Union address Tuesday night, riding a boost in approval ratings and a temporary respite from the harsh political rhetoric that has marked much of his two years in the White House.

A New Healthcare Provider Comes To Town

Jan. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

A new for-profit national chain of urgent care clinics is testing the waters in San Diego. The first clinic opened in Santee, and another will soon come to Oceanside.

Local Gang Members Become 'Foot Soldiers' Of Drug Cartels

Jan. 25
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego street gangs historically lay claim to their own neighborhoods. But investigators say their allegiance now extends beyond their own turf and across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Managing Public Lands To Deal With Climate Change

Jan. 25
By Ed Joyce
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Climate scientists and wildlife managers are meeting Tuesday in San Diego. They're working on ways to handle the effects of climate change on California's wildlife and natural resources.

Entertainment News: 83rd Oscar Nominations Announced

Jan. 25
By Beth Accomando
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Not many surprises in this years Academy Award nominations as "The King's Speech" leads the pack with a dozen nominations. I just added the audio from the KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion about the nominations.