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Stories for January 27, 2011

Caretakers And IHSS Recipients Rally At The Capitol

Jan. 27
California Capitol Network

More than 200 home care providers and recipients of In Home Supportive Services rallied outside the capitol Thursday.

SD County Uses Graffiti Database To Nab Vandals

Jan. 27
By Ana Tintocalis

Graffiti vandals in San Diego County could face stiffer penalties if they're caught painting public property. That's because the county now relies on a digital database to prosecute taggers.

Film Club: 'Biutiful'

Jan. 27
By Beth Accomando
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Alejandro González Iñárritu won acclaim for his first feature "Amores Perros." His latest film, "Biutiful" (opening January 28 at AMC Fashion Valley) just nabbed a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Javier Bardem. Listen to our KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion.

Channeling Hockney's iPad At San Diego Opera

Jan. 27
By Angela Carone
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Dr. Nicolas Reveles from the San Diego Opera shows us what David Hockney has been up to on his iPad. Hockney designed the sets for the Opera's production of "Turandot", opening this weekend.

Downed Powerline Results In Fatality Of Three People

Jan. 27
City News Service

The deaths of three members of a Southern California family who touched a downed power line is a tragic reminder that electricity can kill, utility officials said today.

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

Jan. 27
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In the final episode, the heir crisis at Downton Abbey takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, rumors fly about Mary’s virtue. Her sister Sybil takes a risk in her secret political life. Anna unearths Bates’ mysterious past and O’Brien and Thomas plot their exit strategy. KPBS will rebroadcast all four episodes from season one starting October 21st through November 11, 2012.

Veterans In Congress At Lowest Level Since World War II

Jan. 27
By Jamie Reno
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The number of national elected officials who have served has plummeted to its lowest point since World War II.

Foreclosure Rates In Hard-Hit Markets Falling

Jan. 27
Steve Milne, California Capitol Network

New figures out Thursday show foreclosure rates in some of California’s hardest-hit markets have been falling.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Greely Expedition

Jan. 27
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In 1881, 25 men led by Lieutenant Adolphus Greely sailed from the harbor of St. John's, Newfoundland. Their destination was Lady Franklin Bay in the high Arctic, where they planned to collect a wealth of scientific data from a vast area of the world's surface that had been described by a British admiral as a "sheer blank." Three years later, only six survivors returned, with a daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism.

Insight: Walmart Offers A Plan For San Diego

Jan. 27
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The world’s largest retailer says it's serious about expanding in the city of San Diego. And Walmart thinks the San Diego city council should seriously consider repealing an ordinance that would strictly regulate Walmart Supercenters.

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES: Black Pioneers

Jan. 27
By Jennifer Robinson
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Find out who the first black pioneers were as they settled in San Diego in the early and mid-1800s. Learn how one pioneer started the first Gold Rush in the County, another had a laundering clothes business, but probably the most recognized today, are: Margaret and Albert Robinson who built and ran the Robinson Hotel from 1887 to 1815. It is now the Julian Hotel.

Poll Reveals Californians Approve Brown's Plan To Ask For Budget Help

Jan. 27
California Capitol Network

A new poll finds two-thirds of Californians favor Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to ask voters for help solving the state’s budget mess.

Events: The Lincoln Club, Jay Mohr, Amos Lee, Das Racist

Jan. 27
These Days
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Looking for something to do this weekend? We have music, food, and art options to add to the possibilities.

In Tunisia, Women Play Equal Role In Revolution

Jan. 27
Eleanor Beardsley, NPR
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Female voices rang out loud and clear during massive protests that brought down the authoritarian rule of Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Fog To Replace Sunny Weather This Weekend

Jan. 27
Associated Press

California's spell of winter warmth is coming to an end after more record highs.

Wal-Mart Says It Has Plans For A Dozen New Stores In San Diego

Jan. 27
James R. Riffel, City News Service

Wal-Mart plans to build about a dozen new stores in San Diego over the next five years, especially if the city repeals an ordinance that requires big box stores to evaluate their effect on small businesses, the company announced today.

NOVA: Making Stuff: Cleaner

Jan. 27
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Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials to build and power the devices of the future. Batteries grown from viruses, plastics made of sugar and solar cells that cook up hydrogen are just the beginning of a new generation of clean materials. Pogue investigates the latest developments in bio-based fuels and in harnessing solar energy for our cars, homes, and industry in a program full of the stuff of a sustainable future.

San Diego Zoo Welcomes Baby Hippo

Jan. 27
By Sarah Kovash
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A big baby has been born at the San Diego Zoo.

Of Civil Wrongs And Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

Jan. 27

Fred Korematsu was probably never more American than when he resisted, and then challenged in court, the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Korematsu lost his landmark Supreme Court case in 1944, but never his indignation and resolve. This film is the untold history of the 40-year legal fight to vindicate Korematsu - one that finally turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.

Lessons Linger 25 Years After Challenger Tragedy

Jan. 27
Joe Palca, NPR
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Twenty-five years ago, an event occurred that is seared into the memory of most Americans: About a minute after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger blew apart, killing all aboard.

Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

Jan. 27
These Days

There are more than 700 prisoners currently on death row in California, but legal challenges have prevented any executions from happening over the last five years. We discuss the current status of the death penalty in California, and hear the latest arguments for and against capital punishment.

Peak of Marine Base Building Boom Still Ahead

Jan. 27
By Alison St John
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Camp Pendleton Marine Base has celebrated a milestone in their multi-billion-dollar construction boom.

Exclusive Breastfeeding Not Always The Norm

Jan. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report from the California WIC Association lists breastfeeding rates at hospitals throughout the state; there is good news and bad for hospitals in our region.

News: DIY Funding

Jan. 27
By Beth Accomando
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As the price of cameras and editing software goes down and the quality goes up, making filmmaking becomes more accessible to more people. Another recent innovation that can help indie filmmakers is online funding through organizations like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

Insight: San Diego Suffers Cruise Blues

Jan. 27
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The Broadway Pier on San Diego Bay just got a face-lift that cost $28 million and you can see it in the sleek new terminal building. But with the cruise business being what it's been…you might wonder why they bothered.

Cecil Lytle Talks Liszt-o-mania

Jan. 27
These Days
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Franz Liszt was a rock star of the 19th century. Renown pianist Cecil Lytle explores the life and music of the great classical composer in his new program "The Naked Liszt." Lytle will read from Liszt's letters and perform in the These Days studio.

Film Club: 'Inspector Bellamy'

Jan. 27
By Beth Accomando
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French New Waver Claude Chabrol recently passed away but his final film, "Inspector Bellamy" (opened January21 at Reading's Gaslamp 15), is closing out it's run in San Diego. Listen to our KPBS Film CLub of the Air discussion.