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Stories for January 28, 2011

Opera Gets The David Hockney Treatment

Jan. 28
San Diego Week
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This weekend, the San Diego Opera opens their 2011 season with Puccini's "Turandot." Although this is a tale of love in Imperial China, the sets are far from traditional. KPBS arts producer Angela Carone went to rehearsals to find out what is unique about the set design.

Homeless Census Begins In SD

Jan. 28
San Diego Week
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For two weeks in January, volunteers across the nation fan out to count the homeless population. Early this morning in San Diego County, 500 people took to the streets to conduct the homeless census.

Cruise Ships Departing SD For Good?

Jan. 28
San Diego Week
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The Broadway Pier on San Diego Bay just got a $28 million face-lift. Shortly after, Carnival Cruise Lines announced it's San Diego based ship, "The Spirit" would be leaving for good next year. What does the loss of another ship mean for the industry here?

How Will Aztec's Loss Affect Team Ranking, Chances In March?

Jan. 28
San Diego Week
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Wednesday night's match-up between the SDSU and BYU was called the biggest game in mountain- west conference history. The 4th ranked Aztecs 20-game winning streak came to an end in Provo. Aztecs had no answer for BYU star Jimmer Fredette's 43 points. How will this loss affect the Aztecs ranking and their chances in the NCAA tournament?

Volunteers Search Out SD Homeless

Jan. 28
By Kyla Calvert, Joanne Faryon
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Hundreds of volunteers fanned out throughout San Diego County over the weekend to conduct a census of the homeless population.

Prosecuting Elder Abuse In San Diego

Jan. 28
San Diego Week
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When authorities arrived, Arnold "Max" Bauer was dehydrated and disoriented, holding a photo of the ship he served on in 1941. He was taken to the VA for medical care.

Downtown Projects Get Extra Push

Jan. 28
By Katie Orr
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Some local development projects that have lingered in the planning stages are getting a push. A San Diego councilman wants them started in case redevelopment agencies are dissolved.

SDSU Launches Nurse & Physical Therapist Doctorate Programs

Jan. 28
By Peggy Pico
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San Diego State University plans to offer two new doctoral programs to nurses and physical therapists.

Faulconer Calls For Action On Local Redevelopment Projects

Jan. 28
City News Service
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A San Diego city councilman who opposes Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate local redevelopment agencies today called for immediate action on four major projects.

Brown Proposes $30 Million Cut To Libraries

Jan. 28
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network
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Libraries will have to share the burden of California’s fiscal emergency if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal stands. But, cutting $30 million in state funding could result in a loss of federal money too.

Middle School Students Write Book Highlighting Cultural Diversity

Jan. 28
City News Service
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A reception will be held Friday for 52 middle-grade students who co-wrote an oral history about their culturally diverse Encanto neighborhood and had it published as a book.

Insight: Don't Mess With Walmart

Jan. 28
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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The world’s largest retailer showed San Diego yesterday why it’s the world’s largest retailer. Walmart offered a carrot by saying they'll build 12 new stores in San Diego. Their stick was the threat of a ballot initiative to repeal the City Council's big-box ordinance.

Mayors Speaks Out Against Plan To Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

Jan. 28
Editors Roundtable
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders traveled to Sacramento this week to voice his opposition to Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate local redevelopment agencies. What has Mayor Sanders proposed as an alternative to the governor's plan? And, how will San Diego be affected if redevelopment agencies like CCDC are eliminated?

What Will 2011 Hold For Local Housing Market?

Jan. 28
Editors Roundtable
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San Diego was one of four regions to experience home price gains in 2010. We discuss the local real estate outlook for the new year. Could home prices rebound to the peak levels seen in 2006-2007? Or, is our region due for a double-dip in home prices?

San Diego Water Rates To Increase In March

Jan. 28
Editors Roundtable
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The San Diego City Council approved a plan this week to increase water rates starting in March. We discuss why water is costing more around the region, and what local leaders are doing to oppose rate hikes.

Egypt President Asks Cabinet To Resign

Jan. 28
NPR
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Armored military vehicles rumbled through the streets of the Egyptian capital on Friday in a crackdown on countrywide anti-government protesters that went head-to-head with riot police and set fire to the ruling party headquarters.

Going From Unemployed to Entrepreneur

Jan. 28
By Kyla Calvert
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One San Diegan created her own job during the recession instead of waiting for a turnaround to take hold.

Another Pesticide Link To Vanishing Honeybees

Jan. 28
By Ed Joyce
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Two groups want the Environmental Protection Agency to take action to protect bees from pesticides. Scientists think toxic substances play a role in bee deaths. New research at UC San Diego shows at least one type of pesticide may be a factor.

Interview: David Seidler

Jan. 28
By Beth Accomando
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When the Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, "The King's Speech" (still playing at select San Diego theaters) topped the list with 12. The film's Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Seidler recently stopped by the KPBS studios and discussed how the "naughty" word cured his stutter.