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Stories for January 31, 2011

Review: 'The Rite'

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando
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"The Rite" (opened January 28 throughout San Diego) is the latest Hollywood film to deal with exorcism.

San Diego Experts: Watch Military for Clues on Egypt Future

Jan. 31
James R. Riffel, City News Service

Two San Diego-based experts on the Middle East said Monday that Egypt's military will play the pivotal role in the struggle for future power in the country.

INDEPENDENT LENS: For Once In My Life

Jan. 31
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Made up of 29 musicians and singers who all have severe mental and physical disabilities, the Spirit of Goodwill Band is a raucous home away from home where members are free to display their talent, humor and tenacity. “For Once in My Life” challenges preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled.

Man Outfitted Moving Trucks With Secret Compartments To Smuggle Marijuana

Jan. 31
By Amy Isackson

A former manager of a Temecula moving truck rental company has pleaded guilty in federal court in San Diego to conspiring to move more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.

Brown Reports Spending $36M To Win Governor's Race

Jan. 31
Associated Press

New campaign finance reports show that Jerry Brown spent about $36.5 million in his successful bid to become governor of California, defeating the highest-spending candidate for statewide office in the country's history.

San Diego Company Penalized For Bribing Chinese Officials

Jan. 31
City News Service

A San Diego-based manufacturer of energy-storage and other products agreed today to pay $8 million in penalties for bribing Chinese government officials to secure sales of its products.

Undocumented Immigrant Granted Rare Pathway to Legalization

Jan. 31
By Ruxandra Guidi
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A private bill on behalf of 28-year-old Shigeru “Shiggy” Yamada, will allow the undocumented immigrant from Japan to stay legally in the U.S.

Insight: Fluoridation Finally Begins

Jan. 31
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Dentists rejoice. San Diego has joined the fluoridation band wagon. The city water department says it’ll turn on the pumps tomorrow and start adding fluoride to local tap water.

The Space Age: NASA's Story: Tragedy

Jan. 31
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With repeated triumphs and new challenges come increasing risk, until loss breaks the pattern. The white-knuckle suspense thriller of Apollo 13’s famous near-disaster is only a triumphant prelude to darker moments ahead. The launch of the space shuttle program promises routine trips to Earth orbit for many new astronauts. But just when that promise seems fulfilled, routine shuttle launches begin to bore the public. NASA responds by training a school-teacher to fly, in order to teach children lessons from space.

NOVA scienceNOW: How Does The Brain Work?

Jan. 31
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This episode of "NOVA scienceNOW" delves into some pretty heady stuff, examining magic and the brain, artificial intelligence, magnetic mind control, and the work of neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher David Eagleman. Can we really believe our own eyes? Will machines one day think like us? Can magnetic wands effectively control brain functions and treat depression?

Should Patients Have A Voice In FDA Drug Approvals?

Jan. 31
These Days

People suffering from rare or chronic diseases often have to wait years for new drugs to get through the complicated regulatory process in the US. But, putting prescription drugs on the market too soon can put patients at risk. On our monthly segment on ethics in science and technology, we'll talk about the ethics of giving patients more of a voice in the regulatory decision-making process.

San Diego's Water Supply Gets Fluoride Boost Starting Tuesday

Jan. 31
City News Service

The amount of fluoride in the city of San Diego's water system will be increased beginning Tuesday, the Public Utilities Department announced today.

Martha and Theophilus Logan

Black History Month: 2011 Honorees

Jan. 31

Martha Logan recognized a great need for legal counseling in her San Diego community, earned her Juris Doctor degree and in 1976, began practicing law with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens, and their assets, through estate planning and personal counseling. Theophilus Logan has also devoted his life to helping others. After serving in the United States Army for 20 years, Mr. Logan turned to his passion for real estate, helping buyers achieve what may sometimes seem an impossible dream of owning a home.

Veverly E. Anderson

Black History Month: 2011 Honoree

Jan. 31

Veverly E. Anderson is devoted to bettering the lives and circumstances of underprivileged youth in the impoverished neighborhoods of southeast San Diego.

San Diego Egyptians Support Protests But Fear Violence

Jan. 31
By Amita Sharma
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Egyptians in San Diego are cautiously optimistic that growing protests in their homeland might be the first step toward democracy.

FRONTLINE: Post Mortem

Jan. 31
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FRONTLINE investigates the the declining rate of autopsies. As a result, not only do murderers go free and innocent people go to jail, but the crisis in death investigation in America is also a threat to public health. FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman reports the results of a joint investigation with ProPublica, NPR, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley.

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION: Crime Dramas

Jan. 31
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Pioneering television crime dramas established new rules for viewers, amping up the violence and the flash-quick dialogue; and delivering reluctant, but likeable, heroes who solve complex crimes in an hour of delicious television. This program highlights Jack Webb (“Dragnet”), Desi Arnaz (“The Untouchables”), Bruce Geller (“Mannix” and “Mission: Impossible”), Bill Cosby, Angie Dickinson, Barbara Bain, Martin Landau, James Garner and Stephen J. Cannell.

Performance: Art of Élan Widens Audience For Classical Music

Jan. 31
These Days
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Art of Élan is the brainchild of two local Symphony musicians. By shortening concerts and performing in unique venues, Kate Hatmaker and Demarre McGill are broadening the audience for contemporary classical music.

Keeping Track Of San Diego's Homeless Population

Jan. 31
These Days

What can be learned from a yearly count of the local homeless population? KPBS Reporters Joanne Faryon and Kyla Calvert share their stories from the Regional Task Force on the Homeless' Point In Time Count.

How Will Loss Of Cruise Ships Impact Local Economy?

Jan. 31
These Days

Carnival Cruise Lines recently announced that the locally-based ship, the Spirit, will be leaving San Diego in 2012. The Spirit is the second locally-based Carnival ship to recently announce it is leaving San Diego. We speak to KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge about why these cruise lines are leaving San Diego, and the impact their departure could have on the local economy.

Budget Crisis Likely To Hang Over Gov. Brown's Speech

Jan. 31
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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The state’s budget problems, mingled with a dose of optimism. That’s what Gov. Jerry Brown says his State of the State Address may sound like.

Political Vacuum Seen As Egypt's Regime Pressured

Jan. 31
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR
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Tuesday could prove to be a pivotal day in Egypt, as opposition groups call for 1 million protesters to take to the streets.

Volunteers Conduct Annual Homeless Count

Jan. 31
By Kyla Calvert
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Over the last seven days volunteers in cities around the country have risen before dawn to conduct an annual point-in-time count of their communities’ homeless population. Late last week volunteers for the San Diego Regional Taskforce on the Homeless conducted the local count.

La Niña Brings Dry January To San Diego

Jan. 31
By Ed Joyce
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With all the rain in December, some people wondered if predictions of a drier winter were wrong. But January has been dry. December's rain means conditions are less ripe for spring wildfires.