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Stories for January 4, 2011

Brown Meets With Leaders To Discuss Responsibilities

Jan. 4
California Capitol Network
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Governor Jerry Brown met with leaders from California counties Tuesday to discuss shifting more responsibilities to their level. It’s one of the goals he laid out in his inaugural address this week as part of a plan to deal with the state’s budget crisis.

City Workers Praised For Storm Response

Jan. 4
By Katie Orr
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The clouds have rolled out and now the praise is rolling in. San Diego leaders are lauding city workers for how they handled December’s record breaking rains.

Eight Of Top 10 US Cities With Highest Unemployment Rates In CA

Jan. 4
Associated Press
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The unemployment rate rose in more than two-thirds of the nation's 372 largest metro areas in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

Land Girls: Series One: Episode Four

Jan. 4
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Commissioned by BBC1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II, LAND GIRLS follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four young English women who left their homes and families to join the Woman's Land Army. In this episode, Annie develops a relationship with an Italian POW but is then shocked when she realizes that her husband Cedric is still alive. As Bea prepares to have her baby, she receives an unexpected marriage proposal.

Harris Pledges To Take On Big Problems As Attorney General

Jan. 4
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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California’s newest Attorney General is making history as the first female and the first African-American to hold the post. Kamala Harris was sworn in Monday. She’s pledging to take on everything from gangs to mortgage fraud.

Land Girls: Series One: Episode Three

Jan. 4
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Commissioned by BBC1 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II, LAND GIRLS follows the lives, loves, highs and lows of four young English women who left their homes and families to join the Woman's Land Army. In this episode, Joyce's husband goes AWOL and when he turns up on the farm, Joyce is forced to hide him against her better judgment. The hunt for the sympathizer continues and things come to a head for Nancy, when she must betray Joyce to save herself.

Government Agency Installs Buoys In Canal Used To Cross The Border Illegally

Jan. 4
Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
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A government agency on the front lines of the immigration debate has begun installing lifesaving buoys in a fast-moving canal along the U.S.-Mexico border where migrants drown each year as they sneak into the country illegally.

Insight: The Things We Carry

Jan. 4
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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Time off at Christmas gave me a chance to sift through a pile of junk in my garage. I put some of the stuff up on shelves. Some stuff I threw away. And I found something interesting.

Federal Court Rules Mount Soledad Cross Unconstitutional

Jan. 4
By Susan Murphy
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A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday the cross atop Mount Soledad is unconstitutional, but the ruling stopped short of ordering the landmark to be taken down.

La Jolla Scientists Work On Cocaine Vaccine

Jan. 4
City News Service
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The common cold virus might be good for something, after all, with scientists at the La Jolla-based The Scripps Research Institute using part of it to develop a vaccine against cocaine addiction.

SDSU College Of Extended Studies Offers New Construction Programs

Jan. 4
By Sarah Kovash
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The College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University will offer online certificate courses for the construction industry starting in the spring.

A Film That Sparked National Controversy Screens At MCASD

Jan. 4
By Angela Carone
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The film that recently caused a nationwide controversy in the art world is on view at MCASD. The Smithsonian pulled David Wojnarowicz's film from an exhibit under pressure from conservative groups, inciting accusations of censorship. San Diegans can now view the film in its entirety at MCASD.

Paint Company Ordered To Pay $1 Million For Mismanagement Of Hazardous Materials

Jan. 4
City News Service
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An Orange County-based paint company will pay $1 million to six district attorney's offices in California -- including San Diego County -- to settle a lawsuit alleging illegal transportation and mismanagement of hazardous waste and materials.

County Supervisors Take Office, Warn Of Tough Times Ahead

Jan. 4
City News Service
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San Diego County Supervisors Bill Horn and Ron Roberts warned today that tough times were ahead, as they and other elected officials took their oaths of office today.

State Officials Sworn In, All Statewide Offices Democratic

Jan. 4
California Capitol Network
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Besides governor and attorney general, there are several other new constitutional officers.

Pelosi Has No Regrets As House Speaker

Jan. 4
Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
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Democrat Nancy Pelosi said she had no regrets on her last day as House speaker Tuesday, a reign that lasted four years and is ending after the November elections.

City Council And Board Of Supervisors Address Rainstorm Emergencies

Jan. 4
City News Service
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The San Diego City Council and county Board of Supervisors today unanimously ratified separate declarations of local emergencies due to millions of dollars in damage resulting from the rainstorms of the past few weeks.

Turning Wisdom About Weight Gain On Its Head

Jan. 4
These Days
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As the new year begins, those who indulged over the holidays may resolve to put down the cookies and pick up the dumb bells. What roles do exercise and genetics play in weight gain and obesity? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? We'll speak to science writer Gary Taubes who questions what's making us fat-and how we can change in his new book, "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It."

2011 Could Be Year Of Change At City Schools

Jan. 4
These Days
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What are the education stories to watch in 2011? What impact might the new state schools superintendent and new governor have on California schools? Could change be coming to the San Diego Unified School board? We speak to Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis and Scott Himelstein, president of San Diegans 4 Great Schools.

David Alvarez Discusses Goals For First Year In Office

Jan. 4
These Days
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What will David Alvarez bring to the San Diego City Council? We speak to Councilmember Alvarez about his goals for District 8, and we discuss how he thinks the council should go about cutting the city's $73 million budget deficit.

GOP Faces Uphill Climb To Undo Health Law

Jan. 4
Julie Rovner, NPR
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One of the top items on Republicans' to-do list when they take over control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday is to undo the sweeping health system overhaul.

In Surprise, Iraq May Enforce Withdrawal Deadline

Jan. 4
Kelly McEvers, NPR
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As Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki settles in for a second term, he's begun to talk tough on the final withdrawal of American troops, scheduled for the end of this year.

Report Reveals African-Americans Hospitalized At Higher Rates In California

Jan. 4
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new report reveals African-Americans are hospitalized at a higher rate than other ethnic groups in California. This disparity is found for a variety of different health conditions.

Wet Weather Highlights City's Aging Infrastructure

Jan. 4
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s wet winters are seen by many as a welcome change from our endless sunny skies. But not everyone looks forward to the storms.