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Stories for January 6, 2011

Review: 'Somewhere'

Jan. 6
By Beth Accomando
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Sofia Coppola’s new film “Somewhere” (opening January 7 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas) is a disappointing work from the filmmaker who gave us “Lost in Translation.”

CBP Commissioner To Focus On Tuscon and San Diego Coast

Jan. 6
By Amy Isackson

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin says controlling the border in Tuscon and beefing up security off San Diego's coast are top priorities this year.

More Cabs To Ease Airport Waiting

Jan. 6
By Kyla Calvert

Weary travelers arriving at the San Diego International Airport caught a break Thursday. Passengers arriving at Lindbergh Field will enjoy shorter wait times for taxicabs starting later this month.

No snail mail tax forms this year

Jan. 6
By Padma Nagappan

Don't look for tax forms in your mail. State tax returns are going electronic from this year.

Insight: First Juan Williams, Then The Woman Who Fired Him

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

Today we got the news that National Public Radio’s Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss resigned, following a company review of the firing of Juan Williams. Weiss was the person who gave Williams the axe after he appeared on Fox News and said airline passengers in Muslim garb gave him the creeps.

New Law Requires Whooping Cough Vaccine

Jan. 6
By Joanne Faryon
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A new law requires California middle-schoolers to get a whooping-cough vaccine this year.

Back From Exile, Sadr Vows To Resist U.S., Help Iraqis

Jan. 6
Kelly McEvers, NPR
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In Iraq, radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has returned home after nearly four years in exile. He has long been one of Iraq's most vocal critics of the U.S., and his militia, the Mahdi Army, clashed repeatedly with American forces.

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

Jan. 6
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Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), “Downton Abbey” depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912. Featuring an all-star cast, including Hugh Bonneville (MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Miss Austen Regrets”), Dame Maggie Smith ("Harry Potter") and Elizabeth McGovern. Laura Linney hosts. KPBS will rebroadcast all four episodes from season one starting October 21st through November 11, 2012.

Insight: Fluoridation In San Diego Hits A Snag

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp

The communist plot has been delayed. Okay, I’m kidding. I just can’t resist a mention of the movie “Dr. Strangelove” when talking about fluoridation of water, which has been postponed in San Diego.

SD Congressmen Urge Action To Protect Mount Soledad Cross

Jan. 6
By Susan Murphy
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Two San Diego congressmen are urging the government to defend the Mount Soledad memorial, including the 43-foot cross.

Antiques Roadshow: San Diego, Calif. - Hour One

Jan. 6
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Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Marshall Martin head to the world-renowned San Diego Zoo to discuss the appeal of vintage Steiff animals, the plush-toy phenomenon started more than 130 years ago. Highlights include an original, handwritten draft of the 1933 popular American song "Stormy Weather," recorded by the likes of Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald; an heirloom circa 1864 Tiffany cameo complete with a collection of authentic period jewelry; and a turn-of-the-century aristocratic portrait by Robert Henri, valued at $250,000 to $350,000.

Culture Lust Weekend: 'Exuberance Found,' 'Strange Bones,' and 'West Side Story'

Jan. 6
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Debunk the science behind "CSI" at "Strange Bones," find your exuberance at "Exuberance Found" and "feel pretty, oh so pretty" at "West Side Story" this Culture Lust Weekend.

Events: Pinback, The Pharcyde, Distinction Gallery

Jan. 6
These Days

2011 is here and the music and arts scene in San Diego is off to a strong start. We'll talk with two writers for San Diego CityBeat about what they recommend for your weekend itinerary.

"Strange Bones": Museum Debunks TV Crime Shows

Jan. 6
These Days
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We'll talk about a new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man called Strange Bones. It's an opportunity to present some intriguing skeletal curiosities to the public and to find out what's true and what's not when it comes to bones in forensic science.

Balboa Park Parking Plan Draws Fire

Jan. 6
These Days
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A plan to solve some of the problems with traffic in Balboa Park was announced last summer, with the support of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. It called for a privately funded renovation to remove parking spaces in the Plaza de Panama and make the plaza a pedestrian-only space. At the time, the idea, spearheaded by Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs, received wide support. Now, the proposed method of diverting traffic from the Plaza by means of a bypass bridge is being criticized by a number of local organizations.

Budget Cuts Putting Squeeze On Libraries Nationwide

Jan. 6
These Days
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What are the greatest threats currently facing libraries? We speak to the president of the American Library Association about the budget cuts that libraries throughout the nation are facing, and look ahead to how libraries will continue to evolve in the future.

Panel Spreads Blame For BP Oil Rig Explosion

Jan. 6
Elizabeth Shogren, NPR
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A key chapter from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill's final report shows the panel is pulling no punches in assigning blame for last April's oil rig explosion.

New Rules Set Maximum Wait Times To See A Doctor

Jan. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

California's health care system is preparing for a major shakeup on January 17th. That's when new regulations take effect that dictate maximum time a patient has to wait to get a doctor's appointment.

Insight: Homeless Look For Help And Hope At Project Homeless Connect

Jan. 6
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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About 600 people with no place to live came to Golden Hall, next to San Diego City Hall, on Wednesday to look for help. One of them was a man named Hollywood, and his story was simple.