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Stories for February 16, 2012

Study Says Rice Products Increase Arsenic

Feb. 16
Bob Moffitt, California Capitol Network

Researchers from Dartmouth College say one infant formula sweetened with organic brown rice syrup had six times the federal limit for arsenic in drinking water.

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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Pittsburgh, Pa. - Hour Two

Feb. 16
By Jennifer Robinson

Against the formidable backdrop of Pittsburgh’s former Homestead Steel Works, appraiser Peter Shemonsky shows host Mark L. Walberg strikingly delicate examples of centuries-old jewelry fashioned out of steel and iron. Highlights include a 6.5 carat yellow mine cut diamond ring kept for years in a sock drawer; a North American Indian club and pipe the owner believes belonged to Sitting Bull; and three Charles Darwin first editions, including an 1830s collection of "The Voyage of the Beagle," an 1859 "On the Origin of Species," and an 1871 "The Descent of Man," insured at $284,000.

Senate Democratic Leader Voices Concerns Over Multiple Tax Measures On Ballot

Feb. 16
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The Democratic leader of the California Senate is voicing his concerns over the possibility that there will be competing tax measures on the November ballot.

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SDSU Biologist Researches One Of World's Tiniest Lizards

Feb. 16
By Marissa Cabrera

A San Diego State University biologist is part of a team of scientists researching the recent discovery of one of the world's tiniest lizards, which were found on an island off Madagascar.

Digital Bookmobile Stops In San Diego

Feb. 16
By Kaitlin Brooks

The Digital Bookmobile made its final San Diego pit stop today at the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library.

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California Tops Ranking of States for Gun Control Laws

Feb. 16
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

California has the strongest gun control laws in the country, according to an annual ranking of states by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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Riverside Supervisors Reject Plan For Liberty Quarry

Feb. 16
By Alison St John

Riverside County Supervisors today rejected a proposed quarry near the northern border of San Diego County that would have provided tons of rock and sand for construction projects.

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Men In Towels At The Old Globe

Feb. 16
By Angela Carone

The excellent all-male cast of The Old Globe's latest drama ambitiously explores issues of privilege and race, but they do it bare chested, wrapped in towels.

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What Does Poverty In San Diego Look Like To You?

Feb. 16

U.S. Census numbers show the poverty rate in San Diego County has hit a 30 year high, and more than 1 million people are struggling with economic hardship. KPBS needs your help to learn about the new faces of poverty.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Clinton, Parts One & Two

Feb. 16

From draft dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. In "Clinton," the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful series of presidential biographies, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.

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Will The San Diego Pension Reform Initiative Make It To Ballot?

Feb. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Diana Crofts-Pelayo, Joanne Faryon / inewsource, Patty Lane, Claire Trageser

Nearly 116,000 signatures have been validated for an initiative that would end guaranteed pensions for new city works -- but the measure may not be on the June ballot.

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Is San Diego Prepared To Care For An Aging Population?

Feb. 16

People are living longer than ever. KPBS wants your help to understand if San Diego is prepared to care for an aging population.

SDSU Offers Students Entrepreneur Program

Feb. 16
City News Service

San Diego State University students will have the opportunity to start their own businesses when the Zahn Center, which will help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into companies, launches in March, the university announced today.

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A Whale Of An Opera

Feb. 16
By Claire Caraska, Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

The great chase for the most famous of white whales now gets the opera treatment: "Moby-Dick" makes its West Coast premiere this weekend at the San Diego Opera.

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Weekend Preview: 'In The Wake', Chicago Symphony And The Amazing Acro-Cats

Feb. 16
By Claire Caraska, Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

From Shakespearean comedy and contemporary dramas that explore political, religious and personal complexities to concerts featuring the best and brightest in classical music, plus acrobatic felines, here are this weekend’s highlights.

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Mexican Cartels Push Meth Beyond U.S. Market

Feb. 16
Jason Beaubien, NPR

Police in Mexico arrested a man they say is one of the country's largest methamphetamine producers. The arrest comes as Mexican drug gangs are moving aggressively to try to dominate methamphetamine markets not just in the U.S. but throughout Latin America and even Asia.

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How Does Mitt Romney Stop Rick Santorum's Rise?

Feb. 16
Mara Liasson, NPR

The latest threat to Mitt Romney's front-runner status in the Republican presidential field is Rick Santorum who is tied with Romney in national polls.

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Report Finds San Diego Ill Prepared For Large Influx Of Military Vets

Feb. 16
By Dwane Brown

One out of four homeless people in San Diego are military Vets and the numbers are expected to rise significantly.

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Prodding Like A Parent For 30 Of San Diego's Most Vulnerable Students

Feb. 16
By Kyla Calvert

About a dozen San Diego Unified staff support the district's 3,500 homeless students.

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Oceanside To Consider Charter Change For June Ballot

Feb. 16
By Alison St John

An Oceanside city councilman came under fire last night for proposing drastic changes to the city charter with little time for public review. The council will vote in two weeks to put a measure on the ballot to change how the city council is elected.