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Stories for January 12, 2012

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Entertainment News: Critics Choice Awards

Jan. 12, 2012
By Beth Accomando

Tonight the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed their Critics Choice Awards, and France's "The Artist" took the top prize as well as a trio of others.

Senate GOP Leader OK with Use of Trigger Cuts in Budget

Jan. 12, 2012
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The new Republican leader in the State Senate says he’s okay with California Governor Jerry Brown’s use of mid-year trigger cuts to balance the budget. But he doesn’t approve of the governor’s tax initiative or his approach to cuts.

UCSD Researcher Says Charter School Studies Fall Short

Jan. 12, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The researcher is calling for better studies on charter schools.

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California Cantaloupe Growers Call For More Oversight

Jan. 12, 2012
By Erik Anderson

California Cantaloupe growers are calling for stricter food handling procedures and government oversight in the wake of a fatal listeria outbreak in September.

State Senate Leader Looks at Revamping Redevelopment

Jan. 12, 2012
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

The Democratic leader of the State Senate says he’s considering ways to save local redevelopment efforts in California.

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UCSD, NASA Scientists Show Ways To Slow Climate Change

Jan. 12, 2012
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A new study building on research from scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows key emissions reduction measures could slow the pace of climate change, save lives and increase agricultural production.

University Of California Campuses Go Smoke-Free

Jan. 12, 2012
By Kenny Goldberg

All ten U.C. campuses plan to be smoke-free by 2014.

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San Diego Downtown Central Library Funding Secured

Jan. 12, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

Funding has been secured for San Diego's downtown central library - but who is writing the check?

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Weekend Preview: From Rock And Roll To The Art Of Politics

Jan. 12, 2012
By Beth Accomando, Jeff Murray, Maureen Cavanaugh

Begin the weekend early with a rock and roll documentary at the Whistle Stop tonight and wrap it up with a showcase of artists at Habitat House on Sunday.

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Elizabeth George Tells All About Inspector Lynley

Jan. 12, 2012
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Pat Finn

Elizabeth George, author of 17 novels featuring British detective Thomas Lynley, is in San Diego to promote her newest book. We ask how an American writer gets into the head of an upper-class British sleuth.

Heroes Luncheon Honors 7 San Diegans

Jan. 12, 2012
City News Service

Seven people will be honored today at the 21st annual Salute to Local Heroes Luncheon, which recognizes average citizens who bravely assisted law enforcement, according to the Rotary Club of San Diego, the event's sponsor.

Sweetwater School District Investigating Cafeteria Thefts

Jan. 12, 2012
City News Service

A school district in San Diego County that's already mired in a corruption scandal is investigating whether cafeteria workers may have stolen $500,000 worth of goods.

MTS Chairman Injured During Home Invasion

Jan. 12, 2012
City News Service

Police today investigated a home-invasion robbery in University City in which a former San Diego city councilman was pistol-whipped after harmlessly firing a handgun at one of three assailants.

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Mt. Helix Families Fuming Over High School Boundary Changes

Jan. 12, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

One Mt. Helix parent is challenging new boundaries for Grossmont high schools.

California's Credit Rating Improves ... Slightly

Jan. 12, 2012
By Erik Anderson

A top credit-rating firm says California is no longer last among states.