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Stories for January 19, 2012

SD Economists See Improvement This Year

Jan. 19
By Erik Anderson

The economic recovery will continue this year, but at a frustratingly slow pace, San Diego economists say.

10-Year-Old Boy Pleads Not Guilty

Jan. 19
Evening Edition

A 10-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 12-year-old friend has pleaded not guilty in San Diego to charges of murder and assault.

The American Lung Association Gives San Diego A Bad Mark

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego isn't America's finest city when it comes to tobacco control.

Possible Plea Deal Pending In Haditha Trial

Jan. 19
By Alison St John
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Court proceedings were scheduled to reconvene Friday in the trial of a major Iraq war crimes case, after a military judge excused jurors for nearly two days and asked lawyers to explore their options.

US Military Chief In Israel To Discuss Iran Nukes

Jan. 19
JOSEF FEDERMAN and DAN PERRY, Associated Press
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The top U.S. general, visiting Israel at a delicate and dangerous moment in the global standoff with Tehran, is expected to press for restraint amid fears that the Jewish state is nearing a decision to attack Iran's nuclear program.

Poway Holds Town Hall Meeting On Teen Substance Abuse

Jan. 19
By Alison St John

Community leaders and parents in Poway will gather tonight for a town hall meeting on teen substance abuse. Three students at Poway High School have died as a result of drug or alcohol abuse in the last three years.

Dalai Lama To Visit San Diego's 3 Major Universities In April

Jan. 19
City News Service
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The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, will be in San Diego in April for talks at the area's three major universities on ethics and compassion, school officials announced today.

Governor: Construction On Calif. High Speed Rail To Begin In 2012

Jan. 19
Midday Edition
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The California High Speed Rail is on the governor's agenda, but critics claim it's an impractical dream. The price tag for building a high speed train connecting Northern and Southern California keeps going up, and that's just one of the problems facing the project. We'll hear from the California High Speed Rail Authority's outgoing chairman.

Weekend Preview: Taste of Opera, Mexican Institute of Sound and New Restaurants

Jan. 19
Midday Edition
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From an opera-inspired cooking class and new dining destinations, to live dance music from Mexico City and “transcendental folk” from Colorado, there is no shortage of things to see, hear and do in San Diego.

Introduction To San Diego Opera Live

Jan. 19
Nicolas Reveles

This season, for the first time since 1998, San Diego Opera will be partnering with KPBS-FM to bring you live broadcasts from the opening night performances of each of our four productions: "Salome" (January 28), "Moby-Dick" (February 18), "Don Pasquale" (March 10) and "The Barber of Seville" (April 21). Since these broadcasts will carried to you directly from the actual performance at the Civic Theatre, you’ll feel all the excitement occurring onstage amongst the performers, the orchestra and the stage crew as well as in the audience as they anticipate and experience international opera on a grand scale.

Rolling With Changes At San Diego Rep

Jan. 19
Midday Edition
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The creative team behind San Diego Rep's new workshop musical "A Hammer, A Bell and A Song to Sing" had to be flexible and inventive to get their work on the stage.

Review: 'The Dead'

Jan. 19
By Beth Accomando
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As if Africa isn't plagued with enough problems as it is it now has to deal with zombies in the Ford Brothers' "The Dead" (opening January 20 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters).

New Links Found Between Drinking During Pregnancy And Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

UC San Diego researchers have identified the second half of the first trimester of a woman's pregnancy as an especially risky time to drink alcohol.

Gov. Brown Pushes Tax Initiative In San Diego

Jan. 19
By Katie Orr
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San Diego business leaders and civic groups heard first hand today why the governor thinks California should increase taxes.

Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue

Jan. 19
Jeff Brady, NPR
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Republicans blasted President Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, saying he put politics before needed jobs. The president said he turned down the proposal because congressional Republicans gave him a 60-day deadline that did not allow for a thorough review of the project.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Face Off

Jan. 19
By Katie Orr

The three Republicans running for San Diego mayor sought to distinguish themselves from each other at a forum last night at the University of San Diego.

California Regulators Turn Off Plans To Levy Fee On Solar Power

Jan. 19
By Erik Anderson
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The California Public Utilities Commission says the idea shouldn't be part of the utility's billion dollar plus rate hike request.

San Diego Syrians Back Protesters Amid Threats

Jan. 19
By Amita Sharma
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They say they’re prepared to follow the lead of their loved ones back home and be willing to die until Assad’s regime is toppled.