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Stories for January 23, 2012

Special San Diego River Cleanup Nets 1200 Pounds Of Trash

Jan. 23
By Ed Joyce
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Wildlife are enjoying a less trashy area of the San Diego River after a special kayak and canoe cleanup Sunday.

Plaza de Panama Project Dealt Legal Blow

Jan. 23
By Katie Orr
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A recent court ruling says the City of San Diego is too cozy with Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs when it comes to revamping Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama.

INSIDE NATURE'S GIANTS: Monster Python

Jan. 23
By Jennifer Robinson
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The program explores the science of slithering, as well as the development of “infra-red goggles” that let the snakes hunt warm-blooded prey in the dark and a flexible jaw that allows them to stretch their mouths around huge prey, including alligators. The scientists make an amazing discovery in the female: ovaries bulging with 40 egg follicles ready to be fertilized. Richard Dawkins describes how snakes evolved from four-legged lizard-like ancestors, and biologist Simon Watt finds out what it feels like to be crushed by a real-life python.

NOVA: Mystery Of A Masterpiece

Jan. 23
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In October 2007, a striking portrait of a young woman in Renaissance dress made world news headlines. Originally sold two years before for around $20,000, the portrait is now thought to be an undiscovered Leonardo da Vinci masterwork worth more than $100 million. How did cutting-edge imaging analysis help tie the portrait to Leonardo? NOVA meets a new breed of experts who are approaching “cold case” art mysteries as if they were crime scenes, determined to discover “who committed the art,” and follows art sleuths as they deploy new techniques to combat the multi-billion dollar criminal market in stolen and fraudulent art.

Boil Water Order Issued For Mt. Laguna Region

Jan. 23
City News Service

Bacteria was detected in the water supply of the Mount Laguna Recreation Area plumbing system, prompting the county of San Diego to issue an order to boil the water until further notice.

Calif. AG Joins Lawsuit Challenging San Diego Transportation Plan

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
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The California Attorney General and the Sierra Club have joined a lawsuit against a regional transportation plan approved by the San Diego Association of Governments.

NATURE: Fortress Of The Bears

Jan. 23
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Part of the massive Tongass National Forest, Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world. Sustained by a wealth of salmon streams, isolated and protected by their environment, some 1,700 Alaskan brown bears are part of a unique circle of life that has played out here for centuries. "Fortress Of The Bears" enters a world shaped by bears, trees, and salmon, and explores the delicate balance of their interconnected lives.

Impact Of CA High Court Review Of Medical Marijuana

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
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The California Supreme Court will review how medical marijuana dispensaries are regulated in the state. Medical marijuana advocates are praising the decision to consider the conflict between state and federal laws. We'll talk about the decision and what it means for dispensaries and medical marijuana users in San Diego County.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Geronimo

Jan. 23
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Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer of the Chiricahua. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures. At a time when surrender to the reservation and acceptance of the white man's civilization seemed to be the Indians' only realistic options, Geronimo and his tiny band of Chiricahuas fought on. The final holdouts, they became the last Native-American fighting force to capitulate formally to the government of the United States.

San Diego Black Film Festival

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
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The San Diego Black Film Festival will launch its 10th season this Thursday at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters.

Marine Will Not Do Time In Haditha Killings

Jan. 23
Midday Edition
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A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children, who pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty on Monday, will not serve time behind bars, a judge ruled today. The sentencing ends the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War.

High Court Overturns Calif. Slaughterhouse Law

Jan. 23
Associated Press

The Supreme Court has blocked a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system.

Old Border Fence To Get A Second Life

Jan. 23
By Adrian Florido
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The old U.S.-Mexico border fence near San Diego was going to be sold for scrap. But local activists managed to save some of it and have plans to recycle it.

European Union Formally Adopts Iran Oil Embargo

Jan. 23
DON MELVIN, NPR
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The European Union formally adopted an oil embargo against Iran on Monday and froze the assets of Iran's central bank, part of sanctions to pressure Tehran into resuming talks on its controversial nuclear program.

Obama's Health Overhaul Lags In Many States

Jan. 23
RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.

Florida's Winner-Take-All Primary Heats Up GOP Race

Jan. 23
Greg Allen, NPR
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In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the tally stands at 1-1-1. Over the weekend, former House speaker Newt Gingrich re-established himself as a presidential contender with a resounding victory in South Carolina's primary.

UCSD Buying Nevada Cancer Center For $18 Million

Jan. 23

In its first major foray outside of San Diego, UC San Diego is buying the bankrupt Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas for $18 million, it was reported today.

Wet, Windy Weather Returns To San Diego

Jan. 23
City News Service

Wet and windy winter weather is expected to return to San Diego County today as another fast-moving Pacific low pressure system moves inland.

Group Wants Public Hearings On SDG&E Wildfire Costs

Jan. 23
By Amita Sharma
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A citizen's watchdog group wants regulators to hold public hearings on San Diego Gas & Electric's request for customers to foot the bill for wildfire costs that its insurance companies won't cover.

Plunge In University-Based Research Funding Alarms Scientists, Students

Jan. 23
By Peggy Pico
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State funding for scientific research at San Diego State University and at UCSD and other California universities has plunged 30 percent in the last eight years

Entertainment News: Update From Sundance

Jan. 23
By Beth Accomando
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A pair of films with San Diego connections had premieres at Sundance on Friday. I checked in with the filmmakers to find out how their screenings went.