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Stories for January 27, 2012

Video: Behind The Scenes At 'Salome'

Jan. 27
By Beth Accomando, Hilary Andrews
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Babes, boobs, and blood are not what you normally expect to find at the opera but you'll find all three at the San Diego Opera's production of "Salome" (opening tonight and playing January 31, February 3 and 4 at the Civic Theater).

Bill Seeks Exemptions To Calif. Environmental Quality Act

Jan. 27
By Ed Joyce
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A coalition of San Diego-based organizations Friday backed state legislation which would exempt certain special events from needing environmental reviews.

Nation's Busiest Border Crossing To Close 8 Lanes Monday

Jan. 27
By Marissa Cabrera
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Eight of 24 northbound lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry will be closed Monday. Port officials stress the closure will not affect border wait times.

Labor Secretary Carries President's Jobs Message to Imperial Beach

Jan. 27
By Erik Anderson
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U.S. Labor Secretary visited a job-training center today and declared that better times are coming.

State Realignment Floods County Jails and Probation Department

Jan. 27
By Alison St John
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San Diego County law enforcement is seeing more offenders being passed down from the state under realignment than expected. That’s affecting both the jails and the Probation Department.

High Court Rejects GOP Challenge to State Senate Maps

Jan. 27
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The California Supreme Court says the State Senate maps drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission will be used in this year’s elections – even if a Republican referendum challenging those maps qualifies for the November ballot.

Guest Review: 'Carnage'

Jan. 27
By Pat Finn
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Can guest reviewer Pat Finn see past her dislike of director Roman Polanski to appreciate his adaptation of the play "Carnage" (currently playing at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas)?

Simply Ming: Cooking On The Fly: Working With Butter

Jan. 27
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If you ever thought you couldn’t bake because it requires precision, you are not alone. On this episode of SIMPLY MING, Ming shows how grasping one small but important rule can allow viewers to bake countless desserts with just a few ingredients in quantities you can eyeball. Joining Ming, fabulous Boston baker, Joanne Chang, proves you don’t need recipes to make amazing desserts on the fly. Joanne Chang is chef-owner of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Annie Oakley

Jan. 27
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She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She was "adopted" by Indian chief Sitting Bull, charmed the Prince of Prussia, and entertained the likes of Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria. Annie Oakley excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.

Antiques Roadshow: Houston, Texas - Hour Two

Jan. 27
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Host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Beth Szescila for a tour of Bayou Bend in Houston, Texas, the extraordinary museum and gardens that once were home to famed philanthropist and antiques collector Ima Hogg. Following in Miss Ima's footsteps, modern-day collectors arrive at the Reliant Center with impressive finds, including an early 19th-century box desk made by a renowned supplier to the British royal family; a valuable collection of lithographed orange crate labels; and a 1959 replica of artist Edith Parson's early 19th-century Turtle Baby bronze sculpture, valued at $35,000 to $40,000.

Roundtable: Wuterich Resolution, Manchester's Grand Vision, Retiree Health Agreement

Jan. 27
Midday Edition

The trial of Marine Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich comes to an end; Doug Manchester presents his vision for the San Diego waterfront in the pages of the U-T. The city reaches agreement with six unions on retiree health benefits, and the funding for an expanded convention center comes up for a vote.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Eugene, Ore. - Hour Two

Jan. 27
By Jennifer Robinson
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In Eugene, Oregon, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Jeffrey Schrader at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, site of the former Thomas Kay Woolen Mill, to discuss the history and current values of World War I uniforms. Highlights include: a circa 1800 New England Chippendale chest-on-chest; an 1846 map of Western America; and an early 20th-century Russian presentation sword from the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, purchased by the owner for $500, and valued between $75,000 and $100,000.

Newsroom of the Future Transforms KPBS

Jan. 27
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The journalists who make quality storytelling the focus of their work now have an environment that inspires creativity, collaboration and convergence.

Volunteers Begin San Diego Homeless Count

Jan. 27
City News Service

Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across San Diego County this morning to count the region's homeless.

San Diego Sheriff Shortening Some Jail Terms To Avoid Overcrowding

Jan. 27
City News Service
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San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is shaving up to 10 percent off jail terms for some inmates to avoid overcrowding, it was reported today.

The Fight To Save Salvation Mountain

Jan. 27
By Angela Carone
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It took artist Leonard Knight almost 30 years to build a colorful mountain out of adobe and paint in the middle of the Imperial Valley desert. It’s called Salvation Mountain and it draws thousands of tourists to the area. KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone finds out why a monument to religious salvation, now needs its own savior.

Injured Marine Gets Help From VA And Becomes A Padres Pitcher

Jan. 27
By Dwane Brown
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San Diego's VA Transition team gives seriously injured Vets a helping hand.

Modern Desires Hardest To Resist

Jan. 27
By Peggy Pico
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Modern desires are hardest to resist, but new research offers secrets to conquering temptation.

Windy, Dry Conditions Bring Red Flag Warning To San Diego County

Jan. 27
City News Service
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High winds began to whip up across the San Diego area today, threatening to create critical wildfire conditions in valley and mountain locales during the weekend.

Iraqi Officials Want 'Justice' For Haditha Killings

Jan. 27
By Erik Anderson
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Iraqi officials are promising to take legal action to correct what they say is an injustice in the deaths of 24 Haditha civilians killed by U-S Marines from Camp Pendleton seven years ago.

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Jan. 27
By Laurel Morales
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January 27 is the first National Downwinders Day to recognize people in western states exposed to radiation from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Last year, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to honor downwinders.