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Stories for April 29, 2008

Dinner and a Movie

April 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The most recent film to celebrate the joys of cooking and the ability of food to feed the soul is the animated

Something for Nothing

April 29
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices
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If I understood him correctly, he wants to curtail lobbyists while increasing infrastructure & maintenance and other city services, all without raising taxes unless the voters decide they want to raise taxes. & From my standpoint it sounded more like a collection of soundbites for public pacification & than any new proposals for actual leadership.

Nasty Fire Season Expected in San Diego County

April 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Summer is two months away, but fire officials in San Diego are worried. Four brush fires last weekend may be a sign of things to come. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Home Prices Continue to Plummet in San Diego

April 29
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report shows home prices are continuing to plummet in San Diego, declining more than 19 percent in February from a year earlier That follows a drop of 16 percent just one month before. Reporter David Nogueras has more.

A Defense of the Short Story

April 29
Seth Marko
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Seth Marko over at The Book Catapult is one of my trusted culture scouts, especially when it comes to books, and he's really angry that short stories don't get the respect they deserve. He sent me the following defense, bolstering his argument by reviewing a new addition to the genre, Nam Le's The Boat

Western Tribal Members Working to Preserve Native Language

April 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Sixteen Western Indian tribes are in San Diego today in an effort to preserve their native language. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Mexico Authorities Pledge to Unite Against Drug Cartels Following Deadly Shoot-Out

April 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Federal, state and local authorities gathered in Tijuana Tuesday to show a united front in the battle against drug traffickers in Baja California. This comes on the heels of a bloody shootout last weekend and a letter that named dozens of corrupt law enforcement officials. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Expert Gardening Advice for Spring Gardens

April 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gardening experts Nan Sterman and Tom Piergrossi fill us in on spring plantings, garden tours, and how to say ‘goodbye’ to your pesky lawn.

Mayoral Candidate Steve Francis Discusses Politics and Goals

April 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Who is Steve Francis, and why does he want to be the next mayor of San Diego? Francis joins us in-studio to discuss his mayoral campaign. We speak to Francis about his campaign strategies, goals for San Diego, and his political background.

Founder Remembers History of the Vietnam Memorial Wall

April 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It was just over 25 years ago that the Vietnam War memorial opened on Washington D.C.'s capital mall. The run-up to creating the monument was rough, with politicians and conservative veterans calling the monument disrespectful. Today, we talk to the wall’s founder, Jan Scruggs, about his mission to create the tribute to Americans lost in the war.

Officials Investigate Local High School Cheating Scandal

April 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Six students have been suspended amidst an investigation into an alleged cheating scandal at a high school in San Diego's affluent Rancho Bernardo neighborhood where officials say grades appear to have been changed by computer hackers.

S.D. Residents Set to Protest Airport Authority's Parking Garage Plan

April 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Residents of neighborhoods around Lindbergh Field will rally Tuesday to protest plans for a new multi-story parking garage for airport passengers. They worry the Airport Authority's Master Plan will lead to gridlock on Harbor Drive. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Autopsy Confirms Great White Killed SD Swimmer

April 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A shark expert says an autopsy has confirmed it was a great white that killed a 66-year-old swimmer in the waters off San Diego County last week.

Baja Officials Say Guns Used in Tijuana Shootout Tied to Other Serious Crimes

April 29
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Baja California law enforcement officials have tied guns used in Saturday’s bloody shootout to some of the most spectacular crimes committed in the region during the last few years. Saturday’s shootout in Tijuana killed 13 people and injured nine. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.