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Stories for April 14, 2009

Observe And Report: Making Travis Bickle All Warm And Fuzzy

April 14
By Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Seth Rogen has become an unlikely star through a series of projects with Judd Apatow beginning with the TV series "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999 and reaching a peak with the feature film "Knocked Up" in 2007. Those projects played on Rogen's slacker appeal. Now Rogen tries something a little different with "Observe and Report" (opened April 10 throughout San Diego).

Ready? OK! Locally Made Film Arrives On DVD

April 14
By Beth Accomando
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For last year's closing night, FilmOut San Diego presented the world premiere of James Vasquez' homegrown film "Ready? Okay!" This San Diego-based charmer concerns a young boy named Josh who wants to join his school's cheer squad.

Busting A Move, Maria von Trapp Style

April 14
By Angela Carone

You've probably seen this video by now, as it's been viewed over a million times on YouTube. But, in case you haven't...it's like swallowing a happy pill. Just once, I want to be be walking around in public, say, in Target (probability high), and have one of these dancing or singing public art performances/publicity stunts break out. I'd be just giddy. Giddy, I tell you.

Good Reads: A Peter Grimes Twitter Challenge, Michel Gondry, and Steampunk

April 14
By Angela Carone
Good Reads: A Peter Grimes Twitter Challenge, Michel Gondry, and Steampunk Tease photo

I love this contest to see who can come up with the best tweet summarizing an opera plot. If you go see "Peter Grimes" this weekend at San Diego Opera (and you should!), then I challenge you to tweet the plot. For those of you unfamiliar with Twitter, it's a micro-blogging site in which one's posts are limited to 140 characters. Make sure to let me know if you do it and I'll retweet them all.

Some Spring Reading For Your Bedside Table

April 14
Some Spring Reading For Your Bedside Table Tease photo

I produced two segments about books this week for These Days, which means it was a banner week. Lucia Silva and Tiffany Fox recommended some good fiction, along with a book of essays about America and Margaret Atwood's prescient book on debt. Here's what they recommended, listed in no particular order.

Saving and Splurging on Good Food

April 14
These Days

Spring is here. Farmers markets are filling up with tenders fruits and vegetables of the season and restaurants are dusting off their patio tables. But the recession is dampening everyone's spirits. So our monthly food segment will focus on when to splurge and when to save when it comes to good food and drink.

High Unemployment is Leading to Boom in Military Recruitment

April 14
These Days

How is the nation's economic downturn, and the high rate of unemployment affecting military recruiting in the United States? As part of our series, Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's Economy, we speak with reporter Alison St. John about how the poor job market is affecting recruiting and retention in our nation's military.

UCSD Trauma Surgeon Urges Prevention First

April 14
These Days

More than 150,000 Americans die from trauma each year. It is the leading cause of death for people aged 1-45, and a growing problem for seniors who are living longer, more active lives. Unfortunately, most people do not think trauma will happen to them. We'll explore trauma care in San Diego and what you need to know to prevent - and survive - trauma.

Military Jobs More in Demand in Poor Economy

April 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The dark clouds hanging over the nation’s economic future have a silver lining for one profession: military recruiters. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains how high unemployment is benefiting recruitment and retention in the armed forces.