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Stories for April 15, 2009

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Teen Critics On 17 Again…And Again

April 15, 2009
Nick Alva & Janeane White

In "17 Again" (opening April 17 throughout San Diego) Mike O'Donnell (Disney star Zac Efron of "High School Musical" fame) is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp.

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Se Devo Essere Sincera

April 15, 2009
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival may be the new kid on the block but they have been actively bringing films to San Diego both at their festival and for single screening film events. These are films that have not played in San Diego before and are unlikely to receive any kind of release here.

SANDAG Considering Raising Transit Fares

April 15, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio

It may soon cost more money to use public transit in San Diego. Fare increases are being considered for two regional transit providers.

DHS Sends More Border Agents to San Diego and Tijuana

April 15, 2009
By Amy Isackson

The US Department of Homeland Security has assigned extra border security officials to San Diego and Imperial Counties and to Tijuana. The additional agents are part of the Obama Administration's effort to crack down on cross-border drug trafficking.

San Diego Company Plans Big Solar Power Plant

April 15, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy is proposing to build what the company says would be the largest solar energy plant in North America.

SD Unified's Central Office Is Put On Alert

April 15, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified school officials say all of the district's central office managers might not have their same jobs next year as a result of the district's money problems.

More Planning Needed To Protect Southern Calif. Wildlife

April 15, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

A new study calls for a more regional approach to land-use planning in order to protect California's wildlife corridors.

Most Injection Drug Users in Tijuana Have Tuberculosis

April 15, 2009
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study from UCSD reveals two-thirds of IV drug users in Tijuana test positive for tuberculosis. People who shoot drugs are also at high risk for HIV infection.

Preuss School Celebates 10 Years

April 15, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Natalie Walsh

The Preuss School, a public charter middle and high school run by UCSD, has come a long way in its short 10-year history. We'll talk about its focus on getting low-income kids to college and the challenges that the recession and pressures to success put on the school.

What Does It Mean to be Catholic?

April 15, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh

What does it mean to be a Catholic today? And what role has America played in shaping the Church and world religion? We'll talk with author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll about his new book Practicing Catholic.

Counting on the Census

April 15, 2009
By Maureen Cavanaugh

The Census Bureau is gearing up for the big count in 2010. But many questions are being raised, from the high cost (estimated $15 billion) to the accuracy of the count to political partisan motivations. The outcome of the census will be watched closely by states like California, with a high number of minorities and a problem with out migration.

Growing Unemployment Puts Strain on SD Food Bank

April 15, 2009
By Hank Crook, Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio, Maureen Cavanaugh

How is the nation's economic crisis impacting the San Diego Food Bank? KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr joins us to talk about her recent report on the increased demand at the local Food Bank. We also speak to a Food Bank board member about how the organization is dealing with the increased demand, what challenges they are facing right now, and how they are expanding the services they offer through the San Diego Food Bank's Community Cares Project.