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Stories for April 17, 2009

Indie Directors Going Mainstream

April 17
By Beth Accomando
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Earlier this month "Fast and Furious" scored a surprising hit at the box office bringing in $72 million in three days. What's also surprising is that at the helm of this $80 million dollar Hollywood sequel is one time indie film darling Justin Lin. Today, "17 Again" -- the new film with Disney star Zac Efron -- opens, and in the director's chair is another independent filmmaker, Burr Steers.

Obama in Mexico, City Labor Contracts, May 19 Ballot Props.

April 17
Editors Roundtable
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President Barack Obama is in Latin America and the Caribbean this weekend to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, and to participate in the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Earlier in the week, President Obama tapped former San Diego school superintendent and airport authority chairman Alan Bersin to serve as U.S. border czar. Plus, the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to impose new labor contracts on the police officers and blue collar workers. And, California will hold a special election on May 19 where voters will be asked to decide on six budget-related ballot measures.

Next time on Editors Roundtable

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Join the editors at the roundtable Fridays at 9 a.m. for a lively discussion of local, national and international news.

Two San Diego Lawmakers Criticized Over Fundraisers

April 17
By Matt Laslo
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Two San Diego congressmen are hosting big fundraisers over their spring break recess -- one in Florida... and one on Mission Bay. Some critics say these events shut out voters in favor of wealthy donors who are buying access to power.

SDSU Students Lead Campus Environmental Effort

April 17
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San Diego State University students are spending time and their own money on campus environmental projects.

Partnership To Expand Solar Use In Calif.

April 17
By Ed Joyce
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UCSD and UC Davis are working together to expand solar energy development in California.

SD Firefighters Agree to Contract

April 17
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s firefighters union ratified a labor contract with the city today. The union president says the deal is bittersweet.

The Census: Statistical Sampling is a Hot Potato

April 17
By Gloria Penner
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Try dropping the words "statistical sampling" while in conversation with a Republican politician and watch the sizzle. Why does such a nerdy blending of adjective and noun inflame GOP lawmakers like House Minority Leader John Boehner and Vista's conservative Congressman Darrell Issa? Issa is the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.