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Stories for April 21, 2009

VH1 Save The Music Event

April 21
By Beth Accomando
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The new Dreamworks/Universal Studios film "The Soloist" is inspired by the true story of journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy Lopez finds playing the violin on the streets of L.A.

SD County Approves New Food Stamp Plan

April 21
By Katie Orr

The San Diego County Supervisors voted yesterday to enact a new plan meant to increase the number of people participating in the food stamp program. But critics say some of the steps required to get assistance actually deter people from signing up.

Swine Flu Strikes Two Southern California Children

April 21
By Kenny Goldberg
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A young boy in San Diego County and a young girl in Imperial County have been infected with swine flu. Health officials say the strain of the disease has been seen before in the United States.

New Report Refutes Cocaine Success Claims

April 21
By Amy Isackson

A report released recently by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows that US cocaine prices hit a 26 year low in 2007. This undermines repeated claims by the Bush administration that there were unprecedented cocaine shortages at the time.

Grey Gardens: A Photographic Tour

April 21
By Angela Carone
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I just finished watching the new HBO feature film Grey Gardens, based on the acclaimed 1975 documentary by the Maysles brothers. Both tell the story of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little Edie," Manhatten socialites and kin to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Mauritius at Cygnet Theater

April 21
By Angela Carone
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Who would have thought the world of stamp collecting could be so shady? Apparently there's an underbelly to philately, and it's given dramatic treatment in Mauritius, the new comic thriller at Cygnet Theater.

Good Reads: Pulitzer Prizes, J. G. Ballard, Weeds and Bob Dylan

April 21
By Angela Carone

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday. Here's a recap of all the arts-related winners.

Swine Flu Cases in Calif. Worry Health Officials

April 21
Associated Press

Health officials have diagnosed a unique type of swine flu in two California children, but it's unclear whether many people will be susceptible to the infection.

Calif. Launches $4 Million Water Conservation Push

April 21
Associated Press

Californians should take shorter showers, wash only full loads of laundry and use a broom instead of a hose to clean their driveways.

San Diego City Retiree Health Benefit Compromise

April 21
By Alison St John

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders says the labor agreements being hammered out with city employee unions will do more than help plug this year’s budget gap, they will save the city millions of dollars in pension and health benefits in the future.

Gun Control Group Study Analyzes Firearms Smuggling Cases

April 21
By Amy Isackson

A Washington DC gun control group says President Barack Obama should ban the import of assault weapons and make public a database that traces guns.

Local School Districts Apply For Federal Aid

April 21
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego County school districts are submitting the paperwork needed to secure their fair share of federal economic stimulus money for education.

New SDCC Campus is Earth Friendly

April 21
By Ed Joyce

San Diego Community College's West City campus in Point Loma opens next month. The new facility is built with the three "R's" in mind: reduce, reuse, recycle.

Practice of Medicine Begins to Evolve

April 21
By Tom Fudge

Most people agree the U.S. needs to reduce the cost of health care. The problem is how to do it. Some say the key is changing the way this country practices medicine. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has the story.

Colorado River May Not Meet Supply Needs

April 21
By Ed Joyce
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The Colorado River system supplies water to tens of millions of people and millions of acres of farmland. But researchers at UCSD say climate change will likely mean the river won't meet future demands.

Judge Rules South Bay School Discrimates

April 21
These Days

How is a South Bay high school violating Title IX, the federal law that forbids sex discrimination in schools? We'll find out about that, and whether Mother's Day giveaways are illegal, with KPBS legal analyst Dan Eaton.

The Banking Crisis in Plain English

April 21
These Days

Want to know how we got in this economic mess? Want to know what kind of trouble America's banks are in? Want to know how to translate finance speak? If you're confused, there's nobody better at clearing the fog than NPR's Adam Davidson. Davidson stops by the studio to explain the status of America's banking system.

Author Reveals Story of Courage at WWII-era Warsaw Zoo

April 21
These Days

One Book - One San Diego author reveals an amazing story of courage and creativity during WWII. Diane Ackerman talks about her quest to tell the story of the Polish couple who saved hundreds of Jews by hiding them in the Warsaw Zoo, right under the noses of the Nazis.

The Way We See Faces May Indicate Autism

April 21
By Tom Fudge

A UCSD psychologist says kids with autism see the world in a different way, and that may actually cause their behavior problems.