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Stories for April 23, 2009

Beatles Photographer Talks "Butcher Cover"`

April 23
By Angela Carone
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The story of the "butcher cover" has become the stuff of rock legend. Today on These Days, we'll be talking to the man who started it all, photographer Robert Whitaker. He was the Beatles' photographer between 1964 and 1966 and came up with the idea for this photo shoot.

Scripps Institute Breaks New Ground for Stem Cells

April 23
By Tom Fudge
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Scientists at San Diego's Scripps Research Institute say they've found a way to reprogram adult stem cells to make them work even better than embryonic stem cells.

San Diegans Have Bigger Carbon Footprint than L.A.

April 23
By Ed Joyce
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A San Diego based think tank says the city lags behind Los Angeles in policies and programs to reduce energy use. The Center for Policy Initiatives says San Diegans also use more energy per person than Los Angeles residents.

Famed Beatles Photographer at Morrison Hotel Gallery

April 23
These Days
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Robert Whitaker is the photographer behind one of the most controversial album covers ever released. It was called "The Butcher Cover" and featured The Beatles in white lab coats covered in blood, raw meat, and dismembered baby dolls. It was recalled almost immediately because it was so outrageous. Robert was also a war correspondent during the Vietnam War. His photographs will be on view at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in La Jolla.

SD Reps Does the History of America in 90 Minutes

April 23
These Days
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Is it possible to learn the history of America in just 90 minutes? The Reduced Shakespeare Company thinks so and they've brought their slap-stick act to the San Diego Rep.

Alleged High Ranking Arellano Felix Cartel Member Goes Down

April 23
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The arrest of a high ranking member of Tijuana's Arellano Felix Cartel means US officials can cross one man off the cartel's alleged "new guard". Mexican authorities arrested the man in Tijuana earlier this week. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

County Avocado Crop Slim

April 23
By Ed Joyce
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Avocado growers are reporting a light crop in all California growing regions including San Diego County. Growers here faced a double whammy from weather and wildfire.

As Infamous Mexican Cartel Totters, Violence Grows

April 23
Elliot Spagat - AP
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In Mexico's drug war, Tijuana tells the story of a government that says it's winning, even as the battle gets bloodier.

Calif. Closer to Requiring Paid Sick Leave

April 23
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network
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California is a step closer to requiring employers to provide paid sick leave. A bill to mandate sick time was approved by a key Assembly committee Wednesday.

County Approves Plan to Boost Food Stamp Enrollment

April 23
These Days
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors recently voted in favor of a plan to boost food stamp enrollment in the county. Why does San Diego currently have one of the lowest food stamp enrollment rates in the nation? And, how can this new plan increase awareness and participation in the local food stamp program? We speak to KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon about her on-going investigation into the problems with the county's food stamp program.

Surprise! Another Election in May

April 23
By Gloria Penner
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So you thought you had done your good citizen job when you voted last November. Well, you're not off the hook yet. California is in big financial trouble and your vote may be the answer that the state Legislature is looking for to plug a multi-billion dollar gap between what the state takes in and what it spends. But then again, you may decide that you don't want to do the Legislature's job. After all, that's what they get paid those big bucks to do. Or perhaps after reading through the six propositions, you don't like the choices that that Propositions 1A through 1F offer.