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Stories for April 27, 2009

Keeping Kids Healthy and Fit

April 27
PBS Parents
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With childhood obesity increasing at staggering rates, parents and caregivers must play an active role in protecting children's health. Eating healthy foods is a key factor in maintaining their overall wellbeing. But, this has to be balanced with regular physical activity.

San Diego Weekend: The Derby Dolls, Art Walk, and the Holgalap

April 27
By Angela Carone
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Happy Monday, everyone. I had a busy, but fun weekend. We went to Chicano Park Day, the Robert Whitaker opening at the Morrison Gallery, the Adams Avenue Roots Festival, and we went and saw the grunions on Saturday night at Scripps Pier. There were tons of them glowing along the coast. Here's what other San Diegans were up to with cameras in tow.

Growing Up Homeless

April 27
Melissa Harrison
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When Jennifer Stoneburner graduated from San Diego State University last year, she had everything going for her: good grades, a steady circle of friends, involvement in campus organizations and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Crank: High Voltage

April 27
By Beth Accomando
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"Crank: High Voltage" may be the first film to accurately capture what it feels like to play a video game. This rude, crude, lewd sequel defies all logic and sense of narrative structure as it runs roughshod over the action genre. Jason Statham returns as Chev Chelios for another adrenaline rush of a film.

San Diego Student Shakepeare Festival Photos

April 27
By Beth Accomando
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I just wanted to share the photos and applaud all the talented teachers and students who took part in the event. Kudos, too, to the San Diego Shakespeare Society for putting it all together.

Local Filmmakers Unveil Life Under the Sea

April 27
These Days
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What's life like under the ocean? Del Mar residents Howard and Michele Hall know first hand. They are world-renown underwater filmmakers whose newest IMAX film, Under the Sea, explore the depths of the ocean in remote places from South Australia to the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea.

Officials Advise Americans Against Traveling to Mexico

April 27
Associated Press
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Confirming 40 cases of swine flu in the U.S., the Obama administration said Monday it was responding aggressively as if the outbreak would spread into a full pandemic. Officials urged Americans against most travel to Mexico as the virus that began there spread to the United States and beyond.

How has Culture and Art Influenced the Study of Anatomy?

April 27
These Days
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How has religion and culture affected the way we view our bodies over time? When and why did the study of anatomy begin? How do different cultures around the world view the body differently? We speak to Professor Kevin Petti about his upcoming lecture on "Connecting Art and Science: The Historical Influence of Culture on Anatomy."

Author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" Talks about the Travelling Life

April 27
These Days
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Many people dream of traveling the world. For Frances Mayes, author of "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "A Year in the World," traveling is a reality. The author talks about transporting her readers to the places near and far to experience the riches of the world.

Can We Expect Gas Prices to Increase Substantially this Summer?

April 27
These Days
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Can we expect to see local gas prices increase in the next few months? What kind of factors are influencing gas prices right now? And, why are some oil companies stockpiling crude oil in off-shore supertankers? We speak to Charles Langley, with UCAN, about what's going on with gas prices nowadays.

O'Connell: School Officials Play Key Role in Stemming Spread of Swine Flu

April 27
James R. Riffel, City News Service
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School officials can play a key role in stemming the spread of swine flu, which has infected seven people across Southern California, state schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell said in San Diego today

Navy Traffic on Coronado Bridge

April 27
By Alison St John
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The City of Coronado is considering reinstating tolls on the Coronado Bridge to pay for ways to relieve traffic congestion. Much of the increased congestion on the island is due to Navy expansion. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.