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Stories for April 29, 2009

The Pop Culture Genius of Artist Isabel Samaras

April 29
By Angela Carone
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If you're a fan of pop culture, or if you go to Comic Con every year, then you'll be thrilled to hear about the the work of artist Isabel Samaras. She's been a cult favorite for years, and on May 1st, Chronicle Books is publishing a beautiful, hardcover monograph of her work called On Tender Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras.

State Issues New Swine Flu Recommendation for Schools

April 29
By Kenny Goldberg

State heath officials have issued new guidelines for schools that have students who become infected with swine flu. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Calif. Schools Urge Calm Amid Swine Flu Outbreak

April 29
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, Associated press

With many of California's swine flu cases and investigations among children, officials are giving special attention to the rich breeding grounds that are schools.

Pentagon Confirms Marine Has Tested Positive for Swine Flu

April 29
Associated Press

The Pentagon says a Marine based in Southern California has been confirmed to be ill with swine flu and is under quarantine, along with his roommate.

49 People Tested for Flu at Border, Most Cleared

April 29
Associated Press

Customs agents have stopped and cleared 41 people with flulike symptoms at U.S. borders and are awaiting test results on eight more.

Coastal Beach Sand Projects Blocked

April 29
By Ed Joyce

The Army Corps of Engineers released its list of studies and projects that would be funded with federal stimulus money. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us that sand replacement projects in San Diego County won't be funded.

SD Health Officials Confirm 3 More Cases of Swine Flu

April 29
James R. Riffel & Joe Britton - City News Service

Three more people in San Diego County have tested positive for swine flu, bringing the total number of local cases to eight, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

SDSU Investigates Possible Swine Flu Case

April 29
By Tom Fudge

San Diego State University is investigating a suspected case of swine flu. But closing the campus won't necessarily happen, even if the case is confirmed. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

San Diegans Seek Food, Shelter and Jobs During Difficult Times

April 29
These Days

As California's unemployment rate hits its highest level since the state began keeping records, the impact of the global recession is taking its toll on San Diegans. We'll examine the resources available to help San Diegans obtain food, housing and jobs as the recession lingers on.

NPR's Andrei Codrescu Wants to Save Us From Ourselves

April 29
These Days

Is Dada really dead? Not according to NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu. He'll talk about how his new impractical handbook for practical living, "The Posthuman Dada Guide," can save us from the modern high-tech world.

Poverty & Recession in San Diego

April 29
By Joanne Faryon
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The unemployment rate is nearly 9 percent in this county. People are losing their jobs and their homes. That's making a growing number of San Diegans homeless, hungry and desperate.

The Race for Sheriff Is On

April 29
These Days

Who will be the new sheriff in town? San Diego County Sheriff Bill Kolender is set to resign his seat in July, a year ahead of the 2010 election. An interim sheriff will be appointed to fill the position until the election. What advantages will the interim sheriff have? We'll talk about the politics of law enforcement with KPBS political correspondent Gloria Penner.

10th Avenue Marine Terminal Taking Residents' Breath Away

April 29
By Amita Sharma

The movement of goods through the port of San Diego via ships, trucks and trains spews about 256 million pounds of greenhouse gases each year. Many of the city's poorest people live near the port's 10th Avenue Marine Terminal in Barrio Logan and they say the bad air is making them sick. Their complaints have spurred little action until recently. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Few San Diegans Collect General Relief Compared to Other Counties

April 29

Fewer than 800 people in San Diego County collect General Relief. That's a public assistance program for people living in poverty. In Los Angeles County, more than 75,000 people are enrolled. Joanne Faryon has more on the disparity in numbers.

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April 29
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