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San Diego Weekend: Valentine's Day, Snakes, and DJ's

Feb. 16, 2009
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

As I prepare this post every week, I spend A LOT of time on Flickr looking at photographs posted by San Diegans and visitors to San Diego. & This means I look at a lot of zoo pictures (I also have to weed through all the damn Pandacam shots!) & I admit, I give the zoo pics a cursory glance, mostly because I'm not drawn to them as creative images. & This week however, I came across an exception. & Jay Parker's image of a snake made the cut because of its suggestive composition and celebration of texture. & Finally, I get to feature a zoo image. & Here are some of the other top shots from San Diego Flickrites this Valentine's Day weekend. &

My Name is Bruce on DVD and BluRay

Feb. 16, 2009
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 16, 2009
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal Stimulus May Boost Solar Industry

Feb. 16, 2009
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When President Barack Obama signs the $787 billion economic stimulus package Tuesday at least one San Diego company is likely to benefit. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

"Rumpelstiltskin" Premieres at Lyric Opera San Diego

Feb. 16, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Lyric Opera San Diego presents the world premiere of "Rumpelstiltskin." We'll talk with the writer and composer about their new work, and its double billing with Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Trial by Jury."

San Diego Historical Society Gives Up Properties

Feb. 16, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Historical Society has struggled to keep afloat for several years now. With the current recession has come increased financial distress. Last week, the society relinquished oversight of two iconic historical properties: the Marston House, a craftsman masterpiece in Balboa Park, and Villa Montezuma, an ornate Victorian mansion in Sherman Heights. Both cost the SDHS much more to keep open than they bring in. No one knows as yet who will take them over, if anyone. David Kahn, the society's new director, talks about the decision to turn over the properties and the status of the society.

How Did We Get in This Economic Mess?

Feb. 16, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There is no doubt any more that the U.S. is in the midst of a recession. Now, the question is how long will it last and can we learn from the mistakes that caused it? We'll get an overview of how we got here and where we're going with USD's Alan Gin.

Economy Threatens to Derail College Dreams

Feb. 16, 2009
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's money problems are forcing public universities and colleges to turn away hundreds of thousands of students this year just when the number of applications is at an all time high. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis looks at how the economy is making it difficult for students to get the higher education they want. It's the FIRST part of our series Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's economy.

CA Lawmakers Can't Compromise After Debating Budget Over Weekend

Feb. 16, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We've been talking about California's $40 billion budget deficit for months. The state's legislators and governor have received much criticism for not being able to agree on a plan to close the budget gap. Last week, it was reported that a tentative "deal" had been reached, and a vote could come any day. So, what happened? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to John Myers, from "The California Report", about the latest news on the budget deficit saga.

Budget Problems Reduce Options at CA Colleges, Universities

Feb. 16, 2009
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How is the economic downturn affecting the average California student's ability to receive a higher education? Applications to California's public universities are at an all-time high, but the state had to turn away hundreds of thousands of students this year. As part of our series "Rough Water: Navigating San Diego's Economy", Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis about how the state's budget problems are impacting California's public colleges and universities.

Padres Start Spring Training and the Chargers Look at Their Future

Feb. 16, 2009
By Alan Ray, Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris talks about the Padres,Chargers and some overlooked sporting events.

Lawmakers Will Try Again Today After a Long Weekend

Feb. 16, 2009
By Marriane Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both houses of the state legislature will meet again Monday to try to pass a California budget deal. An unprecedented weekend-long legislative session came up short. Marianne Russ reports.

Putting an End to Seal Litigation

Feb. 16, 2009
By Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s city attorney wants city officials to consider legislation that could allow the seals to stay at the Children’s pool in La Jolla. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.