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Stories for March 16, 2009

The Last House on the Left: Then and Now

March 16
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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What to do when murderers arrive at your door. (Rogue Pictures)

The Dangers of Twitter

March 16
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

This week my relationship to Twitter took odd twists and turns. Lots of things happened on Twitter this week, including George Stephanopoulos conducting

San Diego Weekend: Lady Gaga, Lowriders and an Octopus!

March 16
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I've chosen a video to highlight this week, because it features an octopus that is cute and slimy. & I also gravitated to some pancakes because I wandered around Flickr on Sunday morning while waiting for breakfast. & That said, I think it's fun to include images of food from weekend meals. Along with pancakes and octopi, here are some goodies for your eyes.

"DROP" Program is an Incentive for Some to Retire Sooner

March 16
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego could see an exodus of experienced staff in the next 3 months. The city’s pension board recently changed a benefit originally designed to motivate employees to retire later. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Teen Critics Discuss Last House on the Left

March 16
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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These guys are up to no good in The Last House on the Left (Rogue Pictures)

Neuroscientist Imagines 40 Different Versions of the Afterlife

March 16
These Days

David Eagleman is a neuroscientist who has imagined multiple versions of the afterlife, and none of them resemble a devil in a big chair surrounded by flames, or pearly gates that greet you when you arrive. His novel Sum: Forty Tales From the Afterlives is full of imaginative vignettes that say as much about life as they do the afterlife.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 16
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Free Service Outlines Health Insurance Options for Unemployed

March 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A growing number of Californians are losing their jobs and their health insurance. But now there's a free service that helps people figure out what subsidized coverage plans they may be eligible for. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Calif. Says Prison Receiver No Longer Needed

March 16
By Don Thompson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Schwarzenegger administration told a federal judge Monday that a court-appointed receiver has outlived his usefulness and is no longer needed to improve medical care in the state's prison system.

Mexico Launches Campaign to Bring Back Tourists

March 16
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexican tourism officials in San Diego today announced the start of a campaign intended to draw tourists back across the border, despite the ongoing drug-related violence.

Mexico Slaps Additional Tariffs on 90 US Products

March 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mexico says it will increase tariffs on about 90 U.S. products in retaliation for last week's decision to cancel a pilot program that allowed some Mexican trucks to transport goods within the United States.

Supervisor Roberts Talks about the Recession's Impact on the County

March 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors controls more than $5 billion and serve the county's 3 million residents. We continue our series of interviews with the five supervisors by talking to Ron Roberts about the state of the economy and the challenges the county will face in the year ahead.

Despite Playing Well in Conference Tournament Aztecs Don't Get a Bid to Big Dance

March 16
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego State Aztecs men played well in their conference, but not enough to get them into the NCAA tournament. In the end, it came down to one possession on Saturday. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

How to Make Your Landscaping More Water-Wise

March 16
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State and local water officials are warning residents that hot, dry days of summer may worsen drought conditions and force manditory water rationing. Our gardening talk today will focus on ways to reduce water use in your yard and garden with two local plant and landscape experts.

Most Seniors Paying More Than They Should For Prescription Drugs

March 16
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds most seniors aren't choosing the lowest cost Medicare drug plan available. The report says seniors may be paying hundreds of dollars more a year than they need to. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

IB Group Offering Surfers Free Vaccinations

March 16
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local non-profit group can’t convince surfers to stay out of the polluted water near Imperial Beach, so now it’s trying to at least keep them healthy. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

A New Research Center Treats Trauma as a Disease

March 16
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week UC San Diego launched a new research center that will study traumatic injury as a disease. KPBS Radio's Tom Fudge has more.