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Stories for May 20, 2009

UCSD's Founding Chancellor Leaves Lasting Legacy

May 20
By Ana Tintocalis
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U.C. San Diego is mourning the loss of its founding chancellor Herbert F. York. Officials say he'll be remembered for his contributions to the campus, but also for defining the country's policy on nuclear weapons.

Baja Health Working to Prevent Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Spread

May 20
By Amy Isackson

Mexican health officials are taking measures to prevent the spread of a tick-borne disease new to the border state. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson tells us Baja health officials say they’ve confirmed 155 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and five deaths from the disease.

Flight of the Conchords in Concert

May 20
By Beth Accomando
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Flight of the Conchords, like Spinal Tap, is a fictitious band that has taken on a life of its own. The Grammy Award-winning New Zealand comedy duo of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement invaded U.S. shores in 2007 with the HBO series Flight of the Conchords. Tonight they play in San Diego at the Rimac Arena.

CCDC Moves Forward on City Hall Project

May 20
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s Center City Development Corporation is recommending the city move forward with a plan to build a new city hall. They voted unanimously to recommend the City Council enter into exclusive negotiations with developer Gerding Edlen.

2 Local Hospitals Fined for Serious Medical Errors

May 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The state department of health has fined two hospitals in San Diego for mistakes that put patients' lives at risk. Scripps Mercy Hospital and UCSD Medical Center were each penalized $25,000.

UCSD Looks for Relief from Angina

May 20
By Tom Fudge

Angina is a heart condition that brings chronic pain to millions of Americans. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge says UCSD Medical Center is looking at a new path to relief.

San Diego County Beaches Get Top Grades

May 20
By Ed Joyce
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Most San Diego beaches fared well in the 2009 Heal the Bay Beach Report Card. More than 500 beaches are given A-to-F letter grades based on water quality.

Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen: On The Bone

May 20
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When it comes to flavor, you can't beat meat that's still attached to the bone. This simple truth is appreciated by anyone who has ever barbecued a rack of ribs, grilled a long-bone veal chop, or roasted a whole leg of lamb. Grilling and, more importantly, serving meat on the bone, transports us to a time back before the invention of knives and forks when barbecue buffs ate with their hands, chewing the fire-roasted meat right off the bone. Discover your inner caveman.

The Limits of Control

May 20
By Beth Accomando
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Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch returns after a four year absence (his last film was "Broken Flowers" in 2005) to deliver "The Limits of Control" (opening May 15 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). The film reunites him with a number of his favorite stars and friends including Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Youki Kudoh, and Isaach De Bankolé. You can also listen to our Film Club of the Air discussion of the film.

Film Club: Lemon Tree

May 20
Film Club of the Air
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KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and Scott Marks, author of the blog emulsioncompulsion.com discuss the film Lemon Tree (currently playing at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters) on the May edition of the KPBS Film Club of the Air. This month Beth and Scott actually agree on the films!

Film Club: The Limits of Control, Adoration, The Song of the Sparrows, Lemon Tree

May 20
These Days
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This week on Film Club of the Air, we'll talk about the new films from acclaimed directors Jim Jarmusch and Atom Egoyan. We'll also discuss two new films set in the Middle East, and we'll get out critics to weigh in on the latest summer blockbusters to hit theaters in San Diego.

Voters Soundly Reject State Props

May 20
These Days

How did Tuesday's special election play out? We'll get post-election analysis about the propositions and what it means to the state and to San Diego.

Uncommon Baby Names a Growing Trend Throughout America

May 20
These Days

What's up will all these celebrities giving their babies unusual names like Apple, Shiloh, or Bronx Mowgli? Well, it's not just a celebrity fad. We speak to psychology professor Jean Twenge about her research into the growing trend of uncommon baby names in America.

Military Helicopter Crashes Off the Coast of San Diego

May 20
By Katie Orr
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The US Coast Guard is confirming several deaths in the crash of a Navy Helicopter off the coast of San Diego. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jetta Disco says three bodies have been recovered from the crash scene.

Lawmakers Back at Square One with Budget Issues

May 20
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

California voters rejection of the ballot measures puts the budget crisis back into the hands of the governor and state lawmakers.

Rising Gas Prices Mark Spring Season

May 20
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

It's spring time. Besides the hot weather and blooming flowers, there's one other certainty: rising gas prices.

Iran Says It Tests Missile, Israel Within Range

May 20
Associated Press

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.

USCD Oncologist Says Standard Treatment for Kidney Cancer is Not the Best Option

May 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The standard treatment for kidney cancer is the total removal of the kidney. A San Diego oncologist says that's not the best treatment option.

Donated Prom Dresses Create New Memories For Homeless, Disadvantaged Girls

May 20
By Ana Tintocalis
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Most people consider a high school prom as a rite of passage. But that experience of glitz and glamour is often denied to students whose families are living in poverty. But a group of fashion-savvy women in San Diego County are trying to change that by trying to create new memories using donated dresses.