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Stories for May 22, 2009

The Song of Sparrows

May 22
By Beth Accomando
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Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi ("Baran," "Children of Heaven," "The Color of Paradise") turns to another tale of ordinary life in "The Song of Sparrows" (opening May 22 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) but ends up delivering so much more. You can read my review or listen to our discussion on the May edition of Film Club.

Activists Question Removal of Three Undocumented San Diego Teens

May 22
By Amy Isackson

Immigrants and civil rights activists are questioning the Border Patrol and the Transportation and Security Administration officials' arrest and removal of three undocumented teenagers in San Diego.

Low-Income Solar Program Benefits San Diego

May 22
By Ed Joyce

A homeowner in southeastern San Diego will save on energy costs thanks to a free solar panel installation Friday. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says it's part of a statewide program that combines job training and the power of renewable energy.

Millions of Californians Will Lose Health Coverage Under Governor's Proposal

May 22
By Kenny Goldberg

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he must cut California's safety net programs in order to balance the state's budget. Critics complain his proposals would cause up to two-million Californians to lose their health insurance.

East County 'Willow Fire' Slows Significantly

May 22
By Ed Joyce and City News Service

A wildfire of unknown origin blackened scores of hilly acres southeast of El Cajon today, prompting evacuations in a nearby residential neighborhood as crews fought the flames from the ground and airrs are battling a wildfire in eastern San Diego County near Jamul.

San Diego's DNA: Mexican-American Stories

May 22
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San Diego's DNA Mexican-American Stories explores the region's history through the stories and personal artifacts of remarkable San Diegans. The 30-minute documentary features vignettes of seven men and women whose personal accounts create a unique narrative. Photographs, articles, recipes, archival film and audio recordings will give viewers a glimpse into the past.

Voters Reject Budget-Related Props

May 22
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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California voters have spoken, and they're telling the state legislature to get back to work. Despite a last-ditch doomsday plea from Governor Schwarzenegger, voters rejected five out of six budget-related ballot propositions aimed at reducing the deficit. What options do the governor and legislature have now for reducing California's $21.3 billion shortfall?

College Grads Enter Tough Job Market

May 22
Editors Roundtable

Thousands of local young people will graduate from college this weekend. The class of 2009 will face a tough road ahead as they prepare to enter a job market with near double-digit unemployment in California, and the rest of the U.S. What opportunities are out there for this year's college graduates?

SD Real Estate Update

May 22
Editors Roundtable

The latest housing figures out this week show that the market may be stabilizing. The median home price in San Diego County increased slightly to $290,000 last month, but local prices are still down 44 percent from the market peak in November 2005. What do all these numbers mean for people who are interested in buying or selling a home right now?

Police Preparing for Busy Beach Weekend

May 22
By Katie Orr

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the San Diego Police Department is expecting a lot of people at city beaches. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details on how the police are planning to handle the holiday weekend.

All About Prints

May 22
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All About Prints is a documentary exploring the art of printmaking from the perspective of influential curators, collectors, dealers, printmakers, and artists. The program touches on the wider history of prints in Western art with an emphasis on key landmarks of printmaking in America. Visually engaging explanations of printmaking terms and techniques are sure to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of printmaking as a distinctive art form with unique possibilities.

Great Performances: In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams

May 22
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In a journey reminiscent of the unexpected zeitgeist success of 'Hair," "A Chorus Line" and "Rent," the story behind the success of "In The Heights" is so organic to New York City that no one expected it to happen — until it did. Beginning at a small off-Broadway theater, a group of talented young creators, led by composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced an original musical that some have called a modern day 'West Side Story" — a Latin and hip-hop-infused musical odyssey telling the story of a neighborhood and the first-generation Americans who call it home.

San Diego's DNA: Mexican-American Stories

May 22
By Megan Burke
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This 30-minute documentary explores San Diego's history through the stories and personal artifacts of remarkable San Diegans. Travel back in time with seven men and women whose personal photographs, news clippings, recipes, archival film and audio recordings give a glimpse of San Diego's DNA.

Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Device Gallery

May 22
By Angela Carone
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Device Gallery moved to a new space in Barrio Logan and to celebrate they opened a show of moving sculpture. It Moved! features kinetic work from six regional and national artists.

Aging Well in San Diego

May 22
By Kenny Goldberg
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Americans are living longer than ever. And while growing old is never easy, some seniors manage to make it look that way. A number of local seniors seem to keep Father Time at bay.

Gates Defends Decision to Close Guantanamo Prison

May 22
Associated Press
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Obama administration had no choice but to order the shutdown of the prison at Guantanamo because "the name itself is a condemnation" of U.S. anti-terrorism strategy. Gates called the facility on the island of Cuba "probably one of the finest prisons in the world today." But at the same time, he said it had become "a taint" on the reputation of America.