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Stories for May 27, 2009

San Diego Fire Chief Retiring

May 27
By Katie Orr
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San Diego’s Fire Chief is retiring next month. Fire Chief Tracy Jarman has been with the San Diego Fire Department for 25 years. She’s served as chief for the past three.

Culture Shock Performs Graffiti Life

May 27
By Angela Carone, Sharon Heilbrunn
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The urban inspired dance company Culture Shock San Diego teams up with local graffiti artist Pose 2 on a theatrical dance show about life as a graffiti writer.

As Time Goes By Reunion Special

May 27
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"As Time Goes By," one of the most popular and enduring British series on public television, starred Dame Judi Dench as Jean Pargetter and Geoffrey Palmer as Lionel Hardcastle, former lovers who reunited after 40 years. This two-part special picks up a few years after the original series left off.

S.D. Seniors Tend to be Healthier Than Other Older Californians

May 27
By Kenny Goldberg

Seniors in San Diego County tend to be healthier than older Californians living in other parts of the state. A new report reveals how local seniors are faring in 17 different health measures.

San Diego Company Makes a Non-Invasive Lead Test

May 27
By Tom Fudge

A San Diego company has begun marketing a non-invasive test for lead exposure.

Judge Confirms Seals Must Go

May 27
San Diego Week
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A state judge has ruled the city of San Diego must remove the seals from the Children's Pool in La Jolla. But as KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains, the city says getting rid of the animals won't be cheap.

Advocating for Kids with Disabilities

May 27
These Days

Having a child with a disability can pose many challenges for families and society. We'll talk with an advocate for children with disabilities about how to incorporate disabled kids into family life as well as after school, social and recreational programs.

Local Analysis of SCOTUS Nominee and Gay Marriage

May 27
San Diego Week
These Days
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What are the political ramifications of the California Supreme Court's ruling upholding the ban on same-sex marriage? And will the U.S. Supreme Court soon have its first Hispanic justice? We'll get analysis on these two important legal issues.

Israeli Ambassador Discusses the Middle East

May 27
These Days
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How will stability and peace be achieved in the Middle East? We'll talk with Israel's ambassador to the UN about her country's role in the region.

In Studio: Chamber Ensemble Camera Lucida

May 27
These Days
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On Monday, June 1st, the chamber group Camera Lucida gives a rare San Diego performance of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, along with Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major. Camera Lucida is a unique chamber ensemble and collaboration between the San Diego Symphony and the faculty of UCSD's Music Department. We'll talk to two of its founding members.

Governor Proposes Additional Cuts

May 27
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray, Nick Stoffel

Governor Schwarzenegger is calling for new cuts instead of borrowing from Wall Street, as he'd originally proposed.

North Korea Threatens to Attack U.S., S. Korean Ships

May 27
Associated Press
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North Korea threatened military action Wednesday against U.S. and South Korean warships plying the waters near the Koreas' disputed maritime border, raising the specter of a naval clash just days after the regime's underground nuclear test.

California Lawmakers Consider Raising Tobacco Taxes

May 27
By Kenny Goldberg

A tobacco tax hike may be on the table in Sacramento, where state lawmakers are trying to figure out how to grapple with a massive budget deficit. Supporters of the idea say it won't be an easy sell.

Sotomayor Opponents Stake Out Lines Of Attack

May 27
Liz Halloran, NPR
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Moments after President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the expected partisan scripts kicked in. Competing ads have been launched on Web sites and television touting competing versions of Sotomayor's judicial history.

Treeless Mountain

May 27
By Beth Accomando
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Korean-born, New York-based filmmaker So Yong Kim draws on her own childhood experiences for Treeless Mountain (opening May 29 at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters). You can listen to the KPBS Radio feature or read the extended interview.