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Stories for May 29, 2009

Film Club: Adoration

May 29
By Beth Accomando
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Atom Egoyan, like Jim Jarmusch, is a truly independent indie filmmaker. Both have resisted not only making films in Hollywood but also have resisted changing their singular visions to try and ingratiate themselves with viewers. Egoyan's latest film, Adoration (opening May 29 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinema) spins another complex puzzle from a fractured narrative.

Lifeguard Towers Stuck in Otay Mesa Storage

May 29
By Amy Isackson
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Sixteen lifeguard towers that a San Diego group is trying to donate to cities in Mexico are stuck on the US side of the border. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson explains, the group is having difficulty negotiating Mexican customs.

Authorities Say Arellano Felix Cartel Leader and Turncoat Lieutenant Agree to Co-exist

May 29
By Vicente Calderon, Amy Isackson
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Authorities on both sides of the US-Mexico border say the leader of the Arellano-Felix Drug Cartel and a turncoat lieutenant have agreed to a truce. As KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson and Tijuanapress.com tell us, authorities say this will not end drug violence in Tijuana.

Single Payer Dead in California This Year

May 29
By Kenny Goldberg
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The state's budget crisis has forced California lawmakers to kill a number of health-related bills for the year. One of the measures would have created a single payer healthcare system.

Cause of Willow Fire Determined

May 29
By Katie Orr
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CAL FIRE investigators say last week’s Willow Fire near Jamul was started while Bureau of Prison employees were training at a shooting range.

Our Idea of Perfect Pitch Gets Tuned Up

May 29
By Tom Fudge
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Perfect pitch is learned, not genetic. That seems to be the conclusion of research by a UCSD psychologist. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Josh Groban, An Evening in New York City

May 29
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Josh Groban performs favorites from his best-selling albums in an intimate theatre setting in this SOUNDSTAGE special event. Taped at the Rose Theatre at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of "Jazz at Lincoln Center" in New York City, this exhilarating program includes favorites from his best-selling albums, including "Alla Luce del Sole," "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)" and "February Song."

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: In Concert From Madison Square Garden

May 29
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To the delight of fans everywhere, Clapton and his longtime friend Steve Winwood have reunited for a once-in-a-lifetime concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden, their first concert together since their days in the supergroup Blind Faith. This reunion concert features a wide range of material from the Clapton catalogue, hits from Winwood’s time as front-man for the band Traffic and their collaborations from Blind Faith.

Interview with Up Director Peter Docter

May 29
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker Peter Docter (Monsters,Inc.) delivers a 3-D animated adventure with Disney/Pixar's Up (opening May 29 throughout San Diego). I spoke with him about his new film, anime, and working in state of the art 3-D.

Local Tourism Down, But Not Dead

May 29
Editors Roundtable
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The local tourism industry has been struggling lately, but experts say San Diego is not any worse off than other parts of the state. Gas prices are high, hotel occupancy rates are down, but visitors are still coming to San Diego.

Projected Decline in Local Property Tax Values

May 29
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The San Diego County Assessor is projecting a 2.5 percent drop in next year's property tax values. If the projections are correct, this will be the first time county property tax values have dropped in more than 30 years.

Controversial Plan to Disperse Seals from Children's Pool

May 29
San Diego Week
Editors Roundtable
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The City of San Diego proposed a $689,000 plan to get rid of the seals at the Children's Pool in La Jolla. Part of the plan is to use the recorded sounds of barking dogs to scare off the seals.

U.S. Officials: N. Korea May Be Planning More Missile Tests

May 29
Associated Press
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U.S. officials say there are new signs North Korea may be planning even more missile launches in a show of strength following worldwide condemnation of its underground nuclear test. The North fired a short-range missile on Friday — the sixth this week.

Closing California Parks Called Bad Plan

May 29
San Diego Week
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed closing 220 state parks, including several in San Diego County, to help reduce the state's $24 billion budget deficit.

Up, Up and Away!

May 29
Kimi Allen, Teen Critic
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Disney/Pixar takes flight with the new animated film "Up" (opening May 29 throughout San Diego). Even though the main character is an old man KPBS teen critic Kimi Allen fell in love with his adventure.