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Stories for November 5, 2009

Film Club: Antichrist

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Lars Von Trier -- the man who conceived of the "Vows of Chastity" for the filmmakers of Dogme95 -- breaks most of his rules for the new film "Antichrist" (opening November 6 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). Listen to our discussion on the KPBS Film Club.

San Diego Small Business To Receive Help Landing Stimulus-Funded Contracts

Nov. 5
By Alison St John

Small businesses in San Diego that have felt shut out of opportunities provided by federal stimulus funding could get help qualifying.

Two S.D. Teachers Named California's Best

Nov. 5
By Ana Tintocalis
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Two San Diego County teachers are among California's best for 2010. They were picked yesterday to be California Teachers of the Year.

Culture Lust Weekend: Thursday Night Thing, Mary Pickford and Joyce Carol Oates

Nov. 5
By Angela Carone, Wendy Fry
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Thursday Night Thing is back. Silent film fests, major writers in town and even a poetry slam for your Wednesday. Here are our picks for what to do with your weekend and beyond.

Oceanside Raises Water, Sewer Rates To Avoid Credit Downgrade

Nov. 5
By Alison St John

Oceanside city council has approved water and sewer rate increases after a bond rating agency issued a negative credit watch on the city’s sewer bonds.

Panda Cub Doing Well At San Diego Zoo

Nov. 5
City News Service

The giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo more than three months ago is healthy and gaining weight, zoo officials announced today after the cub's latest examination.

Report Shows Arrests Don't Deter Marijuana Use

Nov. 5
By Kenny Goldberg
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A new study reveals that, since 2003, marijuana arrests in California have risen faster than the national average. The report finds marijuana usage during that time has remained largely unchanged.

Thousands Rally To Protest Health Care Bill

Nov. 5
San Diego Week
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Chanting "Kill the bill," thousands of conservatives rallied at the Capitol on Thursday against the Democrats' health care overhaul plan, labeling it a government takeover of the nation's medical system.

Shootings Leave 12 Dead At Fort Hood

Nov. 5
KEVIN WHITELAW, NPR

A mass shooting rocked one of the nation's largest military posts on Thursday after at least one U.S. soldier opened fire inside Fort Hood in Texas.

SoCal Wildlife Center Makes Habitat For Feral Cats

Nov. 5
Associated Press

Fifty-four feral cats captured on San Nicholas Island are settling in at a wildlife center northeast of San Diego.

San Diego's Downtown Library: Is It Now Or Never?

Nov. 5
These Days
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The San Diego City Council has voted to send construction of a new downtown central library out for bids. We look at why (and whether) a viable, robust central library is necessary, what it would cost, if the city can afford it and if now is the right time to go ahead with it.

Working on the Sound Design for This is It

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando
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Everyone knows that “This is It” (opened October 28 in select San Diego theaters) serves up the last footage of the late Michael Jackson. But while Jackson’s talent is clearly visible on the screen, you might not appreciate the work of the tech crew that had to create this film from a diverse array of sources.

Weekend Preview: Mary Pickford Silent Film Festival, Beer Wars, And Singer Songwriter Matt Costa

Nov. 5
These Days
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The Weekend Preview is back! After a hiatus, we decided to bring back those 20 minutes at the end of each week in which we help you plan your weekend. We'll talk movies and music on this Weekend Preview.

The State Of Music Education In Schools

Nov. 5
These Days

This weekend, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory honor the region's hardworking music teachers with a concert. Such a celebration seems like a good time to explore the state of music education in our schools and look at a new program designed to support music education training called the California Music Project.

Animal Art At The New Children's Museum

Nov. 5
These Days
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a bison, a rabbit, or a spider? Do you ever pretend to be an animal? Every artist in the New Children's Museum latest exhibition, Animal Art, explores how and why animals excite the human imagination. Joining us to talk about the exhibit are its curator, Rachel Teagle and artist Jason Hackenwerth.

The Helium-Filled World Of Artist Jason Hackenwerth

Nov. 5
By Angela Carone
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Artist Jason Hackenwerth will construct four large-scale, original balloon sculptures for the latest exhibition at The New Children's Museum. Using 1000s of balloons and a technique developed after years of working as a children’s entertainer, Hackenwerth turns the unlikely material into ancient animals borne from his imagination.

GOP Sets Sights On Conservative 'Blue Dog' Democrats

Nov. 5
Liz Halloran, NPR
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Now that the off-year elections are over, Democrats are bracing for losses in Congress next year — and history tells them they should. A first-term president's party almost always loses seats during the midterm elections.

S.D. County Reviews Fire Preparedness

Nov. 5
By Alison St John

San Diego County has produced a video about what has changed since the wildfires of 2003 and 2007.

White On Rice

Nov. 5
By Beth Accomando
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For some films there is life after a film festival. “White on Rice” played at the recent San Diego Asian Film Festival and now it is getting a theatrical run in San Diego (opening November 6 at the Reading Gaslamp Theaters with talent from the film in attendance on November 7).