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Stories for April 2, 2010

Review: 'Vincere'

April 2
By Beth Accomando
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Marco Bellocchio was quoted as saying, “The great advantage of first films is that you're nobody and have no history, you've the freedom to risk everything.” Well he still seems to be risking things. His latest gamble is “Vincere” (opening April 2 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas).

San Diego Professor, Students Make Halfway Point In Statewide March

April 2
By Ana Tintocalis
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San Diego community college professor Jim Miller has marched halfway up California in the name of public education. He's about 200 miles away from Sacramento, the final destination.

NOVA: Hunting The Edge Of Space

April 2
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In a two-hour special, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe. What began as a curiosity — two spectacle lenses held a foot apart — ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion. “Hunting the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the rich history of the telescope.

California Parole System Criticized

April 2
San Diego Week
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The case of John Albert Gardner III, the convicted sex offender accused of raping and killing local teenager Chelsea King, has raised many questions about the state's parole system and how Gardner was monitored following his release from prison. We speak to Ricky Young, from the San Diego Union-Tribune, about the latest.

Ending Chronic Homelessness In San Diego

April 2
San Diego Week
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What's the latest on plans to build a permanent shelter for the homeless in downtown San Diego? And, what are the economic arguments for building a permanent shelter? We speak to Brian Maienschein, with the United Way of San Diego County.

Review: 'Secret of the Kells'

April 2
By Beth Accomando
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From producers of “Kirikou and the Sorceress” and “Triplets of Belleville” comes the Irish animated tale, “Secret of the Kells” (opening April 2 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema).

Water Meters May Be Required In New S.D. Apartments, Condos

April 2
By Joe Britton

The City Council on Monday will consider a proposed ordinance that would require developers to install water meters for each unit in new multifamily and mixed-use residences in San Diego.

Frye, City Settle Lawsuit Over San Diego Strong Mayor Ballot Measure

April 2
James R. Riffel, City News Service

Ballot language for Proposition D, which would make San Diego's strong-mayor form of government permanent, will include wording about the costs of creating a ninth council district, under a lawsuit settlement approved today.

The Mormons

April 2
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest-growing religions and, relative to its size, one of the richest. Church membership is 12 million people worldwide, a credit to late LDS President Gordon Hinckley, who died on January 27, 2008. This four-hour documentary brings together "Frontline" and "American Experience" in a co-production that provides a searching portrait of this fascinating but often misunderstood religion.

The Adventists

April 2
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The film looks at the surprising life spans and fitness of the practicing members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Studies show that Adventists live on the average nearly ten years longer than their neighbors. Adventists consider themselves a conservative religion, yet in terms of hospitals and health care they are often on the cutting edge. One story in the film shows the proton accelerator, a state-of-the-art method to split the atom to laser-target cancerous growths.

S.D. Unified Schools Change Pregnancy Policy

April 2
San Diego Week
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The San Diego Unified School Board unanimously voted to change its rules requiring parental notification if a student is pregnant or considering an abortion. We talk to education reporter Ana Tintocalis about why the city school district changed its rules, and the pregnancy policies that are in place in another local district.

Foundation Provides Free Breast Cancer Screening

April 2
By Tom Fudge

A San Diego foundation has donated more than half a million dollars for breast cancer screening and patient support.

Antiques Roadshow: Denver, Colo. - Hour Two

April 2
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In Denver, "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Peter Shemonsky visit the unclaimed property office of the Colorado State Treasurer and discover some orphaned gems. Program highlights include: a Dodger's game-used jersey, worn by pitching ace Don Drysdale in 1966; an heirloom 17th-century Massachusetts armchair; and an heirloom 1817 schoolgirl needlework family portrait, valued at $50, 000 to $70,000.

USS Freedom, A New Breed Of Navy Ship, Heads For San Diego

April 2
By Alison St John
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The first of a new breed of ships dubbed the “corvettes of the Navy” is on its way to join the Navy’s Third Fleet in San Diego Bay. The “USS Freedom” is a fast ship, and an expensive one. The U.S. General Accounting Office estimates she cost more than $700 million to develop, though future models should cost closer to $400 million.

Promotion: Kick-Ass Party Pack

April 2
By Beth Accomando
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"Kick-Ass" is a film that lives up to its title. You can see the film before it opens -- and get some kick-ass swag -- by making a donation to KPBS. Click here for details.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Whatever It Takes

April 2
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This film chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school in New York City’s South Bronx. This deeply emotional, character-driven documentary focuses on the school’s dynamic rookie principal and a spunky ninth-grade girl with big dreams but even bigger obstacles. The personal stories of the school’s students and staff call to mind larger themes of school reform and the need for educators, parents and policy makers to prioritize the transformation of the public school system so that all children can receive a quality education.

Video: Janelle Monáe's Tight Rope Featuring Big Boi

April 2
By Angela Carone
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Soul songstress and amazing dancer Janelle Monáe's new video for her song "Tight Rope" will get you ready for the weekend. Tap your toes under those desks, people. Oh, forget it, just get up and dance!

Masterpiece Classic: Sharpe's Peril

April 2
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The thrilling adventures of Colonel Richard Sharpe continue as he leads a ragtag party of civilians and soldiers on a march across India, with the murderous army of an opium lord in hot pursuit. Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings") stars as Sharpe, with Daragh O'Malley as his comrade-in-arms, Sergeant Major Patrick Harper, in this latest installment of the series based on Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling novels.

NATURE: Moment Of Impact

April 2
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When animals of astounding ability connect with each other and the world around them there is a "moment of impact." The world is filled with these unique moments created by animals whose abilities and behaviors are incredible to behold, like the violent collision of cheetah with gazelle, the blink-of-an-eye strike of a deadly cobra and the amazing dexterity of an elephant's trunk as it feeds, fights or reaches out with affection. But how do these creatures accomplish such extraordinary feats? Live action footage only reveals part of the answer. Using the latest technologies, HD camera lenses and computer graphics, this two-part series will take us inside the animal to present an innovative and revolutionary look at the bioengineering of "how animals work."

Gram Rabbit Comes To The Casbah Easter Weekend

April 2
By Angela Carone
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Easter weekend is here and of course there are parades to attend and Easter eggs to hunt. But we also want to suggest some art events for your weekend. Joining us on Morning Edition with some recommendations is KPBS arts and culture producer Angela Carone.

S.D. Unified Changes Parental Notification Policy

April 2
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego Unified School District no longer mandates school staff to contact parents of students who are pregnant or considering an abortion. The old policy, which violated state privacy laws is still in place in the Vista Unified School District. What are the consequences for violating state law?

Homeless Shelter Shuttered And Down Comes The Rain

April 2
Editors Roundtable

The winter homeless shelter in downtown San Diego shut its doors Wednesday afternoon, temperatures dropped and as much as half an inch of rain fell in the region overnight. Homeless advocates says the shelter saves the city money by lessening the burden on emergency services. What will it take to build political will for a permanent shelter?

California Parole System Under Fire

April 2
Editors Roundtable

Changes to California's parole laws will save the state millions and a new prison release law is angering victims rights groups. Is the state of California risking public safety for fiscal gain? How likely is this to become a campaign issue this year?

Jobs Added, But Unemployment Rate Unchanged

April 2
Scott Neuman, NPR
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Non-farm payrolls rose in March for only the second time since the start of the recession, the Labor Department reported Friday, but the unemployment rate held steady at 9.7 percent.

Teen Review: 'Clash of the Titans'

April 2
Lourdes “Lulu” Pegueros, Teen Critic
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“Clash of the Titans” (opening April 2 throughout San Diego in select theaters in 3D) was NOT what I expected.