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Stories for April 16, 2010

Researchers Control Weight With A Cellular Trick

April 16
By Tom Fudge

Biologists at UC San Diego have found a very effective way to lose weight. It's done by fooling the body into thinking it's at a high altitude.

County's General Plan Update Moves Forward

April 16
By Alison St John

A sweeping planning document that will guide future development in San Diego's unincorporated areas has taken a step forward. San Diego County's Planning Commission held final hearings today on a General Plan update. They will refer the update -- the first in more than 30 years -- to the Board or Supervisors.

Tea Party Holds Tax Rallies Around The County

April 16
San Diego Week
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What effect will the Tea Party movement have on the upcoming primary and general elections? And, why is the anti-tax group growing in popularity right now? We discuss the growth of the Tea Party in San Diego, and the impact it might have on state and local politics in the future.

How Is Belmont Park Faring During Recession?

April 16
San Diego Week
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How are small amusement parks like Belmont Park doing during the current recession? KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr has that story.

First Lady Discusses Plan To End Childhood Obesity

April 16
San Diego Week
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Why did First Lady Michelle Obama visit San Diego this week? We speak to reporter Tom Fudge about the First Lady's plan to end childhood obesity.

City Schools CFO Resigns

April 16
San Diego Week
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What factors might have led the San Diego Unified School District's Chief Financial Officer to resign earlier this week? We talk to KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis about the CFO's resignation, and the latest admissions data for UCSD.

Impact Of New Aircraft Carrier On San Diego

April 16
San Diego Week
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What kind of impact will the USS Carl Vinson have on San Diego's culture and economy? We talk to reporter Alison St. John about the arrival of a third nuclear aircraft carrier in our community.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Dirt! The Movie

April 16
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It's under our feet and under our fingernails, but what is it? And how did it get there? Inspired by William Bryant Logan's acclaimed book "Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth," this program finds out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe, which is why we should stop treating it like, well, dirt.

Gardner Pleads Guilty To Both Dubois and King Murders

April 16
By KPBS News
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Sex offender John Albert Gardner pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in San Diego County after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. He led authorities to Amber Dubois' body.

FRONTLINE: The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan

April 16
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As the United States deepens its commitment to Afghanistan, "Frontline: The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan" takes viewers inside the war-torn nation to reveal a disturbing practice that is once again flourishing in the country: the organized sexual abuse of adolescent boys.

Tea Partiers In San Diego Hear From GOP Contenders

April 16
By Susan Murphy
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Tea party activists rallied throughout San Diego County on Tax Day hoping to build momentum for the November elections. Some state and local Republican candidates spoke at the events.

Earth Fair Leads By Example In San Diego

April 16
By Ed Joyce

An environmental group is working to make San Diego's Earth Day fair on Sunday an example of how to reduce waste even more.

NOVA: The Big Energy Gamble

April 16
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on green. He wants to roll California’s greenhouse gas emissions back to their 1990 levels, and he’s promising Californians that their lifestyles — and their pocketbooks— won’t feel the pinch. But is Schwarzenegger gambling with his state’s economy? With help from eco-celebrities like Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” NOVA examines California’s aggressive pursuit of a sustainable energy future.

Endangered Frog Species' Eggs Released Into Wild

April 16
By City News Service
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Eggs from an endangered species of frog produced through a breeding program at the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research were released back into their native Southern California mountain habitat, it was announced today.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Earth Days

April 16
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Director Robert Stone (“Oswald’s Ghost,“ “Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst”) traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day and to its status as a major political force in America.

Antiques Roadshow: Phoenix, Ariz. - Hour One

April 16
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Stuart Whitehurst visit the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix, home to the largest collection of fire-fighting materials in North America. Program highlights include a circa 1905 advertising display for waterproof baby pants; a 1797 Chippendale marriage chest; and a collection of original Charles Schulz "Peanuts" artwork, valued at $350,000.

Review: 'Warlords'

April 16
By Beth Accomando
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“Warlords” (opening April 16 at Landmark’s Ken Cinema) is a true bromance in the heroic bloodshed tradition that Hong Kong has proven so good at.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Blessed Is The Match

April 16
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This film is about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. Parachuting behind enemy lines, she was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Narrated by Joan Allen.

A Thousand Suns

April 16
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"A Thousand Suns" tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years.

John Albert Gardner III In Court Today

April 16
By City News Service

A sex offender charged with raping and killing a 17-year-old Poway High School senior is scheduled for court hearing today.

Sheriff Warns Of Prescription Drug Scam

April 16
By City News Service

Sheriff Bill Gore warned today about a scam in San Diego County regarding the collection of prescription drugs.

Unemployment Up in San Diego County

April 16
By City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County rose to 11 percent in March, up from a revised 10.7 percent the previous month, the California Employment Development Department reported today.

Water Rate Hikes For All But The Purple Pipe Users?

April 16
Editors Roundtable

San Diegans used 11 per cent less water last year but those savings may not be reflected on water bills. This week, the Metropolitan Water District approved a 7.5 percent rate increase. Some water users, including businesses, homeowners associations, golf courses and public agencies, won't feel the pinch. We find out why.

Taxes And Tea Parties In S.D.

April 16
Editors Roundtable

We discuss the tea party movement and the tax-revolt rallies held this week in San Diego County.

How Will The USS Vinson Impact San Diego's Economy?

April 16
Editors Roundtable

This week San Diego welcomed home the travel-weary sailors of the USS Carl Vinson. Local cash registers welcomed their paychecks which total $400 million. We discuss the economic and military meaning of a third aircraft carrier now home-ported in San Diego.

Local Events: Pat Metheny, Mingei Library Open House, Rae Armantrout Reads

April 16
By Angela Carone
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Hear Rae Armantrout, UCSD professor and newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner, read one of her poems on KPBS and learn about Pat Metheny's latest project, Orchestrion.

First Lady Addresses Obesity In City Heights Speech

April 16
By Tom Fudge
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Michelle Obama visited an urban garden in San Diego yesterday as part of her campaign to end childhood obesity. The first lady is head of the health-oriented Let's Move campaign. And her visit coincided with some other initiatives that are meant to make local neighborhoods more healthy.

City Attorney Wants SD Employees To Contribute More To Pension

April 16
By Katie Orr

A lawyer with the San Diego's City Attorney office is making an appeal to the city's pension board this morning. The City Attorney says city employees should contribute more to the retirement fund.

Review: 'Kick-Ass'

April 16
By Beth Accomando
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“Kick-Ass” (opening April 16 throughout San Diego) is like an oasis in a desert of lame ass Hollywood fare. It’s funny, violent, unapologetic, and in your face.