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Stories for April 23, 2010

Dismissed Murder Conviction Setback For Military

April 23
Julie Watson, Associated Press

The overturning of a Marine's murder conviction on a judicial mistake is a stinging setback for the government and comes after a string of defeats in its prosecution of U.S. troops accused of killing unarmed Iraqis.

Men Get Depression

April 23
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"Men Get Depression" explores the corrosive effect of depression on the self, relationships and careers through the intimate profiles of a diverse group of men, including a former NFL quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an unemployed Iraq War veteran, a university professor, a pastor and others. The documentary features revealing, normally confidential, scenes of psychotherapists discussing their patients' responses to treatment.

Parents of Chelsea King Speak

April 23
By Megan Burke, Hank Crook, Gloria Penner, Amita Sharma, Natalie Walsh
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KPBS reporter Amita Sharma brings us her interview with the parents of slain Poway teenager Chelsea King.

Comparing Real And Synthetic Grass

April 23
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio
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An earth day report on whether real or synthetic grass is better for you and the environment.

S.D. Veteran And Refugee Remember The Fall Of Saigon

April 23
By Sharon Heilbrunn
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The story of two San Diegans whose lives intersected 35 years ago during the fall of Saigon.

FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson
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"The Vaccine War" lays bare the science of vaccine safety and examines the increasingly bitter debate between the public health establishment and a formidable populist coalition of parents, celebrities, politicians and activists who are armed with the latest social media tools, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, and are determined to resist pressure from the medical and public health establishments to vaccinate, despite established scientific consensus about vaccine safety.

Military Spending In San Diego

April 23
By Megan Burke, Hank Crook, Gloria Penner, Alison St John, Natalie Walsh
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Analysis of the economic impact of the military in San Diego shows defense spending generates an estimated 340,000 jobs in the region. KPBS reporter Alison St John speaks with host Gloria Penner about the military's impact on the local economy.

Local Event: San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival

April 23
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival (April 24th at noon in Balboa Park) is not a movie. I know that. But Shakespeare has been a passion of mine since my parent took me to my first play at the age of six. So bear with me while I sing the praise of this wonderful event.

NOVA: Mind Over Money

April 23
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In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, NOVA presents “Mind Over Money” — an entertaining and penetrating exploration of why mainstream economists failed to predict the crash of 2008, and why we so often make irrational financial decisions. It’s a show that reveals surprising, hidden money drives in us all and explores controversial new arguments about the world of finance.

GOP Asks High Court To Undo 'Soft Money' Ban

April 23
Associated Press

The Republican Party asked the Supreme Court on Friday to allow political parties to raise unlimited contributions, the latest outgrowth of the court's decision to unleash corporate and labor spending in federal elections.

Creek To Bay Cleanup Saturday In San Diego County

April 23
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

I Love A Clean San Diego says more than 4,000 volunteers have signed up to remove trash Saturday in the one of the county's biggest cleanup events.

Another Legal Challenge Over Carlsbad Desalination Plant

April 23
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The Surfrider Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board over a desalination plant in Carlsbad.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: My Lai

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson
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What drove a company of American soldiers—ordinary young men deployed to liberate a small foreign nation from an oppressive neighbor—to murder more than 300 unarmed Vietnamese civilians? Were they “just following orders,” as some later declared? Or, as others argued, did they break under the pressure of a misguided military strategy that measured victory by body count? Today, as the United States once again finds itself questioning the morality of actions taken in the name of war, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Barak Goodman (“The Lobotomist,” “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy”) focuses his lens on the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities.

San Diego Restaurant Charged With Hiring Undocumented Workers

April 23
By Susan Murphy

A San Diego restaurant and catering company has been charged with hiring undocumented workers, according to the U.S Attorney's office. The 16-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Wednesday alleges The French Gourmet hired and retained undocumented workers, even after learning their names didn't match Social Security numbers.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Phoenix, Ariz. - Hour Two

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW host Mark L. Walberg visits the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork. Program highlights include a 1982 bronze maquette by renowned sculptor Henry Moore; an heirloom amethyst jewelry collection; and an early abstract painting by noted modern artist Chuck Close, received by the guest's father as repayment of an $8 loan, valued at $100,000 to $150,000.

Chelsea King's Parents React To Gag Order Being Lifted

April 23
By Amita Sharma
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A judge has lifted a gag order on the investigations into the murders of local teens Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma spoke to Chelsea's parents, Brent and Kelly King, this week about their grief. They described their daughter as a girl with big hopes and big dreams.

SAN DIEGO'S HISTORIC PLACES: National City Victorians

April 23
By Jennifer Robinson
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Did you know that National City, at one point, had the largest number of Victorian buildings in the entire county? While many Victorian homes and structures have been lost due to new development and decay, there are about 250 locations still remaining in National City. Join host Elsa Sevilla as she visits four Victorians, on the next episode of "San Diego’s Historic Places."

Video: Brian Cox Teaches Shakespeare To 2-Year-Old

April 23
By Angela Carone
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Today is William Shakespeare's birthday. In his honor, watch this adorable video of stage, film and television actor Brian Cox teaching 2-year-old Theo the "to be, or not to be" soliloquy. Culture Lust thinks this kid's got something special.

USS Freedom Arrives In San Diego

April 23
City News Service
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The USS Freedom, the Navy's first shallow water combat ship, arrived at its new home in San Diego today.

Permanent Homeless Center Decision Delayed

April 23
Editors Roundtable

Should the City of San Diego build a permanent homeless center downtown? If so, what should that center include and where should it be located? We discuss the latest concerns over the idea, and when it might be voted on by the San Diego City Council.

State, Local Unemployment Continue To Rise

April 23
Editors Roundtable

Reports of the housing market and economy stabilizing would seem to contradict the fact that state and local unemployment continue to rise. Last month, the state unemployment rate rose to 12.6 percent, and the local rate hit 11 percent. How can the economy be improving while the unemployment rate continues to rise?

Foreclosures Increase, Defaults Down

April 23
Editors Roundtable

It's hard to understand what's happening in the local housing market. Bank of America reported a surge in local foreclosures last month. While a different report released this week, said default notices in the first quarter were down 40 percent from one year ago.

Institute Says UC And CSU Must Admit More Students

April 23
By Tom Fudge

A study by the Public Policy Institute of California is urging state universities to start admitting more students to meet new workforce demands.

Brown Berets Of Barrio Logan Unite To Protect Community

April 23
By Ana Tintocalis
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The San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Chicano Park on Saturday. The park is under the onramp to the Coronado Bridge near downtown San Diego. It’s considered a legacy of the Chicano Power movement. A group called the Brown Berets has been a big part of that movement since the 1960s.