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Stories for February 11, 2010

Culture Lust On Morning Edition: 'The Revenger's Tragedy' and MoPA's 'State of Mind'

Feb. 11
By Angela Carone
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Culture Lust's Angela Carone talks with Morning Edition's Dwane Brown and Pamela Davis about two plays at the La Jolla Playhouse and the new photography exhibit at the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Mexican Army Discovers Tunnel Near Otay Border Crossing

Feb. 11
By Amy Isackson

The Mexican Army announced it uncovered a suspected smuggling tunnel at the Otay Mesa border crossing late Thursday evening. It is not clear if the tunnel crosses under the U.S. Mexico border or surfaces on the U.S. side.

Other Insurers Follow Anthem's Lead In Raising Prices

Feb. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Anthem Blue Cross is getting a lot of heat for raising premiums on individual policy holders. But Anthem isn't the only insurer that's charging higher prices.

Ozzy Osbourne Signing At Warwick's: A How-To Video

Feb. 11
By Angela Carone
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The clever folks at Warwick's bookstore in La Jolla have created a video in advance of the February 19th in-store appearance of 61-year-old heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne. Not sure how to navigate all the headbanging that will descend upon La Jolla next Friday for his book signing? The Warwick's staff shows you how.

Miramar Landfill Testing Biodegradable Cups, Plates For Composting

Feb. 11
By Tom Fudge

Recycling experts are testing biodegradable plates and cups to see if they can be composted at San Diego's Miramar Landfill.

San Diego Schools Receive Academic Achievement Award From State

Feb. 11
City News Service

Twenty schools in San Diego County were among 238 statewide recognized by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today with the 2009-10 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award.

California Winegrape Harvest Jumped 23% In 2009

Feb. 11
Associated Press

Analysts say wine drinkers will continue to see high quality bottles at low prices following a 23 percent spike in California's winegrape harvest last year.

Saldaña Withdraws From Supervisors Race

Feb. 11
By Alison St John

San Diego Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña has announced she is withdrawing from the race to challenge Supervisor Ron Roberts for his seat on the County Board of Supervisors.

The Case Of A Confidential Informant Gone Wrong

Feb. 11
Carrie Kahn, NPR
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Confidential informants — people who pose as criminals so they can provide information to the police or some government agency — have helped crack some major U.S. cases. They are part of the shadowy side of law enforcement and operate in a secret and largely unregulated world.

Police, Adjective

Feb. 11
By Beth Accomando
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"Police, Adjective" (opening February 12 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) is part of the Romanian New Wave, which is a small handful of quirky, dryly funny, socially conscious works. Listen to the discussion about the film on the KPBS Film Club of the Air.

Garrick Ohlsson Plays Chopin And Other Weekend Options

Feb. 11
These Days

Garrick Ohlsson plays Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Copley Symphony Hall and the Akram Khan company dance their way across cultural borders.

Whimsy And Imagination In 'Aurélia's Oratorio'

Feb. 11
These Days
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La Jolla Playhouse hosts French circus artist Aurélia Thierrée's engaging and surreal show "Aurélia's Oratorio." Thierrée is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and her parents are creators of the famous Cirque Imaginaire, a small circus troupe credited with inspiring Cirque du Soleil. Thierrée's show is part circus, part magic, part vaudeville and chock full of surrealism. We'll talk with Thierrée about "Aurélia's Oratorio."

Culture Lust Weekend: Balloons at NCM, Cabaret at The Casbah, and Quantum Physics

Feb. 11
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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Besides Valentines Day, this weekend has plenty to offer, like the original balloon boy (er, man) at the New Children's Museum, hipster vaudeville at the Casbah, a not-so-mad scientist, and the San Diego Jewish Film Fest.

'Creation' Film Arrives In S.D.

Feb. 11
These Days

The great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin talks about the new release of the film "Creation," opening in San Diego in February, and the controversy in the U.S. surrounding Darwin's theory of evolution.

Putting The Lust In Culture Lust: What To Do This Valentine's Day

Feb. 11
By Meredith Hattam
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From black-tie-only ocean views to mid-century mod in the desert, there are many ways to celebrate V-day this year, for both the besotted and singletons alike.

East Begins Digging Out As Storm Drifts To Sea

Feb. 11
NPR
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Shovels, snowblowers and sunshine spread up and down the East Coast on Thursday, as the region began digging out from a powerful storm that added a fresh coat to a long, white winter.

The Nose Knows Love

Feb. 11
These Days

Our sense of smell is more connected to emotion than any other sense. We speak to Rachel Herz, renowned expert on the psychology of scent about how scent and attraction are intertwined.

6 Treated For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Santee

Feb. 11
Associated Press

A San Diego County family is expected to recover after being hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning. A fire dispatcher says a Santee couple and their four children were taken to the hospital shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday after the man called 911 to report his family was ill.

Calif. Prison Early-Release Program Stirs Controversy

Feb. 11
Richard Gonzales, NPR
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A new state law that is designed to reduce California's exploding prison population is under fire for allowing the early release of some low-risk offenders. Hundreds of inmates from county jails have been set free in the past two weeks, but it's not at all clear they are eligible for release under the law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in late January.

20th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 11
By Beth Accomando
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The 20th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival kicked off last night with "A Matter of Size," which repeats February 13 at UltraStar Mission Valley and February 18 at AMC La Jolla. The festival will run through February 21 at multiple venues. But if there's one film to catch it's "Mary and Max" screening tonight only at 7:30pm at UltraStar Mission Valley.