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Stories for February 19, 2010

Shutter Island

Feb. 19
By Beth Accomando
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Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” (opening February 19 throughout San Diego) has had some delays but finally arrives in theaters. The question is, was it worth the wait?

Head of NIH Praises Investments In Science

Feb. 19
By Tom Fudge

The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says America's investment in science is key to stimulating the economy. Francis Collins is in San Diego for the conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

UCSD Students Blast Chancellor Over Racially Charged Incidents

Feb. 19
By Ana Tintocalis
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Black student leaders at UC San Diego blasted Chancellor Mary Anne Fox and other college administrators in an emotionally charged campus forum. The forum was even more volatile due to another racially-charged incident that took place Thursday night.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston: Jump At The Sun

Feb. 19
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Writer, cultural anthropologist, chronicler of folk roots and ethnic traditions, daughter of a former slave, Hurston was one of the most celebrated — and most controversial — figures of the Harlem Renaissance, the creatively expansive era in the 1920s when “the Negro was in vogue.” She attained unique success in all areas, but her words and her conclusions were often mired in contention — she was called everything from flamboyant to outrageous, unpredictable to bodacious.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Amelia Earhart

Feb. 19
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Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and the first to cross the North American continent alone. Her exploits as an aviator, her beauty and intelligence, her independence and charm made her a national heroine. Seemingly invincible, Earhart tirelessly traveled and lectured, a champion of aviation and equal opportunity for women. But her cheering public didn't know the cost of her courage.

Antiques Roadshow: Madison, Wis. - Hour Two

Feb. 19
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In Madison, Wisconsin, "Antiques Roadshow" investigates the shocking heist of artifacts from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Highlights include photos of the owner's family taken by noted American photographer Edward Weston in the late 1930s or early 1940s; a table crafted for the owner's parents circa 1956 by mid-century-modern master furniture maker George Nakashima; and an ornate silver, enamel and turquoise-studded exhibition piece, crafted by Tiffany for the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago.

San Diego's Updated General Plan Makes Headway

Feb. 19
By Alison St John

San Diego County Planning Commissioners took another step today to reach agreement on a major overhaul of the blueprint for future development in the back country.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Mine/Home

Feb. 19
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"Mine" tells the poignant and powerful story of animals left behind during Katrina, and of the struggles of hurricane victims to reunite with their beloved pets. A meditation on the essential bond between humans and animals -- this program is an equally compelling story of race and class — and the power of compassion — in contemporary America.

Lawmakers Take Another Shot At Legalizing Marijuana

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana has been re-introduced in the state assembly. Supporters say the current prohibition against the drug just doesn't work.

Who Will Challenge S.D. County Supervisors?

Feb. 19
San Diego Week
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Will any viable candidates challenge Ron Roberts and Bill Horn for their seats on the County Board of Supervisors? We speak to the government editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune about the possible challengers for those offices.

Masterpiece Classic: Persuasion

Feb. 19
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Sally Hawkins ("Little Britain") appears as Anne Elliot, destined for spinsterhood at age 27 after being persuaded eight years earlier to refuse the proposal of dashing Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones, "Casanova"). Then chance brings them together again, but now he is now rich and free to play the field among eligible young beauties.

Local Marines In Marja Assault

Feb. 19
San Diego Week
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What kind of challenges are local Marines facing during their assault on the Taliban stronghold of Marja? We speak to Los Angeles Times reporter Tony Perry live from outside of Marja, Afghanistan.

Future Of Downtown San Diego

Feb. 19
San Diego Week
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What should downtown San Diego look like 50 years from now? We speak to KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr about the differing opinions about how the city should shape its downtown in the future.

Rebuilding Balboa Park's Public Square

Feb. 19
San Diego Week
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What's the motivation behind efforts to rebuild Balboa Park's public square? KPBS News reporter Sharon Heilbrunn tells us about the history of the public square, and updates us on the efforts to bring it back.

NAACP Speaks Out Against UCSD 'Compton Cookout' Party

Feb. 19
City News Service
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The NAACP today condemned an off-campus party held by members of a UC San Diego fraternity mocking Black History Month and urged the university to punish those involved.

Army Vet Helped Rescue People From Texas Building

Feb. 19
KELLEY SHANNON and JAY ROOT, AP
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Robin De Haven was driving his truck to another job for the glass company he works for when he saw something that didn't look right - a small plane, flying extremely low over a heavily congested area of Austin.

Kehoe Introduces Legislation To Create San Dieguito River Greenway

Feb. 19
City News Service

The legislation would require the Del Mar Fairgrounds to develop a 100-foot-wide greenway along the north bank of the river, stretching from Interstate 5 to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and including an extension of the Coast to Crest Trail toward the ocean.

John Leguizamo On These Days

Feb. 19
By Angela Carone
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John Leguizamo will workshop his new solo show at the La Jolla Playhouse and he's coming on "These Days" to talk about it. To get you excited, see this excerpt from his previous show "Sexaholix...A Love Story."

Federal Money Will Pay For I-805, SR-905 Interchange

Feb. 19
By City News Service

A $20.2 million federal economic stimulus grant will help fund construction of an interchange between State Route 905 and Interstate 805 in the South Bay, the San Diego Association of Governments announced today.

UCSD Party Called Horrible Act Of Racism

Feb. 19
Editors Roundtable

Is the off-campus party an indication of the attitudes of UCSD students? We discuss how state and local officials are responding to the so-called "Compton Cookout."

Will Anyone Challenge Supervisors?

Feb. 19
Editors Roundtable

The race is on for two county board of supervisor seats, will anyone oppose the incumbents? We discuss why two local officials thought to be running against Supervisor Ron Roberts decided against entering the race in the last month.

Why Is DA Boycotting Judges?

Feb. 19
Editors Roundtable

We'll discuss the threat by the district attorney's office to boycott a third judge. Is the DA's office violating due process or was there cause to challenge these judges?

More Rain Forecast For San Diego

Feb. 19
City News Service

A Pacific storm of moderate intensity will move through San Diego County tonight through Saturday, bringing with it rain and mountain snow, forecasters said.

Who's Raising Money For Tea Party Movement?

Feb. 19
Peter Overby, NPR
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A nagging question in the Tea Party movement has surfaced again. Who's actually paying the bills? Some Tea Party leaders announced earlier this month that they're forming a fundraising corporation. Its goal is to raise money from other corporations and rich individuals. But they set it up so it doesn't have to disclose who those donors are.

Teen Educators Spread The Word About Sexual Health

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg
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Nearly half of all San Diego teenagers have sexual intercourse by the time they graduate from high school. Even so, many of these teens don't know how to prevent pregnancy or how to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.

Biotech Industry And State Schools Build A 'Bridge' To Train People For Biotechnology

Feb. 19
By Tom Fudge

The challenge of preparing Californians for jobs in biotechnology has resulted in a new education training program in San Diego. It's a partnership between the biotech industry and education that's called the Bridge project.

Credit Rating Agencies Divided On Sempra Energy

Feb. 19
By Amita Sharma

Sempra Energy's planned sale of a portion of its commodities trading unit to JP Morgan Chase for nearly $1 billion is receiving mixed reviews from national credit rating agencies. Sempra is the parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric.