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Stories for June 25, 2010

Film Club: 'Winter's Bone'

June 25
By Beth Accomando
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"Winter's Bone" (opening June 25 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) walked away with the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival. You can listen to our KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion.

The Wall: A World Divided

June 25
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"The Wall" looks deep inside the revolution that swept across Europe two decades ago — with the November 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall — to understand how this remarkable event helped end the Cold War without a shot being fired. The film explores the lives of ordinary people caught up in Cold War politics: a young father forced to tunnel beneath the wall to reunite his family; a teenager whose love of pop culture got him in deep trouble with the state; a student activist helping make a peaceful revolution while facing down tanks; and a young man broken by the ruthless interrogation methods of the secret police.

Future Of Downtown Starting To Take Shape

June 25
San Diego Week
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The San Diego City Council made two decisions this week that could affect the future of downtown. The council agreed to create a "quiet zone" to limit train noise, and approved a $500,000 study on blight in the downtown area. Plus, a cost estimate for the new city hall was released.

County Sets Rules For Medical Marijuana Shops

June 25
San Diego Week
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance regulating where medical marijuana dispensaries can be located in the unincorporated areas of the county. We discuss how those regulations could affect a patient's ability to access local medical marijuana collectives.

History Detectives: Iwo Jima Map, Copperhead Cane, Theremin

June 25
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First, detective Eduardo Pagán investigates the history of a hand-drawn map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima in the segment “Iwo Jima Map.” Then, in “Copperhead Cane,” Wes Cowan follows the story of a cane topped with a coiled snake with ties to the anti-Abraham Lincoln group the “Peace Democrats.” Finally, in the segment “Theremin,” Elyse Luray traces the origins of the Theremin — one of the first electronic musical instruments — and finds out if a New Mexico man owns one of the fewer than a dozen Theremins in the U.S. built by Leon Theremin himself.

SD Unified Names New Schools Superintendent

June 25
San Diego Week
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What will new San Diego Unified School's Superintendent Bill Kowba bring to the district? We discuss Kowba's background, and the challenges he will face as the new superintendent.

What's Local Impact Of Removal Of Gen. McChrystal?

June 25
San Diego Week
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President Barack Obama dismissed Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, after the general made critical comments about the president in a magazine article. We discuss the local impact of McChrystal's ouster, and how the move might affect combat operations in Afghanistan.

Antiques Roadshow: Providence, R.I. - Hour Three

June 25
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"Antiques Roadshow" continues its stop in Providence, Rhode Island, where host Mark Walberg visits the Providence Jewelry Museum in nearby Cranston and discovers that Providence once was the costume jewelry capital of the world. Appraiser Joyce Jonas offers a primer of the vintage "fabulous fake" jewelry market, including such famous brands as Chanel, Dior and Schiaparelli — all made in Providence.

POV: William Kunstler: Disturbing The Universe

June 25
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This documentary examines the life of radical attorney William Kunstler from a surprising angle. Kunstler’s two daughters from his second marriage grew up lionizing a man already famous for his historic civil rights and anti-war cases. Then, in their teens, they began to be disillusioned by a stubborn man who continued representing some of the most reviled defendants in America — this time, accused rapists and terrorists.

Exercise To Heal: Stretching With Karen Holden

June 25
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Karen Holden takes viewers through a simple yet effective routine of basic stretching – movements most of us can still do with little effort, to help reduce muscle tension, reduce stress, prevent injuries, increase coordination, enhance circulation, improve your mood, feel energized and relaxed.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series V: The Blue Geranium

June 25
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While visiting an old friend, Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie) discovers that there may be new evidence concerning the notorious Blue Geranium murder case. Can Marple unlock the clues before the wrong person is found guilty of murder? Sharon Small (“The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”) and Toby Stephens (“Jane Eyre”) guest star.

State Fire Marshall Warns Residents About Dangers Of Illegal Fireworks

June 25
John Sepulvado, California Capitol Network

Play with illegal fireworks this Fourth of July and you could be seriously injured or end up in jail, or both. The State Fire Marshal is warning of those consequences in advance of this weekend, when fireworks go on sale around the state.

First-Time Home Buyer Credits Going Quickly

June 25
California Capitol Network

The state’s $10,000 first-time home buyer credit is going quickly. Franchise Tax Board officials say in less than two months $91 million of the $100 million credit has been claimed.

Andy Williams: Moon River And Me

June 25
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"Andy Williams: Moon River And Me" features a collection of remarkable musical performances from the legendary crooner’s classic, Emmy Award-winning television series that aired from 1962-1971. The digitally re-mastered, full-length songs include many of Williams’ hits, such as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Moon River” and “The Face I Love.”

Artist Susie Bielak On Shaking Things Up

June 25
By Jen Paton
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San Diego based artist Susy Bielak talks to Culture Lust contributor Jen Paton about the energy of earthquakes and the border

Downtown Blight, Quiet Trains And A New City Hall

June 25
Editors Roundtable

The San Diego City Council made two decisions this week that could affect the future of downtown. The council agreed to create a "quiet zone" to limit train noise, and approved a $500,000 study on blight in the downtown area. Plus, a cost estimate for the new city hall was released.

City Schools Superintendent Is A Familiar Name

June 25
Editors Roundtable

Bill Kowba, acting superintendent, was chosen as the finalist to lead California's second-largest school district. We discuss the greatest challenge the district faces now.

How Will The Change Of Command Impact Pendleton-Based Marines?

June 25
Editors Roundtable

We discuss General McChrystal's remarks, the risk of a mid-war change of command and the impact this will have on strategy in Afghanistan and morale.

House, Senate Lawmakers Reach Deal On Bank Bill

June 25
Associated Press
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President Obama declared victory Friday after congressional negotiators reached a dawn agreement on a sweeping overhaul of rules overseeing Wall Street.