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Stories for March 18, 2010

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Lobotomist

March 18
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Hailed as a miracle surgery, the lobotomy brought hope to mentally ill patients and their families, but when the devastating long-term effects began to emerge, the once-championed procedure was condemned as one of the most barbaric mistakes in modern medicine. “The Lobotomist” is the gripping and tragic story of an ambitious doctor, the desperate families who sought his help and the medical establishment that embraced him.

ACLU Says Government Is Withholding Information About Immigration Raids

March 18
By Susan Murphy

Civil libertarians say the government isn’t revealing all it knows about a three-day immigration raid in San Diego and Imperial Counties in December. The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint in federal court alleging a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Antiques Roadshow: Baltimore, Md. - Hour Three

March 18
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"Antiques Roadshow" caps its sojourn in Baltimore, Maryland, at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, where appraiser Phil Weiss gives host Mark L. Walberg a collector's eye view of comic strip art. At the Baltimore Convention Center, "Roadshow" draws a wide array of objects, including a rare violin made in 1798 by renowned French violinmaker Nicolas Lupot, accompanied by a bow crafted in the style of Dominique Peccatte, one of the most influential bow makers in history.

Report Says State Falling Short On Monitoring Patient Safety

March 18
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report says the California Department of Public Health has dropped the ball on enforcing new patient safety laws in hospitals.

SANDAG Considers Trolley Extension To UCSD, UTC Area

March 18
By Katie Orr
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One of San Diego's most densely populated neighborhoods isn't connected to the trolley system, but plans are underway to change that.

Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook

March 18
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Throughout a long golden era, the American movie musical transformed Hollywood into a Mecca for the biggest singing stars and leading songwriters of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Hosted by musician and musicologist Michael Feinstein, "The Great American Songbook" offers a dazzling parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films ever made.

Culture Lust Weekend: Robert Irwin, State of Mind, and The Asteroid’s Galaxy Tour

March 18
By Angela Carone, Meredith Hattam
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We know, we know... it'll be hard to leave the beach this weekend. But with a bounty of Culture Lust-approved offerings, like an exhibit by Robert Irwin, The State of Mind Film Invitational, and the quirky-cool Asteroid's Galaxy Tour, you just might have to.

Attempt To Ban Smoking At California State Parks Stalls

March 18
Samantha Young, AP

An attempt to impose what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks has stalled in the California Legislature.

Local Screening: 'Ander'

March 18
By Beth Accomando
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Here’s something I love to see, festivals working together to create crossover audiences for films. So tonight the San Diego Latino Film Festival screens “Ander” (7:30pm at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center) in conjunction with FilmOut San Diego.

Report Fails To Shed Light On SoCal Runaway Prius

March 18
Elliot Spagat, AP

A California Highway Patrol officer responding to a report of a runaway Toyota Prius last week arrived to find a Border Patrol agent near the driver with emergency lights on.

Local Screening: 'Il Generale della Rovere'

March 18
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Italian Film Festival is one of the youngest festivals in town but it keeps digging back into Italy’s rich cinema history for film events. Tonight you can enjoy Roberto Rossellini’s 1959 film “Il Generale della Rovere” at the UltraStar Flower Hill at 7:30pm. The film will also play March 24 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Sweeney Todd, White Buffalo, Paper Airplanes and More

March 18
These Days
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Sweeney Todd, Derby Dolls, naked dance, White Buffalo and paper airplanes. It doesn't get more eclectic than this weekend in San Diego. We'll chat with our guests about all of their options for the weekend.

Robert Irwin At Quint Contemporary Art

March 18
These Days
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Quint Contemporary Art hosts an exhibition of new works by San Diego-based artist Robert Irwin. This will be Irwin's first gallery exhibition on the West Coast since his "One Wall Removed" project at the Malinda Wyatt Gallery in Venice, CA in 1980. The exhibition, "Works in Progress," will change every two weeks during the run of the exhibit.

The Future of Marriage and Non-Traditional Relationships

March 18
These Days

From an early age, society teaches that monogamy is the only option for having a family and living a long, happy life. But does society have room for those who do not fit this mold? What are the legal, individual and social ramifications for those who seek non-monogamous relationships? We speak with a law professor, marriage and family therapist and a pioneer in the polyamory community about the future of relationships.

Sports Update: March Madness Hits San Diego

March 18
These Days
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The Aztecs' men's and women's basketball teams will both be playing in the "big dance" this year. We talk to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about SDSU's chances in both NCAA basketball tournaments. And, we discuss the Padres chances of winning the National League West in 2010.

Local Event: ArtPower! Five Tales About Six Girls

March 18
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The Sundance Film Festival is recognized as a showcase for the best in new American independent film. ArtPower! Film Curator Rebecca Webb has handpicked her favorite short films to highlight at tonight’s event, "Five Tales About Six Girls," at UCSD’s The Loft.

Altruistic Organ Donors Give To Perfect Strangers

March 18
By Kenny Goldberg
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More than 83,000 Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. Many of these people will die for lack of a donated organ. Most live kidney donors give to a close family member. But each year, a small number of people give a kidney to someone they don't even know.

Where Has The Swine Flu Gone?

March 18
By Tom Fudge

Cases of swine flu have dropped dramatically. So has the demand for vaccinations.

Review: 'Mother'

March 18
By Beth Accomando
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Don’t confuse the new Korean film “Mother” (opening March 19 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) with the Albert Brooks' comedy of the same name. South Korea’s “Mother” screened last year at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Now it returns for an art house run. You can listen to my radio review.