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Stories for May 21, 2010

Resolution Of The Seal Saga?

May 21
San Diego Week
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We discuss the latest in the conflict over roping off the seals at Children's Pool in La Jolla.

South Bay Politics

May 21
San Diego Week
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We discuss Prop. G and ask the editors about the strength and influence of labor in the South Bay.

Political Money And Local Nonpartisan Races?

May 21
San Diego Week
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How will changes to rules on political party contributions to San Diego city council candidates impact the June primary election?

Analysis: Term Limits For County Supervisors

May 21
San Diego Week
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KPBS reporter Alison St John discusses a proposition to impose term limits on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

Historic San Diego Landmark: The Cosmopolitan Hotel In Old Town

May 21
San Diego Week
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A sneak preview of the re-opening of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. To learn more about the early days in Old Town and about the Restoration Project.

The House Of Windsor: The King Who Saved The Crown, 1936 - 1952

May 21
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In this episode, Edward's abdication was the worst possible news for his younger brother, Bertie, Duke of York. Happily married with two young daughters, he longed for a quiet country life. Now, duty compelled him to be King. On May 12, 1937, he was crowned George VI (taking his father's name for continuity). The remarkable strength of his vivacious wife, Elizabeth (The future Queen Mum), helped him find a new confidence and poise.

Sex Offender Held For San Diego-Area Knife Attacks

May 21
Associated Press

A Northern California sex offender with a history of parole violations cut off his ankle monitor and went on a two-day crime spree in which he tried to rob or kidnap several women and teenage girls at knifepoint in the San Diego area, authorities said.

Antiques Roadshow: San Jose, Calif. - Hour Three

May 21
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"Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Nicholas Lowry visit Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and its huge collection of political posters and discuss the origins of Uncle Sam. Valuable find: A collection of three Great Basin baskets made in Nevada and given a conservative auction estimate of $60,000 to $75,000.

Carlsbad School Staff Want Answers On Why People Are Getting Sick

May 21
By Amita Sharma

People working at a Carlsbad school want the air, water and soil tested on campus to check if pesticides once used in the area are making them sick. State officials are gathering information to determine if there's a cancer cluster in the city.

Review: 'Harry Brown'

May 21
By Beth Accomando
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In the press materials, filmmaker Daniel Barber says, “I hope that everyone who sees ‘Harry Brown’ [opening May 21 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas] will be entertained, but, it’s not the most comfortable piece of entertainment.” You can read my review or listen to our Film Club discussion.

A Hazy Yellow Blanket

May 21
Erik Anderson
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It was late October 2003. Sunny. Just like you would expect in San Diego. And hot. Santa Ana winds had been blowing all weekend. My coffee cup was empty when the KPBS Newsroom called.

Groups Target Underage Drinking As Graduation Approaches

May 21
By Tom Fudge

Police and community groups, focused on underage drinking, say the coming graduation season can be a time for parents to worry.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Project Kashmir

May 21
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Most Indians and Pakistanis can’t agree where Kashmir is on a map. But ask them who started the conflict, and they will have an answer. Two filmmakers, one Hindu and the other Muslim, sneak their cameras into one of the most beautiful, yet dangerous, places on Earth. In a region where religious alliances have spawned more than half a century of war, can these two filmmakers learn what makes Kashmiris choose their homeland over their own lives, even as their friendship is put to the test?

Harvey Milk Celebrated In San Diego

May 21
By Katie Orr
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The life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk was celebrated in San Diego Friday. Nearly a thousand people turned out for an annual breakfast to remember the former San Francisco City Supervisor.

SDSU Students And Faculty Plan To Protest Tijuana Travel Ban

May 21
By Amy Isackson
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A group of San Diego State University students and professors plan to cross the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to protest the California State University's ban on study and research in Tijuana. They say the CSU chancellor's ignorance about Tijuana informed his mistaken decision.

Local Event: CineCucina

May 21
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Italian Film Festival in just a few short years has established itself as the place to be for great food, great films, and great talk. You can get all three again this weekend with their CineCucina at the Birch North Park Theater.

Masterpiece Mystery! Miss Marple, Series V: The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side

May 21
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Acclaimed British actress Julia McKenzie (“Cranford”) stars as the beloved spinster sleuth Miss Marple in three new episodes of the popular “Miss Marple” series. In this episode, Hollywood glamour arrives in St. Mary Mead when a celebrated actress and her film director husband take up residence there. But when seemingly unconnected people are found poisoned soon after, Miss Marple must track down the killer and discover the reason behind the murders.

San Diego Nurse Creates Songs Of Hope For Trauma Patients

May 21
Sarah Gonzalez

A San Diego trauma nurse sings original songs for his patients at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Many are in comas or sedated, but Rod Salasay believes they can all hear him.

Non-Profits A Major Economy In San Diego

May 21
By Erik Anderson

A new report by the University of San Diego finds that the non-profits sector is a major economic engine in San Diego.

Calif. Unemployment Holds Steady At 12.6 Percent

May 21
ROBIN HINDERY, AP

California's unemployment rate held steady last month at 12.6 percent, despite an increase in national unemployment. The state Employment Development Department released the new figures Friday.

NATURE: Why We Love Cats And Dogs

May 21
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Ask anyone and they immediately know -- they're either a dog person or a cat person. What is this all about? Follow an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. From a very special dog named Jerry, to a cat that saved a man’s life, this program presents a portrait of some of the most powerful and remarkable connections we experience as humans—the unbreakable bonds with our pets.

2010 Is Big Election Year For Chula Vista

May 21
Editors Roundtable

Voters in Chula Vista will be asked to vote on a number of political offices, and a controversial proposition when they go to the polls next month. We discuss the races for the city's mayor, city attorney, city council, and Proposition G.

Guest Blogger: The Pitch

May 21
Giancarlo Ruiz
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With the festival coming to a close it seems everyone is winding down as well. The booths in the Marketplace have closed down since Wednesday afternoon. The deals if any are being signed on private yachts or in private hotel suites. Everyone is tired. Everyone is enjoying themselves now.

No Limit On Political Party Donations To City Candidates

May 21
Editors Roundtable

A recent federal appeals court ruling could, at least temporarily, make it possible for political parties to donate an unlimited amount of money to City Council candidates running in the June 8 primary. We discuss how the decision might affect the upcoming election.

Should SD Make Strong Mayor Permanent?

May 21
Editors Roundtable

On June 8, voters in the City of San Diego will be asked if the strong mayor form of government should be made permanent, and if a ninth council district should be created in 2012. We discuss the arguments for and against Proposition D.

Scientist Says Synthetic Bacteria Is One Step In A Long Process

May 21
By Tom Fudge
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A scientist at Craig Venter's San Diego campus says creating novel organisms will be the next step in a process that lead to the creation of synthetic bacteria.