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Stories for September 16, 2010

Poverty Rise Stirs Debate Over Aid Programs

Sept. 16
Corey Dade, NPR
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The recession drove the number of poor Americans in 2009 to its highest total in half a century, yet several measures indicate the impact could well have been worse.

Culture Lust Weekend: San Diego Restaurant Week, Kidfunk and Belle Baranceanu

Sept. 16
By Angela Carone, Kendra Osburn
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Calling all eaters! It's San Diego Restaurant Week. Foodies and penny pinchers alike, this week take entree into San Diego's best restaurants for half the price.

Chelsea's Law Faces Its First Sex Offender

Sept. 16
By Ciarra Briesch

Chelsea’s Law is facing its first defendant since Governor Schwarzenegger signed it into law last week. Joseph Cantorna, 55, a resident of Lakeside, has been charged with the law’s one-strike offense, and multiple felony accounts of lewd acts against a child under the age of 14.

San Diego Teachers Union Pulls Support For Trustee Candidate

Sept. 16
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified's teachers union has unexpectedly pulled its support for a school board candidate running in the November election.

Qi Gong: Deeper Flow With Lee Holden

Sept. 16
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Master instructor Lee Holden guides viewers through a deeper journey into the time-honored eastern healing practice of Qi Gong. This ancient Chinese tradition was developed over thousands of years, combining powerful principles from the disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and even martial arts. Now a Doctor of Chinese medicine, Lee Holden began his journey into this practice as a former competitive athlete seeking to regain his edge after a challenging injury.

Industrial Biotechnology Growth At Record Pace In California

Sept. 16
By Ed Joyce

A new jobs survey shows one sector of biotechnology is growing at a record-setting pace in California. Industrial biotechnology companies work to develop new and sustainable fuel sources, feedstock, enzymes and green industrial chemicals.

Trailer: 'For Colored Girls'

Sept. 16
By Beth Accomando
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In 1975, playwright Ntozake Shange gained acclaim for her "chorepoem" entitled "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Now Tyler Perry is adapting her stage production to the big screen.

Unions, City Reach Tentative Deal On Managed Competition

Sept. 16
By Katie Orr

San Diego may be moving forward with outsourcing some city services four years after voters approved the concept. The two affected unions have reached a tentative agreement with the mayor’s office on a managed competition guide.

More Whooping Cough Cases Reported As 9th Infant Dies In Calif.

Sept. 16
By Joanne Faryon

A ninth infant has died from whooping cough in California. The number of people getting sick with whooping cough is also increasing weekly here in San Diego County.

Insight: James Fowler’s Advice: Don’t Run With The Wrong Crowd

Sept. 16
By Tom Fudge | On-Ramp
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You know the flu is contagious. But UCSD social scientist James Fowler would tell you that it is also socially contagious. His research into the flu is one of many studies he's done on how social networks lead to certain behaviors and, in this case, certain illnesses.

SD Human Rights Watch Films Feature Immigration Stories

Sept. 16
These Days

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival opens this weekend at the Museum of Photographic Arts. We'll speak to the festival director and two San Diego filmmakers whose documentary is featured as part of the organization's Youth Producing Change series.

Events: The Walkmen, Phoenix, ArtWalk, Fleet Week

Sept. 16
These Days
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Phoenix, Brad Paisley, The Walkmen. There's a lot of music to see this weekend as well as some arts and family festivals. Our guests will give some sage advice for your weekend plans.

Matt Welch Writes Experimental For Bagpipes

Sept. 16
These Days
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Bagpipes usually conjure up Scottish highlands and traditional folk music, but not for composer Matt Welch. The multi-instrumentalist composes and performs experimental new music on the bagpipes in our KPBS studios.

Whitman Breaks Spending Record, Faces Tough Crowd In San Francisco

Sept. 16
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network
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GOP candidate for governor Meg Whitman has now broken a campaign spending record She faced some tough questions about that, and a host of other issues at a San Francisco campaign stop Wednesday.

Closing Achievement Gap Is Nationwide Challenge

Sept. 16
These Days

Hispanics are one of the fastest growing populations in the United States, and could become the largest ethnic group in our country within the next few decades. What can be done to increase participation rates among Latinos in colleges and universities? We speak to the president of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Calif. State Legislature Breaks Record For Latest Budget

Sept. 16
Ida Lieszkovszky, California Capitol Network

California lawmakers are likely to reach a discouraging milestone today -- the state’s longest budget impasse.

Tijuana Celebrates Bicentennial Under Heavy Guard

Sept. 16
By Jose Luis Jiménez
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Mexicans began celebrating the 200th anniversary of their country’s declaration of independence. Tijuana's celebrations went on as planned under the protection of soldiers and police officers.

Review: 'The Sicilian Girl'

Sept. 16
By Beth Accomando
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“The Sicilian Girl” had a sold out screening at the San Diego Italian Film Festival’s Anti-Mafia Film Series earlier this year. Now the film is receiving a theatrical release. I spoke with Clarissa Clo, SDSU associate professor and San Diego Italian Film Festival board member about the film, which is based on a true story. You can listen to our discussion.