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Stories for August 24, 2011

Review: alt.pictureshows 2011

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Thursday, August 25th the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla will be transformed into a venue for "physical channel surfing" for alt.pictureshows 2011. Attendees can dip in and out of rooms screening more than a dozen films. I speak with 2 Tijuana filmmakers showing works at the event. Listen to my radio feature or read teh extended interview.

Performance-Based, Multi-Year Budget Measures Move Ahead

Aug. 24
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

Two bills that would tweak California’s budget process are headed for the Assembly floor after passing the Budget Committee Wednesday.

More Students Passing High School Exit Exam

Aug. 24
Marianne Russ, California Capitol Network

There’s positive news about the passage rate for California’s high school exit exam.

Harvest Of Loneliness: The Bracero Program

Aug. 24
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Shedding light on the current debate over immigration reform and the use of "guest workers" in American agriculture, this historical documentary examines what was known as the Bracero Program-a system put in place from 1942 to 1964 to recruit Mexican farm laborers for temporary work in the United States. The film presents ample testimony from surviving braceros as well as family members and descendants of these displaced workers.

Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds Of Justice

Aug. 24
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"Cruz Reynoso: Sowing The Seeds Of Justice" paints a portrait of a man touched by injustice as a child who dedicated his life to fighting discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge and teacher. The compelling biography, told through a combination of archival footage and interviews, charts Cruz Reynoso's humble origins, his appointment to the California Supreme Court (the first Latino justice to serve in the state's highest court) and more recently, his leadership on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

New Stadium Faces Stubborn Obstacles

Aug. 24
By Katie Orr
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Stadium proponents are urging San Diegans to keep an open mind as the city considers building a new multi-million dollar facility for the Chargers.

New Leader To Head San Diego ICE

Aug. 24
By Marissa Cabrera
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The new special agent in charge of San Diego and Imperial Counties may be new to the job, but he's no stranger to the region.

Antiques Roadshow: Las Vegas, Nev. - Hour Two

Aug. 24
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Surprising finds abound at the Las Vegas Convention Center including a charming circa 1865 pottery pig canteen, exhibiting a variety of southwest American Indian characteristics; a fitting tribute to Las Vegas, two pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia — an autographed record album cover and a macramé belt worn by the King at a performance in the 1970s; and a scrapbook inherited from the owner’s great-great-grandfather who collected the signatures of many of the Civil War era’s greatest public figures, including Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, valued at $75,000 to $100,000.

Clean Water Action

Aug. 24
Midday Edition
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What's lurking at the bottom of San Diego Bay? For the last 21 years hundreds of volunteers have gathered each summer for Operation Clean Sweep.

Foreclosures Hurt Communities And Homeowners

Aug. 24
Midday Edition
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A group of community organizations has tried to calculate the cost of foreclosures to San Diego. They've recently released a report, and they are advocating for a new ordinance to protect property values.

San Diego County 10th Graders Outpace State On High School Exit Exams

Aug. 24
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego County students passed the math and English high school exit exams on their first try at a higher rate than California students as a whole.

Antiques Roadshow: Hartford, Conn. - Hour Three

Aug. 24
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In Hartford, Connecticut, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW finds a sign of the times — actually a whole collection of antique inn and tavern signs — at the Connecticut Historical Society. Appraisal highlights include an heirloom early-19th-century Duncan Phyfe dressing table; a rare set of vintage jewelry by influential 20th-century designer Suzanne Belperron; and a watercolor signed by Katharine Hepburn — who gifted the owner with the piece when the actress was performing at the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, Connecticut — valued at $15,000 to $20,000.

San Diegans Urged To Stay Vigilant As 9/11 Anniversary Approaches

Aug. 24
By Susan Murphy
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If you see something, say something. That’s the message San Diego officials are urging to the public as the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

Small Defense Contractors Vie For Shrinking Budget Pie

Aug. 24
By Alison St John
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Small defense contractors at a Navy conference in San Diego hope their agility will grow their share of a shrinking DOD budget pie.

Quake Gives East Coasters Rare Glimpse Of Life In California

Aug. 24
By Susan Murphy
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Californians are used to a lotta’ shakin going on. But those back East were caught off guard by a major shaker yesterday felt from Virginia to New York and beyond.

Irene Becomes Category 3 Hurricane; Targets US East Coast

Aug. 24
Martha Waggoner, AP
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Hurricane Irene strengthened to a major Category 3 storm over the Bahamas on Wednesday with the East Coast in its sights.

Terror Fears Made East Coast Earthquake Especially Unsettling

Aug. 24
The Two Way Blog, NPR
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"When the office ceiling shifts to and fro, and the pens and cups fall off the desk, it's scary enough. But in a terror-scarred city, thoughts go immediately to evil attack rather than natural disaster."

Chaldeans Say They Were Unfairly Singled Out In Federal Raid

Aug. 24
By Jill Replogle
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The large Chaldean community in El Cajon was outraged to learn that a drug- and weapons-trafficking ring was operating within their midst.

Rants and Raves: Vote for San Diego Filmmakers

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Two, count 'em TWO San Diego horror filmmakers are finalists in the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Short Film competition. Watch the films and vote now!