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Stories for February 17, 2011

UCSD Makes Slow But Steady Progress In Diversity

Feb. 17
By Ana Tintocalis
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UC San Diego officials say they’re making steady progress in creating a more diverse campus, but students say there’s still a very long way to go.

Bahrain Defends Deadly Assault On Protesters

Feb. 17
NPR
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Bahrain's foreign minister defended a crackdown on protesters, saying the decision to dislodge thousands of people in the capital had pulled the country back from the "brink of sectarian abyss."

Training For The Repeal Of DADT Already Underway In Afghanistan

Feb. 17
By Alison St John
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Major General Richard Mills, the Marine Corps Commander in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, says training for the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has already begun.

UC San Diego Administers Claim Racial Climate Has Improved On Campus

Feb. 17
City News Service

One year after racial strife at UC San Diego made national headlines, administrators today touted progress in improving the campus climate, but students said racial incidents continue to occur.

Preview: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 17
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Jewish Film Festival ends its 21st season this Sunday, and there are still a lot of films to see.

Bill Proposes Tax On Sodas

Feb. 17
California Capitol Network

A state Assemblyman has introduced a bill to add a one-cent per ounce tax to sodas.

Planning Now For Sea Level Rise In San Diego

Feb. 17
By Ed Joyce
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San Diego environmental groups have been photographing areas specifically prone to flooding and tidal flows this week around San Diego Bay. It is part of a statewide effort related to sea level rise.

Scientists Watching Closely As Solar Flare Approaches Earth

Feb. 17
By Susan Murphy
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The largest solar flare in four years erupted Monday, and its radiation is expected to reach Earth tonight. The impact could interfere with communication systems, power grids and navigation satellites.

Proposed State Legislation To Impact San Diego Transit

Feb. 17
City News Service

Under a new bill introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, Caltrans would have to improve mass transit systems in coastal communities before widening freeways.

Antiques Roadshow: Des Moines, Iowa - Hour Two

Feb. 17
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Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Francis Wahlgren explore an impressive extra-illustrated book set based on a biography of Charles Dickens at Salisbury House and Gardens, the estate of 1920s cosmetics tycoon Carl Weeks. Highlights include: an 1820 Russian Loutkin snuff box inscribed with the imperial arms of the Romanov dynasty; and an extremely rare 1623 Shakespeare First Folio, valued at $40,000 to $50,000.

Authorities Catch Suspected Drug Dealers, Find 1,100 Pounds Of Pot

Feb. 17
City News Service

Two suspected drug dealers were behind bars today after authorities found hundreds of bales of marijuana and other illegal narcotics at an Imperial Beach home.

INDEPENDENT LENS: Adjust Your Color: The Truth Of Petey Greene

Feb. 17
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Larger than life, ex-convict Petey Greene burst onto the airwaves in the 1960s with raw and uncensored radio and TV shows on racism, poverty, sexuality and drug abuse, awakening Washington, D.C.’s African American community to the power of “telling it like it is.” "Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene" chronicles the life and times of America’s first shock jock, a man who spoke the truth to people in power and influenced a new generation of broadcast personalities.

UN Warns Of Rise In Alcohol-Related Deaths

Feb. 17
By Susan Murphy
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Alcohol abuse is on the rise and killing 2.5 million people each year world-wide, and San Diego’s alcohol-related emergency department discharges are also up.

General Prepares Troops For Repeal Of DADT

Feb. 17
By Alison St John

U.S. general says Marines under his command will train and prepare for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" before returning home from Afghanistan.

Masterpiece Classic: Any Human Heart - Part Two

Feb. 17
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In the second episode, Logan is happier than ever with second wife Freya and their daughter Stella. Then World War II begins and he goes on a series of spy missions for friend Ian Fleming, including surveillance of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

State Dems Push For Friendlier Business Regulations

Feb. 17
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California business groups have long believed the state is over-regulated. Now, there’s a new push to cut through the red tape – and it comes from a surprising source.

North Park Preschool Possibly Exposed To Tuberculosis

Feb. 17
City News Service

Children and staff at a North Park preschool may have been exposed to tuberculosis, health officials said Thursday.

Chula Vista To Hold Meeting About Serial Groper

Feb. 17
City News Service

A community meeting is scheduled for this evening in Chula Vista to discuss safety issues after concerns about a serial groper in the area.

Rick Steves' Europe: London: Mod And Trad

Feb. 17
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London is quintessentially English, yet cosmopolitan. In this episode, we check out the new - the Millennium Bridge and the British Museum's Great Court, and admire the old - well-wrapped mummies and a rare Leonardo. After bantering with Beefeaters at the Tower of London, we do some riverside beach-combing. Strolling the trendy South Bank of the Thames takes us from the Tate Modern to the dizzying London Eye.

Restaurants, Art And Dodgeball On The Weekend Preview

Feb. 17
These Days

New restaurants around town and new activities: from daily art assignments to dodgeball. Get ready to have your tastebuds tickled and your interest piqued in today's edition of the weekend preview.

San Diego Gang Stories Retrospective

Feb. 17
These Days
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What's the gang world like in America's Finest City? For several months, KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has been compiling a series of reports that she calls San Diego Gang Stories. It explains local gangs through the eyes of the people who come in contact with them. For the next hour, we'll bring you a special report that incorporates this series of Gang Stories.

Police Swarm Bahrain Protest; 4 Reported Dead

Feb. 17
NPR Staff and Wires
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Witnesses said the assault on a makeshift opposition camp in the capital came early Thursday with little warning. Anti-riot police used tear gas and clubs as they stormed Pearl Square.

Selective Service Encourages Undocumented Men to Sign Up

Feb. 17
By Ruxandra Guidi

The Selective Service System, which relies on civilian volunteers in the event of a national emergency, is reaching out to young undocumented men. Immigrant advocates are questioning the new directive.

Little Miss Sunshine, The Musical

Feb. 17
These Days
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The Tony Award-winning team behind "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" bring their latest project, a musical based on the film "Little Miss Sunshine", to the La Jolla Playhouse. We'll talk with playwright and director James Lapine and two of the actors, including the young actress playing Olive.

Questions Raised Over Fire Fighting Resources

Feb. 17
By Katie Orr
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The majority of emergency calls funneled to the San Diego Fire and Rescue Department are for medical situations. That has some politicians wondering whether fire fighting resources should be increased.

Anorexic Teens Face Tough Odds Of Recovery

Feb. 17
By Kenny Goldberg
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While the nation struggles with an epidemic of obesity, some American teenagers have the opposite problem. They're literally starving themselves.

Navy Going Green

Feb. 17
By Alison St John
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The Navy is working to meet an ambitious goal of launching a “Green Strike Group” of ships powered by alternative fuels by next year. The service wants to cut down on its dependence on fossil fuels.