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Stories for April 19, 2012

Candidates Spar Over Convention Center Expansion

April 19
By Katie Orr

San Diego's four leading mayoral candidates took part in a debate yesterday at the KPBS studios. The convention center expansion prompted a fiery exchange.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Crash Of 1929

April 19
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On October 29, 1929, the lifelong dreams of hundreds of thousands of stock market investors — middle-class secretaries, clerks, small businessmen — vanished in a few hours, along with their hard-earned savings when the stock market crashed. This program examines the economic boom before the crash, whether the crash was predictable and if it precipitated the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Steinberg: Revamp California's Initiative System

April 19
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network

The leader of the State Senate is calling for several changes to California’s century-old initiative process.

Students Protest Proposed Cal Grant Cuts

April 19
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network

Students and staff from private universities are protesting the Governor’s proposed cuts to the Cal Grant program. Some appeared Thursday at a Senate budget sub-committee hearing addressing the plan.

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC: Birdsong, Parts One & Two

April 19
By Jennifer Robinson
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This adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' best-selling novel about lovers torn apart by World War I stars Eddie Redmayne (“The Pillars of the Earth”) as Stephen Wraysford, whose pre-war affair with Isabelle Azaire (Clemence Poesy, "Harry Potter") has an enduring effect on him as he fights in the trenches.

Green Technology Fuels California Economy

April 19
By Erik Anderson
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A new report finds that the amount of money invested in developing clean technologies in California continues to go up. Companies in the state land 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital aimed at the emerging technology.

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr: Maggie Gyllenhaal And Robert Downey, Jr.

April 19
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Many Americans descend from a variety of European ethnicities, with ancestral roots across every country in Europe. Actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Maggie Gyllenhaal are textbook examples of Americans with a rich medley of European immigrant stories in their family trees. Delve into their deep American roots in early colonial communities and meet their Eastern European Jewish ancestors, who share almost identical migration stories.

Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America

April 19
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From the rooftop farms of New York City to the food deserts of Detroit, join "Food Forward" to explore the explosion of urban agriculture across America. FOOD FORWARD goes beyond celebrity chefs, cooking competitions, and recipes to reveal the compelling stories and inspired solutions envisioned by food heroes across America who are striving to create a more just, sustainable and delicious alternative to what we eat and how we produce it.

Smart Meter Opt-Out Options In California

April 19
City News Service
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A plan to let San Diego Gas & Electric customers who don't want the new wireless smart meters at their homes to keep the older analog models was given final approval by the California Public Utilities Commission today.

Festival Preview: 2nd Annual Spring Showcase

April 19
By Beth Accomando
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The San Diego Asian Film Foundation kicks off its 2nd Annual Spring Showcase tonight at the UltraStar Mission Valley Theaters at Hazard Center. The Festival runs tonight through April 26.

Woman Charged In Killing Of Marine's Wife

April 19
By City News Service
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Prosecutors will file murder charges today against Jessica Lynn Lopez, arrested in connection with the death of a Camp Pendleton Marine's wife.

Police Gathering Curfew Stats, But Not The Key Ones

April 19
Keegan Kyle, Voice of San Diego
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The San Diego Police Department has begun compiling thousands of documents in an effort to better understand its curfew sweeps, a major initiative aimed at cutting crime among kids younger than 18.

UCSD Scientist Uses Physics, Math To Get Out Of $400 Traffic Ticket

April 19
Associated Press
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A University of California San Diego scientist was able to use his math and physics knowledge to argue his way out of a $400 traffic ticket.

In Swing States, Obama Campaign Begins Push For Another Latino-Vote Landslide

April 19
Padmananda Rama, NPR
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In 2008, Barack Obama captured two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, winning in crucial swing states with large Hispanic populations like Colorado, Nevada and Florida. Obama's re-election campaign is now targeting those same states with its first set of Spanish-language TV and radio ads.

Smart Meter Opt-Out Plan Given Final Consideration

April 19
CITY NEWS SERVICE
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A plan to let San Diego Gas & Electric customers who don't want the new wireless smart meters at their homes to keep the older analog models was given final approval by the California Public Utilities Commission today.

Candidates Debate How To Serve SE San Diego On School Board

April 19
By Kyla Calvert

Candidates vying to represent the city’s southeastern neighborhoods on San Diego Unified’s Board of Education debated at Knox Middle School Wednesday night.

Power Plant To Replace Encina Needed For Future Reliability

April 19
By Alison St John
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Debate over a new power plant on Carlsbad’s scenic coastline heats up today, and the future of San Onofre figures into the arguments. The California Energy Commission holds hearings in Carlsbad this afternoon

KPBS Hosts Mayoral Debate

April 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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KPBS hosted the first televised debate on Thursday among the four major candidates vying to be the next mayor of San Diego.

Dalai Lama Says Science, Climate Change, Childhood Linked To Compassion

April 19
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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The 14th Dalai Lama said building compassion is the key to alleviating suffering, especially in today's challenging times, in an exclusive interview with KPBS.