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Stories for February 24, 2012

Interview: Wim Wenders

Feb. 24
By Beth Accomando
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San Diego doesn't often play host to Oscar-nominated directors so it is a real treat to have the opportunity to interview Wim Wenders.

Evening Roundtable: City's Budget Deficit And Del Mar Fairgrounds

Feb. 24
Evening Edition
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How did the mayor make enough money to move San Diego into the black? Why are the hotel workers suing their bosses? And what's happening with the Del Mar Fairgrounds? Local journalists discuss.

Janitors March Through Downtown San Diego As The 99%

Feb. 24
By Kaitlin Brooks
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Hundreds of union janitors marched through the streets of downtown San Diego today as part of a statewide protest against their low wages.

Interview: 'Act of Valor' Stuntmen-Turned-Directors

Feb. 24
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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"Act of Valor" (opening February 24 throughout San Diego) is a fictional film directed by a pair of former stuntmen and using active duty Navy SEALS instead of actors. Watch my video feature or listen to my interviews.

Dr. Doris Howell

Women's History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 24
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Doris A. Howell, M.D. is devoted to improving the lives of others, having practiced medicine for over 50 years. When first introduced to the hospice concept in 1968, Dr. Howell embraced this radical departure from the established way of dealing with the dying and their families. In 1977, Dr. Howell, along with a group of caring individuals, established San Diego Hospice, the first hospice program in the country. She has received numerous awards including a 2006 honor by the Moores UCSD Cancer Center for her pioneering work in hospice and palliative care nationally, and for inspiring a new consultation service called the Doris A. Howell Palliative Consultation Service.

Michelle Elise Houle

Women's History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 24
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Michelle Elise Houle began her career in education as a substitute teacher at the Lindsay Community School, for pregnant and parenting mothers. This special school allows these women to finish their high school education while receiving on-site childcare. Ms. Houle is credited with creating an Early Childhood Program that has enacted significant change for many young women fighting the cycle of poverty along with their children. Plus, with a degree in Creative Writing, Ms. Houle has published numerous books including a biography of Cesar Chavez. Ms. Houle has also been recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education and was named the 2010 Site Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Unified School District.

Presidential Race Highlights Calif. GOP Convention

Feb. 24
Ben Adler, California Capitol Network
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California Republicans gather this weekend just south of San Francisco for the state party's semi-annual convention. The GOP presidential race is the headliner - even though California's primary isn't until June.

San Diego Gas Prices Leap Upward

Feb. 24
By Erik Anderson
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San Diego's average gas price jumped eight cents a gallon overnight, and the price will likely continue to go up. Analysts think the price could surge even more by Monday.

American Masters: Cab Calloway: Sketches

Feb. 24
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Explore the life of this pioneering jazz legend who charmed audiences with his bravado and showmanship. A singer, dancer and bandleader, Cab Calloway led one of the most popular African-American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem’s famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for the “Hi de hi de hi de ho” refrain from his signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” for his portrayal of Sportin’ Life in "Porgy and Bess" (1952) and for his role in "The Blues Brothers" (1980), Calloway influenced countless performers, including Michael and Janet Jackson, and many of today’s hip-hop artists.

Convention Center Expansion Facing Union Lawsuit

Feb. 24
By Katie Orr
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San Diego hotel workers are speaking out against the proposed Convention Center expansion. The union representing San Diego’s hotel workers has filed a lawsuit against the project.

In Performance At The White House: Red, White And Blues

Feb. 24
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President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House. The evening is an all-star celebration of the blues, the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and the west side of Chicago. With deep roots in Africa and slavery, the music has influenced modern American music from soul to rock ‘n’ roll. Leading popular artists’ performances trace that migratory path and pay homage to the great figures of the blues genre, from John Lee Hooker to Muddy Waters, and the songs they made famous.

Antiques Roadshow: Pittsburgh, Pa. - Hour Three

Feb. 24
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In Pittsburgh, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Arlie Sulka at the Carnegie Museum of Art to explore the striking, vibrantly colored vases, bottles and jars made by glass master Maurice Marinot. Highlights include a collection of correspondence between members of the Kennedy family and JFK’s former personal secretary; a circa 1928 Art Deco jade sapphire ring; and a 1946 oil painting by Rockwell Kent, along with an inherited letter from the artist, valued at $150,000 to $250,000.

Roundtable: City Budget News, Fairgrounds Board Views, Water Users' Dues

Feb. 24
Midday Edition
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Everybody's Talking: The mayor says the city's budget deficit is history; an audit says the city has millions in unspent water and sewer upgrade funds; and the Coastal Commission says the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board is now doing the right thing.

POV: Racing Dreams

Feb. 24
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Fondly described as “Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye,” this program follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National Championship title and take one step closer toward their dream of someday racing in NASCAR.

Masterpiece Classic: The Old Curiosity Shop

Feb. 24
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A teenage girl and her grandfather lose everything to a maniacal moneylender and flee his relentless pursuit. The saga of Little Nell, Grandfather and their tormentor, Daniel Quilp, is one of Charles Dickens’ most heartrending tales. Derek Jacobi (“I, Claudius”) stars as Grandfather, with Sophie Vavasseur (“Northanger Abbey”) as Nell and Toby Jones ("Frost/Nixon") as Quilp. The Dickensian cast also includes Gina McKee (“The Forsyte Saga”) as the brains behind Quilp’s shady law firm.

No More Prison Medical Facilities For California

Feb. 24
Julie Small, KPCC
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California’s legislative analyst says the state doesn’t need more prison medical facilities.

Latest Field Poll Results

Feb. 24
Jenny O'Mara, California Capitol Network
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A new Field Poll shows voters seem to prefer two measures that would raise taxes on top income earners. The poll shows voters at this stage are cooler toward a measure that would broadly increase taxes to fund schools.

Names Released Of Seven Marines Who Died In Helicopter Collision

Feb. 24
City News Service, Associated Press
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Two separate military probes were under way today into the deaths of six Camp Pendleton-based Marines and a seventh stationed in Arizona who were killed when two helicopters collided during a nighttime training exercise on the outskirts of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

County Jails Fill Up Faster Than Expected

Feb. 24
By Alison St John
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San Diego will have to build more jail space to accommodate the prisoners being passed down from state prisons under California’s realignment policy.

The Music Of The American West (And A Yodel)

Feb. 24
By Angela Carone
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The movies have taught us to imagine the American West a certain way: horses loping across open ranges, gun fights at high noon. But music also tells a story. Now, a musical tribute to the American west is coming to San Diego and KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone has a preview.