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Stories for April 19, 2013

Review: 'Antiviral'

April 19
By Beth Accomando
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Filmmaker David Cronenberg once told me he’s not interested in "comfortable cinema." Well he's apparently passed that onto his son Brandon Cronenberg whose debut film is "Antiviral" (playing April 26 and 27 at 10pm only at Reading Gaslamp Stadium Theaters).

Antiques Roadshow: Dartmouth

April 19
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Fiona Bruce and the team weigh anchor at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth for another busy day of evaluations. Objects exciting the experts include a relic from HMS Victory, a mystery device once used to make explosions which has some of the officer cadets confused, plus perhaps the largest piece made by Faberge ever seen on the show.

Border Patrol Agent Acquitted of Abuse Charges

April 19
By Adrian Florido
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Agent Luis Fonseca had been accused of beating and choking an immigrant at a Border Patrol station.

LGBT Couples Not Satisfied With Immigration Bill

April 19
By Adrian Florido
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Binational LGBT spouses had hoped to gain immigration rights, but senators excluded them from their bill.

Earth Day Puts Spotlight On San Diego's Environment

April 19
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How dirty is the air we breath and the water we drink?

California's Unemployment Rate Decreases In March

April 19
Amy Quinton, Capital Public Radio
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California’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than four years.

Behind The Scenes: 'Aida'

April 19
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The opera "Aida" (opening tomorrow night at the Civic Theater and running through April 28) gets a vibrant staging thanks in part to Del Mar resident and designer Zandra Rhodes. I'll take you backstage for the first rehearsal of San Diego Opera’s production.

The Bletchley Circle

April 19
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"The Bletchley Circle" follows four ordinary women with the extraordinary ability to break codes, a skill honed during World War II when they worked undercover at Bletchley Park, site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment. Now in 1952, Susan, Millie, Lucy and Jean have returned to civilian life, keeping their intelligence work secret from all, including family and friends. A series of ghastly murders targeting women, however, re-unites the team as they set out to decode the pattern behind the crimes.

Stubbornly, Manchin Maintains Background Checks Optimism

April 19
Frank James / NPR
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Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who lent his name to bipartisan legislation that would have extended background checks for gun purchasers to gun shows and the online sales, isn't letting go.

Border Patrol agent acquitted of abusing migrant

April 19
ELLIOT SPAGAT / Associated Press
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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A jury deliberated less than eight hours before acquitting a Border Patrol agent Friday of a charge that he choked a migrant, ending a rare case of the government prosecuting border authorities for using excessive force.

Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

April 19
Dan Charles / NPR
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My first reaction when I heard details of this week's deadly fertilizer explosion in Texas was horror.

EPA: Calif failed to spend $455M on water projects

April 19
GOSIA WOZNIACKA / Associated Press
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California has failed to spend $455 million of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state, while thousands of people rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants, federal regulators said Friday.

MCAS Miramar Says Thank You To Padres (Video)

April 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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The MCAS Miramar-based 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said thanks to the the San Diego Padres this week during a special Colors ceremony at the base. Former Padre (and son of a Marine veteran) Trevor Hoffman was one of the guests.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

April 19
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The unemployment rate in San Diego County in March was 7.7 percent, down from a revised 8 percent in February and the 9.3 percent in the same month last year, the state Employment Development Department reported today.

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Island President

April 19
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President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man with a bigger problem than any other world leader has ever faced -- the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, he must now ensure that his tiny country doesn't disappear under rising sea levels. That means capturing the attention of global superpowers, forging alliances, persuading the skeptical, and learning the ropes of international political horse-trading. Despite the size of his country and his political challenges at home, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

Is San Onofre Cost Effective In The Long Term?

April 19
By Alison St John
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If it could be restarted safely, would the San Onofre nuclear power plant still be a cost effective way to generate electricity?

The Scene In Boston: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

April 19
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Emi Larsen was just starting to calm down. She's a nurse at Boston's Floating Hospital for Children and was a volunteer at the marathon's medical tent on Monday.

Boston On Lockdown: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

April 19
Alan Greenblatt / NPR
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Following reports of sudden, heavy police presence in Watertown, Boston police have asked residents to once again stay indoors. Just about an hour earlier, the governor had lifted the shelter-in-place advisory. The police tweeted: "Police operations in the Franklin Street Watertown area. Residents shelter in place."

Market Warriors: Antiquing In Liberty, N.C.

April 19
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The pickers travel to Liberty, North Carolina, to the Liberty Antique Festival where twice a year, more than 400 dealers pack a farm with antiques and collectibles. The challenge to find a 20th-century American item puts one of the pickers up against the clock. Some key finds include two cast iron doorstops, a blanket chest and a metal folk art box.

Today's KPBS Midday Segment Suspended

April 19
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KPBS Midday Edition has been suspended.

Critics Use Boston Marathon Attack To Condemn Immigration Reform

April 19
By John Rosman
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As the manhunt for the second Boston Marathon attack suspect continues, the debate on immigration reform gets more heated.

Antiques Roadshow: Rapid City, South Dakota - Hour One

April 19
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visits one of South Dakota’s greatest treasures, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to look at presidential prints. Some notable finds in Rapid City include a suite of furniture by Thomas Molesworth from the famous “Ranch A,” and signed military documents of Elvis Presley, valued at $4,000-$5,500.

About The Brothers Suspected In Boston Marathon Bombing

April 19
Liz Halloran / NPR
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The suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon explosions and the Thursday night murder of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are two brothers from a former Soviet republic who were in the United States legally for years, and lived together in a Watertown, Mass., apartment.

California Unemployment Rate Drops To 9.4 percent

April 19
LAURA OLSON / Associated Press
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's unemployment rate dropped in March to 9.4 percent as job growth in the state continued to outpace the nation, figures released Friday show.

US Soldiers Deploying To Jordan From Fort Bliss Amid Conflict In Syria

April 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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More than 100 soldiers assigned to the 1st Armored Division headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas are gearing up for their deployment to Jordan to aid that country's military - as conflict continues in neighboring Syria.

SDSU Professors Help NASA Find Two Most Earth-Like Planets Yet

April 19
By David Wagner
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Two planets found by NASA's Kepler mission are now the most likely places we know of for harboring life beyond our own solar system. Two San Diego State University professors were instrumental in tracking them down.

14 Bodies Recovered After Texas Blast, 200 Injured

April 19
Associated Press
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The bodies of 14 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured, authorities said Friday.

Camp Pendleton Fire Fully Contained

April 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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A brush fire that broke out on Camp Pendleton yesterday is now fully contained. The blaze, which burned more than 80 acres, was sparked by live-fire training.

Sea Lions Struggle On San Diego Coast

April 19
By Erik Anderson
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Undersized Sea lion pups are swamping rescue centers along the Southern California Coast and scientists do not know why.

AP: Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect In Custody

April 19
EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press
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The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.

Police: Law change makes child abuse hard to track

April 19
TAMI ABDOLLAH / Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Law enforcement officers and child welfare advocates are concerned about a little-noticed change to California's child abuse database, saying it could hamper their ability to keep tabs on hundreds of suspected abusers who work with kids outside the home, including teachers, coaches and clergy.

Shots, Explosions Heard As Boston Manhunt Continues

April 19
Mark Memmott / NPR
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Gunfire and explosions have been heard in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Mass., and police have converged on the area. The events there follow the shooting death late Thursday of a campus police officer at the nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology.