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Revisiting 2014 KPBS Feature Stories: Fallujah, San Diego Opera, Surfing

Dec. 26
By KPBS News
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As the year comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite KPBS stories in 2014: the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah, a study that hoped to measure whether surfing is an effective cardiovascular exercise, the San Diego Opera's tumultuous year and an exhibit that explored surf board design.

Roundtable Features KPBS Editors' Top Stories of 2014

Dec. 26
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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In 2014 there was drama in the 52nd Congressional District, behind the scenes at the San Diego Opera, and among taxi owners and drivers. But pretty much none at all in the residential housing market, which is a good thing.

North Park's Digital Gym Gets Ready To Show 'The Interview'

Dec. 24
By Matthew Bowler, Angela Carone
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The 46-seat nonprofit movie theater doesn't usually show big-studio, R-rated buddy comedies, but it's making an exception for "The Interview" after Sony Pictures reversed a decision to pull it from the screen.

San Diego Native Tackles Immigration In New Animated Series 'Bordertown'

Dec. 24
Midday Edition
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Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is on the team working on a new animated comedy sitcom tackling changing demographics and immigration. "Bordertown" debuts on Fox in fall 2015.

'The Imitation Game' Cracks The Enigma Of Alan Turing

Dec. 24
By Beth Accomando
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Benedict Cumberbatch played a dragon in "The Hobbit" movies, as well as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC TV series. This Christmas you can find him playing the mathematician who helped break the enigma code in "The Imitation Game" (opening Dec. 25 in select San Diego theaters).

Scripps CEO Discusses New Book On Leadership

Dec. 23
Midday Edition
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Chris Van Gorder has been president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000. His first book is titled "The Front-line Leader: Building a High-Performance Organization from the Ground Up."

Don't Go 'Into The Woods'

Dec. 23
By Beth Accomando
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Rob Marshall nabbed (I'd say stole) an Oscar for his movie version of the musical "Chicago." Now he tackles "Into the Woods" (opening Dec. 25 throughout San Diego) and it’s no fairy tale.

San Diego Opera Conductor To Step Down After 35 Years

Dec. 23
By Angela Carone
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San Diego Opera's resident conductor and longest tenured employee is stepping down after 35 years with the company.

San Diego's Independent Booksellers Thrive In Shadow Of Online Retailers

Dec. 22
Midday Edition
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San Diego's independent booksellers are thriving, while larger brick-and-mortar book stores and retailers are losing out to online competitors.

La Jolla Playhouse Fills Leadership Post With Rising Latino Director

Dec. 22
By Angela Carone
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Jaime Castañeda will become the associate artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse. Castañeda is known for shepherding young, emerging talent to the stage, especially the work of Latino artists.

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