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Boosting San Diego Literacy Rate Remains A Challenge

May 12
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About 20 percent of San Diego County residents are either illiterate or functionally illiterate, according to the San Diego Council on Literacy's assessment of U.S. Census figures.

New Book Explores The End Of Suburban Sprawl

April 28
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It used to be part of the American dream to escape the city and build a life in the suburbs. But that dream now is fading, as people turn away from suburban sprawl. We'll hear how San Diego is moving toward a new urbanism.

UC San Diego Researcher Traces American History Of Democracy And Racist Immigration Laws

April 22
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The U.S. has barred people based on race longer than any other country in the western hemisphere. A new book co-authored by a UC San Diego researcher looks at the history of democracy and racist immigration policy in the Americas.

Brad Pitt To Play Gen. Stanley McChrystal In 'The Operators' Movie

April 15
By Beth Ford Roth
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Which actor would you want to play you in a movie about your life? If you're a man, I'm guessing Brad Pitt is at the top of the list. Well, for Gen. Stanley McChrystal the dream is about to become a reality. Pitt is slated to star in "The Operators," a film about McChrystal based on the book by Michael Hastings.

Retired San Diego 911 Operator Writes About Handling Emergencies, Large And Small

April 7
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From funny, to heartbreaking to downright strange, we'll hear about the stories in a new book by a former San Diego Police Department 911 dispatcher.

SDSU Offers Its First Zombies Class To Reanimate Students

March 28
By Beth Accomando
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Zombies are everywhere in pop culture. "The Walking Dead" is a hit on TV, Brad Pitt just saved the world from them in "World War Z," and killing zombies is almost a rite of passage in video games. So with zombies not looking to shamble off into the sunset maybe it’s time to put them to better use. That’s what San Diego State is doing this semester.

New Book Documents Tijuana's Revival In Words And Pictures

March 19
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A new bilingual coffee-table book, Tijuana/22000, explores the transformation happening in the heart of the westernmost city in all of Latin America, through photography, stories and numbers.

Author Looks To Animals For Deeper Understanding Of Good And Evil

March 17
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A new book points out that human beings, as the master predators are without a doubt the biggest killers on the planet.

Interview: Actor And Filmmaker Crispin Glover

March 5
By Beth Accomando
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Crispin Glover’s film “What Is It?” wants audiences to ask precisely that question. And what better way to ask that question than in person with the filmmaker. That's precisely what you'll get this weekend with "Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Shows" at the La Paloma Theater (March 7 and 8 at 7:00 p.m.).

Roots Travel Is About More Than Your Family Tree

March 5
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Through her story of her own roots journey to Minkowitz, author Judith Fein said she hopes it will encourage others to make a voyage into their own heritage.

San Diego Bookstores Receive Grants From Best-Selling Author James Patterson

March 4
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Author James Patterson says he wants to help develop the next generation of readers and is giving a financial boost to dozens of bookstores nationwide, including two in San Diego.

Jeanette Walls On Writing About A Difficult Childhood

Feb. 26
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Writer Jeanette Walls is a gossip columnist turned memoirist turned novelist. Her latest work is a novel about two girls trapped in a dysfunctional childhood called "The Silver Star."

Civil Rights, College Football And The Season That Changed It All

Feb. 20
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One of the most significant changes in football is now the subject of a book, "Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights" by New York Times columnist and Columbia Professor Samuel G. Freedman.

Review: 'The Monuments Men'

Feb. 7
By Beth Accomando
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If you like George Clooney and friends in the “Ocean's” films then you will enjoy “The Monuments Men” (opened February 7 throughout San Diego). But if you liked the documentary “The Rape of Europa,” then this Hollywood fluff will leave you annoyed.

What's Happening Around San Diego In February?

Feb. 6
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From a retro soul music show to a poetry reading and an unusual film screening, here's a preview to some of this month's top events happening around San Diego.