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Swedish Marines Version of 'Greased Lightnin'' Goes Viral (Video)

Jan. 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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The country that contributed Ingrid Bergman, Stieg Larsson, and IKEA to the world's cultural landscape has made yet another offering for us to enjoy. This time, a group of Swedish Marines stationed in Afghanistan performed what some are calling a sexy version of the song "Greased Lightnin'" from the musical "Grease."

Army-Navy Game Spirit Video Parodies GEICO Hump Day Camel Commercial

Dec. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Guess what day it is? Not just Friday the 13th, but also the day before the Army-Navy game. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert took part in a hilarious spirit video that parodies the infamous GEICO Hump Day Camel Commercial.

Review: 'The Punk Singer'

Dec. 5
By Beth Accomando
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“The Punk Singer” (opening Dec. 6 at the Digital Gym Cinema) is a documentary focusing on Kathleen Hanna, the dynamic lead singer of Bikini Kill. She was a feminist and activist who mysteriously stopped singing in 2005.

Rants And Raves: 'The Wolverine'

July 23
By Beth Accomando
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Hollywood loves to advertise its product but the marketing campaigns for many films fall flat or fail to inspire. Not the case with "The Wolverine" (opening July 26 throughout San Diego).

Comic-Con: Video Gaming Continues To Grow

July 23
Tony Weidinger, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Tony Weidinger says he's been going to Comic-Con ever since his mom took him as a baby in a stroller. He writes about the changes he's seen in the past two decades.

Comic-Con Wrap Up

July 22
Evening Edition
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The 43rd Comic-Con came to a close last night, and as usual there was far too much to do in four days.

Comic-Con 2013 Sounds: An Introduction

July 19
By Angela Carone
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San Diegans are used to seeing superheroes and vampires take over downtown every summer for Comic-Con, which draws 130,000 attendees. But for those, who've never been, here's an introduction.

Not Guilty By Reason Of Zombification?

July 18
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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While an "Assassin's Creed" pirate ship docks behind Comic-Con, a panel on the zombie apocalypse takes place inside. Check out the video.

Comic-Con Invades San Diego

July 18
By Beth Accomando, Deb Welsh
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Just ahead of Comic-Con day one, KPBS Morning Edition's Deb Welsh talks with KPBS arts reporter — and longtime Comic-Con attendee — Beth Accomando.

Short For A Stormtrooper? Not In This Star Wars Dress-Up Game

July 11
By Claire Trageser
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Like Civil War reenactors from this galaxy, the 501st Legion of Star Wars stormtroopers have very strict costuming requirements.

Rants And Raves: Is Dirty Harry Getting His Way?

June 25
By Beth Accomando
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A recent Supreme Court ruling suggests we are moving closer to Dirty Harry’s point of view than Serpico’s.

Marine Veteran Amputee Becomes Underwear Model (Video)

June 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine veteran Alex Minsky went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego and received further training at Camp Pendleton, before being deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. He lost a leg and suffered major brain injuries in an IED blast. But now, Minsky is making headlines as a top underwear model.

Comic-Con Badge Resale Now Open

June 11
By Beth Accomando
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Comic-Con badges sold out in less than two hours on February 16 but anyone who registered for passes but failed to get any will have one more chance to get into the largest pop culture convention in America.

Review: 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

March 7
By Nathan John
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Guest blogger Nathan John says, welcome to the re-imagined, re-colorized, yet not totally legally, Land of Oz! Follow the grey cement road to Disney's prequel in San Diego theaters March 8. (Warning: I will be spoiling things.)

Justin Bieber And His Faith In God Discussed At Point Loma Nazarene

Feb. 25
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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Journalist, author and blogger Cathleen Falsani has written a book about pop star Justin Bieber and his faith in God.