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'A Growing Passion' Begins Third Season With Focus On Balboa Park

March 24
Midday Edition
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The third season of the KPBS series begins Thursday. The first episode examines the variety of plants, flowers and trees in the gardens of Balboa Park.

University Of San Diego To Honor 'Big Bang Theory' Star Jim Parsons

March 23
By Associated Press
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Emmy Award-winning actor Jim Parsons will be among a dozen honored as outstanding alumni by the University of San Diego.

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.

Navy Secretary Revokes Honorary Title For Bill Cosby

Dec. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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As sexual assault allegations against famed comedian Bill Cosby mount, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced today the Navy is revoking the title of honorary Chief Petty Officer presented to Cosby in 2011.

Son of Monsterpalooza: Paying Tribute To Movie Monsters

Sept. 19
By Beth Accomando
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With Halloween just around the corner, Son of Monsterpalooza — a convention celebrating movie monsters — was just what I needed last weekend.

From Korea To Denver, Joan Rivers Was A Longtime USO Supporter

Sept. 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Groundbreaking comedian Joan Rivers died Thursday at the age of 81. Rivers was a longtime supporter of the USO, even being named the 2001 USO of Metropolitan New York’s Woman of the Year.

Army Pfc. Paul Ieti Performs One Direction Ballad On 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

Aug. 13
By Beth Ford Roth
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Did you catch Army Pfc. Paul Ieti's live performance Tuesday night on "America's Got Talent"? The singing soldier attempted to wow the judges with his rendition of the One Direction ballad "You & I."

Robin Williams: Carpe Diem

Aug. 12
By Beth Accomando
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On Monday there was a little less laughter in the world. Actor and comedian Robin Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m. on Aug. 11 and Tuesday, the Marin County Sheriff revealed Williams had died of hanging and suicide is suspected.

Robin Williams A Beloved Figure On USO Tours (Video)

Aug. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that may have been the most memorable.

‘Antiques Roadshow’ Finds $1 Million Baseball Trove

Aug. 11
Associated Press
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"Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

Rants And Raves: Comic-Con 2014

July 29
By Beth Accomando
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The 45th Comic-Con International just ended (sob, sob) and it’s 342 days till the next one (yay!).

Singing Soldier Paul Ieti Makes Finals Of America's Got Talent (Video)

July 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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The judges from the TV talent competition "America's Got Talent" voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti to Radio City Music Hall for the show's finals. Ieti, an active-duty soldier, recently returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

July 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Batman, Zombies And Whovians To Descend On Comic-Con

July 21
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker
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Preview night for Comic-Con is Wednesday, but vendors are arriving already with the bigger, more elaborate booths beginning to be unloaded Monday at the San Diego Convention Center.

Batman: The Complete Television Series At Comic-Con

July 7
By Beth Accomando
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Holy geekgasm! “Batman: The Complete Television Series” finally comes out on BluRay and Comic-Con will host a panel featuring Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar!

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