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Dr. Gail Knight Inspires as First African-American Woman Chief of Staff at Rady Children’s Hospital

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In Dr. Gail Knight’s office is a wall of photos of patients she has treated. They are mementos of childhood milestones—birthday celebrations, family vacations and graduations. Though she hasn’t treated ... Read more

Black History Month Local Heroes Jones & Wooten Strengthen Bonds Between Fathers and Children

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Andre Jones and Aaron Wooten know first-hand the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. Jones grew up with his father, Wooten did not; and though their ... Read more

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Warning: 'Avenue Q' Contains Full Puppet Nudity

Feb. 6
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov
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Coronado Playhouse just extended its run of the musical "Avenue Q" through March 7. But don't be fooled by the cute puppets, this show is not for kids.

Camp Pendleton's Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green Chosen As Top Enlisted Marine (Video)

Jan. 20
By Beth Ford Roth
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I Marine Expeditionary Force Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, who is based at Camp Pendleton, will serve as the 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps. The promotion will make Green the top enlisted leader of the Marines.

Marines Honor Legacy Of Martin Luther King Jr. (Video)

Jan. 19
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marines are paying homage to the "example of courage, leadership, and integrity" displayed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday that honors his memory.

The Globe's 'Othello' Tackles Race, Gender, And The Mystery Of Iago

June 27
Evening Edition
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With “Othello” (running through July 27), The Old Globe proves that Shakespeare’s 400-year-old plays are timeless because the themes he dealt with are human and universal.

Behind The Scenes: DNA New Works Series

Feb. 20
Evening Edition
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Developing new works is in the La Jolla Playhouse’s blood. Perhaps that’s why its DNA New Works Series is so appropriately named. Last year's inaugural series was a success and now begins the second season of this innovative play development program. 

Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis: The Story Continues

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 4
By Monica Medina
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The Montford Point Marines are a little known part of U.S. military history. Born out of necessity, when African American men were first drafted to serve in World War II, the legacy of the Marines who trained at Montford Point in North Carolina is a mirror of the times, back when segregation and discrimination were par for the course.

In the Presence of Greatness: Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 3
By Monica Medina
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True heroism. You can see it in their hands, brown and weathered. Their long fingers, slightly bent from the weight of the load they've had to carry. It's in their faces too, which exemplify a quiet dignity, and in their eyes, which glisten like gems from beneath the Pacific. An homage perhaps, to their time in Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa. The crevices that line their faces and their somber, knowing smiles reveal a measure of the life they've lived.

Cosmetologist Tessie Bonner Saves Lives Through Breast Cancer Prevention

Black History Month 2014 Honoree

Jan. 31
By Monica Medina
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Tessie Bonner considers herself a "church lady," given that her religious beliefs are at the core of who she is and how she lives her life. But Bonner, whose friends and close associates tend to also think of her as "the little engine that could," seems to be so much more than any one label.

San Diego Cooks: Flavors of East Africa

March 20
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June Owino, who hails from Kenya, is a gregarious man who loves telling stories and making people laugh. He arrived in San Diego in 2001, with the idea that he would find work as an accountant, which is his area of expertise. But when the downturn in the economy came and he found himself without a job, he began to look around to figure out what else he could do.

Series Highlight: Forty Foot Films

March 18
Robert Mackey, Guest Blogger
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Guest blogger Robert Mackey checked out Reading Cinemas' "Forty Foot Film Series" and saw "To Kill A Mockingbird" for the first time.

Military's First Black Pilots Honored At Air Station Miramar

Feb. 22
City News Service
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The U.S. military's first black pilots were honored today at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, and a three-mile stretch of Interstate 15 near the base was renamed as the "Tuskegee Airmen Highway.''

'Gem Of The Ocean'

Feb. 20
Midday Edition
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To celebrate Black History Month, Cygnet Theater brings in some of the cast from August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” to share a scene.

Midday Movies: 'Django Unchained'

Feb. 7
Midday Edition
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February is Black History Month and this edition of Midday Movies looks to a movie still in theaters and still generating controversy over it’s depiction of black history. The film is Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained." The film received five Oscar nominations.

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