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Stories by Matthew Bowler

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Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre Artist In Residency Ends This Month At Airport

May 11
By Beth Accomando, Guillermo Sevilla, Matthew Bowler

In December 2017, Astraeus Aerial Dance Theatre was awarded an Artist in Residency at the San Diego International Airport. Here's a look at the work they have done.

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San Marcos-Based RealDoll Launches AI Sex Dolls

April 20
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov, Matthew Bowler, Nicholas McVicker

San Marcos is home to RealDolls, a company that makes sex dolls and is about to release its first model with artificial intelligence. WARNING: Mature content.

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'Pandas' Invade Fleet Science Center

April 4
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

On an adorability scale of one to 10, pandas are an 11. But the new IMAX documentary "Pandas" (opening at the Fleet Science Center) looks past their fluffy appeal to the hard work that goes into saving the species.

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San Diego Sports Program Teaches Teens Life Lessons Through Cycling

Feb. 13
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego VeloYouth program teaches students life lessons on and off the bike at Balboa Park.

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La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl In Facebook Video Is Reassigned

Jan. 22
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler, Megan Burks

Dozens of students and community members protested Monday after a La Mesa police officer was shown roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground in a video posted to Facebook this weekend.

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Advocacy Group Organizes Conference To Fight California's Gang Conspiracy Laws

July 31, 2017
By Claire Trageser, Matthew Bowler

Organizers from the advocacy group Pillars of the Community are planning a conference this weekend to give attendees tools to fight gang documentation laws.

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Globe's New 'Robin Hood!' Stages Swordplay In The Round

July 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Errol Flynn defined the swashbuckling heroics of Robin Hood in the 1938 film "The Adventures of Robin Hood." Now the Old Globe takes inspiration from that movie for its newly commissioned play by Ken Ludwig, "Robin Hood!"

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'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

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Comic Book Artists Stan Sakai And Kevin Eastman At IDW Comic Art Gallery Friday

June 2, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga, Matthew Bowler

A samurai rabbit and ninja turtles will be meeting up yet again after decades apart for a new IDW comic book coming out in July. To celebrate the reunion, IDW is bringing “Usagi Yojimbo” creator Stan Sakai and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” co-creator Kevin Eastman together tonight at Comic Art Gallery in Liberty Station.

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San Diego Auto Show Revs Up For 5-Day Run

Dec. 29, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The annual San Diego International Auto Show began its a five-day run Thursday at the Convention Center.

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Downtown San Diego Library Opens A Bike Kitchen

Oct. 28, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A new program makes it possible for people to fix their bicycles and check out a book at San Diego's downtown library.

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'Lizard Boy,' A Coming-Of-Age Comic Book Superhero Musical

Oct. 6, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

It started as a one-man show at Seattle Repertory Theatre and has since evolved into a three-person comic book rock musical now on stage at Diversionary Theatre.

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Moxie Theatre's 'Peerless' Riffs On 'Macbeth'

Sept. 22, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

The playhouse strives to showcase female playwrights and plays with dynamic women characters. Its current production "Peerless" offers a reimagining of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth."

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San Diego Opera's 'Listening Tour' Asked What Opera Means To People

Aug. 5, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett has been on a "listening tour" to find out what San Diegans think about opera. Here are the results.

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San Diego Opera's David Bennett Enters Second Year As General Director

Aug. 1, 2016
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Opera has survived some tumultuous times but as David Bennett enters his second year as general director the future of opera in San Diego looks strong.

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Family Affair Explores Star Trek Final Frontier

July 22, 2016
By Elma Gonzalez, Matthew Bowler

The play "Klingon Lifestyles," which will stage its 23rd production Friday, has become a classic at Comic-Con in San Diego. Meet the family behind it.

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The Fight Over Powdered Alcohol In California Comes To San Diego

April 15, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Cosmopolitans, martinis, gimlets are all popular cocktails, but the next new drink may not be made from any liquor on the market, it could be made from powdered alcohol or Palcohol.

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Miramar National Cemetery Has Room To Grow

April 6, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego is home to nearly a quarter million veterans. And as they age, they inevitably die. The Department of Veterans Affairs is making room for their graves.

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49 Kids Become Some Of San Diego County's Newest Americans

April 1, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

From school plays to graduations, growing up in the U.S. is full of milestones. But a group of local kids celebrated a less common occasion on Friday: becoming Americans.

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Training Bartenders, Servers On How Much Is Too Much

Feb. 19, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

After two of their peers died in a collision with a drunk driver, UC San Diego students work to make "responsible beverage training" mandatory for restaurant and bar workers.

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Monte Vista High School Reopens Technical Education Buildings

Feb. 18, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Monte Vista High School has finished a $7.5 million renovation of its Career Technical Education buildings.

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North Park's Claire de Lune Coffee Shop Closes For Good

Feb. 17, 2016
By Angela Carone, Matthew Bowler

Claire de Lune staked its claim in North Park before the neighborhood became the trendy hub it is now. But the popularity it helped jumpstart is ultimately what drew customers away.

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Officials Show Off Facility Where Passengers Apply For TSA Pre-Check Program

Feb. 11, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Passengers in the TSA Pre-Check program go through select screening lines at the airport and do not have to take off their shoes, light outerwear, or belts.

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Program Teaches San Diego Students How To Pay For College

Feb. 10, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

For some students the costs of college can be daunting. The program Achieve UC aims to show low-income students that college is within reach.

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Cal State Faculty Plan To Strike In April

Feb. 8, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Stepping up its push for a new labor contract, the union representing California State University faculty announced plans Monday to carry out a five-day strike in April at all 23 campuses — including San Diego State and Cal State San Marcos — if a deal isn't reached before then.

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Commercials Will Upstage Super Bowl For Some San Diegans

Feb. 5, 2016
By Associated Press, Matthew Bowler

Super Bowl 50 promises a gridiron clash that will thrill spectators, but many viewers watch for what’s in between the plays. For them the commercials are the big stars.

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John Lennon Music Education Bus Stops In San Diego

Feb. 4, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

John Lennon’s musical legacy made a stop in San Diego. The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour was at Crown Point Junior Music Academy.

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San Diego Unified Piloting Rainwater Collection System

Feb. 1, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

With the drought in mind, two schools in the San Diego Unified School District and one in the Encinitas Union School District are taking part in a new rainwater collection program that saves water and teaches science.

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San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard

Jan. 22, 2016
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The blizzard rolling into the Midwest and East Coast resulted in the cancellation of a couple handfuls of departing flights and a few arrivals Friday at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

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Erosion Increases Dangers At Sunset Cliffs

Jan. 21, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

The recent rains not only flooded San Diego streets, but also caused erosion along Sunset Cliffs.

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San Diego, Baja High Schoolers Working To Solve Global Problems

Jan. 20, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A group of San Diego and Baja California high schoolers gathered at the University of San Diego to address some of the world's toughest problems.

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Program Trains Community College Employees To Help Police Stop Active Shooters

Jan. 18, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

A new program at the San Diego Community College District trains officers and college employees to fight back against campus shooters.

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Nurses Union Warns Alvarado Hospital Suffers High Turnover Rate

Jan. 13, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

The California Nurses Association says nurses are leaving San Diego's Alvarado Hospital in alarming numbers.

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Many San Diegans Hit By Flooding May Not Have Insurance

Jan. 7, 2016
By Matthew Bowler

Homeowners and renters who have insurance often don't take the extra step to add flood insurance to the policy.

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San Diegans Prepare For Flooding, High Surf

Jan. 4, 2016
By Matthew Bowler, Susan Murphy

Homeless service providers are handing out boots and tarps, while fire-rescue personnel are providing sandbags.

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San Diego Auto Show Begins 4-Day Run

Dec. 31, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The San Diego International Auto Show is taking place at the convention center Thursday through Sunday. It will feature 400 new-model vehicles, alternative fuel cars, exotics, crossovers and classics.

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San Diego – And Its Burritos – Promoted In New York's Times Square

Dec. 30, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego is getting a promotional bump in New York's Times Square this New Year's Eve. A flashy billboard ad extols America's Finest City.

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Holiday Bowl Bands Battle It Out Before Big Game

Dec. 29, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

As San Diego prepares to host the 2015 Holiday Bowl game between USC and the University of Wisconsin on Wednesday night, their marching bands battled it out in downtown San Diego.

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City Of San Diego: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Dec. 28, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

The city of San Diego's 42nd annual Christmas tree recycling program began Monday in an effort to keep trees out of landfills and turn them into mulch for gardeners.

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Economy Doing Well, But Many San Diego Families Still Need Holiday Help

Dec. 18, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The Salvation Army is short thousands of toy donations as more San Diego families need help this holiday season.

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Future Of Robots On Display In San Diego

Dec. 16, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The future will be led by humans but built by robots, according to organizers of the RoboUnivers Conference at the San Diego Convention Center.

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Free Public Events Build Excitement In San Diego For AMGEN Tour

Dec. 15, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego organizers for the AMGEN Tour of California are hosting several free public events to get your motor running for bicycle racing.

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San Diego Colleges Use Dogs To Take Bite Out Of Exam Stress

Dec. 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

San Diego colleges use canine cuddle programs to calm anxious students during test time with licks, tummy rubs and hugs.

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San Diego Airport Unveils Public Art At Rental Center

Dec. 9, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Not only is San Diego’s new airport rental car center ready to serve travelers, it is also exhibiting some world-class art.

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California School Admistrators Address Teacher Shortage

Dec. 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

The California School Board Association’s annual conference had more than 3,000 educators at the San Diego Convention Center thinking about ways to improve schools.

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Qualcomm Expands Program To Entice Next Generation Of San Diego Engineers

Dec. 4, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Qualcomm unveiled its newest educational lab Wednesday at Lewis Middle School in San Diego.

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Secretary Of State Alex Padilla Urges Mission Bay High Students To Vote

Dec. 2, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

Less than 5 percent of Californians under the age of 24 voted in the last election. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is trying to change that.

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AIDS Quilt Unveiled At UC San Diego

Dec. 1, 2015
By Matthew Bowler

UC San Diego honored World Aids Day for the 10th year with a display of three portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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San Diego Miramar College Marks Opening Of Science Building

Nov. 30, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

San Diego Miramar College officially opened it's new 49,000-square-foot science building on Monday — and it has all the bells and whistles.

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Rain, Mountain Snow To Continue In San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2015
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler

Snow showers developed over the mountains late Thursday night and are expected to continue off and on through at least early Friday afternoon.

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