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Revisiting 2014 KPBS Feature Stories: Fallujah, San Diego Opera, Surfing

A U.S. Marine watches through a hole in the wall insurgents running through the streets of Al Fallujah, Iraq on Nov. 9, 2004.
U.S. Dept. of Defense
A U.S. Marine watches through a hole in the wall insurgents running through the streets of Al Fallujah, Iraq on Nov. 9, 2004.

As the year comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite KPBS stories in 2014: the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah, a study that hoped to measure whether surfing is an effective cardiovascular exercise, the San Diego Opera's tumultuous year and an exhibit that explored surf board design.

10 Years Later, Camp Pendleton Marines Remember The Battle For Fallujah

In November, Camp Pendleton Marines commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the second Battle for Fallujah, the fiercest combat of the Iraq War and the deadliest urban battle for the Marines since Vietnam. Almost 100 Americans died and 600 others were injured.

Surfing Under The Microscope In Cal State San Marcos Study

Ross Edmunds simulates paddling in the Cal State San Marcos biomechanics lab. It's part of a study that aims to find out whether recreational surfing is a strenuous exercise.
Katie Schoolov
Ross Edmunds simulates paddling in the Cal State San Marcos biomechanics lab. It's part of a study that aims to find out whether recreational surfing is a strenuous exercise.

KPBS health reporter Kenny Goldberg looked at a Cal State San Marcos study that hoped to measure whether recreational surfing is an effective cardiovascular exercise. The study is scheduled to last into 2017.

San Diego Opera Will Not Close, Announces 2015 Season

San Diego Opera's board of directors has voted to keep the company open and mount a 2015 season.
Ken Howard
San Diego Opera's board of directors has voted to keep the company open and mount a 2015 season.

After two months of handwringing, upheaval and off-stage drama, the San Diego Opera’s board of directors voted unanimously in May to rescind a vote to close the company.

Surf’s Up At Mingei’s New Exhibit

A selection of more recent dual fin boards plus, on the far right, one of Simon Anderson's tri-fin Thruster boards at the Mingei's Surf Craft exhibit.
Richard Klein
A selection of more recent dual fin boards plus, on the far right, one of Simon Anderson's tri-fin Thruster boards at the Mingei's Surf Craft exhibit.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando gave us a peek into an exhibit at the Mingei International Museum that explores surf board design. The exhibit runs through Jan. 11.

Related: More KPBS Feature Stories Of 2014

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