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Stories for April 14, 2006


April 14, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

plays out like a high-end student film, fueled by youthful energy and the giddiness that comes from someone finally getting to make their first movie. The film may be raw and flawed but it's appeal lies in the infectious delight filmmaker Rian Johnson takes in riffing on the hard-boiled films he loves.

Lonesome Jim

April 14, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

As an actor, Steve Buscemi brings any character he plays to vivid life. Whether the role is large or small, he always makes a distinct mark on any film he's in. As a director, he's been drawn to the kind of characters that he has sometimes played, characters that live somewhat on the fringes of society. But as a director, he's left a less distinct mark on the films he's made. In

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 14, 2006
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sanders to unveil budget proposal

April 14, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will unveil his budget proposal this afternoon. He has released elements of it every day this week. Today's he's expected to announce the overall package. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Environmental group sues City of San Diego

April 14, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego environmental group has sued the city of San Diego and its redevelopment agency. The suit alleges the city's recently approved Downtown Community Plan fails to analyze possible alternatives to avoid traffic gridlock. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

UC scientists attempt to fight malaria

April 14, 2006
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of UC scientists is raising money to fight malaria in Africa. The researchers have lobbied California's congressional representatives for money to fund the trip. Sacrament reporter, Ellen Ciurczak has more.

FBI investigates increased cross-border kidnappings

April 14, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal law enforcement officials in San Diego are concerned about the up-tick in kidnappings on both sides of the San Diego Tijuana border. FBI officials say they're investigating to see if the kidnappings signal a shift in drug cartels' tactics. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Mayor's Recovery Plan, 50th District, Iran

April 14, 2006
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Mayor Jerry Sanders has been rolling out his spending plan for fiscal year 2007, the White House is talking about using military force to stop Iran from making a nuclear weapons and, the race for the 50th Congressional District will be decided in a June run-off election.

Tourism gives major boost to SD economy

April 14, 2006
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study out of Los Angeles identifies tourism as one of San Diego County's huge economic engines. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.