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Stories for April 6, 2006

Lucky Number Slevin and an Interview with Jason Smilovic

April 6
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

When writing a screenplay, the first thing you need as you stare at the blank page or a flashing cursor on the computer screen is an idea.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 6
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How should the Navy Broadway Complex be redeveloped?

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should the citizens of San Diego have a say in what is done with the Navy Broadway Complex? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Wayne Raffesberger with the CCDC, and former City Architect Mike Stepner about the latest plans for the 14-acre bayfront site.

Jeannie and Jimmy play Kansas-style jazz

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local jazz legends Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham have played with some of the greatest jazz musicians. Now Jeannie's experience as a female jazz artist - as well as working with her musically talented husband - is chronicled in her new biography Meet With Your Black Drawers On.

Senator Boxer backs compromise immigration bill

April 6
By Jill Morrison and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigration reform hit a standstill in the U.S. Senate over whether to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. But Democrats like California Senator Barbara Boxer backed a compromise bill put forth by Republicans. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Sanders to unveil city budget proposal next week

April 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders says the budget proposal he'll unveil next week will be the turning point for San Diego's financial crisis.

We read your letters

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge and Senior Producer Ana Tintocalis read your letters.

Film Festival for children returns to Museum of Photographic Arts

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The third annual San Diego Children's Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Museum of Photographic Arts and features more than 50 short films from around the world. Festival Director Dan Bennett talks about the various screenings and workshops with host Tom Fudge.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

These Days host Tom Fudge looks at your best bets for your weekend itinerary with David Coddon, Assistant Arts Editor for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Hospitals receive heart bypass "report card"

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state report ranked San Diego County's hospitals by cardiac bypass death rates. The news isn't good for Alvarado Hospital, but Sharp Heathcare scored quite well. Joe Scherger, a patient safety advocate, gives us the county's heart bypass "report card."

Commission to give more leniency to hospitals

April 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The group that accredits hospitals is changing the way it grades facilities. Under a new system, the commission will allow hospitals to accrue more violations before being sanctioned. Critics say it's a step in the wrong direction. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Scott Peters' controversial stock ownership

April 6
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to City Council President Scott Peters' about his ownership of stock in the parent company of the consulting firm Kroll, Inc. Peters' financial interest in the company has raised eyebrows because the city has allocated $16.2 million to Kroll Inc. for its investigation into allegations of illegal activity at City Hall.

Public invited to comment on waterfront development plan

April 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The public gets a chance tonight to comment on a major downtown San Diego waterfront development plan. The Manchester Group wants to replace the Navy Broadway Complex overlooking San Diego Bay, with high rise hotels and offices.