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Stories for July 18, 2006

All I Know I've Learned at the Movies

July 18
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Commentaries
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Today's most meaningful stories are told in darkened rooms where people munch on popcorn and stare at large flickering screens. Movie images are extremely powerful. In fact, they have a way of overwhelming all other information.

Web site allows San Diegans to track crime statistics

July 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new Web site lets San Diego residents look up detailed crime statistics for any neighborhood in the county. Local law enforcement officials unveiled the Crime MAPS Program Monday.

What started the violence between Israel and Hezbollah?

July 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge speaks to Professors Ronald Bee and Farid Abdel-Nour about the eruption of violence between Israel and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. Bee and Abdel-Nour speak about the origin of the violence, and give their thoughts on how the incident might play out.

One man Star Wars Trilogy blasts into SD

July 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge speaks to Charles Ross, creator of the "One Man Star Wars Trilogy," about his show which will be playing this week in San Diego. Ross talks about his lifelong love of the movie trilogy, his favorite characters, and what inspired him to create the show.

San Diego leads nation in online job ads

July 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego leads the nation in new online job ads tracked by The Conference Board. Ken Goldstein is an economist with the non-partisan organization. He says while online job ads increased in San Diego last month, job growth is slowing down.

What would be the impact of mandatory recycling in San Diego?

July 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge discusses the idea of universal/mandatory recycling in San Diego. The City is facing financial discipline if it doesn't reduce the amount of trash going into our dumps, but how would this kind of system be implemented and what sort of price increase could it have on City renters?

Popularity of hookah smoking has advocates fuming

July 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Smoking tobacco through a water pipe has long been a tradition in many Middle Eastern countries. And now, hookah smoking is catching on in the United States especially among young people. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Southern CA homes prices stabilizing

July 18
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Real Estate analysts say Southern California home prices are stabilizing after several years of double digit increases. The average home price climbed just over one percent last month in the six county Southern California Region.

Local democrats request election hearings

July 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The head of the San Diego Democratic Party says the County Board of Supervisors should hold public hearings on local election policies. Jess Durfee wants the board to investigate a practice that sends electronic voting machines home with poll workers. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Founder of the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story talks about writing

July 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge talks with Adrienne Brodeur about her first novel

Council approves police recruitment & retainment plan

July 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously approved a comprehensive plan to both recruit and retain police officers. The city faces a crisis as more cops are quitting. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.