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Stories for June 23, 2006

The King

June 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Gael Garcia Bernal plays a twenty-one year old sailor named Elvis Valderez who's just been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. With his mother no longer alive, Elvis heads back to his hometown of Corpus Christi to seek out the father he never knew. All he has is the name his mother told him - David Sandow. Elvis soon discovers that Sandow (William Hurt) is the well-respected minister of a Baptist church. He is married and has two teenage children. Elvis follows Sandow home after hearing his Sunday sermon. Elvis boldly but politely introduces himself as Sandow's son and waits to see what kind of response he'll get. Sandow doesn't deny being his father but he's uncomfortable with this reminder from his past so he instructs Elvis to stay away from his family. But Elvis is taken by Sandow's shy young daughter Malerie (Pell James) who in turn is attracted to this handsome stranger.

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June 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Adam Sandler is one of a growing number of comedians who's not content to just wait for projects to come his way. He's set up his own production company "Happy Madison" to produce his own films as well as those of fellow comedians like Rob Schneider (

Beheading in Rosarito may be linked to Mexico's Elections

June 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The beheading of three Rosarito policeman and one civilian earlier this week could be an act of election time cleansing by drug cartels, according to one San Diego academic who has sources close to the action. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Hamdaniya, Immigration Reform, Madaffer

June 23
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week, seven Marines and one sailor were charged with murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of an Iraqi civilian, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives announced they will hold public hearings on the Senate's immigration reform bill, and Councilman Jim Madaffer has overspent his 2006 district budget by $176,000.

Judge to give preview ruling on pension case

June 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A San Diego Superior Court Judge will issue a tentative summary judgment today on whether the city of San Diego pension benefits should be rolled back. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.