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Stories for June 28, 2006

Army of Shadows

June 28
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jean-Pierre Melville's economical and boldly independent approach to filmmaking laid the groundwork for what was to become the French New Wave of the 1960s. Yet his films -- in terms of both style and content -- were not typical of that film movement. American audiences have recently had the opportunity to rediscover his work thanks to Rialto Pictures' dedicated efforts to reissue and restore his films.

Superman Returns

June 28
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 28
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vista agrees on controversial labor law

June 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Vista City Council voted unanimously yesterday to regulate the hiring of day laborers on the streets of Vista. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson explains the story.

What does the San Diego ACLU do?

June 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Kevin Keenan, from the San Diego ACLU, about the goals of the organization, its local advocacy efforts, and how it works with the ACLU's State and National offices. Keenan also discusses government surveillance of its citizens and free speech issues.

Does English need protection in the USA?

June 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill, passed by the U.S. Senate last month, would make English the national language of the United States. Whether it is practical or symbolic, the bill has raised anew the question of whether the English language needs to be protected by the force of immigration.

SD Congressmen introduce legislation to save cross

June 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three San Diego congressmen have introduced legislation that would preserve the cross atop Mount Soledad by transferring possession of the memorial to the federal government.

Vista council passes day laborers ordinance

June 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Under a new ordinance, employers who hire day laborers in the city of Vista will have to register with the city. The city council voted unanimously in favor of the measure last night on the grounds that it will protect workers. But critics say the true purpose is to shut down curbside hiring. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Fossil history revealed

June 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Giant camels, massive tortoises and sabertooth cats lived in the Anza-Borrego Desert region about 7 million years ago. Host Tom Fudge speaks to editors of a book that chronicles 7 million years of evolution in our regional desert.

School board chooses new superintendent

June 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A dynamic educator who fixed a bankrupt school district in Northern California may soon be San Diego County's new school superintendent. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Lawmakers Strike a Deal on the State Budget

June 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to John Myers with KQED about the state budget, which appears to be headed for approval after California lawmakers reached a compromise on several key issues. Myers talks about cuts to children's health insurance programs, increases in education funding, and reductions in community college fees.

San Diego officials oppose San Onofre toll road

June 28
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego may soon join the likes of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oceanside in taking a stand against a toll road in north San Diego County. Opponents say the Foothill Toll Road could have disastrous environmental impacts. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.