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Stories for March 24, 2006

Tsotsi and an Interview with Gavin Hood

March 24, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Gavin Hood is a white South African who recalls being raised by a Zulu housekeeper and befriending her young son. But as boys grew older, they were separated. Because of apartheid and segregation, they were not allowed to attend the same schools. When Hood was ten-years-old, he recalls seeing a film called

Inside Man

March 24, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

opens with Clive Owen's aspiring bank robber Dalton Russell talking directly to the audience and urging them to pay attention because he won't repeat himself. He then lays out the who (that would be him), what (a daring robbery), where (downtown Manhattan), and when (real soon) of a crime he's about to commit. But how's he going to pull it off? Well, like the Bard said, 'there in lies the rub.' Or does it. Dalton implies that there's uncertainty or difficulty involved in this crime yet we quickly discover, that he has every angle covered and may be in the process of pulling off that elusive perfect crime.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 24, 2006
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

China-made pet products fuel weekend protest

March 24, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Animal protection groups want consumers to boycott pet products made in China. Members of the California-based group In Defense of Animals will gather Saturday at the Global Pet Expo in San Diego to protest Chinese pet products. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Iraq strategy, new airport, Navy complex

March 24, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The editors gather at the roundtable for opinions on President Bush's war strategy in Iraq, a joint-use airport at a local military base, and a disagreement over the redevelopment of the Navy Broadway Complex.

SD City Council hopefuls lack funding

March 24, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Six candidates have qualified to challenge four incumbents for seats on the San Diego city council. However none of them has attracted significant funding to back their ambitions so far. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Canned tuna may need a warning sign

March 24, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Closing arguments were heard today in a case that pits the state of California against canned tuna companies. The suit alleges these companies violate Prop 65, by not warning consumers about the risks of mercury in tuna. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Suit against city focuses on homeless rights

March 24, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A long simmering legal battle to force the city of San Diego to deal with the homeless is coming to a head. The outcome could set a precedent for other cities with growing homeless populations. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.