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Stories for May 11, 2006

The Promise/Interview with Chen Kaige

May 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

When the cultural revolution ended thirty years ago, Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou found themselves with no jobs, little education and an uncomfortable awareness of the rural China to which they'd been sent. When they returned to Beijing, they enrolled in the film institute and now are successful film directors. In 1984, Chen made his first film,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Study reveals dangerous chemicals in our bodies

May 11
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study is giving us a glimpse of what a statewide system of testing for chemicals in our bodies might reveal. The tests come as California lawmakers are pushing legislation to create the first such program in the country. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.

Mayor asks president to intervene on Mt. Soledad cross debate

May 11
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants President Bush to intervene in the Mount Soledad Cross debate. Sanders hopes Bush will put an end to the 17-year-old dispute. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Healthcare reform becoming a major campaign issues

May 11
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Health care reform is emerging as a major campaign issue in California's Democratic nomination for governor. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Police officers flee San Diego

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Young police officers are leaving San Diego to earn more money in less expensive cities. Guest host Alison St. John explores the impact this movement is having on safety in the city.

Officials

May 11
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County officials are ramping up their battle against mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Growing up female and Jewish in Iran

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Guest host Alison St. John talks with author Farideh Goldin about her book Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman.

New book highlights Padres' history

May 11
By None and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Well, it's May and the San Diego Padres are into their 37th season as a National League team. The Team's adventures, mishaps and triumphs are chronicled in a new book. It's by former Padres broadcaster Bob Chandler and baseball historian Bill Swank, and it's called Bob Chandler's Tales of the San Diego Padres. Pat Finn sat down with them both at Petco Park to hear some of their stories, starting with a change in team ownership in 1972.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

These Days guest host Alison St. John talks with AnnaMaria Stephens and Anders Wright about the best bets for your weekend itinerary.

Two local teachers receive prestigious awards

May 11
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's not everyday that teachers are awarded an extra $10,000 for doing their jobs, but that's exactly what happened to two educators in San Diego. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Carmen Munnelly about the Disney Teacher Award and how she gets her students excited about learning history.

Three out of four criminals re-offend after leaving prison

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recidivism rate for all criminals in San Diego has hit seventy-five percent. Guest host Alison St. John speaks with Deputy Chief Probation Officer John Hensley to find out what the probation department is doing to decrease crime in San Diego.

Election Coverage: A sergeant faces his boss in the race for sheriff

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How safe is the County of San Diego? And how could the results of this coming election change that answer? Alison St. John speaks with the two people running for sheriff to find out.

Teachers of the year announced

May 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three public school instructors have been named teachers of the year' by the San Diego Unified School District. The educators competed against hundreds of applicants. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Technology is changing the way that we look at art

May 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Technology has changed the way that we communicate on a daily basis. Now artists are using it to transform the way that they work and the way that we see technology itself.