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Stories for May 12, 2006

Festival films: Al Otro Lado and Adam and Steve

May 12, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

, written and directed by Gustavo Loza, was Mexico's official selection for the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It offers three stories about children whose fathers are absent. But these men are by no means deadbeat dads; each one has emigrated in the hopes of finding greater prosperity somewhere else. One story involves a boy in Mexico; another has a boy in Cuba; and the last one deals with a young girl in Morocco. Although the film intercuts between the three stories, the film could have just as easily been structured as three separate chapters since each can stand alone as a self-contained story. As with two other San Diego Latino Film Festival entries'


May 12, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The 1970s gave birth to what became known as the 'disaster film.' Sure there were films like John Ford's

Battle in Heaven

May 12, 2006
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Normally I don't do DVD reviews, but

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 12, 2006
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Good news about gas prices

May 12, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gasoline prices in San Diego County are at record highs. But the Auto Club of Southern California says prices may level off soon. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Airport Search, Chargers, Hillel

May 12, 2006
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Rep. Duncan Hunter tries to put the brakes on any plans to develop a joint-use airport on one of the local military bases, the City of Chula Vista and the County signal their interest in talking to the Chargers, and Hillel gets the City land in La Jolla that it wanted, but with some additional provisions.

Judge suspends high school exit exam

May 12, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Oakland judge has ordered California's high school exit exam to be suspended this year. The final ruling affects more than 47,000 seniors statewide who have yet to pass the controversial test. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Minutemen rally at the U.S. Capitol

May 12, 2006
By Jill Morrison and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Members of the border-watching Minutemen Project ended their caravan across the United States in Washington, DC Friday. The group is still calling for tighter border security and also accuses California lawmakers of supporting amnesty. Capitol Hill Correspondent Jill Morrison was there.