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Stories for May 18, 2006

'The Proposition' and an Interview with John Hillcoat

May 18, 2006
By Beth Accomando

Film actors Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone play men on opposite sides of the law in the new Australian western, "The Proposition" (opening May 19 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas). But director, John Hillcoat, refuses to paint these characters in black and white. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando speaks with the filmmaker about making a western down under.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 18, 2006
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Improved credit rating could save CA $ millions

May 18, 2006
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California could save millions in interest, thanks to a new and improved credit rating. Standard and Poor's has increased California's rating one notch. The state has been slowly climbing back up from a very low rating in 2003. Governor Schwarzenegger says the improvement is good news:

Medical ID Theft is much bigger than you might think

May 18, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Alison St. John speaks to Pam Dixon from the World Privacy Forum about Medical Identity Theft. Dixon talks about how dangerous Medical ID Theft can be, and the very limited protections that are available to the victims.

Sanders concerned about 2007-2008 city budget

May 18, 2006
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he's optimistic about the city's budget for the next fiscal year, which starts in July. He says the millions of dollars the city has spent in legal fees defending lawsuits and paying consultants the past few years won't be a drain on future budgets. However, Sanders is worried about the budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

UC chancellor resisting pressure to resign

May 18, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of California Chancellor Robert Dynes resisted pressure to resign Wednesday during a regents board meeting in San Francisco. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Schwarzenegger pleads for increase in transportation funding

May 18, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nearly five-hour traffic jam on I-5 this morning added fuel to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's plea Thursday for more transportation funds. He came to San Diego to stump for a November ballot measure that would ensure taxes consumers pay at the pump would go towards improving freeways and roads. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has the story.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

May 18, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

These Days guest host Alison St. John talks with David Coddon about the best bets for the weekend.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders takes your calls

May 18, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's been a busy few weeks for San Diego mayor, Jerry Sanders. From budget hearings and immigration issues, to renewed discussions about Mount Soledad Cross. Today he joins guest host Alison St. John to talk about what's been going on.

Local community using new approach to combat obesity

May 18, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

American children are fatter than ever. The latest government figures reveal more than one-third of kids in the U.S. are overweight, and nearly 17 percent are obese. One community in San Diego County is taking a unique approach to combating the problem. And it all starts with a new park. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Battle brews over waterfront redevelopment

May 18, 2006
By None and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A battle is brewing over plans to bulldoze the Navy Broadway Complex in San Diego. The Navy wants to replace its aging offices with new ones in a development deal that also includes plans for a high-rise office tower and a hotel. Critics say the project would rob San Diegans of a key waterfront property. Amita Sharma has more about the controversial project.