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Stories for September 8, 2006

Few SD schools increase attendance levels

Sept. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school district officials say their back-to-school effort didn't increase students attendance levels as anticipated. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

National City mayor offers sanctuary for immigrants

Sept. 8
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Mayor of National City says he will declare his city a sanctuary for immigrants. Mayor Nick Inzunza says he plans to make the announcement at the end of the month. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Survey: pharmacists unhappy with Medicare prescription drug program

Sept. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new survey reveals many pharmacists say the Medicare prescription drug benefit has been bad for business. The survey of more than 800 pharmacists comes from the Kaiser Family Foundation. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Viva Pedro!

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

If there's one thing that ties all of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar's films together it's love. Not simple, easy love but desperate, passionate, stop-at-nothing love. With his new film

Not Screened for Critics: The Wicker Man and Crank

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

There have always been films that the studios have chosen not to screen for critics; the reason usually being that studios feared they had a dud on their hands and wanted to avoid bad reviews on opening g weekend. But in the past few weeks we've had more than the usual amount on no-can-see pictures.

The Fourth Annual Imperial Beach Film Festival

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

We are about to head into a flurry of film festival activity. The next two months will see the Imperial Beach Film Festival, The San Diego Film Festival, The San Diego Women Film Festival and The San Diego Asian Film Festival, not to mention a film series starting at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Anyway, to kick off this festival season is the Fourth Annual Imperial Beach Film Festival (running September 8 and 9 with the Dempsey Holder Hall as their main screening site).

House of Sand

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Don't confuse

Half Nelson

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The dogs days of late summer releases may be upon us but not everything coming out at the moment is bad. Take the independent film

The Covenant

Sept. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

From the opening credits (which flip through pages of a book on paganism intercut with scenes from later in the film),

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Post 9/11 Politics; City Reform; National City Chargers

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local editors discuss the president's recent speeches on terrorism, San Diego's financial reform, and a proposal to build a stadium for the Chargers in National City.

Reporters discuss post-9/11 San Diego and governor's race

Sept. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson talks with local reporters about whether San Diego is prepared to face a disaster of 9/11's magnitude, and how 9/11 affected the local Muslim community. They'll also explore how the governor's race is shaping up.