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Stories for August 2, 2007

Off Mic

Aug. 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Moliere

Aug. 2
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The film opens with Moliere (Romain Duris) returning to Paris after successfully touring the provinces with his farces. Now faced with an opportunity to perform for royalty, Moliere feels the need to perform a tragedy, which he apparently loved more than doing farce. But everyone urges him to do what he does best--a farce. This prompts the film to jump back in time some thirteen years to when Moliere was on the run from creditors, and in danger of serving prison time for the debt. But then fate steps in and he's hired by Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), a wealthy bourgeois gentleman in need of assistance in winning the affection of a beautiful marquise (Ludivine Sagnier). Moliere assumes the name Tartuffe (which would later be the name of one of his most successful plays) and the identity of a priest so that he can work with Jourdain and not incur the suspicions of Jourdain's wife Elmire (Laura Morante).

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 2
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Manufactured Landscapes

Aug. 2
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal likes to look to other artists for her documentary portraits. In 1998, she focused on a writer in

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 2
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bush Promises to Veto Bill That Could Fund Sex Ed in California

Aug. 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has refused to take federal money to teach abstinence-only education. But a House bill to extend funding for these programs might cause California to change its mind. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Marine Sergeant Convicted of Murdering Iraqi Man

Aug. 2
By Thomas Watkins Writer and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine Corps squad leader was convicted Thursday of murdering an Iraqi man during a frustrated search for an insurgent.

Drawn-Out California Budget Standoff Bewilders Schwarzenegger

Aug. 2
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says there have been some frustrating moments in budget negotiations. His offers have so far not brought about the two Republican votes needed to pass a spending plan in the state Senate. He spoke Thursday after Wednesday night's failed vote. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

98-Year-Old Water Main Bursts in Little Italy

Aug. 2
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A section of Little Italy is the latest area to feel the effects of San Diego's aging, failing water infrastructure. An ancient water main under Columbia street broke this morning. The story, from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

San Diego Gas Prices Continue to Fall

Aug. 2
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The average price of gallon of gas in San Diego continues to fall. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says their survey of hundreds of local stations put the average price of regular at just a few tenths of a cent over three dollars.

California-Friendly Landscaping Urged: More Beauty, Less Water

Aug. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Water officials say homeowners should reduce outdoor watering because of record-dry conditions in Southern California. One solution is to replace lawns with drought-resistant plants. A new law makes that easier for some homeowners, as KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

KPBS Cancels 'Full Focus' and 'A Way With Words'

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS has cancelled "A Way With Words" and "Full Focus." We take a look behind the scenes at KPBS' programming changes, public broadcasting funding and why the station made the cuts.

Weekend Preview: Violent Femmes and Thursday Night Thing

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Thursday Night Thing happens this week, and we'll find out about the free concerts at the Del Mar Racetrack this season.

African-American Community Still Struggles to Define What is ‘Black Enough’

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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On the birthday of James Baldwin, we take a moment to honor his cultural contribution and take stock, as he would, of the progress of race relations in America.

Author Sets Crime Novel in San Diego

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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T. Jefferson Parker is an award-winning crime novelist. And he's got a new book, set in San Diego, called “Storm Runners.”

The Baja California Governor's Election Influences Border Policies

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Sunday, August 5th, Mexican voters head to the polls to cast their ballots for a new governor of Baja California. What impact will this election have on Mexico-California relations? Border experts explain the candidates, the controversies, and the predictions in this hotly-contested race south of the border.

Jorge Hank Rhon Eyes Baja California Governor's Seat

Aug. 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tijuana's former mayor, Jorge Hank Rhon, a flamboyant billionaire and gambling magnate, is running for Governor of Baja California. Hank's mayoral win three years ago pried Tijuana from the PAN party's 15 year grip. Now, all eyes are trained on Baja to see if Hank can do it again. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Watchdog Group Claims Minutemen Linked to White Supremacists

Aug. 2
By Michael Marcotte and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group that monitors hate groups says it sees links between the San Diego Minutemen and white supremacists. The local Minutemen reject any suggestion they are racist. KPBS News Director Michael Marcotte has the story.

Union Withdraws From Future Talks With Chula Vista Bayfront Developer

Aug. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gaylord Entertainment wants to build a $1 billion hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista Bayfront. But the developer and union leaders haven't been able to agree on hiring conditions. Now the union is pulling out of future negotiations. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Off Mic

Aug. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting