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Stories for August 24, 2007

Visiting John Vanderslice's Emerald City

Aug. 24
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

No End in Sight

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Charles Ferguson comes to film with a background in information technology and after having served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. His approach is less concerned with finding a clever cinematic approach to the material and more interested in trying to find the best, most cogent way to present a dense amount of complex material.

Mr. Bean's Holiday

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

One of Mr. Bean's unlikely fans is Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun Fat. When I interviewed Chow, he noted with some envy, how funny Mr. Bean is: "He kills me. No dialogue at all, just the body movement. Its very funny."

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 24
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater Opponents Aim For Message With Potrero Recall Vote

Aug. 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a backlash in the backcountry over Blackwater USA. Five members of the Potrero Planning Board endorsed a plan to train military and police in the East County town. Now they face a recall election, as we hear from KPBS reporter Amita Sharma.

Judge Orders Trials in 42 San Diego Catholic Diocese Abuse Cases

Aug. 24
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday ordered immediate jury trials in more than 40 sex-abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

Sanders: New Red Tape Would Prevent Sunroad-Esque Breaches

Aug. 24
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's mayor says he has a plan to prevent another, quote, "catastrophe" like the Sunroad Enterprises scandal. Developers must now get permission from the FAA to build near city airports. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 24
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fewer San Diego Sophomores Passed HS Exit Exam This Year

Aug. 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More San Diego students in the Class of 2007 passed the state's exit exam than the year before, but the percentage still falls below the state average. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

State Supreme Court Won't Review Decision Over Healthcare For Poor

Aug. 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Supreme Court has decided not to review an appellate decision that ruled San Diego County's medical program for the poor is illegal. County officials say they've already taken steps to comply with the ruling, but others disagree. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

State Official: Climate Change Challenges State's Water Supply

Aug. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Scientists say global climate change will have a major effect on California's water resources. Water experts are making plans now to deal with future shortages. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Oceanside City Council Mulls Improvements to Beach Amphitheatre

Aug. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oceanside city council considered a visionary plan for the waterfront this week. The main focus is on revamping the historic amphitheatre by the beach. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Expert Witness Disputes Legitimacy of Diocese Bankruptcy Claims

Aug. 24
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bankruptcy judge will decide by Monday whether to proceed with civil trials in at least 40 sex-abuse cases against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Lawyers representing 150 people who claim they were victims say re-activating those trials is the only way to force the diocese into a settlement. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on the story from Federal court.

California Legislators Worried About Next Year's Budget

Aug. 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

While California now has a state budget, legislators are already worried about next year's spending plan. A San Diego legislator says a decline in state revenues sets the stage for another tough budget battle. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Aug. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Don Caballero, Wynton Marsalis Quartet, Galt McDermot, Monksday, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Foster.

New Budget Gives More Flexibility to State's 'Lost and Found'

Aug. 24
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Controller says the budget that will be signed by the governor on Friday includes a special provision. John Chiang says it gives him more flexibility when it comes to finding owners of unclaimed property. And one man at the Controller's office is just waiting to return some very special items. Jenny O'Mara reports.

CA Healthcare, SD Water Supply, Dynes Resignation

Aug. 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, California lawmakers finally passed a budget after nearly two-months of debate. Now that the budget has been passed, what will state legislators do to reform California's healthcare system? Also, a panel of experts on water and the environment said San Diego residents should expect the price of water to continue to rise, and to prepare for the possibility of mandatory water cutbacks in the future. And, outgoing University of California President Robert Dynes will take a one-year administrative leave, at his current salary of $405,000 per year, before returning to the faculty at UCSD.

Colma: The Musical

Aug. 24
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Colma: The Musical