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Stories for August 29, 2007

On New Orleans Today and the Genius of Spike Lee

Aug. 29
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

On this second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,

Balls of Fury

Aug. 29
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

In

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 29
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 29
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Keeping The Kong Alive

Aug. 29
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Special Blood Donation Process Gives Vital Help to Certain Patients

Aug. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Every year, tens of thousands of San Diegans donate blood, one pint at a time. A much smaller number of people go through a more advanced donation process called apheresis. This procedure allows donors to give plasma and other specific parts of their blood to people who need them. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 29
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congressman Filner Wants ‘De-Boot’ Camps for Returning Troops

Aug. 29
By Scott Sonner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee issued a broad apology to Vietnam veterans on Wednesday, saying the nation failed them by confusing the unpopular war with the warriors who fought it.

Power Grid Officials Issue Stage One Alert

Aug. 29
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

High temperatures across the state have prompted action by Governor Schwarzenegger - and caution about the state's power use. The agency that manages the power grid - CAL ISO -- has called a Stage One Emergency.

Teamsters File Lawsuit to Block Mexico Truck Plan

Aug. 29
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Teamsters Union is asking a federal appeals court in San Francisco to block the Bush administration's plan to allow Mexican trucks to carry cargo anywhere in the United States. Federal officials say the lawsuit is without merit.

A Year Later, More Spinach Recalled for Salmonella

Aug. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Less than a year after tainted spinach caused an outbreak of E-coli, a produce company in Monterey County is recalling its spinach after testing positive for salmonella. The recalled spinach had been shipped nationwide. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Time Ticking for California Lawmakers to Pass Health Care Reform

Aug. 29
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California lawmakers are running out of time to pass a health care reform plan this session, and Democrats and Republicans are still at an impasse. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders met to talk about it Tuesday. Republicans say they won't support plans by either the Democrats or the governor, because both include fees for businesses. But Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman says they could still make progress on smaller issues.

EPA Considers Tougher Air Pollution Standards

Aug. 29
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to adopt California's standard for ozone levels. Ozone is a major component of smog and is linked to health problems for children and the elderly. The EPA holds the first of five nationwide hearings on the issue tomorrow in Los Angeles. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

David Lynch, King of Kong, No End in Sight and Colma

Aug. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

David Lynch's latest feature film goes straight to video, but we'll talk about it anyway. We'll also discuss two new documentaries, one about the Iraq War and the other about a little known war between two classic video game champions. Finally, we'll look at a modern-day musical set in Colma, California.

Rural Residents Criticize Proposed Indian Casino

Aug. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Residents voiced concerns that a proposed Indian casino and hotel would increase traffic, water usage and crime in their rural community.

Film Club: David Lynch, King of Kong, No End in Sight and Colma

Aug. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

David Lynch's latest feature film goes straight to video, but we'll talk about it anyway. We'll also discuss two new documentaries, one about the Iraq War and the other about a little known war between two classic video game champions. Finally, we'll look at a modern-day musical set in Colma, California.

Alternative Energy Industry Grows as Oil Supplies Decline

Aug. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Politics, Middle East conflicts, the world market and global climate change are several factors that make energy alternatives to oil more necessary. Which kinds of other energy sources challenge the world's declining oil supply? We speak with several fuel experts about the viability of fuels such as liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen and ethanol. We also discuss the various alternative energy options available to San Diego homeowners. [WEB EXTRA | Photo Slideshow]

Martha: Letters and Canadian Doubles

Aug. 29
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Martha’s been putting together a collection of your favorite collective nouns. Plus, Martha and Grant swat around a caller’s question about what to call a game of tennis when you have only three players.

Donors Share Gift of Life Through Advanced Blood Donations

Aug. 29
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Every year, tens of thousands of San Diegans donate blood, one pint at a time. A much smaller number of people go through a more advanced donation process called apheresis. This procedure allows donors to give plasma and other specific parts of their blood to people who need them. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.