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The Bratz Walk Their Stilettos onto the Big Screen

Aug. 3, 2007
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Today, a live action movie based on the sexed-up dolls known as the

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 3, 2007
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Calif. Senators Deluged by Email Amidst Prolonged Budget Delay

Aug. 3, 2007
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

While budget discussions in the state Senate sputter, lawmakers around the Capitol are hearing from constituents about the lack of a spending plan. The state Assembly has approved a budget, but the Senate has not. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

San Diego Airport Authority to Explore Cross-Border Airfield Idea

Aug. 3, 2007
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Airport Authority is spending $385,000 to study a cross-border airport plan. Authority spokeswoman Sharie Shipley says consultants have been hired to see if consumers would be interested. She says the idea is to link consumers on this side of the border with airlines that land at Rodriguez field in Tijuana.

Aguirre's Pension Lawsuit Could Hinge on Statue of Limitations

Aug. 3, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego Superior Court Judge has handed down a final decision that appears to have squelched city attorney Mike Aguirre’s effort to roll back hundreds of millions of dollars in pension benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Calif. Insurance Commissioner Gives Praise For Rate Amendments

Aug. 3, 2007
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Insurance Commissioner is praising car insurance companies that have changed rate structures nearly a year ahead of a state-imposed deadline. About 10 percent of the state's car insurance companies have changed their policies to base rates on drivers' records rather than their zip codes.

UCSD Wins $11 Million For Autism Research

Aug. 3, 2007
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of California San Diego got word this afternoon that it's been chosen as one of five special autism research centers around the United States.

Jury Sentences Marine to 15 Years For Murder of Iraqi Civilian

Aug. 3, 2007
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A jury sentenced a Marine sergeant Friday to 15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian. Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was also dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank to private, and verbally reprimanded.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Aug. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Ronnie Foster, Charlie Hunter, Eldar, Berkley Hart, Ozomatli and Miles Davis.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Aug. 3, 2007
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Now with the third film, Bourne is still hellbent on both revenge and finding out exactly who he is. Still on his case is Pam Landy (Joan Allen), a tough but honest agent who wants to bring Bourne in alive, and new on his case is Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), a CIA chief with little regard for human life or regulations. Bourne gets a break in his quest when a London journalist (Paddy Considine) writes a story about a CIA program called Blackbriar, and appears to have talked to a well-informed CIA source that may know something about Bourne's identity. As Bourne tries to track down the source, Vosen tries to track down and eliminate Bourne. The cat and mouse game takes Bourne all around the globe and finally back home to New York for a showdown.

Grant: DSNA New Word Open Mic

Aug. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In June, Grant attended the biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America. One of the highlights was the New Word Open Mic where anybody was invited to step up to the microphone and submit a new word they had coined or found. Grant was one of the judges, and shares some of the new words submitted in this bonus podcast from A Way with Words.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 3, 2007
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Electronic Voting, Indian Gaming, Children's Health Insurance

Aug. 3, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will decide if the state should move forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in February's presidential primary election. Also, a coalition of hotel and casino workers are teaming up with horse racing track owners to oppose the expansion of four large Indian gaming operations. And, Congress will vote on whether to expand a program that offers health insurance for low-income children.

Can this woman save public broadcasting?

Aug. 3, 2007
By Andrew Phelps and Off Mic


Off Mic

Aug. 3, 2007
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting