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Stories for August 30, 2007

A Bollywood Labor Day Weekend

Aug. 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Although my first exposure to Indian cinema were the art house films of the great

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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31 Indicted in Southern California Gang Sting

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thirty-one people have been indicted in what authorities are calling a significant blow to the Mexican Mafia gang in Southern California.

Mexican Teachers Union Plans to Block Border Crossings Friday

Aug. 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Mexican teachers union plans to close all U.S. Mexico border crossings on Friday. The union is protesting pension changes and intends to block traffic at ports of entry including San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Weekend Preview: Randy Travis, Bollywood Films, John Purlia's Photographs

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We've got a weekend of Bollywood films to recommend, an exhibit of kitschy photographs, and country singer Randy Travis comes to town.

Occupation of Iraq Satirized in New Novel 'Hocus Potus'

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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“Hocus Potus” is the title of a new satiric novel about the U.S. occupation in Iraq. It's written by Malcolm MacPherson, a veteran journalist who reported from Iraq for Time Magazine.

Academics Explain How Pakistan's Complicated Society Impacts U.S. Policy

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran are the focus of the U.S.-Middle Eastern foreign policy, but what about Pakistan? The U.S. publicly boasts friendly relations with Pakistan as an ally on counterterrorism measures, but some say a complicated melting pot of different interests and upcoming elections might change our relationship. Two experts breakdown the interesting – and often ironic – relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

Iraq Withdrawal Ballot Question Now in Lap of Schwarzenegger

Aug. 30
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's now up to Governor Schwarzenegger to decide whether California voters will see an advisory measure about the Iraq war on February's ballot. The legislation authored by the Democratic head of the State Senate would ask voters whether the U.S. should withdraw immediately from Iraq. It's been approved by both houses of the legislature.

Heatwave Triggers Stage One Alert For California Power Supply

Aug. 30
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Power Grid managers say the statewide heat wave will again put pressure on their ability to keep lights on around the state. Yesterday, power reserves dipped below seven percent, triggering a stage one alert. The power supply picture is expected to be even tighter today.

Study: Doctors Often Dismiss Complaints of Drugs' Side Effects

Aug. 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new study reveals doctors often dismiss their patient's complaints about adverse side effects from drugs. The UCSD study involved patients who took the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego Economic Index Down Again in July

Aug. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The University of San Diego's index of leading economic indicators is down for the 15th time in 16 months. The numbers from July suggest slow regional growth over the next year or so. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Water Officials Have Big Worries About Tiny Shellfish

Aug. 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County water officials met today to plan ways to control the spread of a tiny shellfish before it clogs waterlines and ruins water quality. The pesky creature has spread into county reservoirs and lakes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more on the quagga mussel.

City Proposes Mandatory Recycling for Residents and Businesses

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced his support for a proposal requiring San Diego residents to recycle their trash. We speak to reporter Alison St John and the city's recycling program manager about the mandatory recycling proposal.

British Bomber Pilot Shares His World War II Experience

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tony Iveson flew combat missions against the Nazi regime during World War II. He tells us about being shot down, bombing a major German battleship, and why he is friends with his former enemies.

Census Report: San Diego Third Wealthiest Big City in the Nation

Aug. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The U.S. Census Bureau says San Diego is among the wealthiest big cities in the country. But a county economist says income is only one side of the equation. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

More Details & Denials in Kidnap for Ransom Trial

Aug. 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A third day of preliminary hearing produced more details and more denials in the case of a wealthy Tijuana businessman kidnapped in Chula Vista earlier this summer. It's a case of possible kidnapping by a Mexican drug cartel. One of the defendants claims the victim himself worked for a rival drug cartel. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson is covering the case.

S.D. Residents, Business Owners React to Mandatory Recycling Proposal

Aug. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego rolled out its mandatory recycling proposal at a public hearing yesterday. The city council voted for a Mandatory Recycling Ordinance two years ago, and the mayor’s office has finally released a draft. KPBS Reporter Alison St John has more on reactions from residents and businesses.

Connections and Broken Sidewalks

Aug. 30
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries
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It pays to be well-connected but what if you're not? Do you still get to have a say?

Resignations Galore

Aug. 30
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries
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'Tis the season & to be righteous. & Resignations are flowing in. & And in every case, the "resigner" & ndash; or is that "the resigned"? & ndash; has not "taken responsibility" for the woes experienced during his tenure.

Hipster Olympics!

Aug. 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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This is hysterical. Instant replays sponsored by

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 30
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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