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Stories for August 31, 2007

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Report Shows San Diego Schools Improved, But Short of Goal

Aug. 31
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state Office of Education released its annual Academic Performance Report today. It shows test scores for San Diego schools are better than average, but still aren't good enough. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Tijuana Teachers Protest Disrupts Thousands of Commuters

Aug. 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A protest in Tijuana shut down all vehicle traffic at the world's busiest border crossing for about three hours on Friday. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson was at the San Ysidro crossing.

CHP to Crack Down on Drunk and Speeding Drivers This Weekend

Aug. 31
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Highway Patrol will be out in full force this holiday weekend looking for speeders and drunk drivers. They'll have close to 6,000 officers on the road statewide -- that's 80 percent of the force.

Pendleton Marine: My Squad Leader Shot Hands-in-the-Air Civilians

Aug. 31
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton Marine says his former squad leader cleared the way for servicemen to kill Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha. The military is investigating the deaths of two dozen civilians in 2005. It's the biggest military murder case since the Iraq war began. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Protest Prods Riot Geared Police to Shut Down San Ysidro Crossing

Aug. 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

CHP officers in riot gear have shut down all southbound traffic lanes at San Ysidro. Hundreds of Mexican teachers are blocking the world's busiest border crossing. The teachers are protesting a law that raises their retirement age by 10 years. Meanwhile, some 20,000 students in Tijuana can't go to class.

Officials Issue Forest Fire Warning This Weekend

Aug. 31
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State fire officials are issuing a warning for people headed to the great outdoors this holiday weekend. They say high temperatures, dry conditions and crowds increase the chance of forest fires.

Governor Confident Healthcare Reform Progress Will Manifest Soon

Aug. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a brief stop in Rancho Bernardo on Friday to tout his plan for reforming California's troubled healthcare system. The governor says he's confident lawmakers will pass major reform before the legislative session runs out on September 14th. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Aug. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from John Williams, Ripple Groove, The Whitefield Brothers, Johnny Pearson, Jimmy Smith, Medeski Martin and Wood and Damien Jurado.

Haditha Squad Leader Faces Murder Charges at Camp Pendleton

Aug. 31
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine testified in a military hearing Thursday that he saw a roomful of frightened women and children moments before they were killed by his squad mates in Haditha, Iraq, but he said he did not see who it was that killed them.

Federal Spending, SD Waterfront, City Elections

Aug. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, as the president marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he reportedly prepares to ask Congress for another $50 billion for the war in Iraq. Also, a new report outlines a different vision for San Diego's waterfront that flies in the face of developers and local government agencies. And, the political season is heating up for seats at San Diego City Hall.

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Aug. 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting