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Stories for August 9, 2007

Goya's Ghosts

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

This prompts her wealthy father Tomas Bilbatua (Jose Luis Gomez) to invite Brother Lorenzo to their home where Tomas puts the Brother to The Question. The question in this case being wouldnt anyone confess to anything under torture? Thats one of the films central pointswith distinct reference to whats going on now with Bush's policies. Foreman's film proposes that when tortured, people are likely to confess to anything. And peripheral to that notion are themes involving the dangers of unlimited power and the hypocrisy of those who wield that power.

The Godfather Revisited

Aug. 9
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Then there are all the other things he got rightpitch perfect casting; rich shadowy cinematography; exquisitely paced editing. Watching Al Pacinos carefully modulated performance as Michael Coreleone made me rant with rage over the fact that he was passed over for an Oscar for this but won for

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Caltrans Says More Funds Are Needed For Bridge Upkeep

Aug. 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The chief of California's Transportation Department says the state's bridges are safe, but he acknowledges there is a need for more money to keep them up.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 9
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Preservation Fund Doles $650k For Local Mission's Seismic Retrofit

Aug. 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Barbara Boxer visited the San Luis Rey Mission in San Diego North County today. She announced a federal grant to kick off fundraising for earthquake retrofitting the historic Mission buildings. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Pauma Indians Propose Big Casino in North County

Aug. 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Pauma Band of Mission Indians wants to build a new resort and expand its gambling operations in Northeast San Diego County. A tribal gaming expert says the casino will have to do something special to attract gamblers. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

General Drops All Charges Against Two Marines

Aug. 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Marine Lieutenant General James Mattis has dismissed all charges against two Marines: one accused of murder, and the other of dereliction of duty, in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005. KPBS reporter Alison St John has the story.

Weekend Preview: Street Scene, Sly and Robbie, and Distinction Gallery

Aug. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Street Scene moves again! It's certainly fair to say that San Diego's longest running music festival is going through some growing pains. We’ll discuss Street Scene as well as a couple art exhibits and some great music for your weekend.

Charles Manson Prosecutor Says New JFK Book Puts Conspiracy Theories to Rest

Aug. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Vincent Bugliosi is one of the most highly-regarded prosecutors in the country. He tells us why he spent 20 years explaining why Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in his assassination of JFK, how he felt during his final conversation with Charles Manson, how the prosecutors lost the case against O.J. Simpson, and why he thinks the Supreme Court should have been impeached in 2001.

Experts Agree America's Infrastructure Demands Repair

Aug. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent Minnesota interstate bridge collapse raises serious concerns about the state of America's infrastructure involving everything from bridges to highways, dams, levees, and buildings. A public works director, the director of an infrastructure think tank, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers discuss the country's crumbling infrastructure and what is needed to improve it.

Feds Propose Nutritional Labels on All Alcohol Beverages

Aug. 9
KPBS Public Broadcasting

While consumers can get nutritional information directly on the packages of the food they purchase, alcohol information is currently not required to be listed on bottles and cans. But that may soon change. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is considering a new rule that would require companies to put alcohol content, serving sizes and nutritional information on all alcohol drink containers.