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Stories for December 14, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 14
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Juno

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

But Cody says that it's a tough issue: You're kind of damned if you do and damned if you don't in that regard. Particularly this year when there's this glut of pregnant movies. If you don't address the topic of abortion then you're being avoidant, if you do address it you have a short film. I feel that this is a personal movie not a political one and I hope other people see it that way as well.

Starting Out in the Evening

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Disrupting the routine that father and daughter have carefully managed is Heather Wolfe (

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

I am Legend

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

In the early goings,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor: Budget Shortfall Nearly a Fiscal Emergency

Dec. 14
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger says he'll call a fiscal emergency to deal with the state's ballooning budget shortfall. He says the gap is somewhere between $10 and $14 billion and he wants to stop what he calls the “roller coaster” ride.

San Diego's Meth History

Dec. 14
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Meth has been a major headache in San Diego County for 60 years. Some might say that’s long enough to figure out what to do about it. Others might reply that it’s a complicated local, national, regional, even international problem. So how can we asses our progress against meth?

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Meth's Toll: Life at the Bottom

Dec. 14
By Adriana Alcaraz and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This is the face of a teenager who uses crystal meth. The face of Abbie Richardson who started drinking and smoking marijuana at 14-years old. By 16, she was hooked on speed.

Ground Broken on 600-Bed Palomar Hospital

Dec. 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the largest hospital construction projects in the nation is underway in Escondido. Ground was officially broken Friday on the new Palomar Hospital. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

For Some Military Spouses, Intimacy Comes in the Form of a DVD

Dec. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Thousands of military families are finding ways to stay connected with their loved ones deployed overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan this Christmas. Some spouses will send their own personal Christmas message on DVD, courtesy of Sony Corporation. As Alison St John of KPBS in San Diego reports, hundreds of wives spent time alone with a video camera, and discovered it was a surprisingly intimate way to communicate with their husbands.

19 San Diego Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nineteen teachers in the San Diego Unified School District this year earned National Board Certification, the highest national standard for teaching, the district announced today.

FEMA Improperly Rejected Wildfire Disaster Aid Applicants

Dec. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa has asked the federal Emergency Management Agency to rewrite a rejection letter that was received by thousands of people who lost everything in the October wildfires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

County Farmers Not Getting Federal Help

Dec. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego farmers who lost crops to the October wildfires are having a hard time qualifying for federal aid. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has the story.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Feist, Oasis, John Mellencamp, Eddie Harris, Autechre, Fela Kuti, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez.

Presidential Race, Water Pact, Downtown Library

Dec. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Democratic presidential race is tightening as Obama rides the wave of Oprah-mania. While, at the same time, faith-based voters in Iowa are making the choice between Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Also, seven Western states reached a new agreement on how to allocate water supplies if the Colorado River runs dry. And, there's a renewed push to build a new library downtown.

Nathan James and Ben Hernandez Bring American Roots Music to These Days

Dec. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Local musicians Nathan James and Ben Hernandez performed in the KPBS studios yesterday, filling it with old time blues and American roots music. The duo showed serious musical chops, with original tunes conjured from guitar, harmonica, suitcases, jugs, washboards, a washtub bass. Stick around

Golden Globe Nominations

Dec. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 14
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lost in Translation Final Line Revealed by YouTuber

Dec. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Scene: Crowded Tokyo Street (aren't they all?)

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 14
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting