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Stories for December 26, 2007

The Great Debaters

Dec. 26, 2007
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Scherman's article came to the attention of Jeffrey Porro who showed it to his friend, writer and TV producer Robert Eisele. Eisele and Porro developed the idea and brought to Oprah Winfrey's company, Harpo Films. That's about the time that Denzel Washington came on board to direct and star as Tolson. The film marks his return to directing after making his directing debut in 2002 with another true story,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 26, 2007
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Border Waits Hamper Tijuana's Holiday Sales

Dec. 26, 2007
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's loss is San Diego's gain when it comes to holiday shopping. Even so, officials with San Ysidro's Chamber of Commerce says long border waits hamper holiday sales. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Smoke-Free Car Law Begins New Year's Day

Dec. 26, 2007
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of the nation's most comprehensive smoke-free car laws takes effect in California on New Year's Day. The measure makes it a crime for adults to smoke in a car when children under 18 are present. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Christmas Tree Recycling Good for Landfill

Dec. 26, 2007
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City of San Diego officials say recycling Christmas trees extends the life of the Miramar landfill. The city's tree recycling program begins today. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Invasive Mussel Spreads to Miramar Reservoir

Dec. 26, 2007
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An invasive mussel has spread to another reservoir in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has more.

San Diego Home Values Down 10 Percent

Dec. 26, 2007
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation's housing slump appears to be getting broader and deeper and California is seeing some of the biggest declines. San Diego is one of a handful of cities where home values were down more than 10 percent in October.

Squirrels Use Snake Scent to Stay Alive

Dec. 26, 2007
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Turns out those squirrels frolicking in your yard are actually pretty ingenuous. University of California researchers have found that some squirrels use a clever way to shield themselves from predators. They chew up discarded rattlesnake skin and smear it on their fur to mask their scent. Barbara Clucas is an animal behaviorist at UC Davis.

SF Zoo Officials Seeking Clues to Tiger Attack that Killed 1

Dec. 26, 2007
By Louise Chu and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Francisco Zoo was closed to visitors Wednesday as investigators tried to determine how a tiger escaped from its enclosure and attacked three visitors, killing one of the men and mauling two others.

California Finance Department Faces Tight Budget Deadline

Dec. 26, 2007
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

While many lawmakers and Capitol staffers take extra time off around the holidays, it’s a different story at the Department of Finance. They’re facing a tight budget deadline – and it’s one of the busiest seasons for them. Marianne Russ reports.