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Stories for December 7, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Atonement

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Speechless: Shorts On The Writers' Strike

Dec. 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The Hollywood writers' strike has inspired some creative YouTube videos, all underscoring the essential role of writers in entertainment. But filmmaker George Hickenlooper has created his own series of star-studded shorts, and you can see them

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Strength and Honor

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Well Madsen doesn't exactly get to ride off into the sunset with the girl but he definitely gets to play the guy that wins all our sympathy. He plays Sean Kelleher, an Irish boxer living in Cork who accidentally kills his friend in the ring. This prompts Kelleher to promise his wife that he'll never box again. When heart disease takes his wife, Kelleher is left alone to raise his young son Michael (Luke Whelton). After a few years, Kelleher discovers that Michael suffers from the same hereditary heart disorder that had ended his wife's life. Now Kelleher is faced with mounting debt and enormous medical costs for the surgery needed to save Michael's life. But with few assets and few career skills, Kelleher is forced to break his promise in order to return to fighting to raise the funds needed for his son. But Kelleher doesn't go back into the professional ring, instead he enters a high stakes bare-knuckle boxing tournament run by "pikeys," a community of Irish travelers living in caravans outside the city. (Brad Pitt brought pikeys memorably to filmgoers' attention in

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Camp Pendleton Marine Charged With Murder, Again

Dec. 7
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton Marine is charged for a second time with murdering an Iraqi detainee. Sgt. Jermaine A. Nelson is one of two Marines accused of shooting at a group of unarmed men back in 2004. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Average Gasoline Prices Still in Record-Breaking Territory

Dec. 7
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's average gasoline price is lower than last week, but still in record breaking territory. The Utility Consumer Action Network tracks retail prices at hundreds of local gas stations.

What Would Jesus Buy?

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Fox News may suggest that shopping during the holidays is your patriotic duty in the war on terror, but the new documentary

Water Authority Enters 'Stage 2' of Drought Management Plan

Dec. 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Water Authority Board is now planning to buy more water to increase local supplies. It's what the agency calls Stage 2 of its Drought Management Plan. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us what that means for county water users.

Emergency Services to Appeal FEMA Wind Damage Payout Decision

Dec. 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Office of Emergency Services will file an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Friday, appealing FEMA'S decision not to reimburse for wind damage during the fires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Dec. 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Dec. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Paul Anka and Johnny Carson, Gene Harris, John Jorgensen, The Aphex Twin, B Sharp Jazz Quartet, Shonen Knife, Nathan James and Ben Hernandez, and Ahmad Jamal.

Ruling Against Health Insurers Clears Way for Class Action Suit

Dec. 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A state appeals court has ruled health insurers cannot cancel policies for mistakes on applications after medical claims have been filed. Consumer advocates say the practice is all too common in California. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

State Coastal Reserve Plan Moves to San Diego

Dec. 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State officials are expanding the marine conservation program to Southern California. But there's disagreement over how large those reserves should be. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Water Recycling, Chula Vista, CA Ballot

Dec. 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council votes to override Mayor Sanders recycled water veto. This week on the Editors Roundtable. What's ahead for San Diego's water supply? Also, will financially troubled Chula Vista move forward on a Chargers stadium? Plus term limits, redistricting and other state matters. Next time on the Editors Roundtable.

Prequels For The Greatest Television Show Ever Made

Dec. 7
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

HBO has made a series of prequels to

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 7
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Teen Producers Project Celebration and Fundraiser

Dec. 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando