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Stories for July 18, 2007

Comic Books Making a Comeback

July 18
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Remembering Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

July 18
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Buildings Not Only Improvement at New Lincoln High School

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new and improved Lincoln High School will open its doors this fall. But the buildings aren't the only things that will be different. We'll talk with Lincoln's executive principal about the academic changes students will see in September, and why he thinks Lincoln may be a model for urban schools of the future.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Fest

July 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

If youd like to see a film whose title doesnt end in the number 3 (although one begins with the number 3) then belly up to the bar at the Whistle Stop for the first ever Citizen Fest (July 19 from 8 pm to midnight and it's free!), a showcase of local films presented by Citizen Video.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local Biotech Firm Wins Grant to Mass-Produce Pandemic Vaccine

July 18
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If a pandemic were to hit the U.S., health officials fear the government couldn't produce mass quantities of vaccine quickly enough to save lives. A local bio-tech company is working on a new system to fast-track vaccines.

San Diegans Remember the War | Part 6: Hiroshima

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As part of our ongoing series, San Diegans Remember The War, we bring you the World War Two memories of Henry Nosek, which include flying over Hiroshima the day after the U.S. made it the world’s first city subjected to nuclear warfare.

Nickelodeon-Themed Resort to Break Ground Near Lindbergh Field

July 18
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first Nickelodeon-themed resort and hotel plans to break ground in January at Liberty Station next to Lindbergh Airport. But some question whether this a safe and appropriate location for a 100,000-square-foot water park, and 650-room hotel targeted to families.

Homeland Security Doubles Anti-Terror Aid For San Diego

July 18
By Erica Werner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is getting double last year's funding in a new round of federal anti-terror grants to cities. The San Francisco Bay area and the Anaheim-Santa Ana area in Orange County are also getting a boost, but Sacramento and Los Angeles are losing money.

Federal Bill to Allow New Florida Oil Exploration Could Be Domino

July 18
By Capitol News Connection, Ben Tabor and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein says she'll help block a major energy and water spending bill that will open U.S. coastlines to oil exploration. From Capitol Hill, Ben Tabor has the story.

Marine Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Murder

July 18
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and conspiracy to murder but acquitted of the most serious charge of premeditated murder in the killing of an Iraqi man who was dragged from his home to a ditch where he was fatally shot.

Naval Head at Pendleton Will Help Build Hospitals in Afghanistan

July 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton will leave his post this week to transfer to a job helping to set up hospitals in Afghanistan.

Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

July 18
By Npr News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California grocery workers have reached a tentative labor agreement with three big supermarket chains, averting a repeat of a lengthy strike four years ago. Details of the contract are still under wraps, but observers say the union regained some of the ground it lost in the last round of labor negotiations.

CHP Commissioner Says Crash Fatalities Dropped 2 percent -- Not 9

July 18
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It turns out more people died on the state's roadways last year than the California Highway Patrol first reported. In March, CHP Commissioner Mike Brown said there was an impressive 9 percent drop in traffic fatalities statewide. However on Wednesday Brown said the real drop is about two-and-a-half percent.

Dems Bow to Negotiate, Rescind Threats to Vote on Overdue Budget

July 18
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Democratic leaders in the State legislature withdrew the threat of holding a floor vote on their budget plan Wednesday. That's because they say they're making progress in negotiations. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez says the four leaders had a productive meeting late Tuesday afternoon.

Local Women's Soccer Teams Fill Professional League Void

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1999, the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team defeated China in the finals of the Women's World Cup. What impact did that have on the sport? We speak with players from two local soccer teams, the San Diego Sunwaves and the San Diego SeaLions, to find out why soccer still has not permeated mainstream American culture.

David Beckham's Arrival Ignites Interest in More than Just His Talented Feet

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The world's most recognizable soccer player now resides in California. As David Beckham starts practicing with the Los Angeles Galaxy, many wonder what lasting impact he will have on soccer in the United States. We check-in with a local sports reporter on Beckham's soccer talent, international appeal, and high-profile wife.

Future of Chula Vista Bayfront Uncertain After Development Project Falls Through

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's going to happen to the Chula Vista bayfront now that Gaylord Entertainment has withdrawn its bid to build a $1 billion hotel and convention center on the land? How will Gaylord's withdrawal impact the prospects of building a new football stadium for the Chargers in the Southbay? We speak with Mayor Cheryl Cox about the future of her city's bayfront.

Don Cheadle Plays a '60s-Era Shock-Jock in the New Film 'Talk to Me'

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new film "Talk to Me," starring Don Cheadle, tells the story of '60s-era, Washington, D.C disc jockey and community activist Petey Greene. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando talked to the film's director Kasi Lemmons about making the film and shares her take on the new film.

Local Real Estate: Decline in Sales, Increase in Foreclosures

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's going on in the local real estate market? Will the local market continue to experience a slow slump, or is a sharp decline in home prices on the horizon? We answer those questions and get the latest news on local real estate.

Hybrid Car Prototypes Get 100 Miles Per Gallon

July 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More plug-in electric cars may be on Southern California roads in the next few years. The latest version gets more than 100 miles a gallon but still uses gasoline. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Money May Not Heal Mentally Ill Vets

July 18
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Medical experts, veterans and family members are testifying Wednesday in Washington about combat-related brain injuries. The House has approved a record amount of money to help veterans with a variety of mental health problems. San Diego facilities are in line for millions of dollars. But as Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill, the money does not mean service members will get the best treatment.

Martha: Taming (and Naming) of the Shrew

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

This week Martha’s been obsessing about shrews. You know, the furry little creatures with the beady eyes and sharp teeth. Did you know some species of these little animals are smaller than a dime? Even better, they’ve burrowed deep inside a familiar English word.

The Next Iron Chef Could Be a San Diegan!

July 18
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone