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Stories for July 20, 2007

L.A. Clergy Abuse Settlement Puts Pressure on San Diego Diocese

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A settlement reached this week between the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Diocese and victims of clergy child abuse puts pressure on Bishop Brom in San Diego. The San Diego Diocese has declared bankruptcy and is offering victims less than half what their Los Angeles counterparts have been offered.

On Death and Dying, Captain America Style

July 20
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Since some of you seemed interested in

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 20
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 20
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

First, I am a Mother

July 20
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

Lady Chatterley

July 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Filmmaker Pascale Ferran streamlines the plot to eliminate peripheral elements and to focus narrowly on the two lovers. She employs scant dialogue and instead chooses to rely mostly on nature and the actions of the characters to weave her tale. Yet despite the more efficient narrative structure, Ferran drags out the story to nearly three hours in length--but the extended length yields little benefit. Ferran lacks the eye for detail that could make these slow moving scenes compelling. In order to lay the groundwork for Constance's affair, Ferran lingers over her daily routines and lack of anything interesting to do. The fact that very little happens for quite a long time made me think of a film in which a filmmaker was able to engross us with the mundane details of daily routines

Improved Wages and Benefits on the Table For Grocery Workers

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new contract which is said to provide significant gains for union workers will be voted on this weekend by 65,000 Southern California employees of Ralphs, Albertsons, and Vons. Union representatives say the proposed contract includes wage increases and improves health care benefits.

City Hall Investigation Faults Staff But Not Mayor in Sunroad Wrangle

July 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Incompetence but no corruption. That's the verdict of San Diego city hall's investigation into how its own officials allowed Sunroad Enterprises to construct a too-tall building in the Montgomery Field flight path. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Verdict Nears For Peregrine Systems Fraud Case

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A financial fraud trial involving executives at a well-known San Diego high tech firm is nearing a final verdict. Three top Peregrine Systems executives and the company's outside auditor are up on federal criminal charges of conspiracy and fraud.tech

KPBS Commentaries

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gay Latinos No Longer Hide Their Pride

July 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's gay pride celebration heads south of the border to Tijuana this Saturday night. Organizers of the Latino themed party say it fills a void for many gay Latino men. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Lawmaker Wants CA Voters to Lift Nuclear Energy Ban

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Interest in more nuclear energy is brewing at the state capitol. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ has more.

S.D. Unemployment Up, But Better Than Elsewhere

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's unemployment rate jumped nearly half a percent last month. However, California Labor Department officials say the increase to 4.6 percent was mostly because of seasonal pressures. San Diego's unemployment rate is still well below California's jobless rate of 5.2 percent.

Water Issues, Foreclosure Update, Diocese Settlement

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, it was announced that San Diego residents can expect yet another water rate increase starting in January. Also, the number of home loan foreclosures in San Diego County has increased dramatically over the last year. And, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to a $660 million settlement with 508 people who have accused priests of sexual abuse.

Marine's Calculated Risk Paid Off in Trial

July 20
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas took a calculated risk by withdrawing his guilty plea and going to trial. And it appears to have paid off. The jury dealt Thomas a relatively light sentence: dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

July 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks includes tracks from The Meters, Alison Brown, Medeski Martin and Wood, Gene Harris and the Three Sounds, The Lively Ones, Jimmy Smith, and Rob Schneiderman.

SDG&E Turns On High-Voltage Power Line

July 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Electricity began flowing today through San Diego Gas & Electric's new high-voltage transmission line. Officials say the line will provide enough energy to power 500,000 homes and businesses.

Police Politics Muddle Tijuana Kidnapping Story

July 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There is a new twist in the case of a man who sought refuge in San Diego after escaping from kidnappers in Tijuana. The twist highlights a rift between state and local police forces in the city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Hispanic Farmers Battle Interest Groups for Federal Aid

July 20
By Jodi Breisler, Capitol News Connection and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Some California lawmakers are trying to address the needs of Hispanic farmers whose population is growing in San Diego and the Imperial Valley. But powerful interest groups are competing against them for federal dollars as Congress writes this year's farm bill. Jodi Breisler has more from Washington.

No Prison Sentence for Marine in Murder of Iraqi Man

July 20
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine convicted of kidnapping and conspiring to murder an Iraqi man, who was killed by troops looking for an insurgent, will not serve a prison term, a military jury decided Friday.

Far Away From Strife, Students Learn Peace

July 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

International students are in San Diego to learn the root causes of violence -- and how to resolve conflicts peacefully in their native countries. They're taking part in San Diego State's Hansen Summer Institute, a program that teaches how to encourage peace and understanding. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.