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Stories for June 1, 2007

Knocked Up

June 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Ben (Seth Rogen) has been living for years off a $14,000 settlement check he received after a postal truck ran over his foot. He shares a house with some friends. Together they work on a website devoted to cataloging all the nude shots of celebrities (they think this is something novel.). They figure one day it will pay off. Alison (Katherine Heigl), on the other hand, is a hard-working assistant on an entertainment show. She lives in the guest house of her well to do sister and brother-in-law, and has her career arc all planned out. When she finally gets a promotion to become an on-air personality, she goes out to celebrate. That's when fate pulls a little joke and puts her together with Ben. The two have some drinks, get plastered, end up in bed and have a condom malfunction. In the morning, when Alison sobers up, she quickly dispenses with Ben and sends him on his way. Ben, who seems to consider himself lucky to have gotten as far as he did, doesn't seem to harbor any bad feelings about the chance encounter.

Sheriff's Dept. Echoes Jury Sentiment to Replace Las Colinas Jail

June 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Grand Jury report this week called for the replacement of the Las Colinas women's jail in Santee. The sheriff's department immediately issued a statement supporting the report. San Diego County has long identified the need to upgrade the prison, which the Grand Jury says is severely overcrowded and dilapidated. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more on this story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dissecting San Diego Police Chief Lansdowne

June 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dueling profiles of San Diego's Police Chief William Lansdowne have appeared in local media in the last few days. The online news service Voice of San Diego.org was concerned mainly with Lansdowne's tendency to misstate San Diego crime statistics, and the Union-Tribune featured an assessment of the chief's political and organizational abilities.

Paris Je T'aime

June 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

(opening June 1 at Landmarks Hillcrest Cinemas) is a rare thing these days. It's an omnibus film in which multiple directors come together to direct different segments. This format has been used with some regularity in horror films but far less often in other genres. In this case some twenty directors have each created a five-minute film about Paris.

Involuntary Transfers Near as Prison Crowding Problem Continues

June 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state has resumed sending inmates to private prisons out of California. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa says nearly forty inmates who volunteered for the transfer were sent on their on way Friday.

Calexico District Removing Students Who Cannot Prove Residency

June 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Calexico Unified School District has removed dozens of students from school because they cannot prove they live in the district. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

More Black and Latino Students Are Taking AP Exams

June 1
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal education officials say the number of black and latino students who are taking Advanced Placement exams is surging across the country. Local educators say the trend has really picked up steam in South San Diego County. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

WellPoint Sacks CFO; Blue Cross Says Move is Unrelated to Payout

June 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blue Cross officials say the sudden ouster of their parent company's chief financial officer won't have any effect on California operations. And officials say there's no connection between the move and a recent $950 million payout from Blue Cross to its parent, WellPoint. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Oil Spill Threatens North County Beaches

June 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Several popular North San Diego County beaches are closed because of a fuel spill. The spill was spotted five miles off the Encinitas coast yesterday and is now close to beaches. The Coast Guard is investigating the source of the spill. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce has more on cleanup efforts.

May Film Club of the Air Screening: Paprika

June 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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Iraq War, Presidential Nominees, S.D. Police Chief

June 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. military commanders announced that they are talking with Iraqi militants about possible cease-fires. Is the president creating his own withdrawal timeline? Also, actor Fred Thompson hints at candidacy, Hillary gets a major endorsement, and Obama unveils his healthcare plan. Who has the edge as presidential nominees fight for votes? And, San Diego's police chief gets scrutinized for factual errors in public statements. Were these just mistakes or attempts to hide the truth?

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting