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Stories for June 28, 2007

Undiluted by Moore's Reputation

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Controversial filmmaker Michael Moore tackles the U.S. healthcare system in his new documentary, Sicko. He portrays the American system of private medical insurance as a disaster and points to state-run systems that exist nearly everywhere else in the industrialized world as the answer. We'll talk with a nurse who sees Moore's film as a vehicle to build support for healthcare reform, as well as KPBS film critic Beth Accomando, who weighs-in on Moore’s brand of guerrilla filmmaking.

How to Unlock the Female Libido

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's no longer taboo to talk about the sexual dysfunctions of men. But women rarely talk about the problem among themselves. Researchers here in San Diego are trying to better understand the female libido.

Bill Would Hinder Home Loan Brokers Who Exploit Language Barrier

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Home loan documents are notoriously tough to understand -- even harder if your first language isn't English. But there may be help on the way. State lawmakers are mulling over a bill that would require loan paperwork to be translated to the language of the borrower.

California Leads Nation in Indian Gaming Revenue

June 28
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California leads the nation in Indian gaming revenue; that's according to a new report released today. The Indian Gaming Industry Report was compiled by a Los Angeles consulting firm. The report says California's Indian run casinos generated $7.7 billion in revenue last year. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon is here with the details.

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Opens Friday in San Diego

June 28
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens tomorrow at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Officials expect nearly half a million visitors during the six-month exhibition. The exhibit contains 27 scrolls, 10 of which are exhibited for the first time. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Failed Immigrant Farm Worker Bill Could Rebound This Fall

June 28
By Capital News Connection, Todd Zwillich and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both California Senators backed the immigration reform bill that failed on the Senate floor on Thursday. But Democrat Dianne Feinstein says she'll still push for legal status for immigrant farm workers. Todd Zwillich has more from Capitol Hill.

Officials Call on San Diegans to Conserve Water

June 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local officials want us to conserve water. The call for voluntary conservation comes as water agencies prepare for another dry year in 2008. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Off Mic

June 28
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Californians Distrust Leadership to Fix Healthcare, Immigration

June 28
By Jenny O'Mara, Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Californians list immigration and healthcare among some of their top concerns. That's the finding of a recent survey. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Good Attendance Gets a Cherry on Top at Edison Elementary

June 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at San Diego's Edison Elementary School got a special treat on Thursday for missing only a few days of school. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Feds Launch New Series of Raids to Capture Immigrant Fugitives

June 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal immigration officials in San Diego have launched another series of raids aimed at capturing immigrant fugitives around the county. This time, though, fewer bystanders are getting caught in the sweeps. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Weekend Preview: Where to Find the Best Margaritas

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

July 4th falls in the middle of next week so it's important to plan now where you'll enjoy a margarita and from what patio you'll watch the fireworks. San Diego Citysearch's Erin Chambers offers some advice.

San Diego's Most Successful Football Team Might Not be the Chargers

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Shockwave, an indoor football team, dominates the standings of the National Indoor Football League, but is it here to stay? We hear from the coach of the 9-and-1 Shockwave, and a member of the team's front office who suggests that the team won't be around next year because of financial challenges.

Two Puppets from Adult-Themed Musical Interviewed in Studio

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Tony Award-winning musical, "Avenue Q" opens this weekend at San Diego's Spreckels Theatre. Actor Robert McClure shares his experience of playing the roles of two singing puppets in this adult-themed stage production.

San Diego Union-Tribune Cancels Weekly Book Review Section

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Union-Tribune has cancelled its stand-alone book review section. What does this mean for the quality and amount of book coverage for San Diego readers? And is this just part of a national trend away from newspaper-based book criticism?

Suspense Builds Before Launch of Apple's iPhone

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you living the "iLife"? If so, do you plan to be one of the first in line when the new iPhone hits store shelves on Friday? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Brian Cooley with CNET about the launch of the iPhone, and the cultural impact of Apple's products.

PBS Hosts Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Union-Tribune columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. about the All-American Presidential Forum airing tonight on PBS. Navarrette talks about what he is looking forward to hearing from the candidates, and some of the elements that make this particular debate unique.

Imperial Valley Grower Linked to Onion Recall

June 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Investigators are working to determine whether an Imperial Valley farm was the source of onions recalled last week. Sampling conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture found a potentially deadly bacteria in one pouch of diced, bagged onions distributed by Gills Onions of Oxnard.

Voters Could Decide Whether to Mandate Recycling in San Diego

June 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Miramar Landfill is running out of space and time. More recycling would extend its life. But the city doesn't require people to recycle. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce says voters may decide the issue next year.

S.D. City Hall Keeps the Pressure on Sunroad to Lower Building

June 28
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is taking a hard stance to make sure Sunroad Enterprises sticks to its promise. The company recently agreed to lower its Kearny Mesa office tower by 20 feet to meet FAA safety standards. We have two reports on this story. First, KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare tells us about the pressure from City Hall.

Change Is Never Easy

June 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Big changes are always hard to wrap your head around, particularly when they're tinged with sadness.

Live Free or Die Hard

June 28
By Beth Accomando
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While sequels such as Oceans 13 and Spider-Man 3 can think of nothing better than slapping a new number on the end of the titles for each successive film, the Die Hard series has at least had some fun with their titles offering up Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance and now Live Free or Die Hard (opening June 29 throughout San Diego). Bruce Willis returns for his fourth outing as maverick cop John McClane.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

June 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 28
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting