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Stories for November 15, 2007

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Nov. 15, 2007
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Say Farewell to Midnight Bradness

Nov. 15, 2007
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Marine Sergeant Found Guilty of Abusing Recruits

Nov. 15, 2007
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A marine drill instructor is guilty of abusing recruits at San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot. KPBS reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 15, 2007
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

FEMA Doles $6 Million to San Diego Fire Victims and Agencies

Nov. 15, 2007
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded over $6 million to individuals in San Diego as a result of the wildfires. Today FEMA held a meeting in San Diego for local government agencies that incurred costs fighting the fires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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Weekend Preview: Torch Song Trilogy, Punks, Sweet 15, Victoria Martin

Nov. 15, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two plays about teenagers are on San Diego's stages and a classic stage comedy about an aging drag queen opens at Diversionary Theater.

Film Icon and Master of Trash John Waters Talks About Cry-Baby

Nov. 15, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Waters has been called the master of trash and an icon of independent cinema. He has made films, put out two compilation albums of his favorite music and shown his artwork in galleries around the world. His film “Hairspray” was made into a Tony Award winning Broadway musical and now the La Jolla Playhouse is staging a musical version of his film “Cry-Baby.”

Reform to the Farm Bill Catches Citizen and Media Attention

Nov. 15, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the Farm Bill and why should you care about it, even if you aren't a farmer? We speak to author Daniel Imhoff about the $288 billion bill that's being discussed in the U.S. Senate this week. We will discuss how the Farm Bill is currently structured, as well as the changes that have been proposed to reduce the amount of subsidies that are given to growers of commodity crops such as corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and rice.

California Coastal Commission Votes on Desalination Plant

Nov. 15, 2007
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today, the California Coastal Commission votes on Poseidon Resources' plan to build a desalination plant in Carlsbad. KPBS environmental reporter Ed Joyce joins us from the meeting.

Another Strong Santa Ana Headed for San Diego

Nov. 15, 2007
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Another Santa Ana wind condition is headed for San Diego County. Forecasters says the winds could be as strong as those that pushed last month's fire storms.

Groups Criticize High-Speed Rail Route to San Francisco Bay Area

Nov. 15, 2007
By Steve Lawrence and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The director of California's high-speed rail board on Wednesday defended his recommendation of the Pacheco Pass as the primary route for bullet trains to the San Francisco Bay area, saying it was more efficient and environmentally sound.

Education Officials Say Racism Sets Students up for Failure

Nov. 15, 2007
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Teachers and school administrators tackled the issue of racism in California's education system on the last day of the state's Achievement Gap Summit yesterday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis reports from Sacramento.

San Diego Suffered at Least $42.6 Million in Crop Damage from Wildfires

Nov. 15, 2007
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has the first statewide estimate of crop damage from last month's wildfires: $47.5 million, with most of the damage in San Diego County. As KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps tells us, that number will only grow higher.

Foreclosures Soaring in San Diego

Nov. 15, 2007
By Joanne Faryon / inewsource and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of people living in San Diego are losing their homes because they can’t afford to make their mortgage payment. Many more are months behind on their payments. Chances are if it’s not you, it’s probably one of your neighbors. KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon has more.