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Stories for November 8, 2007

DarkBlueAlmostBlack and Love for Sale

Nov. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The title refers to a suit that Jorge (Quim Gutirrez) sees every day in a store window. It symbolizes all that he seems to want but cannot attain. Jorge recently acquired his business degree and had big plans about his future. Then his father suffers a debilitating stroke, and Jorge ends up taking over his father's janitorial job at the Madrid apartment building where hes lived all his life. He spends afternoons on the roof with his friend Israel (Raul Arevalo) and nights thinking about his childhood sweetheart (Eva Pallares), whose hand me downs his family used to wear. Meanwhile, Jorges brother Antonio (Antonio De La Torre) is spending his last days in prison desperately trying to get Paula (Marta Etura), a female inmate, pregnant so she can get sent to the maternity ward and avoid the abuse she receives being in the larger prison population.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Guard Cleared of Wrongdoing in Taking Fire Donations

Nov. 8
By Aaron C. Davis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Members of a California National Guard military police company accused of stealing donations intended for Southern California wildfire victims were cleared Wednesday of criminal wrongdoing.

Marines Testify Drill Instructor Abused Recruits For Minor Infractions

Nov. 8
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Several Marines testified Wednesday that their boot camp drill instructor smacked them in the head with flashlights and rifles and ordered platoon members to lie down in their own vomit after forcing them to chug too much water too quickly.

San Diego Gas Up 14 Cents Per Gallon Since Monday

Nov. 8
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego's average price for a gallon of gas is up 14 cents since Monday. The Utility Consumer's Action Network says it is unusual for prices to jump ten cents in a week. That makes this increase even more dramatic.

Governor Lobbies Bush, Offers Flood Assistance to Mexico

Nov. 8
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered to help the Mexican government respond to massive flooding in the southern state of Tabasco. About 80-percent of the state is underwater. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Mexican Fruit Flies Prompt Escondido Crop Quarantine

Nov. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The search is on for additional Mexican fruit flies in Escondido, after the discovery of five of the pests in two residential properties. Agricultural officials say they'll have to impose a quarantine of locally grown crops to prevent the pest from spreading. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

State Sues EPA over Gas Emission Standards

Nov. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California sued the federal government today to force a decision about whether the state can impose the nation's first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Writers' Strike Said to Threaten State, Even National Economy

Nov. 8
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some economists are warning the writer's strike could affect much more than Los Angeles. They say if it lasts for months, it could take a bite out of the state's revenues. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ explains.

Firefighters Injured in Wildfire Followed Residents

Nov. 8
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An inferno exploded a fire engine's windows, forcing firefighters to take cover behind boulders after they followed a man and his son back to their burning mobile home during last month's wildfires, state authorities said Thursday.

CCEH: More Tests Confirm Toxicity Danger in Apple Headphone Cords

Nov. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A California environmental group plans to sue Apple over toxic chemicals in headphone cords. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Weekend Preview: 94.9 Anniversary Bash, The Swell, Marth Wainwright, M.I.A., The Walkmen

Nov. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There are a lot of music options this weekend, including 94.9's 5th anniversary bash and The Walkmen play the Casbah.

Writer, Performer Carl Hancock Rux Shares His Music

Nov. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Carl Hancock Rux is an acclaimed poet, author, musician and playwright whose work explores race, identity, urban life and Rux's life experiences. He'll read from his novel “Asphalt” and we'll hear some music from his latest album “Good Bread Alley.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Examines Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Nov. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What kind of impact will the War in Iraq have on the future of the Middle East? What's at the root of the conflict between Shiites and Sunni Muslims? We speak to Anthony Shadid from the Washington Post about the transformations that are happening in countries throughout the Middle East.

California Sues EPA to Impose Tough Auto Emission Standards

Nov. 8
By Samantha Young and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California sued the federal government on Thursday to force a decision about whether the state can impose the nation's first greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.

San Diego's Battle Over Retirement Benefits Continues

Nov. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The battle over retirement benefits continues at San Diego City Hall. The latest wrinkle forced the city's pension board to hold public hearings with angry and fearful retirees. Till now, the board has stood firm in support of all benefits as vested and therefore impossible to roll back. The courts have supported them. But the so-called "purchase of service credits" are costing city taxpayers nearly $150 million. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

More Military Vets Becoming Homeless Due to High Housing Costs

Nov. 8
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report says California's high housing cost is driving military vets into homelessness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness says veterans make up a disproportionate share of the overall homeless population. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

High School Dropouts Spike; Exit Exam Plays Big Role

Nov. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report finds the number of high school dropouts in California spiked last year, and that the state's exit exam played a big role. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.