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Stories for October 11, 2007

San Diego Asian Film Festival Overview

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Three of the best films are up against each other on opening night. Justin Lin's

Reading for Your Leisurely Lunch

Oct. 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

with Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. The Gothamist interviewer says he had no problem downloading

Cinema Sud Italian Film Festival

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Gabriele Salvatores' Italian thriller

8th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Oct. 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The press release describes the event as a collection of sixteen films each night with "presentations limited to five minutes each of fast-paced entertainment. Entries have come from as far as Denmark, Japan, and Australia. Among the subjects are the rare blanket octopus, Komodo dragons, and bottom-feeding gray whales. Presenters include Howard and Michele Hall, Chuck Nicklin, and Leandro Blanco. Some are comedies; some carry an environmental message, some are educational, some just entertaining."

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oct. 11
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Court Ruling Favors Rights of Ex-Con Sex Offenders

Oct. 11
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California Supreme Court ruling that deals with a few sex offenders could have far-reaching implications. The court says state prison officials cannot revoke the parole of four sex offenders who live too close to schools or parks. Attorneys for the four say the injunction should apply to all sex offenders out of compliance with what's known as Jessica's Law.

State Can't Force Landlords to Confirm Tenant Immigration Status

Oct. 11
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cities and counties in California cannot force landlords to check their tenants' immigration status. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill late Wednesday in response to ordinances passed by a handful of communities across the country and state, including Escondido. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Health Coalition Working to Lessen Port of San Diego Air Pollution

Oct. 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Environmental Health Coalition is working with the Port of San Diego to clean up the air at port docks. Exhaust from diesel trucks and cruise ships spew toxic air in nearby neighborhoods. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

City Council to Sue For Legal Costs Linked to Navy Broadway Complex

Oct. 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego city council has voted in closed session to file suit against developer Doug Manchester. The suit seeks reimbursement for the costs of lawsuits filed against the Navy Broadway Complex on San Diego Bay. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Weekend Preview: Film Festivals, Rilo Kiley, B.B. King Benefit Concert

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are three film festivals in town this weekend as well as a benefit concert for the homeless featuring headliner B.B. King.

Hand In Hand Schools Educate Jewish and Arab Children

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In 1997, Lee Gordon co-founded a school in Israel designed to teach Jewish and Arab children under one roof. Now, almost 1,000 Israeli children attend this kind of institution, and there are four of these schools. How might this educational structure transform the turmoil between Jews and Arabs in Israel? We speak with Gordon and the father of two children who study at one of these unique schools.

California Leads the Nation in Family Leave Program

Oct. 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California is one of two states that offers some form of paid family leave. But states across the country are watching what Governor Schwarzenegger will do with a number of bills awaiting his signature that would expand California's family leave programs.

San Diego's GOP Calls on City to Investiage Aguirre's Campaign Contributions

Oct. 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is fighting criticism from the mayor, the city council, the Union-Tribune editorial page and now the Republican Party. The San Diego GOP has called on the city's Ethics Commission to investigate Aguirre.