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Stories for October 12, 2007

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The Darjeeling Limited

Oct. 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Anderson picks up the story of the Whitman brothers in

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Speaker Nunez May Cancel Trip Following Expense Questions

Oct. 12
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Speaker Fabian Nunez says this is the worst publicity he's received during his time as leader of the state Assembly. And the Democrat says it's making him re-think future trade missions and foreign travel. He's talking about the flap over an article last week in the Los Angeles Times. The story detailed thousands of dollars in campaign money he spent on gifts, wine, and hotels while traveling.

Former Border Patrol Agent Admits Smuggling Illegal Immigrants

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to taking 100 dollars for each carload of illegal immigrants that he helped get past a highway checkpoint.

Wilkes Contractor Testifies, Describes Lavish Cunningham Bribes

Oct. 12
By Seth Hettena and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In San Diego, trial is underway for a former defense contractor accused of bribing Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former congressman who is serving more than eight years in prison. Brent Wilkes is accused of fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and providing more than $600,000 in the form of cash, meals, private jet flights, vacations and prostitutes. Reporter Seth Hettena has more.

UCSD Scripps Researchers Share Nobel Peace Price With Al Gore

Oct. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are part of the panel sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. 2,000 scientists worked on climate change research for the United Nations. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Report: Black and Latino Students Doing Better, But Still Below Curve

Oct. 12
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego County education report shows black and Latino students are still lagging behind whites and Asians in eighth grade math classes, but they are making some progress. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from David Axelrod, DJ Shadow, Bonobo, Radiohead, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Taj Mahal, Rilo Kiley and The Beach Boys.

Scripps Professor Beaming Over Nobel Peace Prize

Oct. 12
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Several researchers at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography are part of the panel sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Two thousand scientists worked on climate change research for the United Nations. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

CA & U.S. Healthcare, Beach Booze Ban, Mike Aguirre Update

Oct. 12
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger revises his healthcare plan for 6.7 million uninsured Californians while congressional Democrats influence lawmakers to override President Bush's veto of a $35 billion expansion to the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Also, the San Diego City Council now considers an array of alcohol ban options for local beaches. And, the city council bars San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre from representing taxpayers on pension and La Jolla landslide matters.

Mike Sager: The Story is in the Details

Oct. 12
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oct. 12
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting