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Stories for October 19, 2007

Music from the Crooked Road Performance on These Days

Oct. 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Yesterday we had a group of musicians on

Rendition

Oct. 19
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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El-Ibrahimi is transferred to a North African prison where Abasi Fawal (Yigal Naor) casually employs beatings, water soaked hoods, electrodes, humiliation and solitary confinement in a hole of a cell. Overseeing the interrogation is newbie CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) who bluntly tells Fawal, "This is my first torture." Freeman doesn't take to it very well and Fawal grows impatient with his American observer. In addition, Fawal has to deal with a rebellious daughter who's resisting an arranged marriage and is instead dating a politicized young Islamic man. Meanwhile, back in the states, Isabella hooks up with a college friend (Peter Sarsgaard) who is politically well-connected in Washington, D.C. The government, of course, denies any knowledge of Isabella's husband.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oct. 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 19
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Hundreds Convene at Hearing Over Disputed Pension Benefits

Oct. 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Several hundred San Diego city retirees showed up at a hearing today to defend disputed pension benefits worth $150 million.

Reservation Road

Oct. 19
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The film's most blatant flaw is its heavy reliance on contrivance. There are some spoilers here, so don't read on if you plan to ignore my advice and see this film anyway. Everyone ends up knowing everyone in this film, and it becomes almost laughable. Maybe we could have bought into this if Director Terry George made us believe that this was a very small and close knit community. But we don't feel that when the hit and run driver ends up being connected to the family of the victim (and this comes on top of a series of other coincidences), you're only reaction is "You gotta be kidding?" Intensifying the problem is how plot information comes up in forced and often cliched ways. This includes having the hit and run driver's son come to him with a problem at school where "a no good coward" won't fess up to something he's done. Gee, do you think that will prompt dad to look at his own cowardice about not fessing up to his crime? Then the film drifts into something of an unconvincing revenge story.

Tensions Build Over School Superintendent Replacement Process

Oct. 19
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego school board meets with community members Saturday to talk about what kind of person they want to replace Superintendent Carl Cohn. But so far, teacher union leaders aren't happy about the process. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 19
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Free Lead Hazard Prevention Expo This Weekend in San Diego

Oct. 19
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego officials are trying to reach out to thousands of families whose children may be exposed to lead. Lead is a highly toxic element that causes health effects ranging from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. You can find out more about lead hazards at an event today in San Diego.

SD Wildfire Preparedness, Social Security, GOP Resignations

Oct. 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This week, rain douses San Diego as residents mark the fourth anniversary of the Cedar Fire. Also, the first baby boomer applies for Social Security benefits. And, the national GOP faces uncertainty as 16 Republican legislators announce their retirements.

Falling For Jesse James: An Internet Love Story

Oct. 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Last week's edition of

Reading For Your Thursday Afternoon Coffee

Oct. 19
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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nothing else on this list,

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Oct. 19
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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