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Stories for October 26, 2007

Sleuth

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

A remake of a film based on a play that works primarily on a twist means that many people coming to this are likely to know some of the secrets. That means that you really have to deliver the goods and make the playing of the game more satisfying that knowing the outcome. I have to give this new

Evacuated Horses Enjoy Waterfront Hospitality

Oct. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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More than 200 horses along with their owners found refuge on San Diego's man-made Fiesta Island this week. Wildfires forced them to leave their homes. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has their story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Finishing the Game

Oct. 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Lin, who along with two of the film's stars stopped by KPBS after hosting the San Diego premiere of his film at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, noted that Bruce Lee was a huge part of his identity as a kid growing up in Orange County. But the irony was that "my first introduction to Bruce Lee wasnt even Bruce Lee -- it was Bruce Li and Bruce Loo because when I was growing up, they had this thing called Kung Fu Theater, and they booked the cheap films, not the real Bruce Lee films. So I saw all these imitators first. It was with the advent of the VCR that I finally saw Bruce Lee in

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Evacuations, But a Gradual Quashing of Fires

Oct. 26
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

1,000 people were evacuated from their homes in Lake Henshaw, Mesa Grande and the La Jolla Indian Reservation this morning. However, county and fire officials say they are gaining the upper hand on the blazes that have ripped across San Diego this week. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Cal Fire Director Says It's Too Soon For an Efficiency Analysis

Oct. 26
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As firefighters gradually get control of the flames, questions are arising about how well resources have been coordinated. But the California Department of Fire Protection, says it's too soon to start second guessing decisions made in the heat of the moment. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Ash from Fires Contains Small Amounts of Cancer Causing Toxins

Oct. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says ash deposited by forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. But that ash will contain small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals.

Feinstein Requests $1 Billion For Wildfire Relief

Oct. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Washington state Congressman Norm Dicks Friday asked the chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees for emergency funds as a result of the wildfires. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Plant Nurseries, Crops Suffer Damage from Fires

Oct. 26
By Ed Nurseries and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fires and road closures have caused damage and losses for plant nurseries around Southern California. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Progress Made, But Firefighters Still Battling Hot Spots

Oct. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Firefighters are making rapid progress on the wildfires in San Diego County, where more than 330,000 acres have burned. But hot spots continue to be a threat.

Palomar Fire Threatening Landmark Observatory, Radio Towers

Oct. 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of several wildfires in San Diego County has crested Palomar Mountain in the far North County. It's now threatening the landmark observatory and radio towers. Crews are clearing brush and lighting back burns to halt the fire's spread. Firefighters are making progress on two of the biggest wildfires burning in the county. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

On the Frontline With San Diego Firefighters

Oct. 26
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For the last week, firefighters have been working hard to beat the wildfires. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare spent some time with them on the front lines.

Five Days Later, Still Desperate for Home

Oct. 26
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Even though thousands of San Diegans are returning home, and firefighters have more room for optimism, many communities are still threatened. Some people have lived in shelters for days. One of those threatened communities is Jamul. One of those people is Terri Abrahamson. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has her story.

Welcome Fog, Battling Hotspots, Checking in With Reporters

Oct. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are still many homeless people in San Diego County, many of whom will have to rebuild. We’ll tell you what is the latest news on the fire and whether there are still pockets of blaze to be suppressed. And you’ll hear from some of the reporters in the KPBS newsroom who have been covering the event. So stay with us for a These Days fire special.

Still Room for Large Animals at El Cajon Horse Camp

Oct. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

County officials say there's still room for large animals at the horse camp in El Cajon on Weld Boulevard, west of Cuyamaca Street.

County Still Lags in Fire Fighting Resources

Oct. 26
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The disastrous fires that swept through San Diego County this week should have come as no surprise. Experts had predicted for months that this fire season could be the worst in a century. And state and local leaders had the added benefit of lessons from the deadly wildfires in 2003. Despite some improvements, the region and state still lag in firefighting resources. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

San Diego Wildfires

Oct. 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, massive wildfires throughout San Diego County destroy almost 1500 homes and scorch 350,000 acres. How organized and efficient were our public officials in responding to the wildfires? What worked and what needs improvement? Will the home rebuilding invigorate our sluggish local economy?

Closing of Stadium Evacuation Center Signals Life Going On, Even as California Fires Burn

Oct. 26
By Alison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The NFL stadium where thousands of displaced residents sought refuge is closing as an evacuation center, a symbolic show of progress against wildfires still menacing Southern California.

San Diego Wildfire Update (6:30 a.m.)

Oct. 26
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Harris and Witch Creek fires are still burning this morning but, with any luck today, firefighters will make some significant progress in rounding them up and putting them out. Active fires are reported on the northern edges of each burn area.