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Stories for October 27, 2007

Firefighting Crews Get Relief, Rest as Fires are Slowly Contained

Oct. 27
By Rene Gutel and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 1,800 firefighters are battling the Poomacha Fire in North County. It's 45 percent contained, but still threatening 2,000 homes around Palomar Mountain. Crews will be cutting more lines today to create defensible space around those homes. Other firefighters are putting out hot spots left in the trail of the blazes. Reporter Rene Gutel spent yesterday evening with one crew from Gilroy, California, and she filed this report.

Ramona Residents Return Home to No Water or Electricity

Oct. 27
By Tamara Keith and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In Ramona, water connections have been restored for some essential services. But residents there are starting a second day without running water. They returned from shelters to find their supplies shut off. The Witch Fire ignited near Ramona and ravaged parts of the town. Tamara Keith reports on the rocky return home.

Fires Bring Seven Days of Fury

Oct. 27
Pauline Arrillaga

They know what the winds can do. They forecast them. Fight the fires the winds fan. Prepare for evacuations that, in years past, never came. They thought they knew, until seven days of fury began a week ago. "

Three More Areas Ordered to Boil Water

Oct. 27
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three areas were added today to the list of places where water must be boiled to ensure public safety in the wake of the wildfires, authorities said.

State Cashing $10,000 Grants for Fire Victims

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State of California is getting ready cash grants of up to $10,000 per person for those who can prove they have suffered losses in the recent fires, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced today.

Agents Scour Ravines, Canyons for Bodies After Wildfires

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Border Patrol agents are scouring fire-ravaged ravines and canyons for dead bodies after discovering the charred remains of four people this week in the San Diego area.

Many East County Residents Allowed to Return Home

Oct. 27
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Office of Emergency Services officials announced residents only may return today to a handful of East County communities affected by the Harris Fire.

Your Brain on Shakespeare

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What, ho! Researchers in England report that reading Shakespeare "positively excites" your brainwaves. To which Martha and Grant say: "Duh!"

Firefighters Working to Gain Upper Hand on San Diego Fires

Oct. 27
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Firefighters today worked to gain the upper hand on wildfires that have burnt nearly 350,000 acres in San Diego County, despite weekend winds which could either hinder or help containment efforts.

San Diego Wildfires Update (9 a.m.)

Oct. 27
By Cal Fire and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Harris Fire is 85,800 acres and 50% contained. The Witch Fire is 197,990 acres and 60% contained. The Rice Fire is 9,000 acres and 80% contained. The Poomacha Fire is 43,000 acres and 45% contained.

The True Voice of Public Media

Oct. 27
By Joanne Faryon and Off Mic

Four years didn't erase the look of the sky or the smell in the air; they were the first warning signs fire was here. Only this time, these fires would burn faster, bigger and even more erratically then the Cedar Fire. And they would chase 500,000 people from their homes.

Lars and the Real Girl

Oct. 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The perpetually dewy eyed Ryan Gosling plays Lars, a solitary soul who lives in the garage of his dead father's home while his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and pregnant sister-in-law Karin (Emily Mortimer) live in the main house. Lars hides in the garage, afraid to come out, even for breakfast. But he does manage to hold down a job, and one day at work, someone shows him a Web site where you can construct the perfect woman and then have the life-size sex doll sent to you. Lars orders one, and when she arrives, he unpacks her from the box and introduces her to everyone in his small town as his girlfriend Bianca from the tropics of Brazil. Surprisingly, everyone welcomes her with open arms in the hopes that this will help the introverted Lars. Most eager to see him emerge from this as a more warm and open human being are the local doctor/psychologist Dagmar (Patricia Clarkson) and an enamored cubicle-mate Margo (Kelli Garner). Dagmar insists that this is just Lars' way of working through some emotional issues.

Off Mic

Oct. 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting