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Stories for October 4, 2007

San Diego Women's Film Festival

Oct. 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Although SDWFF is only five years years old, it is the longest running womens film festival in Southern California, which is great for the festival but just goes to show how much more attention and support women filmmakers could use. SDWFF was founded by Renee Herrell with the goal of providing a venue for women filmmakers and a means of countering media stereotypes about women. Herrell worked with young girls in programs like the Girl Scouts and she wanted to offer them positive and empowering images of women, something that wasn't always available in the mainstream media.

California Lawmakers Meet to Head Off Potential Water Crisis

Oct. 4
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers on Thursday heard from water experts about deteriorating conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta -- a source for much of California's drinking water. Legislators are facing a deadline in a matter of days to put a water bond on the February ballot. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Oct. 4
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Unveils Plan For New Tech Education Framework

Oct. 4
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new blueprint for career technical education programs in California was released Thursday. It's designed to make these programs meet state academic standards. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

18 Murder Charges Against Marine Could Be Drastically Reduced

Oct. 4
By Scott Horsley, Npr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military investigator has recommended a big reduction in the charges against a Marine Sergeant accused of killing civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

Committee to Weigh-In Tonight On Expanded Mayoral Power

Oct. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thursday night, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders’ Charter Review Committee will finalize recommendations for a ballot initiative to strengthen the mayor’s powers.

Oceanside City Council Withdraws From Chargers Stadium Talks

Oct. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Oceanside city council has bowed out of the competition to host a new NFL football stadium for the Chargers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Sanders Declares State of Emergency Following Landslide

Oct. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has declared a state of emergency after yesterday's catastrophic La Jolla landslide in order to access state and federal funds. Both he and the city attorney addressed the issue of liability. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

KPBS News Reporter Explains Possible Causes of La Jolla Landslide

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak to KPBS News reporter Ed Joyce to get the latest details on the landslide that happened yesterday in La Jolla. Joyce talks about the destruction, evacuations and possible reasons why a 200-yard stretch of Soledad Mountain Road collapsed.

Ethical Implications of Brain Scans and Reading People’s Minds

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Can brain scans read your mind? If so, how should information about what you're thinking be used and who decides? Those are questions that scientists, ethicists, policy makers and average people are debating. We will examine the field of neuroethics as it relates to the legal and social implications of brain science.

A Minister From a Political Background Examines the Roots of the Debate of Religion in Politics

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The topics have been debated by U.S. citizens for centuries: the separation between church and state; the religious vs. secular vision of the Founding Fathers; and the role of religion in the public arena. Forrest Church, a minister who comes from a family of politicians, examines this complex relationship, and he explains why a balance between the two ideas is ideal.

Weekend Preview: San Diego International Book Fair, NWEAMO, Justice, Nellie McKay

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The French DJ duo Justice comes to town the same weekend the electro-acoustic music festival NWEAMO takes place at San Diego State. And if you've been longing for a book festival in San Diego, here's your chance to support a quality one. The 2nd annual San Diego City College International Book Fair takes place this weekend on the campus of City College.

S.D. Committee Finalizing Initiative to Strengthen Mayor's Powers

Oct. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' Charter Review Committee will finalize recommendations Thursday night for a ballot initiative to strengthen the mayor's powers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on what's at stake in the coming over the city's constitution.

Officer: Drop Murder Charges Against Marine in Iraq Deaths

Oct. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An investigating officer has recommended that the Marine at the center of the biggest prosecution of U.S. troops in the Iraq war should not stand trial on murder charges, a defense attorney said Thursday.

Geologists Say La Jolla Landslide is No Surprise

Oct. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The landslide on Mount Soledad Mountain Road in La Jolla is an event geologists say is part of a continuing pattern over many decades or millions of years. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the hillside has a history, a long history of activity.