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Stories for September 14, 2007

Eastern Promises

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The young girl, we discover, was forced into prostitution and drug addiction by Semyon. She was trying to escape when she hemorrhaged and ended up in a North London hospital where Anna (Naomi Watts) works as a midwife. Anna strikes an immediate bond with the poor infant and longs to place the child with some kind of relative. Since the girl had no identification, Anna takes the diary she finds in the girl's bag and brings it home. The diary is in Russian so she asks her Uncle Stepan (Jerzy Skolimowski) to translate. What information she gleans leads her to Semyon's restaurant. Nikolai warns Anna to stay away but her need to discover who this girl was combined with her growing attraction to Nikolai makes it impossible for Anna to keep to a safe distance.

Midnight Madness Bradness Movie Series

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Okay, personally I have always had a problem with John Hughes and I think it stems back to

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Voter Groups Dismayed By Delay to Redraw Legislative Districts

Sept. 14
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Special legislative sessions are underway for healthcare and water -- but Governor Schwarzenegger did not call one to deal with one of his top issues: redistricting. Some groups are hoping he'll change his mind. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Glitchy Classroom 'Clickers' Pose Problems at SDSU

Sept. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A growing number of San Diego State students say a high tech device they're required to use in large lecture halls is a waste of time and money. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SANDAG Projects $56 Billion for Roads, But Congestion Inevitable

Sept. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Association of Governments held a public hearing today on its long term transportation plan to keep the region moving over the next 25 years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Sept. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Thelonious Monk, Squarepusher, Herbie Hancock, Tommy Guerrero, Pink Martini and John Vanderslice.

New Law Slaps Teens With $20 Fine For Phone Use While Driving

Sept. 14
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It will soon be against the law for California teenagers to use cell phones while behind the wheel. Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation on Thursday creating the new law. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Crews Hope to Quash Pine Fire by Saturday Evening

Sept. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Fire crews hope to completely contain a fire in the Cleveland National Forest by tomorrow night. The blaze charred about 2,000 acres in a remote area in Southeast San Diego County. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has this update on the Pine fire.

Imperial Water District's General Manager Resigns

Sept. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Imperial Irrigation District's acting general manager has resigned amid fallout from an energy-trading scandal that resulted in losses of about $60 million.

Study: 1990 Emissions Goals Tied Too Strictly to One Technology

Sept. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study says a 1990 California program aimed at reducing vehicle emissions may have been too ambitious. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Iraq Troop Levels, SD Diocese Settlement, Recycled Water

Sept. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, General Petraeus gives his recommendation on troop levels in Iraq as President Bush addresses the topic in a primetime address to the nation. Also, the San Diego Diocese settles cases with victims of alleged child abuse. And, San Diego's elected officials lock horns over recycled water.

Reagan's Wharf

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

BRYAN OTT: "My neighbor actually owns a lot of waterfront property and she said basically hey why don't you just use my property, you can use my boats, you can use the piers, anything."

Reagan's Wharf: Filmmakers Interviews

Sept. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Vanderslice on These Days

Sept. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Hopefully some of you heard the interview with