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Stories for September 28, 2007

Good News! San Diegans Are Stuck in Traffic

Sept. 28
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Commentaries

The latest nationwide report from the Texas Transportation Institute shows that San Diegans spend an average of 57 hours a year sitting in idle traffic during rush hour.

KPBS Commentaries

Sept. 28
By Tfudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Kingdom

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jamie Foxx plays FBI Agent Ronald Fleury. When a terrorist bomb blows up an American facility in Saudi Arabia, Fleury wants to take his crack team out into the field to try and find the necessary evidence to track down the terrorists. Fleury knew someone who was killed, so he's taking a personal interest in seeing justice done. Despite opposition from various sources, Fleury eventually gets the OK to bring Grant Sykes (Chris Cooper), Janet Mayes (

Manda Bala

Sept. 28
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

But we discover that all these people are real and the events relayed are true. Kohn connects his rural frog farmer from the opening to a famously corrupt politician Jder Barbalho. He also interviews a string of people about their various encounters with crime in Brazil and how they connect with each other. There's a woman who was kidnapped for a week and had her ears sent to her family. Then we see kids in the street playing "kidnapper" and "victim" and cutting off each other's ears. We also hear from a plastic surgeon who reconstructs ears from a victim's rib (detailed in a particularly graphic surgery sequence). There are also cops, bodyguards and people who want to create GPS chips into people so they can be tracked when -- not if but when -- they get kidnapped. Kohn even interviews someone who presents himself as a kidnapper and criminal. The man claims to suffer absolutely no guilt about any of the crimes or violence he's committed but he also talks about how he helps the people in his village out and that's why they protect him.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 28
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Sept. 28
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State to Ban Certain Air Purifiers For Allegedly Hazardous Emissions

Sept. 28
By California Capitol Network and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Air Resources Board is banning some air purifiers saying they're health hazards. California is the first state to prohibit the future sale of some “ozone generators.”

Momentum Ebbs in Campaign to Shift State's Electoral Balance

Sept. 28
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A proposed ballot measure to change the way California awards its electoral votes is losing steam fast. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

State Agency OpposesToll Road Through San Onofre Park

Sept. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A proposal to build a toll road through the state park at San Onofre State Beach is getting a thumbs down from a state agency staff report. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Environmental Bills on Hold in Sacramento

Sept. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than a dozen environmental bills have been passed by the California legislature. But those bills require the governor's signature to become law. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Waning College Funding Seen to Jeopardize Entire State Economy

Sept. 28
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi says California's economy will come to a standstill if state leaders don't invest in colleges and universities. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Sept. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from So Percussion, Aphex Twin, Grant Green, Tommy Guerrero, Eddie Harris, and Beastie Boys.

San Diego County Growers May Face Mandatory Water Cuts Next Year

Sept. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County growers may face mandatory cuts in water supplies next year. Those cuts could last several years. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the water shortage could reduce farmland in the county.

Illegal Immigration Cost, Condo Conversion Cap, SD Head Start

Sept. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting

This week, the San Diego Board of Supervisors send a $101 million invoice to the federal government to off-set the estimated cost of illegal immigration to the county. Also, the San Diego City Council rejects a cap on the number of condo conversions that can be built each year. And, the California Department of Social Services seeks to revoke the licenses of several Head Start centers operated by the Neighborhood House Association of San Diego.

Tijuana's Industrial Trash Turned Art

Sept. 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana artist Jaime Ruiz Otis has found inspiration in Tijuana city's industrial trash piles. During art school, Ruiz worked at one of the border region's hundreds of factories, called maquiladoras to make ends meet. In his hands, old fax toner became paint. Defective respirator tubes became sculpture. Now, Ruiz is turning discarded TV monitors into a Zen garden. Ruiz has shown his art at museums and galleries around the world. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson spoke with him at his studio in Tijuana.

So Percussion Plays Live in Studio!

Sept. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The group

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Sept. 28
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting