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Stories for April 17, 2008

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices Bloggers on These Days

April 17
By Nicole Lozare and Citizen Voices
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Report Shows Tobacco Companies Spent $2 Million to Lobby Calif. Lawmakers

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report issued by the American Lung Association of California shows tobacco companies have spent $2 million to lobby state lawmakers during the past year. Association spokesman Paul Knepprath says 37 Assembly-members and 16 Senators received contributions from tobacco companies.

Calif. Teacher's Union Leaders Visit S.D. to Speak Out Against Cuts

April 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California teacher's union leaders rolled in San Diego today on a school bus to speak out against cuts to state education funding. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Citizen Voices

April 17
By Nlozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Universities From Both Sides of the Border Collaborate on Research Projects

April 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD and Tijuana's College of the Northern Border formalized their collaboration Thursday. The universities will continue to work together on a wide range of academic and research projects. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Searching for Solutions to San Diego Downtown Parking

April 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A downtown workshop later today will tackle the problem of parking -- or the lack of it -- in San Diego's urban core. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California Home Prices Fall 26 Percent Amid Foreclosures

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A research firm reports a glut of foreclosed homes led to a sharp drop in California home prices in March. bought near the height of the boom.

Midnight Movies: Brazil

April 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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In England the film's working title was 1984 & frac12;, and that provides a good indication of how Gilliam is about to offer his own variation of Orwell's novel. Gilliam presents us with an Orwellian future world but then adds a Walter Mitty-like character filtered through Kafka or Dostoevsky. Mix in ample helpings of darkly absurd comedy, romance, fantasy, social satire and a provocative ending, and you'll begin to get a taste of the exhilarating cinematic concoction Gilliam is whipping up.

Citizen Voices Discuss the Economy, Global Warming, and the Border Fence

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the presidential race roars on, the candidates face a number of issues: slowing economy, rapid climate change, and a push to finish a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep illegal immigrants and terrorists out. We turn to our KPBS Citizen Voices bloggers for their opinions on these issues.

Bahrain Ambassador Talks U.S. Relations

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bahrain is a small country between Middle Eastern countries like Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The ambassador of Bahrain to the U.S. explains our relationship to Bahrain, how oil supports its economy, and why the country officially supports the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Local Insect Populations on the Rise

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Have you noticed an increase in flying bugs around your neighborhood over the last couple weeks? What's causing this influx of insects in the San Diego region? We speak to Michael Wall with the Natural History Museum about what's causing the recent increase in local bug species.

Imperial Valley Update: Changes to the Irrigation District, Debate Over Sunrise Powerlink

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why do SDG&E and the Imperial Irrigation District disagree about the proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink? Why is state Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia pushing to give the Coachella Valley more say on the IID? We speak to Brad Jennings from the Imperial Valley Press about the hot stories in the Imperial County.

Lawmakers Say Calif. Needs Tighter Scrutiny of Sex Offenders

April 17
By Don Thompson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State lawmakers on Thursday said California needs better long-term supervision of sex offenders after an audit raised concerns that some may be living in homes used for child daycare and foster care.

San Diego School Board Set to Authorize Next Round of Layoff Notices

April 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School Board is set to authorize another hefty round of layoff notices. This time the notices will be issued to school employees like campus security guards, teaching assistants and custodians. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

San Diego Communities Harnessing Natural Power to Provide Energy

April 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

From the buildings we work in, to the homes we live in, energy usage is one of the largest impacts in our carbon footprint. Living in southern California, we are lucky to have plenty of sunshine, and reporter Ed Joyce, shows us how the sun can lesson our impact, and save us money.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Reopens Border Beaches Closed Since Nov.

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Border beaches closed since November because of sewage contamination have been reopened after San Diego County health officials determined they are safe.

Two S.D. Councilmembers Change Position on Pay Raises

April 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two San Diego city council members who voted for council pay raises have changed their position. They now say would oppose an increase. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Teen Critic Enters the Forbidden Kingdom

April 17
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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88 Minutes

April 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Pacino plays Jack Gramm, a forensic psychologist whose testimony puts away accused serial killer Jon Forster (Neal McDonough). Jump to nine years later. Forster is about to be executed but a string of torture-rape-murders duplicating Forster's MO raise questions about whether the wrong man has been sentenced to death. Then Gramm gets a call telling him "tick tock doc" you have 88 minutes to live (I couldn't see my watch in the darkened theater but apparently the call comes at 20 minutes into the film so that the rest of the film plays out in pseudo real time). Suddenly everyone in Gramm's life becomes a suspect, bodies start to pile up, and the cops are seriously considering arresting Gramm.

Border Officials Say Travel Alert Should Not Deter Tourists from Visiting Tijuana

April 17
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. and Mexican officials in Tijuana say a recent travel alert for Mexico should not keep tourists from visiting the city. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 17
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

April 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Sign of a Good Education

April 17
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

I thought I'd give you the latest scoop on what's happening in my neck of the woods this Thursday and Friday. San Diego North County educators are encouraging adults over the age of 18 to gather around local freeway overpasses with signs saying "Enough is Enough!" or "Education Cuts Don't Heal" to show the Governorator and state legislators that they are angry about the proposed cuts to education. They're calling this event the "No Cuts To Education Rally and Overpass March. If you're interested in voicing your concern or just love to hang out near freeway traffic on a Friday night, then go to the

Citizen Voices

April 17
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Danger Ahead: Two Powerful Ballot Propositions

April 17
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner