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Stories for August 13, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Aug. 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Giant Dog Turd Wreaks Havoc at Swiss Museum

Aug. 13
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Best.Headline.Ever. I wish it were mine but, alas, The Guardian gets all the fun. An outdoor sculpture by American artist

Tropic Thunder Featurette

Aug. 13
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

CCDC Postpones Civic Center Announcement

Aug. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s downtown development corporation, CCDC, has postponed for a second time a meeting to announce the cost of two competing bids to build a new City Hall. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 13
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD Researchers Discover Why Invasive Strep Infections Can Be So Devastating

Aug. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Strep bacteria can cause a wide range of infections, including the potentially deadly condition known as flesh-eating disease. U-C-S-D researchers have discovered why the most virulent form of strep can be so devastating. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Police Chase Ends in Accident in Vista; I-5 Lanes Blocked

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Authorities have shut down two lanes on the northbound side of Interstate 5 after a police chase ended in an accident that injured four.

Calif. Prisons Receiver Asks Court to Force State to Pay Up

Aug. 13
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state's budget mess just got a little messier. The man in charge of medical care at state prisons is asking a court to force California to pay for upgrading care. And it could add a few billion to the already massive deficit. From Sacramento Marianne Russ reports.

Border Patrol Agent Shoots Man Who Allegedly Threw Rocks

Aug. 13
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Border Patrol agent in San Diego has shot and wounded a Mexican man near the border in San Ysidro. The shooting comes amid what officials say is a spike in violence against Border Patrol agents. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

World's Oceans Declining Rapidly

Aug. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego researcher says the health of the world's oceans are rapidly declining. And, humans are the reason. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego Junior Theatres Celebrates 60 Years

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Junior Theatre turns 60 this year. It is the oldest youth theatre in the U.S. It also touts some famous alumni, like Dennis Hopper and Raquel Welsh. We'll talk about the history and future of theatre for young folks in San Diego.

How Conservative Women Will Impact the Presidential Race

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What role will conservative women play in this year's presidential race? SDSU Political Scientist Ronnee Schreiber examines the rise and power of the conservative women's movement in her new book: "Righting Feminism: Conservative Women & American Politics."

Summer Olympics Update: Gymnastics, Michael Phelps, the "Redeem Team"

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's it like to be in Beijing right now? We'll find out from Union-Tribune sports reporter Mark Zeigler, who joins us live for an update on the 2008 Summer Olympics. What were the highlights of the women's gymnastics competition? Can anyone challenge the swimming dominance of American Michael Phelps? And, what could stop the U.S. Men's Basketball team from reclaiming the gold medal?

Blind Olympian Soars Past the Competition

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Like many athletes at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, Elexis Gillette will be packing his bags and heading to Beijing this summer. But he's leaving a few weeks after some of the other competitors. This totally blind athlete will be competing in the long jump, triple jump, and the 100 and 200 meter dashes at the 2008 Paralympic Games held at the same venues in Beijing, China. Join us as we talk to this amazing athlete, Elexis Gillette, and his guide, Wesley Williams.

A Familiar Face Leaves City Hall

Aug. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

After three years as one of the best-known faces in San Diego city government, Fred Sainz is leaving his position as Communications Director for Mayor Jerry Sanders. Sainz talks about his time with Mayor Sanders and about various issues concerning the LGBT community.

Chula Vista Parents, Homeowners Worried About Proposed Power Plant's Location

Aug. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group is against a proposed expansion of a small power plant in a Chula Vista neighborhood. Some homeowners and parents are worried about the plant's location near homes and an elementary school. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Grocery Stores Are Recalling Some Beef Products

Aug. 13
By Kelley Weiss and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California grocery stores are once again recalling some beef products.