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Stories for August 14, 2008

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Aug. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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In some ways it would have been more accurate to call the film

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New Civic Center Options Unveiled

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego’s downtown development corporation says building a new city hall will save the city money over the next 50 years. CCDC’s financial analysis concludes plans submitted by two competing developers are both cheaper than renovating the existing Civic Center. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Eleanor Antin's Historical Takes Casts La Jolla as Pompeii

Aug. 14
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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San Diego has been the home to world renown artist

Environmentalists Sue Federal Agency Over Toll Road

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmentalists sued a federal conservation agency over its findings that extending a toll road in Orange and San Diego counties won't harm endangered wildlife.

Just 6 People Nationwide Participate in Voluntary Deportation Program

Aug. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

So far, just six of the more than 550-thousand illegal immigrants federal officials invited to turn themselves in have accepted the offer. Federal officials launched a pilot program a week ago to entice illegal immigrants to surrender. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

ACLU Sues Federal Government To Release Transgender Woman

Aug. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The ACLU is suing the federal government for detaining a transgender woman after she was granted asylum. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 14
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Acclaimed Artist Eleanor Antin's Recent Series on View at SDMA

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Acclaimed conceptual artist Eleanor Antin has a new series of large-scale tableaux photographs based on Greek and Roman history and mythology. Many of the photographs were staged in San Diego County and La Jolla. The San Diego Museum of Art presents this series in a solo exhibition titled Eleanor Antin: Historical Takes.

Exhibit Matches Contemporary Artists With World Heritage Sites

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Can art inspire conservation? Can conservation inspire art? A new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego tries to answer these questions through the work of eight leading contemporary artists, all of whom completed residencies at threatened World Heritage sites.

Test Scores Show SD Unified Making Slight Gains

Aug. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New state standardized test results show San Diego public schools kids are making gains, but fewer than half still did not score well in English and math. Meanwhile, San Diego County students are doing better than the state as a whole. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Citizen Voices Bloggers Reflect on Politics and Personal Beliefs

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Citizen Voices bloggers have been writing about politics for KPBS for half a year. We'll talk with them about how, as average citizens, a focus on politics in this highly-energized election year has impacted their views and actions.

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Reverse Mortgages

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The topic of reverse mortgages has been in the news a lot lately. As more baby boomers enter retirement age, the interest in reverse mortgages is increasing. While reverse mortgages can offer a great benefit to some homeowners, the financial tool can also be used by unscrupulous agents as a way to scam trusting customers. Host Alan Ray speaks to the president of Golden Equity Mortgage, and a representative from the National Council on Aging about the nuts and bolts of reverse mortgages.

Environmentalists Sue to Protect Calif. Forests

Aug. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit today over U.S. Forest Service efforts to protect wildlife and roadless areas on four Southern California national forests - including the Cleveland National Forest. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Competing Proposals for a New City Hall Revealed

Aug. 14
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two competing proposals to build a new city hall will be revealed today.

Rumors Fly in Sacramento About a Budget Compromise

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's budget season around the state Capitol and that means rumors fly just about every day. Wednesday's included an early report of a compromise. From Sacramento Jenny O'Mara reports.

A New Movie Turns the Camera On Director Roman Polanski

Aug. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS film critic Beth Accamando joins Dwane Brown and Maureen Cavanaugh to discuss a new documentary about a filmmaker with a troubled past debuting this Friday.

State Board to Hold Public Meeting in S.D. on Combating Global Warming

Aug. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Air Resources Board meets in San Diego today. The board is taking suggestions and explaining proposals on the state's plan to combat global warming. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.