Stories for August 15, 2008
Marina Zenovich's new documentary doesn't try to excuse or condone Polanski's behavior but it does try to put it into a larger context. Her title reflects the split in public perceptions about Polanski. In Europe he was "desired" but in the U.S. he was merely "wanted." Here's how a Santa Monica reporter covering the case that was being tried in his town put it: "The European reporters looked at Polanski as this tragic, brilliant historic figure. Here's this man who had survived the Holocaust, who had survived the gassing of his mother, and then had come here and developed his developed his own voice, had maintained his integrity against the power of the Hollywood machine and the American press tended to look at him as this malignant twisted dwarf with this dark vision."
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San Diego Citys Ethics Commission has slapped fines on two city officials for soliciting campaign contributions from city employees. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Researchers at San Diego State University have made some discoveries that explain why exposure to anthrax is so dangerous. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
A new report offers a detailed look at the effects proposed Medi-Cal cuts would have on the state's economic health. The study comes from the non-profit group Health Access California. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Congress begins its five-week recess without a compromise on energy legislation, or gas prices. Plus, the costs of two different proposals for a new San Diego Civic Center were released this week. And, there are several interesting local propositions that have qualified for the November ballot.
The Chinese government is trying to leave no stone unturned when it comes to security at the Summer Olympics. That includes testing the food served to athletes and coaches to make sure it's safe from harmful bacteria. A Carlsbad-based biotech company has provided one of the food safety tests. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.
Union-Tribune sports reporter Mark Zeigler discusses the Olympic Games in Beijing with Maureen Cavanaugh and Andrew Phelps.
State lawmakers are gearing up for a budget vote this for Sunday afternoon. Lawmakers are expected to consider a largely Democratic spending plan, which includes billions in new income taxes.
The first day of school is right around the corner. But students at King-Chavez Arts Academy in Barrio Logan will not be greeted by the familiar faces of their teachers. That's because administrators at the charter school fired almost the entire teaching staff about a month ago. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.