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Stories for August 15, 2008

R.I.P. Jerry Wexler

Aug. 15
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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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."

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 15
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What Michael Phelps Eats for Breakfast

Aug. 15
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Three fried-egg sandwiches.

Chip Kidd on book design

Aug. 15
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 15
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 15
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bottle Shock

Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The unexpected success of

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 15
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Ethics Commission Levies Fines

Aug. 15
By KPBS News, Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City’s Ethics Commission has slapped fines on two city officials for soliciting campaign contributions from city employees. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SDSU Researchers Reveal What Makes Anthrax So Deadly

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Report Says Medi-Cal Cuts Would Cause Side Effects Throughout California

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Congressional Recess, New City Hall, Local Ballot Measures

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Carlsbad Biotech Company Provides Food Safety Tests for the Summer Olympics in Beijing

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.

San Diegans Taking On Big Roles in Beijing Olympics

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Union-Tribune sports reporter Mark Zeigler discusses the Olympic Games in Beijing with Maureen Cavanaugh and Andrew Phelps.

Lawmakers Are Gearing Up For A Budget Vote

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

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.

Charter School Under Scrutiny For Teacher Firings

Aug. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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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.