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Stories for August 20, 2008

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 20
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Countdown to the Conventions

Aug. 20
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner
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We've roughly divided up our assignments so that I'll be focusing on delegates who are either leaders in the political parties such as California's Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring and San Diego's Democratic Chair Jess Durfee. & I expect to interview Democratic Members of Congress Susan Davis and Bob Filner. & I did call Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray, but he isn't going to the RNC. & But I have some other Republican dignitaries on my list whom I'll be calling in the next few days.

Manny Farber Dies at 91

Aug. 20
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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One of San Diego's most unique voices in art and film criticism died on Monday. Manny Farber was 91 and one of the 20th century's greatest film critics, an influential artist, and a professor at UCSD. Franklin Bruno wrote

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 20
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Rocker

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson) and a trio of his Cleveland buddies create a headbanging, Spinal Tap-esque band known as Vesuvius in the eighties. They are living the rock 'n' roll dream and seem on the road to fame and fortune. But if the band wants to take the next big step to a record contact they have to dump their sweaty overweight drummer Fish. It takes them about ten seconds to make their decision.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Getting the Lead Out

Aug. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California is one of the states getting the lead out - of wheel balancing weights. Studies have shown that when the lead-based wheel weights fall off cars and trucks they hurt water quality. That happens when the weights are ground down on the highways.

Governor Schwarzenegger Proposes Tax Increase

Aug. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is moving to end the stalemate over a state budget by offering a compromise spending plan. The plan calls for additional cuts and a one percent sales tax increase. In the past, the governor has said he is against raising taxes. But with the budget two months overdue he's changed his mind.

National City Teachers Stage Protest

Aug. 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Teachers in the National City School District will stage a rally this afternoon to protest stalled contract negotiations with the district. Teachers have been without a contract for more than a year now. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Marine Terminals' Economic Value

Aug. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A study of San Diego’s two Marine Terminals estimates almost 20 thousand jobs in the region depend on cargo operations at National City and Tenth Avenue. The report examines how an Initiative on the November ballot could affect those jobs. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Children's Books Lead to Life-long Love of Reading

Aug. 20
These Days
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Why do we love to read as adults? Probably because we fell in love with reading as children. At least that's the belief held by Seth Lerer, a professor of literature who's written a book that chronicles 2,000 years of children's books.

Presidential Candidates Gear Up for Big Conventions

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Democratic presidential convention is next week, immediately followed by the Republican convention. We'll talk about what to expect from the conventions and how the candidates are gearing up for the race of their lives.

CCDC Debates Role of its Next President

Aug. 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s downtown development corporation, CCDC, will hold the first of a series of public meetings today to review the role of its leadership. CCDC plans to hire a new president, after former president Nancy Graham resigned under a cloud. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Scholar Examines Early Religious Traditions

Aug. 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Why should we look to Confucius or Buddha for help? Religious scholar Karen Armstrong believes the present is not so different from the past, and so we can create a more compassionate world by revisiting history and learning from "the sages of the Axial Age."

Inside Sacramento: Budget Deadlock Continues

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What are lawmakers doing in Sacramento these days, other than refusing to budge in the state budget stalemate? Has any significant progress been made recently in the budget deadlock? Why was Assemblymember Nicole Parra kicked out of her office in the Capitol? Host Tom Fudge speaks to John Myers about the latest news from the Sacramento.

Local Growers Hit with Water Restrictions

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Southern California is in the midst of one of the driest years in history and a tiny fish called the delta smelt, facing extinction, could change San Diego County’s landscape forever. KPBS explores the future of agriculture in San Diego County and how mandatory water conservation is impacting local growers.

Factors of Falling Oil Prices

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Crude oil prices have dropped more than $30 per barrel since hitting a record high last month. Is this a sign of good things to come or should we brace ourselves more increases down the road? Phil Flynn, a Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago talks about factors impacting oil price.

SDWFF Fundraising Screening of The Gits

Aug. 20
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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New Teachers in SD Schools Out Of Jobs

Aug. 20
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some of the most recently hired San Diego school teachers who were laid off in a round of budget cuts now find the jobs they lost are no longer available even as the district fills some teaching positions. More experienced teachers are in-line in front of them. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

More Budget Woes From Sacramento

Aug. 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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This is the week to get a state budget in place. If not, there's no telling how long the stalemate will drag out according to a spokesperson for the governor.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 20
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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