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Stories for August 21, 2008

Hamlet 2 / Interview with Steve Coogan

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Combine Shakespeare, a 50s style greaser Jesus, and a perverse take on

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 21
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Repaired Aircraft Carrier leaves San Diego

Aug. 21
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier the USS George Washington has left San Diego Bay for Japan. The carrier will replace the USS Kitty Hawk which is scheduled to be decommissioned. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

High Tech High Leader Heads to DNC

Aug. 21
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The CEO of San Diego's High Tech High charter school group heads to the Democratic National Convention this weekend to talk about education reform. Organizers say the discussion will help shape the education agenda of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

If You Love Balloons and Movies

Aug. 21
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Aug. 21
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Take Me Out to the (Hard)Ball Game

Aug. 21
By Jessica Jondle and Citizen Voices

I don't follow baseball. So it should have come as no surprise that my last-minute decision to quickly check team colors before heading to Petco Park last Sunday revealed that I was - you guessed it - wearing the opposing team's colors. (To my credit, I was wearing

Drug Use Down Among People Arrested in San Diego County

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The percentage of adult arrestees who tested positive for illegal drugs declined in San Diego County last year. A new report from the San Diego Association of Governments reveals the biggest drop was in the use of methamphetamine. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Citizen Voices

Aug. 21
By Jjondle and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Divers Will Pay To See Wildlife

Aug. 21
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says there's a strong economic incentive for protecting ocean resources. A survey of scuba divers in California shows they'd pay more money to see healthy marine life. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Man Dies in Bluff Collapse at Torrey Pines

Aug. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A tourist from Nevada was killed Wednesday by a collapsing stretch of oceanside bluff at the Torrey Pines State Beach, authorities said.

New Musical Memphis Explores Rock 'n'Roll Roots in Black Music

Aug. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new musical Memphis explores the birth of rock 'n' roll by paying homage to its roots in the gospel, blues, and soul music of Memphis. Set in the early 1950's on the legendary Beale Street, the musical is loosely based on the life of white Memphis deejay Dewey Phillips who was one of the first to play black music at the center of the radio dial.

Artist and Film Critic Manny Farber Dies at 91

Aug. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego-based artist and influential critic Manny Farber died Monday at the age of 91. We'll talk about his career and unique voice.

Ugly Me / Pretendiendo

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Barbara Mori seduces the unsuspecting Marcelo Mazzarello in Ugly Me (Arcangelo Entertainment)

Some Local Farmers Are Being Hit Hard By Water Restrictions

Aug. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are local farmers dealing with the order to cut their water usage by 30 percent? Why are farmers the first group of people to deal with mandatory water restrictions? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon, and the president of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, about the water supply issues the local agricultural community is dealing with. We also speak to a representative from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to discuss whether or not the water agreement with California farmers needs to be changed.

Many CA ER Visits are Considered Avoidable

Aug. 21
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who is using California's emergency rooms and why? Host Tom Fudge speaks to a researcher from the PPIC about a new report on "Emergency Department Care in California". We discuss who are the most common users of the state's ERs, and if some of those visits can be avoided.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 21
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Proposes Increasing Taxes to Reach Budget Compromise

Aug. 21
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to raise the sales tax as a way to end the budget stalemate and bring in more money. The governor outlined his plan Wednesday saying everyone must compromise.

9th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Aug. 21
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The 9th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 21
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

You Can Drink the Water

Aug. 21
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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A highlight of the Magical Mystery Travel Blog wasthe work of our guest contributors: Glenda Winders' story in

Food is Scarce for a Growing Number of San Diegans

Aug. 21
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A growing number of San Diegans are having trouble putting food on the table. The San Diego Food Bank says it's seen a startling increase in demand for handouts. And with rising food prices and a souring economy, things aren't likely to get any better soon. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.