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Stories for December 2, 2008

Short Film Spider Is Dark Comedy Genius

Dec. 2
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Trailer Tuesday: Cadillac Records

Dec. 2
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 2
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Trailer Tuesday: Cadillac Records

Dec. 2
By Beth Accomando

Since I won't be able to review Cadillac Records this week before it opens let me at least show you the trailer. The film looks promising and I'm especially interested in seeing Jeffrey Wright play Muddy Waters. The film focuses on Chicago in the 50s, specifically looking to the rise of Chess Records and artists like Waters, Chuck Berry and Etta James. On the down side, Beyonce serves as executive producer and gives herself the role of Etta James. Beyonce may be pretty and with a pleasing voice but as an actress she's a bit vapid and bland. The rest of the cast looks good with Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Eric Bogosian as Alan Freed, and Mos Def as Chuck Berry. Cadillac Records opens December 5 throughout San Diego. The trailer is courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Permanent Housing for the Homeless out for Bid

Dec. 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council will invite competitive bids from agencies interested in developing a permanent housing project for the homeless downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Record Number of California Students Turn to Meal Programs

Dec. 2
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A record number of California children are now getting free and reduced priced breakfasts and lunches at public schools. That's according to State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell. He says more than three-point-one million school children are receiving the meals. That's just over half the students enrolled. O'Connell says the increase is a direct result of the poor economy-and families turning to school meal programs.

Nunez Lands Paid Position on Insurance Company Board

Dec. 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez will take a seat on the board of one the state's largest workers comp insurers, Zenith National. Nunez played a major role in passing workers comp reforms that critics say benefited insurance companies. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego's Economic Indicators Tumble

Dec. 2
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Index of Economic Indicators had its largest monthly drop since the index began tracking the local economy in 1977. The Index fell 2.3 percent in October, with every sector measured down significantly.

Tijuana Police Chief Fired After Weekend Violence

Dec. 2
By Mariana Martinez and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tijuana's anti-corruption police chief was fired and replaced with an army officer Monday, following three days of violence that left 37 people dead in this border city plagued by warring drug gangs.

Weighing the Implications of Science & Technology

Dec. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is the federal government doing enough to ensure sound scientific research? What promises do stem cells offer for curing disease? Is genetic testing good for the consumer? Should parents continue to vaccinate their kids? These questions are part of our monthly ethics and science discussion as we look back at some of the biggest science stories of 2008.

Dipak Gupta Comments on the Mumbai Terror Attack

Dec. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week's terror attacks in Mumbai, India have humiliated the Indian government. They've escalated tension between India and Pakistan and they've put new fear in people throughout the world. Dipak Gupta was born in India and he's written extensively on the subject of terrorism. He joins us to help us understand why the attacks occurred and how they could influence the world's response to terrorism by Muslim extremists.

UCAN's Gasoline Guy Talks about the Precipitous Drop in Prices

Dec. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In just five months, the price of gasoline in San Diego county has fallen from more than $4.60 a gallon to less than two dollars. The record prices of summer have given way to record price reductions. What's going on? We'll put that question to Charles Langley of the Utility Consumers' Action Network.

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 At San Diego Symphony

Dec. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 is unique among Mahler's 10 symphonies and San Diego Symphony's Conductor and Music Director Jahja Ling should know. He's on a quest to conduct all of Mahler's symphony. We'll find out why and talk about Mahler's life and work.

Scalable City at UCSD's Calit2

Dec. 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Artist Sheldon Brown has created an interactive piece of art in which viewers can steer through a replicated urban environment and alter the landscape in unexpected ways. His piece is called Scalable City and it inspired writer Geoff Ryman to write a short story called Care. We'll talk to Brown and Ryman about their work.

New Lawmakers Get Adjusted in Capitol

Dec. 2
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state's $28 billion budget deficit didn't dampen lawmakers' enthusiasm for their first day on the job. More than three dozen new legislators were sworn in to office yesterday and most of them are brand new to the Capitol. Jenny O'Mara reports.

UCSD Artist Sheldon Brown Creates a Video Game for the Thinking Player

Dec. 2
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Grand Theft Auto has made its lasting, controversial mark on the video game industry. In its seedy world you can drive, shoot at people, play some pool and pick up a hooker. Whatever your thoughts on the social value of the game, moving around in such a detailed virtual space is pretty amazing. However, if your not feelin' your inner gangsta, then head over to UCSD's

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Dec. 2
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting