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Stories for February 14, 2008

Definitely, Maybe

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

The central character in Definitely, Maybe, Will Hayes, knows a little something about advertising himself. He works at an ad agency and is currently trying to figure out how to pitch the latest cereal to kids. He’s also trying to figure out how he got stuck in this job when he began his career trajectory as an idealistic volunteer for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign in 1992. He also can’t quite figure out how his marriage went sour. Forcing him to put all this into perspective is his precocious (is there any other kind of kid in Hollywood these days?) eleven-year-old daughter Maya.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hugging Across the Aisle

Feb. 14
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

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Citizen Voices

Feb. 14
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

S.D. County Water Authority Banking Future Supplies

Feb. 14
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

We've been reporting on multiple threats to San Diego's water supply almost every day this week. Because of anticipated supply shortages a San Diego agency is banking water for lean times. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California Groups Aiming for Gay Marriage Amendment

Feb. 14
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As California's highest court prepares to take up a case seeking to legalize same-sex marriage, two groups that failed to get gay marriage bans on the state ballot two years ago are trying again, one with backing from a prominent Christian conservative organization.

Mudslide Forces Closure of Highway 78 Through San Diego Burn Area

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Highway Patrol has shut down an 8-mile stretch of State Route 78 because of mudslides.

Rants and Raves: Wong Kar Wai

Feb. 14
By Beth Accomando and
Rants and Raves: Wong Kar Wai Tease photo

Okay my idea of a good date movie for Valentine's Day is "Shaun of the Dead." So maybe I'm not the best person to be making Valentine's Day recommendations. But there's one contemporary filmmaker who consistently tackles love with such lush romanticism that even I swoon at his movies. That filmmaker is Wong Kar-Wai. In person, Wong himself cuts a romantic figure with his spiky haircut, ever-present shades and a cherished cigarette smoldering between his fingers.

State Senate to Consider Medi-Cal Budget Cuts

Feb. 14
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Senate will consider a number of budget cuts Friday, including some reductions to the Medi-Cal program. Critics say the Medi-Cal cuts under consideration would save money in the short term, but cost more in the long run. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Report of Toxic FEMA Trailers has Some S.D. Fire Victims Concerned

Feb. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, provided more than a dozen mobile homes to fire victims in San Diego County. Thursday, the Center for Disease Control released test results confirming unsafe levels of formaldehyde in FEMA trailers and mobile homes given to Katrina victims. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Weekend Preview: The Bloody Hollies, Grande Ole Party, Murrugun the Mystic, The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Your weekend could include seeing a local band that cleaned up at the San Diego Music Awards, watching a man swallow a sword at LeStat's Coffee House, or taking in an art show at the new San Diego Children's Museum.

Modern Philosopher Channels Socrates to Understand Love

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is the nature of love? We find out how Socrates answered that question. Christopher Phillips is the author of three books on Socrates, including “Socrates in Love.”

San Diego County Launches Ads in Response to Rise in Syphilis

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's health agency is launching a radio and television ad campaign in an effort to reverse a spike in syphilis infections and other sexually transmitted diseases.

The ‘Drying of the West’ Could Lead to Water Shortages in 2021

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The western United States was primarily settled in the 20th Century. Despite its arid landscape, water was plentiful in the West during this time thanks to engineering marvels like the Hoover Dam. But scientists are beginning to realize that the 20th Century was an anomaly in terms of the atmospheric record for rain. Ever-longer droughts coupled with the effects of global warming on temperatures and precipitation is creating conditions that scientists believe will lead to dire water shortages in the West as soon as 2021.

Venezuela Threatens to Cut Oil Supply to U.S.

Feb. 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Venezuela's state oil company is threatening to stop selling oil to ExxonMobil. How will that impact our supply in the U.S.? Jeremy Martin from the Institute of the Americas at UCSD analyzes the latest move by President Hugo Chavez to prove his energy prowess over the west.

San Diego Unified Preparing for Possible Teacher Layoffs

Feb. 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified School District officials are trying to figure out how many school employees will get pink slips next month. Layoffs are possible. Local union leaders say they'll fight to protect jobs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Training Center Brings Virtual Iraqi Village to Camp Pendleton Marines

Feb. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Marine Corp has opened a new $2 million training facility on Camp Pendleton. It’s designed to help marines heading to Iraq make instant life and death decisions. They often have only milliseconds to consider the rules of engagement before they shoot. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.