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Stories for February 18, 2008

Teen Critics on Diary of the Dead

Feb. 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Teen Critics on Diary of the Dead

Casting Call

Feb. 18
Citizen Voices

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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

Feb. 18
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Council President Scott Peters Joins Race for City Attorney

Feb. 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Council president Scott Peters has thrown his hat into the ring to challenge Mike Aguirre for his job as city attorney. Peters is joining a field of eight other candidates, including Aguirre, and he has some serious baggage to overcome to gain support. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

School Board President: Budget Woes Will Force Teacher Layoffs

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified school board president says up to 1,500 district employees will get layoff notices next month. She says many of those pink slips will fall into the laps of local teachers. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Senator Lobbies to Punish Driver's "Excessive" Blood Alcohol Levels

Feb. 18
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Democratic state Senator wants to make it easier for judges to penalize drunk drivers whose blood alcohol level is labeled excessive. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

State Legislator Pushes For Tougher Penalties For Child Abusers

Feb. 18
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California legislator wants to increase the penalties for child abusers who permanently injure or disable young kids. Marianne Russ reports from Sacramento.

San Diego Unified President Mulls $80 Million in Budget Cuts

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed state budget calls for $14 billion in cuts. For the county of San Diego, that could amount to $350 million in losses. And the county's largest district, San Diego Unified, faces cuts of $80 million. We talk with the president of the San Diego Unified School Board about the impact to that district.

Feedback on Schwarzenegger's 10 Percent Budget Cut Proposal

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State of California has to make up a $14 billion shortfall over the next year and a half. So far, the governor has recommended budget cuts of 10 percent across the board. What would that mean to California residents, and what are our politicians willing to do to make the ends meet? We speak with "Sacramento Bee" political columnist Dan Walters about the ongoing dilemma of the budget.

Former Candidate Dukakis' Take on the Current Presidential Campaign

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis gives us his take on this presidential campaign and the state of national politics.

20-year-old Jazz Prodigy Releases Album with Original Compositions

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Eldar is a 20-year-old jazz pianist who is sometimes called the Tiger Woods of jazz piano. His third album from Sony BMG Masterworks, called "Re-imagination" was released on June 5. Eldar talks about his musical influences, learning to play the piano at age 3, and how he went from classical jazz piano.

Embedded Reporter Talks Life in Iraq: Week 5

Feb. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local journalist Tony Perry is on his sixth visit to Iraq as an embedded journalist with local Camp Pendleton Marines. He tells us about a conversation he had with General James Conway, the Marine Corps commandant. He also gives us a weekly update about life in a war zone as he lives full time with local Marines.

Alzheimer's Increasing Rapidly, Expected to Overwhelm Health Care System

Feb. 18
By Joanne Faryon

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the fastest growing segment of the population is over 85 years old. In the past 30 years, the number of Americans over 85 has tripled. And the number of people who are 100 has doubled in the past decade. This longevity comes with a price. At age 85, you have nearly a 50 per cent chance of developing Alzheimer's. Joanne Faryon tells us more about what the diagnosis means.