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Stories for February 8, 2008

End of Days #2, Starring a Cell Phone

Feb. 8, 2008
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Co-worker Nick Stoffel (it's his birthday today) has decided to change his

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 8, 2008
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proud to Be an American

Feb. 8, 2008
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

You know when you get a song stuck in your head and you just can't seem to shake it out of your brain? & That happened to me yesterday, but in a good way. I kept humming the words to

Feds Sue Local Landowners For Access to Their Border Property

Feb. 8, 2008
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. government is suing two landowners in Imperial County for access to their properties along the U.S.-Mexico border. The government wants to survey the land in preparation for building more fencing along the border. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Researchers Connect Climate Change to Fish Populations

Feb. 8, 2008
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography study might help the commercial fishing industry. The research is the first to connect climate changes to fish populations. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Fiscal Watchdog Says State Can't Afford Raises For Prison Guards

Feb. 8, 2008
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State Legislature's fiscal watchdog says prison guards already earn enough money and don't need a five percent pay raise proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Officials Gather For Conference on Lindbergh Airport Expansion

Feb. 8, 2008
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mayors from all San Diego’s 18 cities and the Airport Authority met today to talk about the future of Lindbergh Field. The debate is about how to expand the airport, without causing gridlock downtown. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citizen Voices

Feb. 8, 2008
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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'In Bruges' Gives Us Hitmen On Holiday... Sort Of

Feb. 8, 2008
By Beth Accomando

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh makes his feature film writing and directing debut with "In Bruges" (opening February 8 at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas), a darkly comic tale of two hitmen on holiday in the idyllic European city that calls itself “the Venice of the North.” Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell play the Irish killers. McDonagh previously worked with Gleeson on his Oscar-winning short "Six-Shooter."

San Diego County Water Suppliers to Face More Challenges

Feb. 8, 2008
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The water supply coming to San Diego County is expected to be pinched even more after a state agency decision to protect another fish species in Northern California. One of the county's water suppliers says it's the latest challenge in keeping the water flowing. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 8, 2008
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Feb. 8, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Big Mama Thornton, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Salt-N-Pepa, The Isley Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Rodney Kendrick Trio.

Presidential Election

Feb. 8, 2008
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Super Tuesday came and went, but the presidential campaign is just getting started. John McCain is the front-runner for the Republican nomination, while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. What factors will lead voters to choose a candidate?

Four Ways to Spend Forty Million Dollars

Feb. 8, 2008
Citizen Voices

I just listened to Mitt Romney's attempt to save face while suspending his campaign. In bowing out while trumpeting supposedly conservative values he cast aspersions at the French, Great Britain and most of Europe. He played the old broke down tunes about single welfare mothers, the threat of gay marriage and the Liberal plot to destroy American Culture (whatever that is.) I have no animosity toward Romney and think he is further evidence of the greatness of America - where else can a man spend $40 million to scratch an itch?

Citizen Voices

Feb. 8, 2008
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Book Review: Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris

Feb. 8, 2008
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

The majority of the book is narrated in a first person plural & ndash; unusual in a novel, and rather difficult to make readable and plausible. The We of the narration is the collective voice of the underlings in a Chicago-based advertising agency whose daily operations are powered by a frenetic hive mentality. The collective voice fits perfectly with corporate cubical life. Some are weak, some are strong, some are smart, some are not, but all function as one cohesive unit & ndash; or so the We would have you believe. When the We are assigned a mysterious pro bono account for a breast cancer awareness group, the We becomes convinced their boss, Lynn Mason, has cancer and has created this false account. There is absolutely no proof of this & ndash; all the speculation comes from interoffice mutterings and gossip & ndash; the all-powerful driving force in the We's lives. But even when faced with a fake ad campaign, the We retain a sliver of workplace pride in doing a job well done.

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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days And 30 Nights & #151; Hollywood To The Heartland

Feb. 8, 2008
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days And 30 Nights & #151; Hollywood To The Heartland

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 8, 2008
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gay Talese Makes a Call

Feb. 8, 2008
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

[Phone rings]

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 8, 2008
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting