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Stories for February 8, 2008

End of Days #2, Starring a Cell Phone

Feb. 8
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
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proud to Be an American

Feb. 8
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
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
By Ed Joyce 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
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
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
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In Bruges

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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During a weekend in the picturesque Belgium city famous for its architecture and canals, McDonagh’s mind began to wander and he conceived a pair of characters that might react to Bruges in very different ways. The two characters eventually became Ken (Brendan Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell), hired guns sent to Bruges by their boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to cool their heels in the fairy tale town after a messy hit in England. His instructions are to go sightseeing. Ken is happy to oblige and begins reading the tour guide and hitting all the main attractions. Ray, on the other hand, is wound more tightly and seems unable to relax. To make matters worse, Harry’s cheap and he’s booked the two together in a small hotel room.

San Diego County Water Suppliers to Face More Challenges

Feb. 8
By Ed Joyce 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
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Feb. 8
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
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
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
By Chris McConnell and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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

Feb. 8
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.

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

Feb. 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days And 30 Nights & #151; Hollywood To The Heartland

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Feb. 8
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gay Talese Makes a Call

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

[Phone rings]

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Feb. 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting