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Stories for January 10, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 10
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diva

Jan. 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Diva introduces us to Jules (Frederic Andrei), a young postal carrier with a passion for music. He's particularly obsessed with world famous diva Cynthia Hawkins (played with serene beauty by American soprano Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernadez). One night, the obsessed Jules makes a high quality recording of Hawkins' concert and steals one of her gowns from the dressing room. Hawkins, who has never let her voice be recorded, considers the covert recording an act of "rape."

Teachers Union Head Wary That Cuts Could Force Schools to Close

Jan. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The president of California's largest teachers union says Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts in education may force some schools to close down. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Feds to Sue Local Landowners Who've Blocked Border Fencing

Jan. 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal government plans to sue nearly two dozen California landowners. They're among hundreds along the U.S.-Mexico border who've blocked federal authorities from building more border fencing. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 10
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film Review: ‘Persepolis’

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new animated film “Persepolis” is based on a series of graphic novels featuring the coming of age story of a young girl in Iran. The film is France's entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Historic Balboa Theatre Reborn

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Balboa Theater originally opened in 1924 as a vaudeville performance space. By the 1970's it was a movie theater and eventually went dark, a dormant state that has lasted for almost 20 years. After a $26 million renovation, the historic theater opens again this month to much fanfare.

Exposing the Hidden World of Human Trafficking

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An estimated 800,000 people, mostly women and children, are trafficked across international borders each year for the purposes of prostitution or other forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Soroptimist International of San Diego is trying to raise awareness about human trafficking in our region. We speak to representatives from the local and national chapters of Soroptimist International about the problem, and what they are doing to raise awareness about this modern day form of sexual slavery.

Schwarzenegger Seen as Breaking Party Barriers

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There was a time when the idea of Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor of the most populous state in the country was laughable, but not anymore. He was re-elected by a landslide in a state dominated by Democrats by combining liberal stands on issues like the environment and health care with conservative fiscal policy. In his new book, “Party of One: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of the Independent Voter,” veteran journalist Daniel Weintraub explains the phenomenon that is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The State of the City: Economy Improving, Local Elections Looming

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is the city of San Diego in better shape than it was a year ago? Mayor Jerry Sanders is set to deliver his annual State of the City speech tonight. We speak to Professor Glen Sparrow to discuss the issues that will be addressed in the speech, and to assess the state of San Diego.

Weekend Preview: Cirque du Soleil, Symphony Exposed, Black Heart Procession, Fences

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cirque du Soleil brings their new show “Corteo” to San Diego and the symphony tries to lure a younger audience in a series called “Symphony Exposed.” David Coddon talks to us about your weekend options.

General Says Bolstered Afghanistan Deployment Won't Affect Iraq

Jan. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Thousands of Marines in Camp Pendleton are preparing to deploy to Iraq this month. Their commander, Major General John Kelly, says today's announcement by the Pentagon that 3,000 Marines will go to Afghanistan should not affect the Iraq deployment. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Address Tonight Could Be Watershed Moment For Mayor Sanders

Jan. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will deliver his third State of the City address tonight. It is a critical speech for the Mayor, who faces a challenge in the coming elections from candidate Steve Francis. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Scripps Researcher: Warming Climate Can Support Glacial Ice

Jan. 10
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Research into Earth's ancient past may provide clues of what we can expect of the climate in the future. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Agency Says Coastal Commission Tollway Report One-Sided

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California Coastal Commission staff report urging rejection of a proposed toll road through San Onofre State Beach is being criticized by Orange County's tollway agency.

PUC Commissioner Recaps Hearing on Communication During Emergencies

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The California Public Utilities Commission held a public hearing in San Diego yesterday to discuss the critical issue of communication during emergencies like last October's wildfires. The hearing was called by PUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, who joins us now on Morning Edition.

Marine Arraigned on Manslaughter Charges in Haditha Case

Jan. 10
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A staff sergeant based at Southern California's Camp Pendleton marine base was officially arraigned on manslaughter charges Wednesday for his role in the death of 24 Iraqi civilians. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Could Dick Morris Be Right? Hope So!

Jan. 10
By Gloria Penner and KPBS Commentaries

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KPBS Commentaries

Jan. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Signs of the Apocalypse #1

Jan. 10
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone