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Stories for January 18, 2008

Off Mic

Jan. 18
By A. Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting


Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Now the danger of so much buzz is that it builds a lot of audience excitement and expectation, which, if not satisfied, can lead to a heightened sense of disappointment. As my son and I waited for the preview screening to start, you could hear people still speculating on what the film would be. Would it be a creature or a robot? Would it be another American Godzilla? Would it be King Kong? My son and I speculated too. I asked him, "In a Godzilla or Gamera movie, how long before we see the creature?" "Ten minutes," he said. That prompted me to make a bet with him "If

UCSD May Drastically Up Student Fees in Face of Budget Crisis

Jan. 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The University of California may drastically raise student fees as a result of the state's budget crisis. Local student activists are outraged. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

School Board to Release "Big" Superintendent News Tomorrow

Jan. 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school board members are telling the public to wait until tomorrow for a big announcement in the superintendent search. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Judge Challenges Argument That He Withdraw From Pension Fraud Case

Jan. 18
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge challenged prosecutors today about why they think he should step down from the San Diego city pension fraud case. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

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Gov. Congratulates Chula Vista Elementary School For Big Improvements

Jan. 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited a Chula Vista elementary school today to congratulate students and teachers for making big improvements academically. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Policeman Dies, the 4th Killed This Week in Tijuana Violence Surge

Jan. 18
By Amy Isackson

A federal policeman injured in yesterday's shootout in Tijuana has died. He's the fourth policeman to be killed in the city since Monday. Observers says this week has opened a new chapter in Mexico's war on drug cartels. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Nearly 300 Oil Spills Off San Diego's Coast in 2007

Jan. 18
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Coast Guard says more than 4,000 gallons of oil and other chemicals spilled into waters off San Diego County last year. The Guard says more than one-third of those pollution spills are from unknown sources. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Biotech Firm Claims First to Document Human Embryo Cloning

Jan. 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A small San Diego biotech firm claims to be the first to document the successful cloning of human embryos. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

Jan. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Clifton Chenier, Todd Snider, Jason Isbell, Chris Joss, Booker T. and the MG's, The Bad Plus, The Great Guitars, and John Coltrane.

Presidential Primaries, Chargers Stadium Search, City Hall

Jan. 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Presidential primaries in Nevada and South Carolina are right around the corner. Plus, the San Diego Chargers are gearing up for their AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots this Sunday. Could a Super Bowl berth for the Bolts help the team reach an agreement to build a new stadium in Chula Vista? And, the San Diego City Council decided to place a handful of changes to the City Charter on the 2008 and 2010 ballots.

Four Men, Tied to Infamous Drug Cartel, Arrested Following Tijuana Shoot-Out

Jan. 18
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A three hour shootout in Tijuana Thursday led to the arrest of four men who police say worked for the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel. Police say they found six bodies at the house where they made the arrests. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Governor's Task Force Urges Increased Availability of Broadband

Jan. 18
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A task force appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger says increasing the availability of broadband is critical if the state wants to stay economically competitive. The group has released a report that includes maps of which areas have broadband access and which areas don't.

SoCal Charity Boss Rebuffs Critics, Says He's Doing Right by Vets

Jan. 18
By Erica Werner and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The head of a California-based veterans charity rebuffed accusations of mismanagement and self-dealing at a raucous congressional hearing Thursday, shouting over lawmakers to declare himself "the most honest person in this room."