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Stories for January 31, 2008

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Jan. 31
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Touch of Evil

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Touuch of Evil

A Hard Day's Night

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night

Recent Rains Boost California's Water Supply

Jan. 31
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A month of relentless storms has left the Sierra snowpack well above average for this time of year. The state Department of Water Resources measured snow depths today. The numbers show a welcome change from last year's dry winter. And a positive sign for summertime water deliveries to farms and cities.

"I'm a Republican. Gasp!"

Jan. 31
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Schwarzenegger's Proposal Includes Major Medi-Cal Cuts

Jan. 31
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A battle is looming in Sacramento over Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts to the Medi-Cal program. Community clinics say the cuts would hinder their ability to give proper care. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego's Registrar Urges Absentee Voters to Get Ballots in Soon

Jan. 31
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's Registrar of Voters is urging voters who have absentee ballots, to send them in soon. Debra Seiler says changes in the way the votes will be counted this year mean the vote tally will take longer. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Border Crossers Say ID Requirement Caused Longer Lines

Jan. 31
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

People at the San Ysidro border crossing complained they waited even longer than normal this Thursday to cross from Tijuana to San Diego. However, the massive delays and chaos many predicted did not play out. Stricter rules that require U.S. citizens 19 and older to prove their citizenship when re-entering the U.S. went into effect at the border today. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

Jan. 31
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local Museum Raid the Result of Five Year Federal Investigation

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week's federal raids on four Southern California museums, including the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, were the result of a five year investigation into looted antiquities and tax fraud. We talk about the investigation, explore the process of antiquities acquisitions at museums, and find out how the law governs the international antiquities market.

Weekend Preview: Black History Month Brings the African-American Experience to San Diego Stages

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are multiple plays about the African-American experience on San Diego stages as well as three dramas written by cutting edge playwrights.

Swarmius Redefines Classical Music

Jan. 31
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Swarmius is a local band composed of classical musicians who challenge the definition of classical music. Swarmius creates a new hybrid genre, which connects classical music with hip-hop, DJ culture, metal, electronica, world beat, and rock.

McCain Gets Schwarzenegger Endorsement

Jan. 31
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says John McCain is an "extraordinary leader" who can reach across the political aisle to get things done.

Poway Holds Hate Crime Forum

Jan. 31
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego community leaders and concerned residents attended a forum yesterday to discuss the recent rash of hate crimes in the Poway Unified School District. Many people at the meeting believe the incidents reveal an underlying racism in that community. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Judge Hears Arguments Over President Bush's Navy Sonar Waiver

Jan. 31
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge Wednesday heard arguments over whether President Bush can exempt the Navy from environmental laws. The Navy wants to continue its sonar training off the San Diego coast without restrictions to protect marine mammals. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Prop 91 Backers Urging Voters to Reject the Measure

Jan. 31
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of Proposition 91 say the measure is no longer needed. Then why is it on the ballot? KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

San Diego Black Film Festival

Jan. 31
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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This year the festival received the most submissions yet -- 250 -- and will be showing a diverse array of work from around the world and ranging from features to shorts, dramas to documentaries, Christian films to children's animation.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Jan. 31
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting