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Stories for July 8, 2008

San Diego School Bond Ideas Not Liked By All

July 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego Unified School District wants to place a $2.1 billion school bond measure on the November ballot. A long list of potential projects was presented to the school board yesterday. But trustees and local charter school officials say they are not impressed. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Review: 'Batman' 1966

July 8
By Beth Accomando
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With the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, just around the corner, I wanted to highlight the new Fox Home Entertainment Blu-Ray release of the 1966 Batman: The Movie with Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo and a quartet of villains played by Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Frank Gorshin and Lee Meriwether.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Compromise

July 8
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices
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Over the holiday weekend, I did some catching up on recent public statements made by Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain. I read a little about

Schwarzenegger Signs California Foreclosure Relief Bill

July 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that aims to stem the tide of foreclosures in the state. The new law requires lenders to contact homeowners by phone before sending a notice of default.

Wildfires Destroying California Pastures

July 8
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The California wildfires are yet another blow to the state's livestock industry…which is grappling with a drought. So far, the fires have scorched more than 630,000 acres -- much of it pasture and rangeland. That means the plants that ranchers were relying on to provide food for their animals has been destroyed.

Healthcare Jobs Are Hot in San Diego

July 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Jobs in healthcare are among the fastest growing in San Diego County. And a new report on the healthcare workforce says that growth will likely continue. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story

Mexico's Major Oil Company Begins Rationing Gasoline to Station Owners

July 8
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Mexico's national oil company has begun rationing the supply of gasoline in Baja California, as it began doing with diesel a few weeks ago. This as soaring gas prices in the United States send drivers south. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

San Diego's June Voter Turn Out

July 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s Registrar of Voters has completed her analysis of voter turn out in the June Primary Election. As anticipated, the figures reveal registered republicans turned out in greater numbers than registered democrats County-wide. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Democrats to Vote on Aguirre Endorsement

July 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego’s Democratic Party will decide tonight whether to endorse Mike Aguirre for a second term as city attorney. The vote will be critical for Aguirre, who did not win the local Democratic Party endorsement before the June Primary. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Citizen Voices

July 8
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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New Musical at Diversionary Explores Gays Serving in WWII

July 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Diversionary Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of the new musical "Yank!". The production is based on the memoirs and oral histories of gay and straight service members who participated in World War II. We'll talk with the playwright, director and composer about the production.

Audit Praises SD County's Food Safety Program

July 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The first-ever audit of San Diego County's food safety program has concluded the county does an "excellent" job overall inspecting businesses but there is room for improvement.

New Life in Kazimierz

July 8
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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What a week! The 18th

SD Natural History Museum Showcases Africa's Shona Art

July 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The art of the Shona people of Zimbabwe is the focus of a new exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. We'll talk about the 1,000 year history of the Shona people and their mythical, stylized art with the exhibit curator and a local collector.

Expert Discusses China's Economic and Political Power

July 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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China is an emerging superpower. It has a booming economy and will host the 2008 Summer Olympics. But there are major concerns over the country's human rights record. And fears about the balance of world power as the country grows. We'll explore the state of China's influence on the world with UCSD China expert Susan Shirk.

KPBS Commentaries

July 8
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Fires Continue to Spread

July 8
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Just when firefighters thought they were beating the 330 wildfires burning in California, the weather turned against them. Steve Shadley reports.

High Fire Hazard Maps Delayed

July 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The fires in Northern California have delayed work on fire hazard maps for San Diego. The maps are important because they will affect building codes for new homes. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Program Aims to Bring Stability to Homeless Patients in San Diego

July 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's tough to get medical care when you're homeless. That's why many homeless people go to emergency rooms, where by law they can't be turned away. A unique program run by Scripps Mercy Hospital and Catholic Charities helps homeless patients get off the street, and back on track. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.