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Stories for July 17, 2008

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Elsa y Fred

July 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Dark Knight

July 17
By Beth Accomando
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There was a time when people thought it was crazy to try and have someone else take on the role of the Joker because no one could possibly fill Jack Nicholson's shoes. But after you see “The Dark Knight” (opening July 18 throughout San Diego and in IMAX at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas), you won't be able to think of anyone else besides Heath Ledger.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Weekend Preview: The Dark Knight, A Room of One's Own, Feist, Wolf Parade, Kill Me Tomorrow

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk about the latest Batman movie, hear some music from Feist and Wolf Parade, and hear about an art exhibit in Tijuana.

Economic Impact of the U.S. Open

July 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There’s little doubt that, in addition to Tiger Woods, The Torrey Pines Golf Course came out the big winner at the U.S. Open. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on a San Diego State University Report on the economic impacts of the Golf Tournament.

Why So Serious?

July 17
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News
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You could find these Why So Serious? dollars as part of a scavenger hunt for The Dark Knight at last year's Comic-Con (Warner Brothers)

Many Pharmacists May Stop Filling Prescriptions for Medi-Cal Patients

July 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pharmacists say a ten percent cut in the rate Medi-Cal pays to fill prescriptions is putting them under enormous financial strain. Pharmacists had gotten an appeals court to block the cut, but the court reversed itself. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Group Urges Legislature to Address California Water Problems

July 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and a coalition of business, labor and environmental leaders say California is in a water crisis that threatens its environment and economy. The group called on the state legislature to put a water bond issue on the November ballot. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Plan to Double Decker the Docks

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A controversial initiative has qualified for the November ballot that would create 97 acres of new waterfront property along San Diego Bay. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Muslim Metal Scene: From Iron Maiden to Iran's Arthimoth

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Black Sabbath fans in Morocco? Lebanese teens swaying to Bob Marley? We'll look at the heavy metal, punk, hip-hop and reggae scenes in the Muslim world with Mark LeVine, author of the new book Heavy Metal Islam.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Prepares to Respond to Mass Casualties.

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Treating mass casualties is what hospitals need to do in response to a serious terrorist attack or a natural disaster. But it's a special set of skills that are not found at your average ER. We'll hear from two doctors who teach a continuing medical education class to bring those medical and administrative skills to local doctors. Also, the CEO of Scripps Health tells us about an excercise at Scripps La Jolla Hospital involving a mock bio-terrorist attack.

KPBS Citizen Bloggers Reflect on the Latino Vote and Prop 2

July 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are courting the Latinos, a powerful group that some think could swing the election in close states. We'll explore the Latino vote with the KPBS Citizen Voices bloggers. We'll also discuss Prop 2, the farm animal welfare initiative, on the November ballot.

Bedzin Blues

July 17
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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Why Do You Go to the Comic-Con?

July 17
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News

Californians Are Changing Their Ways

July 17
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It seems soaring gas prices have pushed a lot of us to change our habits, big time. That's the word from a new Field Poll. Marianne Russ reports.

KPBS Commentaries

July 17
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Which Way San Diego Bay?

July 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The “Port of San Diego Marine Freight Preservation and Bay Front Redevelopment Initiative” qualified for the November ballot this week. The initiative is an ambitious plan that will pull voters into the long running debate over how to make the best use of one of San Diego’s finest assets. Alison St John takes us to the waterfront.

The Romantic Allure of the VHS Tape

July 17
By Aaron Soto and KPBS Comic-Con News
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Going to the Masquerade?

July 17
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News
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Summer's here and superheroes, stormtroppers, gundams and sexy babes are about to invade America's Finest City. That's right, it's time for