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Stories for July 18, 2008

Metalheads, Islamic Style

July 18
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Tapping the Sun's Energy

July 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Public Utilities Commission says the state has reached a milestone with its solar initiative. And San Diego County is doing its part to go solar. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 18
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Re-Enlistment or Stop Loss?

July 18
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices
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My plan was to simply show the NY Times photo to receptive Stand Down participants and ask them one single question. "What would you say to these re-enlisting men and women in the photo?" Their responses ranged from ironic disbelief to patriotic slogans. If there was any consensus among those questioned, it was to say, "God help them."

Citizen Voices

July 18
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SD Development Corporation in Hot Water

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has asked the head of the Southeastern Development Corporation to resign, because of financial improprieties. SEDC faces mounting criticism for inadequate disclosure of generous executive bonuses. The agency is also in trouble with the State Attorney General’s office. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Congressman Calls for More Scrutiny into Health Policy Cancellations

July 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California regulators have been cracking down on insurers that cancel health policies after a person files medical claims. Now, a California congressman says he's going to look into the issue. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

California's Blue Collar Work Force Filled with the Uninsured

July 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than one out of four workers in major blue-collar jobs in California is uninsured. A new report from the San Diego-based Center for Policy Initiatives takes a look at what occupations are most affected. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

The 9/11 Panel at Comic-Con

July 18
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News

Jacobson and Col & oacute;n, with a combined six decades of comics experience, were inspired to make the book because they felt the information contained in the 9/11 Commission's report needed to be read and understood by more Americans. Their efforts resulted in a remarkable work with Jacobson's text often following word for word the original report, and Col & oacute;n's art vividly recreating the events.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tell No One

July 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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In an effort to entice you to the movie, since it's up against not only

Poll: California Voters Oppose Gay Marriage Ban

July 18
By Amanda Fehd and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More California voters say they would oppose a November ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in the state's constitution than would support it, according to a survey released Friday.

Bank Problems, Presidential Race, UCAN Funding

July 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Customers waited for hours at IndyMac bank branches across Southern California to withdraw their funds from the failing bank. Plus, a satirical New Yorker magazine cover inspired outrage from the Obama campaign. Later in the week, both presidential candidates traded jabs over foreign policy differences. And, a Union-Tribune editorial focusing on the funding sources for the Utility Consumers' Action Network, or UCAN, drew sharp criticism from the organization's executive director, Michael Shames.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Roberts Tries To Wrap Up Parcel Tax?

July 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Fire Protection Committee headed up by Supervisor Ron Roberts and Mayor Jerry Sanders meets today. It is their last chance to decide on the details of a new parcel tax on all San Diego property owners, to pay for more fire protection. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Coalition of S.D. Leaders Supports Water Bond Measure

July 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and a coalition of business, labor, environmental and other leaders say California's water supply is at the tipping point. The group is urging the state legislature to put a water bond measure on next November's ballot. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The Dark Knight

July 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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