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Stories for July 4, 2008

Meanwhile Back in Berlin

July 4
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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All bus stops list all the S and U station connections. Every station has public transport and local street maps. To figure out which platform to choose, look for the end point on your train line based on where you are and where you want to go, and then you know what platform to choose. For example, the S-1 runs from Wannsee in the south to Oranienburg in the north. So if you are heading in the direction of Wannsee, look for the platform that says Wannsee.

KPBS Commentaries

July 4
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Savage Grace

July 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Tijuana Begins New Program to Boost Tourism

July 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tijuana's Tourism and Conventions Bureau launched a new tour today designed to show off positive aspects of the city. The tour comes as tourism in the region has dropped off due to long border waits and security concerns. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

The Want, Will and Hopes of the People

July 4
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices
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And just this week, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark, in an interview on CBS'

Schwarzenegger Orders Another 200 National Guard Troops to Help Fight Fires

July 4
By Steve Milne and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today ordered another 200 National Guard troops to help fight wildfires burning throughout the state. It's the second time this week he's called on the Guard for reinforcements. Steve Milne reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 4
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Beach Booze Ban's Big Test

July 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Today is the first major test of the experimental one year alcohol ban on San Diego city beaches. KPBS reporter Alison St John visited Pacific Beach and found it less crowded than in previous years.

Citizen Voices

July 4
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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With Fireworks Sales Slow, Charities Worry

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The 4th of July means parades, barbeques and fireworks - except this year, when it seems many people are getting by without that last one. With the tough economy and wildfires raging throughout the state, some of the small, local charities that sell fireworks to raise money say they're struggling. From Sacramento, Ben Adler reports.

Camp Pendleton Marines Celebrate July 4th in Iraq Without Fireworks, Family

July 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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While San Diegans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, thousands of Camp Pendleton-based Marines are making do with a July 4th without either fireworks or family. KPBS reporter Alison St John spoke earlier with Marine Lt Colonel Brad Hall, Commanding Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment. He is stationed in Camp Ramadi, Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

State Park Officials Warn of the Dangers of Beach Fires

July 4
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A fire on the beach this Independence Day weekend might sound like fun, but the people at California's State Parks are reminding all of us that it's often illegal, and dangerous for others.

San Diego Gas Prices Down, Traffic Up for July 4th Weekend

July 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Filling up at the gas pump will cost you less this week in California. While you're getting a break on gas prices, the traffic around San Diego could cause you to idle away the savings. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

July 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Thompson is credited with what has become known as gonzo journalism in which the reporter involves himself in the story that he's covering to such a degree that he becomes a part of it. Thompson was also infamous for his use of drugs, alcohol, and guns. Gibney's documentary tries to place Thompson in a historical context. Gibney wants to serve up a portrait of a man who was a product of his times, reacting to the political and social climate in which he was living. But Gibney chooses to begin the film with 9/11 and with Johnny Depp (who played Thompson's alter ego in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) reading what Thompson wrote about the event. Thompson's accurately assesses that the Bush Administration will make sure that they punish somebody but that this war will have no frontlines. He concludes with a quote from Winston Churchill who said, "the first casualty of war is truth."

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 4
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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