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Stories for June 19, 2008

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 19
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

New UC Prez Talks About Future of Public Higher Ed

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The beginning of this week ushered in what could be a new era at UC. Mark Yudof became the president of the University of California. Yudof was chancellor of the University of Texas for six years. Prior to that, he spent five years as President of the University of Minnesota. He joins us to talk about the future of the UC, it's financial situation and the role it has to play in the lives of Californians.

Hueso Endorses Goldsmith

June 19
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city councilman Ben Hueso has given his endorsement in the city attorney’s race to candidate Jan Goldsmith, rather than to incumbent Mike Aguirre. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California's Biotech Industry Thriving, Despite Sluggish Economy

June 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's economy may be going through a rough patch, but the state's biotech industry is thriving. That's the consensus from participants in this week's Bio International Convention in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Baja Governor Blames Gas Company for Fuel Shortage, Not U.S. Drivers

June 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Diesel supplies in Tijuana should get back to normal within the next few days. Baja California's Governor says Mexico's gas company to blame for the shortage, not demand from U.S. drivers. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Getting To The Altar

June 19
By Charles Hartley and Citizen Voices

My & time in law school, after two overseas tours and spending four out of five years out of the country, & was also when I began to realize just how much modern America had let big government intrude into people's lives with incentives and penalties all hinging on acceptance of one family & model as being the only acceptable family unit. &

Growing Number of Seniors Stil in the Workplace

June 19
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than six out of ten Californians ages 55 to 64 were employed in 2006. And more than two out of ten people ages 65 to 69 were still working. Whether it’s due to financial pressures, or a desire to do something meaningful, a growing number of seniors is still in the workplace. And those who study aging say that’s a good thing. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Citizen Voices

June 19
By Charles Hartley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prosecutors Appeal Dismissal of Haditha Charges

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Prosecutors will appeal the dismissal of a case against a Marine officer charged with failing to investigate the shootings of 24 Iraqis.

Southern California Blisters in Heat Wave

June 19
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California roasted Thursday in a record-breaking, end-of-spring heat wave that sent temperatures soaring past 100 degrees in many areas, posing hazards for anyone who ventured outside.

Weekend Preview: Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97's, Kenny Burrell, The Smithereens, Billy Idol

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We'll talk music this week as Death Cab for Cutie comes to town, along with the Old 97's and jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. The Smithereens and Billy Idol are also still touring and we'll find out where you can see them from music writer Anna Maria Stephens.

Linguist Dishes Up Political Slang

June 19
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Political slang is nothing new. It's been around for a long time and in this historic presidential election year, the political lingo is as hot as ever. We'll talk with political slang expert and co-host of "A Way with Words" Grant Barrett about the use and origins of political slang.

Tijuana Gas Station Owners Fear Diesel Supplies Could Run Dry

June 19
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gas stations in Tijuana are rationing diesel fuel. They're limiting customers' purchases because gas station owners fear diesel supplies in Tijuana could run dry today. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.