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Stories for June 24, 2008

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 24
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Film Title Sequences That Make Me Swoon

June 24
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I'm a film lover, but there's this weird thing that happens to me when the lights go down in a theater. & First there are the trailers -- which I love. & Most of them are bad, but the good ones stay with me. & Mostly, I love trailers because they represent possibility. & They are neat little packages of seduction. & After those 10 minutes of possibility, I get the thing I actually paid for... the thing that could let me down... the movie I've actually come to see. & Which gets me to the weird thing that happens: & I'm always slightly disappointed when the movie starts. & These are not the words of a film lover, I know. But because I've built up expectations and hopes, I'm uneasy. &

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

June 24
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Program for Girls Builds Interest in Construction

June 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Teenage girls at Kearny Mesa High School have decided to ditch the mall and pick up a hammer during their summer break. Its part of a new program designed to build interest in construction. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

San Diego Wants Blackwater to Make Training Facility Wheelchair Accessible

June 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego wants Blackwater Worldwide to make its simulated ship at its new Naval training center in Otay Mesa accessible to wheelchairs. The private firm says the city is deliberately throwing hurdles in its path. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Baja Officials Arrest Two People in Connection with Migrant Murders

June 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Baja California investigators in Mexico have arrested two people for allegedly murdering four migrants in Tecate about a week ago. State law enforcement officials say the men are tied to ogranized crime. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Report: San Diego Housing Market Among Worst in the Nation

June 24
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report shows that home sales are still dropping in San Diego and the rest of the country. The Standard and Poor Case-Shiller report finds housing prices here were down over 20 percent from a year ago.

NRA Throws Support to Blackwater Over Otay Mesa Training Facility

June 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association has stepped into the fray over Blackwater Worldwide training facility in Otay Mesa. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Grier Working To Keep More Teachers

June 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier is trying to hammer out a plan to keep more teachers on the district's payroll when school starts in September. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Baja Adds 10 Bilingual Agents to Attend to Tourists' Complaints

June 24
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Baja California state investigators will add 10 bilingual agents to attend to tourists' complaints. The move comes as tourism in the state has dropped dramatically. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Report: Calif. Health Insurers Raked In $4.3 Million in 2007

June 24
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report shows California health insurers made more than $4.3 billion in profits last year. Critics say the companies should have put less in their bank accounts and more into patient care. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Boxer Wants Oil Companies to Use or Lose Oil Leases Before More Drilling

June 24
By Eric Niiler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senator Barbara Boxer and other Senate Democrats want oil companies to use or lose their existing oil leases before opening up more of the U.S. coast to drilling. Eric Niiler reports from Capitol Hill.

About Kitchen Tables: Watch for Flying Objects

June 24
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

I ask it of you (and me) because there seems to be an unsaid assumption among politicians and national and local media outlets (including NPR and KPBS) that these type of colloquial "kitchen table" discussions is where "real" issues get parsed. &

Citizen Voices

June 24
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias Blasts Bush Administration Over Controversial Firings

June 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias explains why he thinks he lost his job for political reasons. He blasts the Bush administration for what he calls unprecedented firings in the history of the United States.

San Diego Running Low on Assets

June 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The city of San Diego is running out of assets to put up as collateral for loans. As a result, it's taking out loans against some of its most essential properties. Some say that's a sign of desperation. But city officials say there's no need to worry. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Rapid Growth of Christianity Poses Conflicts for China's Communist Government

June 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Christianity is growing rapidly in popularity in China, and the country's government is trying to figure out how to control it. Host Tom Fudge speaks to reporter Evan Osnos about FRONTLINE/World's "Jesus in China". We learn why Christianity is growing in popularity, and how the growth of that religion has been addressed by the Chinese government.

Hundreds of Fires Burn In California

June 24
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the state's working to come up with extra resources to fight the hundreds of fires burning statewide.

Political Consultant Leo McElroy Discusses California's Budget Woes

June 24
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state of California is the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world. And its problems very nearly mirror the problems of the world's largest economy, which would be the United States. Two of the biggest problems facing both are huge budget deficits, and increasingly unaffordable and unavailable health care. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.