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Stories for June 27, 2008

On Voting One's Conscience

June 27
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices

Throughout the day, I asked everyone I came in touch with, "Do you know who Bob Barr is?" & Sadly no one did. Not one. I feel a bit vindicated for my previously admitted ignorance about the man. What I anticipated to be a morning of dry political sleuthing turned up some interesting information.

Wanted

June 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

I saw the film before I read Millar's graphic novel so I didn't come to the film with images already stuck in my head about how the movie adaptation should look. I didn't even intend to read the graphic novel before writing my review but I picked up a copy because I was curious what it looked like. But then I read Brian K. Vaughn's introduction that said "if this is your first time reading Wanted, have fun, and get ready for those last two pages. Those of you who refuse to see what the conclusion is really saying will probably want to burn this beautiful collection the second you put it down... and to you chosen few who find yourself smiling when you finally reach the end of Wesley Gibson's journey? Welcome to the other side."

Calif. Officials Request State of Emergency as Wildfires Continue

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state's Congressional delegation are calling on President Bush to declare a state of emergency as wildfires continue to plague California. From Sacramento Ben Adler reports.

San Diego Gas Prices Show Signs of Plateau

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego gasoline prices are beginning to show signs of a plateau. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks pump prices at hundreds of local stations.

Schwarzenegger's Proposed Budget Would Cut In-Home Care Program

June 27
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A program that allows disabled people and low-income seniors to get care in their home is on the chopping block in the governor's budget. The governor's plan would slash more than a quarter-of-a-billion dollars from the In-Home Supportive Services program. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Installation of New Technology Expected to Slow Border Crossings

June 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are warning of delays this summer at California border crossings as they install new technology. They say the new tools will ultimately decrease wait times. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Citizen Voices

June 27
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

WALL-E is Out of This World

June 27
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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SD Real Estate, Border Fence, Congressional Actions

June 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mortgage defaults and foreclosures remain at record high levels in San Diego, and there are signs the region's real estate woes are hitting the coastal communities. Plus, the Homeland Security Department will waive environmental laws in order to complete a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear a case challenging the fence project. And, the House agrees to an overhaul of the nation's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), while the Bush administration refuses to comply with a set of congressional subpoenas.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 27
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

CA Air Resources Board Wants to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 30%

June 27
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Air Resources Board has released its initial plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions 30% by the year 2020. There is praise for the effort, but critics say the devil's in the details. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Mother of Tears

June 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Each film in the trilogy focuses on one of a triumvirate of ancient and evil witches whose powerful magic poses a threat to humans on a potentially global scale.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting