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Stories for March 11, 2008

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March 11
By N8 Ngibbs and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam

March 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam

S.D. Council Passes Measure to Reduce Hazards from Lead

March 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council Tuesday considered two measures aimed at reducing hazards associated with lead-based paints in homes built before 1979. After two hours of testimony, the Council approved one of the two measures. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mr. Clean

March 11
By Maureen Cavanaugh and Off Mic

It's really awful when your public scandal is a direct refutation of your nickname. It would be bad enough if New York

I Listened to Rush Limbaugh and Got an Idea

March 11
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

His quote above speaks to this theme & ndash; & ldquo;There are no rules in the Democrat Party, there are only customs and traditions. & rdquo; & What does that mean?

Analyst: Cost of Food to Climb as Diesel Fuel Tops $4 Per Gallon

March 11
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s average price for a gallon of gasoline is up to $3.57 a gallon. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks local prices at hundreds of filling stations.

Top Education Official Says Proposed Cuts Already Hurt

March 11
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed cuts to education haven't gone into effect -- but the state's top education official says they're already hurting schools anyway. This week school districts are required to send notices to teachers who would be laid off under the governor's proposed $4.8 billion in cuts.

Tristan Prettyman Performs on These Days

March 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Tristan's new album drops April 15th. You can see her live at the Belly Up on March 19th. You can hear her interview with Tom Fudge

Environmental Group to Challenge Electricity Corridor Plan

March 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group plans to file another legal challenge Tuesday to a federal plan designating national electricity corridors. One of those corridors is in Southern California. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Can't Have Too Much of a Good Thing

March 11
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Can't Have Too Much of a Good Thing

Theremin Featured by San Diego Chamber Orchestra

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Musician Scott Paulson approached composer Linda Kernohan with an unusual request: to write him a concerto featuring his theremin. The result is the World Premiere of Concerto for Theremin being performed by Scott and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. They perform an excerpt and explain this mysterious instrument.

Off Mic

March 11
By Mcavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

March 11
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

March 11
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 11
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

S.D. School Board Expected to Approve Cuts

March 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school board members are expected to approve a resolution today that could send roughly 1,100 layoff notices to teachers and staff. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

A Founder of Taco Shop Poets Writes About the Stories His Father Told Him

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Adrian Arancibia is one of the founding members of San Diego's Taco Shop Poets. He's also a teacher and the author of a new book of poetry that he calls a homage to his South American grandparents. We'll speak with him about his poetry, which mines the sounds of both Spanish and English and tells his story as a Latin American immigrant.

Legal Update: John McCain’s Eligibility, Teen Web Speech, Fired TV News Anchor

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Senator John McCain has the Republican nomination, but why are some folks questioning his eligibility to be president? Why can a student who wrote a nasty blog about school administrators from her personal computer be punished? What rights does a white local T.V. news anchor have against his former station for being replaced by a black anchor with less experience? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton answers these legal questions which affect the qualifications of people to serve in posts they seek.

Consumers Paying Record Prices at the Pump

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Gas prices have reached an all-time high in San Diego County. According to UCAN, the price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.53. Record oil prices are fueling the rise at the pump. We talk with UCAN's executive director about the surge and how it is affecting consumers and the economy.

Former Aguirre Supporter Running for City Attorney

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Amy Lepine used to be a big supporter of Mike Aguirre; now she's challenging him for the office of San Diego City Attorney. We speak to Lepine about why she is running for city attorney. We also speak to Lepine about her legal background, and what she thinks is needed at city hall.

City Council Hears Arguments for Preventing Lead Poisoning

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lead poisoning is a common but preventable environmental hazard. Lead is found in old paint, soil, and some pottery and toys. Children exposed to lead can suffer from physical and mental problems. The San Diego City Council will consider the Lead Hazard Prevention and Control Ordinance which would require home owners and landlords to repair lead hazards.

Appeals Court Reiterates $82.6 Million Award for Paralyzed Woman

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California appeals court says a woman who was paralyzed after Ford Explorer rolled over is entitled to 82.6 million dollars in damages from the automaker.

Schwarzenegger Launches Apprentice Jobs Campaign

March 11
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger has launched a new campaign aimed at attracting more people to careers like plumbing and carpentry. Baby boomers are retiring, and Schwarzenegger says California will need 200,000 apprentices to help build public works projects over the next decade.

S.D. Council Adopts Blue Print Including Self Sufficient Wages

March 11
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego now has a new blueprint for its growth over the next two decades. After five years of public workshops and discussion, the city council voted to approve its General Plan Update. Included in the document is a commitment to generate good jobs that pay self sufficient wages. But that commitment didn't happen without a struggle. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Two LA Lawyers Sentenced in Fake Work Visa Scheme

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A name partner with one of the largest immigration law firms on the West Coast was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for filing phony visa applications.