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Stories for March 14, 2008

Doomsday

March 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Chicago 10

March 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Morgen, who also made

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SDLFF Highlight: Lorena Velazquez

March 14
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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At last Friday's screening, Velazquez said that she was discovered by Rene Cardona (the father of "Mexploitation" director Rene Cardona Jr.) in a school play. Cardona was a friend of her father, Mexican character actor Victor Velazquez. She also described her films as "really naive, really innocent but it was lots of fun to do them." She even suggested that although Hollywood started doing these kinds of films, it was Mexico that invented all of this!

Taking Pot Shots at the Governator

March 14
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices

Then, there is also the fact that Charles was wise enough to mention. Gov. Schwarzenegger

Tijuana and Rosarito Try to Lure Back Spring Breakers

March 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tourist police in Tijuana and Rosarito are patrolling the streets on Friday. Both cities are trying to lure back visitors this spring break after enormous drop offs during the past few years. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Thousands of California Teachers Given Layoff Notices

March 14
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thousands of teachers across the state are getting layoff notices. Schools are required to let staffers know by Saturday if they might not have a job next school year. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 14
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SANDAG Board to Explore Viability of Del Mar Track Train Station

March 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Association of Governments Executive Board has voted to study what it would take to build a train station next to the Del Mar race track, like the one Bing Crosby had built in the 1930s. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Teachers Union Faces Hurdle of Pay Haggling Amidst Budget Crunch

March 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego’s teachers union has sent school officials a blueprint of what they want in their teaching contract this year. But union leaders face some big hurdles. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Citizen Voices

March 14
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks are all of Medeski Martin and Wood, from the album "Combustication."

Election Official Issues Refunds for Voting Materials

March 14
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County's top election official has issued $427,000 dollars in refunds to cities, school districts, and hospitals. Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler says her office overcharged for ballot materials in the November 2006 election. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps explains.

State School Board Mandates 97 Districts Adopt Academic Reforms

March 14
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State School Board is forcing 97 failing school districts to adopt a series of academic reforms. Five of those districts are here in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Workforce Affected as Boomers Retire

March 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego is only beginning to come to grips with the enormous impact of an aging workforce. That's the conclusion of a summit convened by San Diego's Workforce Partnership at the Convention Center Thursday. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

SD School Cuts, City Attorney Debate, Spitzer Resigns

March 14
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is sending out layoff notices to more than 900 certificated positions in an effort to cut the district's budget. Also, the candidates for San Diego City Attorney recently participated in their first debate. And, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has resigned in the wake of an investigation that revealed his involvement with a high-end prostitution ring.