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Stories for March 18, 2008

Enchanted on DVD

March 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The three Oscar-nominated songs that were performed on the awards show last month did little to warm me up to the film. In fact I had to leave the room on two occasions. But on one level I was actually looking forward to watching the film because I am fond of the film's star, Amy Adams. She had been genuinely enchanting in a small indie film called

Personal-Responsibility, Redux

March 18
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

And then there have been all those indirect jabs made by someone other than the candidate (see,

Mental Wealth

March 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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This doesn't quite qualify as a film event but it is a multimedia performance put on by a friend who has volunteered numerous hours for the San Diego Latino Film Festival and my own Film School Confidential Showcase of San Diego and Tijuana Filmmakers. So I think it's perfectly apt for me to promote her event here.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

March 18
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 18
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Marine Charged With Murder in Death of Iraqi Detainee

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Marine was charged Tuesday with murder and dereliction of duty for his alleged role three years ago in the death of detainee in Fallujah, Iraq.

New State Standards Begin Sex Education in Fifth Grade

March 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's State Board of Education has adopted new sex education standards for public schools. Officials say students will first learn about Sex Ed in the fifth grade. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Combat Vets Suffer from Mental Illness at Higher Rates

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are seeking treatment for mental illness in ever increasing numbers. Since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, more than 100,000 combat veterans have sought help for mental illness – half for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We'll talk about PTSD and what the Veterans Administration is doing to assist those who suffer from it and other war-related illnesses.

The Impact of War On Military Families

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How has five years of war in Iraq affected local military families? We speak to a military couple and the president of the local chapter of Operation Homefront to talk about the needs of local military families, and how the global war on terror has impacted their family structure.

Major League Baseball Tries to Hit a Grand Slam In China

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What were the highlights from the Padres' trip to Beijing? We speak to Mark Zeigler of the “San Diego Union-Tribune,” about the Padres' two-game exhibition series in China. We talk to Zeigler about China's reaction to Major League Baseball, and the sport's potential for growth in that country.

Local Surgeon Details Why Robots May Be the Future of Medicine

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local hospital uses robots to perform surgery on patients. Dr. Kris Ghosh with the Palomar Medical Center explains the benefits to this kind of surgery, how he adjusted to this new way of operating, and why it may be the future of medicine.

S.D. County Voter Turnout Highest in 30 Years

March 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A record nine million Californians voted in last month's presidential primary election. San Diego County's turnout was the highest in more than 30 years. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has details.

Landmark Conservation Plan Would Conjoin SoCal Wildlands

March 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A landmark conservation plan would link up wildlands in Southern California. A report to be released Wednesday by the group South Coast Wildlands maps out strategies to preserve and link vast stretches of terrain. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce tells us the plan would connect several areas in San Diego County and Mexico.

As Miramar Landfill Nears Capacity, San Diego Seeks Other Options

March 18
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do you know who owns and operates San Diego's landfills? We sent KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps to dig up that information.

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