Stories for March 28, 2008
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I saw how much a tonsillectomy cost in 1958, how much my braces set her back. I saw how by the end of the month, the grocery checks got smaller and smaller as the allotment ran out. I also saw, with chagrin, how many times she & ldquo;bailed me out & rdquo; as a young adult, long after I had left home(generosities I had long forgotten). As I laughed and cried over these checks, I was grateful to have this record of my parent's life.
The fatboy of the title is Dennis (Pegg of course). We find him sweating profusely and considering his limited options as his pregnant bride-to-be Libby (the lovely Thandie Newton) waits at the altar. Dennis' final decision: run! Run as fast as he can away from responsibility and commitment. Five years later the film finds Dennis is still running. He's trying to rundown a shoplifter from the lingerie store where he works and it's not a pretty sight. But he hasn't run entirely away from responsibility. We discover that he has maintained contact with his son, who is now five, and is at least trying to be a presence in his life.
Six of California's Democratic state senators visited a San Diego high school today to talk about how they plan to protect education funding. The Governor is proposing a $4 billion cut to schools. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.
An appeals court says Poway defense contractor Brent Wilkes can move ahead with an appeal of his conviction. Wilkes has been behind bars since last month when a judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison for bribing former Congressman Randy Cunningham. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.
In the aftermath of last fall's wildfires in San Diego, the Forest Service restricted access to large parts of the Cleveland National Forest. Now, almost six months later, many of the sections are reopening to the public. Reporter David Nogueras has more.
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wants to borrow 100 million dollars to start taking care of deferred maintenance in the city over the next five years. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Grant Green, Lalo Shifrin, Brad Meldau, Wayne Shorter, Sidestepper, Ojos De Brujo, and Aretha Franklin.
The prices for groceries, gasoline, and health care are rising fast. Also, John McCain held a campaign event in San Diego, and toured the state to drum up support for his presidential candidacy. And, the fundraising numbers for the San Diego City elections were released this week.
The California State Controller says lottery officials owe the state tens of thousands of dollars. Seems lottery workers used state funds for an employee party. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.
B-boying, we're told, is the term for the urban dance more commonly known as breakdancing. In the opening minutes of his film