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Stories for March 7, 2008

The Bank Job

March 7
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Terry (Jason Statham) is not above engaging in illegal activities but he's definitely just a small time con man. Then Martine (Saffron Burrows) shows up with a tempting offer. Terry and Martine grew up in the same neighborhood, and she's come back to her old turf to find some guys she can trust to help her with a job. Her idea: break into a bank vault. She has some inside information that could get them into a vault full of safe deposit boxes. The beauty of this, she says, is that most people keep illicit items in their safe deposit boxes and would be unlikely to tell the police what's missing. Terry and his cohorts see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to score big. But what Martine doesn't tell them is that the safe deposit boxes also contain some dirty secrets that implicate local criminals, the cops, the British government and even the Royal Family.

Extreme Democracy

March 7
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices

The video starts with the representative of the party going over his allotted time in the debate. When the moderator doesn't step in, Zhirinovsky gets livid and takes over the debate.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

March 7
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 7
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

March 7
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

March 7
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

SD Unified to Lay Off 1,100 Teachers & Administrators

March 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Unified school district officials have picked more than 1, 100 and administrators to get layoff notices. The district is issuing pink slips as a result of the Governor's proposed budget cuts to education. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis reports.

U.N. Expert Says U.S. Fails to Protect Migrants' Rights

March 7
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A U.N. expert says the United States fails to protect migrants’ rights. Jorge Bustamante visited San Diego on his nationwide fact finding mission last spring. He presented his report in Geneva Friday.

Blackwater Worldwide Drops Bid to Build Potrero Training Facility

March 7
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater USA today has dropped its controversial plan to build a military and police training facility in the East County community of Potrero. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

San Diego Congressmen Contest Ethics Rules Regarding Free Beer

March 7
By Capitol News Connection, Matt Laslo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nearly a year after Congress passed new ethics rules, two San Diego Congressman are fighting for an occasional free beer. They are members of the Congressional Small Brewers Caucus. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

Director's Cuts: Musical Interludes of the Week

March 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Listen to the best musical interludes heard throughout the week on These Days. This week's picks include tracks from Beastie Boys, Galt McDermot, John Coltrane, The Bad Plus, Medeski Martin and Wood, Boards of Canada, and Amon Tobin.

Taxpayer Advocates Protest New Proposals to Fund Wildfire Prevention

March 7
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Senator Christine Kehoe holds a hearing in San Diego today to consider new legislation to raise money for preventing wildfires. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Port of San Diego Asks For State Funding to Reduce Diesel Emissions

March 7
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Port of San Diego is moving ahead with plans to clean up the air at two port terminals. People living nearby have complained that diesel exhaust from trucks and ships increases their risk for health problems. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Clinton's Big Wins, Gas Prices, SD City Hall

March 7
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hillary Clinton shows her resilience with major victories in the Texas and Ohio primaries on Tuesday. What's the next step in the historically tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination? Also, gas prices in San Diego reached a record high this week. And, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is asserting his power at City Hall at the same time as his re-election campaign is starting to take off.

Fitness Buffs Flex Entrepreneurial Muscle in San Diego

March 7
By David Nogueras and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 12,000 fitness industry professionals are in San Diego. They're here to see latest in the world of fitness and flex their entrepreneurial muscle. KPBS Radio's David Nogueras has more.

Heart Attacks More Fatal When Victims Drive Themselves to Hospital

March 7
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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If someone is having a heart attack, getting to the hospital quickly can mean the difference between life and death. Health officials say calling an ambulance is the smart move. But nearly half of all heart attack victims try to drive themselves to the hospital. And that can be a fatal mistake. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.