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Stories for May 1, 2008

Iron Man

May 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Vocational Warriors?

May 1
By Candace Suerstedt and Citizen Voices

Raymond Lutz, who is a candidate for California Assembly District 77, actively opposed Blackwater's presence in Potrero. His website,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Under the Stars Returns

May 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Yeagley's intimate outdoor cinema is nestled in Mission Hills and boasts top of the line digital technology. As you enter the garden-like theater space, gracefully curving twinkle lights catch your eye, and life-size cutouts of Alfred Hitchcock and Audrey Hepburn soon greet you. Flickering flames inside urns sit on either side of the twenty-foot screen and remind you of old picture palaces that showed Cecil B. DeMille biblical epics. There's also a pair of fish sculptures illuminated by rippling lights, and on some nights tiny bubbles float through the air.

God Bless America?

May 1
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

In 1863 a divided nation accepted

Citizen Voices

May 1
By Candice Suerstedt and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 1
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

May 1
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Upgrading S.D.'s Emergency Communication System Could Cost $100 Million

May 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A report to San Diego's Regional Fire Protection Committee warns San Diego will need to spend well over $100 million in the next five years to purchase a new communication system for emergency personnel. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California's Population Tops 38 Million

May 1
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's population has now topped thirty-eight million people. The state Department of Finance reports nearly 500,000 have been added to the state over the past year. That's a growth rate of just over one-percent.

Mom Hoping for pardon After 32 Years on the Run

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An attorney for a woman arrested in San Diego after 32 years on the lam from a Detroit prison says he plans to petition Michigan's Democratic governor to commute the nine years remaining on her sentence.

San Diego Groups March Downtown in Support of Immigrants' Rights

May 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A coalition of 30 groups is marching in downtown San Diego today in support of rights for undocumented workers. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Weekend Preview: Cinema Under the Stars, Jabbawockeez, Mike Doughty, Shelby Lynne, Britt Daniel, and Anya Marina

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

You can watch movies under the stars starting this weekend and check out one of San Diego's homegrown dance crews, the Jabbawockeez.

Alaska-based John Luther Adams Combines Music With Environmentalism

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Composer John Luther Adams is called an environmental composer because the music he writes has a direct relationship to the landscape and environment of his adopted home in Alaska. The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus will perform Adams' composition “Dark Waves” this weekend.

New Children’s Museum Opens Green Doors to San Diego

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The New Children's Museum opens this weekend in a brand new building and with an ambitious opening exhibition called “childsplay.”

Creating New Energy Solutions and ‘Green-collar’ Jobs

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Can private enterprise solve our environmental problems? Some people believe they can not only do that, but create a lot of jobs and wealth in the process. We ask what are the "green-collar" jobs, how you create them, and what kinds of industries San Diego might be best positioned to create.

24-Hour Mission to Discover New Species in Balboa Park

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

and the public embark on a 24-hour mission to identify as many species of animal and plant life in Balboa Park. The curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum shares his expectations for this event, which is the first of its kind in San Diego.

Poll: Californians Worried About Education and Economy

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California residents are worried about more than just the economy. They're also concerned about the state of the education system. That's the finding of the most recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Spar

May 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

The Primary election for everything except the Presidential race is less than a month away, and the San Diego mayor's race is heating up. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on what the candidates had to say at a mayoral forum last night at the University of San Diego.

Tight Water Supplies Hurt San Diego County Growers

May 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The recent heat wave put San Diego County farmers in a management quandary about irrigation water. A cooling trend now underway helps, but growers are already making tough choices about their crops. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Library Screening: Women of Islam

May 1
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The veiling of Muslim women has always intrigued the West. In recent years, with the increased media coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq, this image has become a symbol of oppression. But San Diego filmmaker Farheen Umar felt that this presented a limited view. So she made a documentary that would explore the tradition of veiling.

Say "Cheese" to Vote: The High Court Decides

May 1
By Gloria Penner and Political Fix by Gloria Penner

It's been so long since I registered to vote that I don't remember what documentation I had to provide. But I do know that when I show up at the neighborhood garage, the poll workers just check out my name and address - and I'm cleared to exercise my privilege as a citizen of this democracy where the will of the people counts.

Sucking On Chinese Toys and a Humble Suggestion

May 1
Citizen Voices

Spoke to a Marine the other day four days away from the end of his enlistment. Back from his second tour in Iraq & ndash; he says things are now definitely better in Western Iraq, things are definitely better now than they were in 2004 when rockets fell on him from day one. Though he conceded, there is & ldquo;real shit going on in Basra. & rdquo; & In the best soldierly sense & ndash; what concerned him most was keeping his buddies alive. The insurgents take to using children to wield AK's or lob the occasional grenade. This Marine said he hesitated after spotting a near ten year old raise his rifle & ndash; he had a hair trigger moment to take the kid out & hellip;It was just a kid. He hesitated. The kid fired, hit a platoon member and the platoon opened up on the kid. The wounded soldier survived, the kid was eliminated. The Marine took no pleasure in the story, but seemed still puzzled by the impossible situation he was in & ndash; troubled that he almost got a buddy killed. He seemed also uneasy about the fact that the kid will not be showing up on any casualty lists. The Department of Defense does not consider children battle casualties even if they are involved in hostile activity. The kid is gone, his death does not officially exist. No matter your politics, that seems a heavy load for a twenty four year old soon to be ex Marine from Washington who wants to make San Diego his home. This Marine seemed up to the task & ndash; a So Cal transplant, a nice kid, a young guy with a future and a veteran & hellip;

Political Fix by Gloria Penner

May 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting