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Stories for May 22, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

May 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The opening of this latest

Blackwater Gives San Diego Deadline to Reconsider Permit

May 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater has given the city of San Diego until close of business tomorrow to reconsider its denial of permit for an Otay Mesa warehouse. The company wants to open a Navy training center there. But the city says the project needs more review. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Real Estate Scam Uncovered

May 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office says a real estate fraud scheme that caused 400 county homeowners to lose their homes is broken up. Officials say the scam preyed on people who were in the grips of foreclosure. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Mudslides in Orange County Burn Areas as Storm Hits Calif.

May 22
By Gillian Glaccus and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Torrential downpours triggered mudslides Thursday in fire-scarred Orange County canyons and hundreds of residents were ordered out as a wild weather system brought snow, hail, wind and rain to California. No mudslide injuries were reported.

United Artists Film Festival Kicks Off With The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

May 22
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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U.S. Drug Czar in S.D. to Celebrate 10 Years of Drug Endangered Child Program

May 22
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County officials have removed more than 2,200 children from homes where meth or other drugs were present during the last ten years. County officials were joined today by the nation's drug czar to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the county's Drug Endangered Child Program. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 22
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diegans Find Benefits in Growing Their Own Food

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Environmental concerns and rising food prices are fostering a homegrown food movement. We'll talk about the benefits of growing fruits and vegetables and give tips on how to get your backyard garden started. And we'll also discuss the benefits and how-to of backyard composting.

Former Fanatical Rabbi Teaches Peace and Reconcilation

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If one religion is right does that mean that all other religions are wrong? Rabbi Brad Hirschfield says that's the problem with religion today. It focuses on the rigid delineation of people into religious groups which result in wars, violence and discrimation. We'll explore the foundation of fanaticism and how to find peace and reconciliation in religion.

Blackwater Worldwide Faces Opposition to Training Center in Otay Mesa

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater Worldwide wants to build a military training center in Otay Mesa, but it's come up against a road block -- Mayor Jerry Sanders and the San Diego City Council. KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma explains why the once-approved permit to build the facility is now being challenged.

Marine Jailed for Refusing to Testify to Grand Jury

May 22
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The arraignment of Marine in the alleged killing of an unarmed detainee in Fallujah, Iraq, has been postponed because he was jailed by a federal judge for refusing to testify against a comrade.

SD County Schools Make Modest Academic Gains

May 22
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new state report shows San Diego County schools continue to make gains on state tests -- but the majority still can't reach California's academic benchmark. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Blackwater's Proximity to Border Draws Concerns

May 22
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Blackwater Worldwide says its planned Navy training facility in Otay Mesa is nothing like the training complex it pitched, then canceled for Potrero in East County. That may be. But the two projects have one thing in common -- they're both near the U.S.-Mexico border. And some believe Blackwater plans to sell its services there. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

San Diego Beaches Get Good Report Card

May 22
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Water quality along the San Diego coast was pretty good last year. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

State Senator Proposes Redistributing First Five Money

May 22
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Republican California State Senator says he has a way to save some of the state's low income health programs from the budget axe. He says the answer is legislation to get rid of a statewide program promoting early childhood development. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.