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Stories for May 27, 2008

SD School Board Restores 430 Jobs

May 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified school board voted yesterday to keep close to 430 jobs for next school year. Those jobs were on the chopping block just a few weeks ago. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

Stone Late Night Movie: Harold and Maude

May 27
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 27
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Catfish Club Fries up a Spicy Mayoral Debate

May 27
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

The Chair of the Sierra Club, Richard Miller, was kind enough to post a remark after the blog to voice his support for Mr. & Francis. & Though I had been mulling Steve Francis at the helm, after seeing him up close and personal, and listening to his answers to the adroitly posed questions by moderators

Citizen Voices

May 27
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

S.D. City Council Grapples with 'Excess Earnings'

May 27
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council continues to grapple with the pension deficit. Today the council votes on a charter change that could affect benefits awarded with so-called "excess earnings.” KPBS reporter Alison St John explains.

Blackwater Files Lawsuit Against City of San Diego

May 27
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It looks like the dispute over whether Blackwater Worldwide can open a Navy training facility in Otay Mesa is headed for a court fight. Blackwater accused city leaders of trying to curry favor with activists. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Baja to Build Operating Room in Tijuana Prison to Protect Hospital Doctors

May 27
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Baja California's Secretary of Public Health says the state will build an operating room at the penitentiary. That's to protect doctors at Tijuana's General Hospital from attending to suspected drug cartel members. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

A UCSD Professor Seeks the Cause of Autism

May 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Researchers are still trying to find the cause of autism. But one UCSD professor is pretty sure it relates to abnormal growth of the brain in early childhood. Eric Courchesne is now engaged in a study of autistic children that seeks to identify the genes and brain cells that cause autism. Such a discovery would go a long way toward finding ways to catch the problem early and intervene with effective treatment. You'll hear from him, and psychologist Laura Schreibman, on the causes of and treatments for autism.

History Buff Shares His Top Ten List of American Presidents

May 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

American history guru Thomas Flagel shares his Top Ten list of American presidents. He explains why he thinks the disputed 2000 election was a great moment in our country's history, why Abraham Lincoln's unpopularity thrust us into a civil war, and where George W. Bush ranks among the most religious presidents of all time.

Local Veteran Recounts Brother's Death

May 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local war veterans attended Memorial Day ceremonies throughout San Diego County yesterday. One event took place at the Vietnam War Unit Memorial Monument on Coronado. That's where KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis spoke with Charles McVain -- a retired Navy captain. His younger brother died in Vietnam at the age of 25. She has this Memorial Day tribute.

Josh Kornbluth Performs Citizen Josh at San Diego Rep

May 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Josh Kornbluth performs his one man shows on topics as diverse as democracy, math, taxes, secretarial work, and Ben Franklin. We'll talk to Kornbluth about his career as a monologuist.

Award-Winning Journalist Lowell Bergman Discusses "Crimes at the Border"

May 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How is increased security along the border impacting the human smuggling trade? Host Tom Fudge speaks to correspondent Lowell Bergman about the profitable business of human smuggling, which is the focus of the latest FRONTLINE investigation. Bergman speaks to local law enforcement officials and a Tijuana smuggler in "Crimes at the Border".

Environmentalist Jim Hart Discusses Why He's Running for Mayor

May 27
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who is Jim Hart, and why is he running for mayor of San Diego? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Hart about the motivation behind his candidacy, and how he would like to change local government.

S.D. School Board to Vote on Restoring 480 Jobs

May 27
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School Board will vote on whether to restore about 480 jobs for next school year. The action comes after several months of uncertainly and confusion over district layoffs. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Shia Le Beouf: If the Jacket Fits...

May 27
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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California Farms Benefit from Farm Bill

May 27
By Sara Sciammacco and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Low income families in California got a big lift in the new Farm Bill. Avocado and strawberry growers also got some attention. Sara Sciammacco has more from Washington.

Teen Critic Disappointed by Indy 4

May 27
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Request for Vote-By-Mail Deadline Today

May 27
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tuesday is the deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 3rd statewide election in California. From Sacramento Steve Shadley reports.

California Fish and Game Seek Out Invasive Mussel

May 27
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Department of Fish and Game is working to help prevent the spread of an invasive mussel that can damage entire ecosystems. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 27
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Court Takes Oceanside Lesbian Insemination Case

May 27
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do religious beliefs give doctors the right to withhold medical treatment from lesbians and gay men? That's the question the California Supreme Court is scheduled to take up this week in a discrimination lawsuit brought by a lesbian who was denied artificial insemination at the only local obstetrics and gynecology office covered by her insurance.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 27
By Teencritics and KPBS Public Broadcasting