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Stories for May 5, 2008

Opening Day of The New Children's Museum

May 5
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Cinema Paradiso

May 5
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Through much persuasion, the tiny Toto finally convinces Alfredo to train him as a projectionist and the two develop a close relationship. Toto even saves Alfredo's life when the volatile nitrate film in the booth ignites and causes Alfredo to loose his sight. As Toto grows up, he falls in love with Elena, a blonde beauty who proves tragically elusive. Alfredo, fearing that Toto will resign himself to a life in this tiny village, prompts the youngster to leave and never look back. Toto reluctantly heeds the advice and goes on to a successful career as a filmmaker. But when Alfredo dies years later, Toto, now known by the more dignified name of Salvatore DaVita, finally returns home.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

May 5
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Probe of San Diego Court Pipe Bomb Looks at Earlier Blast

May 5
By Elliot Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The FBI said Monday that it is looking into whether a pipe bomb attack at a downtown federal courthouse is linked to a blast at a FedEx office last month.

Snobs-R-Us

May 5
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

In this stretch of the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have taken aim at who can connect with "real America," i.e., the blue collar worker. They've bowled, downed shots, and scarfed down hot dogs and apple pie, all in an effort to distance themselves from the "

Mayor Sanders Calls for Investigation of Blackwater's Permits in Otay Mesa

May 5
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today called for an investigation into how the city granted permits to Blackwater USA to open a military training center in Otay Mesa. The facility will be used to train Navy sailors and possibly the Coast Guard in counterterrorism. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 5
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Health Care Providers File Suit to Block Medi-Cal Cuts

May 5
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A coalition of California's most powerful health care providers is suing the state to block cuts to the Medi-Cal program. The ten percent cut in the rate Medi-Cal pays providers is scheduled to take effect in July. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Kids Who Eat Out Have Higher Chance of Becoming Obese

May 5
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego State University researchers say kids have a higher chance of becoming fat if they regularly eat at a relative or neighbor's house. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Citizen Voices

May 5
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Private Contributions Vital to Balboa Park's Maintenance

May 5
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Balboa Park Trust announced today it has passed the $1 million mark in private contributions. But the money is a drop in the bucket compared to the maintenance backlog at Balboa Park, which is one of San Diego's main attractions. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Book Examines San Diego’s Chicano History

May 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chicano history in San Diego is rich and one of the defining features of our region. We talk about the growth and impact of the Chicano community in San Diego with the contributors to the book “Chicano San Diego.”

Grand Theft Auto IV Draws Praise and Criticism

May 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The much-anticipated video game Grand Theft Auto IV hit the market recently to rave reviews and blockbuster sales. What attracts people to video games? And what impact do violent games like GTA have on people's behavior? We explore the culture of video games and what researchers know about their influence on society.

Islamic Law Expert Shares Thoughts on American ‘Islamophobia’

May 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Khaled Abou El Fadl talks about American fears of the Islamic world and how that compares to reality. He explains why some Americans don't understand Muslim religious beliefs.

San Diego Voters Can Begin Casting Their Ballots Today

May 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Those early birds who already know how they want to vote in the June primary election can cast their ballots starting today. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

California Schools and the Budget Crisis

May 5
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Imagine trying to plan your budget for next month without knowing what your paycheck will look like. That's the situation California schools find themselves in most years because of the way the state budget is set up. And this year is worse than usual, because the state's facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall.

San Diego Federal Courthouse Closed After Explosion

May 5
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The federal courthouse in San Diego will be closed Monday as workers repair damage caused by a suspected pipe bomb.