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Stories for May 8, 2008

Omar Little Loves Some Honey Nut Cheerios

May 8
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

My colleague Trisha, a wise woman from Imperial Valley who loves

Citizen Komplain

May 8
By Trina Boice and Citizen Voices

Redbelt

May 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

As I have made clear in the past, I am an action junkie. The trailers for

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

May 8
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Citizen Voices

May 8
By Tboice and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Efforts to Recall State Senator Denham Halted

May 8
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Republican State Senator Jeff Denham says it's a big weight off his shoulders that the Senate Democratic Leader is dropping the campaign to recall him from office. Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata made the announcement Wednesday that he was backing off to encourage goodwill during the upcoming budget talks. Denham says the recall has been a distraction.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Number of SDSU Student Arrests Under Scrutiny

May 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The number of arrests made in connection with a drug sting at San Diego State University is now under some scrutiny. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Group Says Solar Power Could Meet U.S. Energy Needs

May 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group says California could generate enough energy from solar power plants to meet current electricity needs. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Officials Reconsidering Policy that Bans Aerial Firefighting at Night

May 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Officials at the California agency that coordinates fire projection in San Diego's back country are reconsidering their long standing policy that bans aerial fire fighting at night. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Weekend Preview: Corpus Cristi, Big Bang, Three Days of Rain, A Number, Lamb’s Players

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We talk about some unique and controversial plays opening this month in area theaters in this week’s Weekend Preview.

Roger Lowenstein Discusses San Diego’s Pension Crisis in New Book

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

According to business writer Roger Lowenstein, America is sitting on a retirement time bomb as the nation grapples with mounting pension debt and a record number of retirees. Lowenstein looks at the city of San Diego as a case study in how government gambled with its finances and its future, and offers solutions to fixing the coming pension crisis.

‘Gas Hole’ Producers Examine America’s Oil Addiction

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What if a car could get 150 miles per gallon? Would you buy it? Probably. But would an oil company want you to? Probably not. That's premise behind “Gas Hole,” a new documentary that explores America's dependence on oil and how alternative fuels and fuel efficiency could help break that dependence. With gas prices topping $4 per gallon in San Diego, folks are started to ask, "How much is too much?"

Inside Sacramento: May Revise, Budget Deficit Confusion, Recall Bid Dropped, New Assembly Speaker

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California state budget is facing major cuts, the "May Revise" is coming up next week, a plan to recall a Republican state senator is abandoned, and Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nunez passes the torch. Marianne Russ, bureau chief of the California Capitol Network, takes us "Inside Sacramento."

San Diego State Students Due in Court After Drug Bust

May 8
By Allison Hoffman and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students arrested in an undercover sting operation at San Diego State University are now at the mercy of the court system, where officials say those charged with the most serious cocaine offenses could face sentences of up to 10 years.

SD's New School Chief Moves Forward With Plans

May 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego School Superintendent Terry Grier has been on the job for about two months now. He steps in at one of the most financially difficult times for the district. He sat down with most of the city's media outlets this week to talk about his big plans. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report.

Mom Extradited to Michigan After 32 Years as Fugitive

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A suburban housewife arrested in San Diego 32 years after she escaped a Detroit prison is on her way back to Michigan to serve out her sentence on drug charges.

Gang Selling Drugs to Cal State San Marcos Students

May 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Narcotics detectives say a street gang has set up shop in a luxury apartment building next to Cal State San Marcos to sell drugs to students.

Group Opposes Using Bond Funds for Prison Expansion

May 8
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group that opposes prison expansion is suing to block California's plans to add thousands of prison and jail beds. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

Takashi Miike Double Bill

May 8
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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First of all, let me say that I come to Miike as an Asian Extreme fan rather than as an academic. So that colors my perceptions. Let me start with some comments about the easier of the two films,

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

May 8
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting