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Stories for November 10, 2008

'Shake Out' Drill Rocks San Diego County

Nov. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The largest earthquake drill in U.S. history takes place Thursday morning. More than five million Californians are expected to 'duck, cover and hold.' KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

CA Schools Funding On Chopping Block, Again

Nov. 10
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to slash education funding in the middle of the school year in order to help plug the state's $11 billion budget gap. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Is There a Plan B for Prop A?

Nov. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego faces next year's fire season without increased fire protection, since Prop. A, the fire tax, failed to get the two thirds vote needed to pass. KPBS reporter Alison St John asked two San Diego CountySupervisors if they have a plan B.

Older Vets March, but not New Vets

Nov. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The 22nd annual Veterans' Day Parade kicks off this morning at 11am, and marches south on Pacific Highway to Harbor Drive. Organizers say they expect four thousand vets from past wars to participate, but none from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Peters Moves to the Port

Nov. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council President, Scott Peters, will join the Port Commission when his term on the city council ends in December.

The Beat Goes On

Nov. 10
By Alma Sove and Citizen Voices

The November end of this year's presidential and local elections has taught me that playing well with others is a lesson worth learning, both in preschool and in politics. & And while we make progress, more political, ideological, and even spiritual struggles motivate voters into activism. &

Pride and Glory Delivers Mostly Formula for Teen Critic

Nov. 10
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Edward Norton plays a cop in Pride and Glory (New Line)

Citizen Voices

Nov. 10
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pride and Glory Mostly Delivers Formula

Nov. 10
Teen film critic Janeane White

"Pride and Glory" is another one of those films about good and bad cops fighting drug lords, but then joining them. This particular story is about a family of cops. The father was in the NYPD and has two sons that grow up to drive the black and whites. His daughter also married a man in a blue uniform. The son-in-law, Jimmy (Colin Farrell), is under the command of the eldest son. But Jimmy is dealing drugs and killing people behind his brother-in-law's back.

Improving Access to Clinical Trials is Goal of New Partnership

Nov. 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

U-C-S-D Medical School is entering into a new partnership with Palomar Pomerado Health. Doctors say the arrangement should improve access to clinical trials for patients throughout the region. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego City to Debate Water Restrictions

Nov. 10
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city council meets this afternoon to approve a new set of mandatory water conservation measures. The sliding scale of restrictions is likely to go into effect next year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Search for MIAs Comes to San Diego

Nov. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are 88 thousand American military servicemembers still either missing in action or unaccounted for. The vast majority of them are from World War II and can be assumed dead. But the Department of Defense says it hasn't given up trying to find them and to learn what happend to them. We'll hear from a member of the DOD's office of POWs and MIAs. He'll tell us about a coming trip to San Diego and he'll tell us some of the stories of learning what happend to some American soldiers, years after they disappeared.

Unraveling the History of English Spelling

Nov. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Why are words like "Renaissance", "camaraderie", and "accommodation" so hard to spell? The answer to that question may lie in the history of the origins of the English language. Host Tom Fudge speaks to author David Wolman about his new book "Righting the Mother Tongue". In the book, Wolman explains why some Europeans spell the word "color" with a "u". We also learn about the contributions of Noah Webster to our modern vernacular. And, we discuss the future of spelling, and the impact the internet and text messaging will have in the future.

Republican Party Revising Game Plan Following Election Day Defeat

Nov. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What's next for the Republican Party? After Barack Obama's victory and another election where the GOP lost numerous seats in the House and Senate, the Republican Party may need to revise its playbook. Host Tom Fudge speaks to U-T Editorial Writer Chris Reed, and Political Science Professor Thad Kousser about the divisions within the Republican Party, and what the GOP might do to attract to voters in the future.

Republican Strategist Lee Atwater Praised by Allies, Reviled by Opponents

Nov. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who was Lee Atwater, and what did he do to become one of the Republican Party's most influential political strategists? Host Tom Fudge speaks to filmmaker Stefan Forbes about FRONTLINE's "Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story". We learn how Atwater mentored Karl Rove, and what he did to help the GOP achieve some of its biggest election victories.

Schwarzenegger Asks Lawmakers to Re-Work Budget

Nov. 10
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Political analysts are very skeptical about whether California lawmakers can whittle down the state's multi-billion-dollar budget deficit in just a few weeks. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called state lawmakers back to Sacramento to tackle the problem. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ has more on the feasibility of a quick solution.

Chargers Escape with a Win in Close Game

Nov. 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It was a nail-biter, but the San Diego Chargers escaped with a win yesterday. The Chargers didn't look all that great, but they got away with it against a terrible Kansas City team. North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris explains what happened.

Gay-Rights Protests Continue Across California

Nov. 10
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Backlash to the passage of an anti-gay-marriage law continued to sweep across California on Sunday, with hundreds of protesters rallying outside an Orange County megachurch whose popular pastor brought Barack Obama and John McCain together last summer for a "faith forum."