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Stories for November 13, 2008

Film School Confidential 2008: A Showcase of San Diego and Latin Filmmakers

Nov. 13
By Beth Accomando
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Dissent. Revolt. Liberate. It's Film School Confidential 2008! That's right, it's time again to celebrate the passion, dedication and fresh young talent found right here in San Diego and Tijuana. The festival takes place at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park on Sunday November 16 at 6:00 pm.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 13
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Self-Defense for Seniors

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Seniors can be easy targets for purse snatchers and other thieves. Especially during the busy holiday shopping season. The San Diego County Department of Aging and Independent Services wants seniors to learn how to defend themselves. Yesterday at the Vista library, seniors got some practical tips from a 69-year-old black belt in karate. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Rappin' Math Teacher Gets Top Honor

Nov. 13
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Alex Kajitani is not your average math teacher. Sure, he loves dealing with fractions, negative numbers and decimal points. But instead of lecturing about them, he chooses to rap. Kajitani's offbeat approach to teaching is the main reason state education officials picked him as a teacher of the year.KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Coastal Commission Split on Lane Field

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Coastal Commission has failed to approve a Coastal Development Permit for two high rise hotels on San Diego’s downtown waterfront. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

KPBS Presents CHANGE: ELECTION 2008 An Envision San Diego Special Presentation

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Presents CHANGE: ELECTION 2008 An Envision San Diego Special Presentation SAN DIEGO –The political landscape of San Diego has shifted. For the first time in 24 years, there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the County. The 2008 election was an historic one: Barack Obama will be the nation’s first black president, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have a Democratic majority and California voters chose to repeal the rights of same-sex couples to marry one another.

Reflecting on the Tragedy of Jonestown 30 Years Later

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Thirty years ago, on November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in what became known as the Jonestown Massacre. Most of the dead were members of People Temple, a religious cult founded by Jim Jones. We'll talk about Peoples Temple and the tragedy at Jonestown as well as new religious groups today.

Dede Alpert Talks about Redistricting and the Budget Mess

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

California voters approved Prop 11, which reforms the state's system of legislative redistricting. But the budget is also a big concern for the state. We'll talk about redistricting and the budget on These Days.

Aguirre Calls on S.D. Council to Reconsider Bankruptcy Reorganization

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

City Attorney Mike Aguirre called on the San Diego City Council to reconsider the possibility of bankruptcy reorganization. He based this conclusion from the latest report from the pension fund.

SD City Pension Deficit Balloons to $2.78 Billion

Nov. 13
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An analyst says the deficit in the San Diego city employee pension system has more than doubled to $2.78 billion since the Wall Street meltdown.

Report: One in Ten California Babies is Born Prematurely

Nov. 13
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About one out of ten babies in California is born prematurely. That rate has earned the state a "C" in a new report card from the March of Dimes. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

S.D. Mayor Gets Earful from Citizens Over Proposed Cuts

Nov. 13
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council got an earful from citizens at a public hearing on the mayor's proposed mid-year budget cuts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Group Will Work With Navy On Sonar Testing

Nov. 13
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group that wanted the Navy to use precautions during sonar testing off the California coast says it's disappointed in a U.S. Supreme Court decision lifting restrictions. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has details.