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Stories for April 10, 2009

Teen Critic Observes and Reports

April 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Anna Faris and Seth Rogen in Observe and Report (Warner Brothers)

CV Looking for New Police Chief

April 10
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chula Vista is looking for a new police chief. The man who currently holds the position has decided to step down after 17 years in the job. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Residents Say South Bay Has Too Many Alcohol-Related Billboards

April 10
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new survey reveals residents of San Diego's South Bay think there's an over-abundance of alcohol advertising in their community. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Some say Searching Cars for Guns at Border Ineffective

April 10
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Border analysts say searching for illegal guns in cars headed south to Mexico is largely ineffective. Wednesday, law enforcement authorities searched 3000 cars crossing from San Diego to Tijuana and did not find any firearms. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Immobilite: Interview with artist Mark Amerika

April 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Fee for Trash Pick Up, Convention Center Expansion, Stimulus Package

April 10
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The county grand jury released a report this week advocating for the repeal of The People's Ordinance, which prohibits San Diego from charging city residents a fee for trash pick up. Plus, a task force created by Mayor Jerry Sanders is considering a proposal to expand the 600,000-square-foot San Diego Convention Center. And, President Barack Obama returned home from his trip to Europe and the Middle East. While the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were the toast of Europe, critics at home continue to hammer away at Obama's $787 billion stimulus package.

Immobilite: Interview with Artist Mark Amerika

April 10
By Beth Accomando

Earlier this week I highlighted the film "Immobilité" that's being touted as the first "feature-length foreign film shot entirely on a mobile phone." The film by artist Mark Amerikia is showing in The Project Room for New Media at Chelsea Art Museum in New York through May 9, with a remix version exhibited in the Streaming Museum that presents exhibitions in cyberspace. The unique nature of the project inspired me to seek Amerika out for an interview. Here's what he had to say about his provocative new film.

Lawmaker Looks Into Dirty Government

April 10
By Steve Shadley and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California lawmaker says the state may be violating its own regulation requiring gas stations to meet new clean air standards. Steve Shadley (SHAD-Lee) explains why State Senator Dave Cox wants to know if gas pumps the state uses to fuel its vehicles are legal.

San Diego Congressman Joins a Populist Caucus

April 10
By Capital News Connection, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a new group mixing things up in Congress. One San Diego Congressman is dusting off his activist roots and hoping to find a new role for an old brand of politics: Populism. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports from Washington.

Teen Critic on Pop Princess Hannah Montana

April 10
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus are real life father and daughter playing on screen ones in Hannah Montana: The Movie (Disney)