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Stories for August 26, 2009

Film Club: Inglourious Basterds, Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, Thirst, Taking Woodstock

Aug. 26
These Days
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Listen to reviews of Film Club movies Inglourious Basterds, Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, Thirst, and Taking Woodstock.

Pepper Spray Melee Not Fading Away

Aug. 26
By Alison St John

An Encinitas woman says she is considering filing a civil suit over an incident where she was arrested and jailed by a sheriff’s deputy at a political fundraiser. Shari Barman presented her side of the story after District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis decided not to press charges against either Barman or the deputy.

Rare Plant At Risk of Extinction in San Diego County

Aug. 26
By Ed Joyce

An environmental group says a federal agency plans to propose setting aside land to protect an endangered plant that grows in San Diego County. But the group says it's not enough to prevent the extinction of the "San Diego ambrosia."

Kennedy Remembered As Civil Rights Champion

Aug. 26
Nina Totenberg, NPR
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Over nearly five decades, the Massachusetts Democrat, who died Tuesday at age 77, assumed an increasingly important role in framing the nation's civil rights laws and in leading the opposition to Supreme Court nominees he viewed as hostile to civil rights.

It Might Get Loud

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando
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If you’ve ever played air guitar, here's the perfect film for you, "It Might Get Loud" (opening August 28 at Landmark's Ken Cinema). This documentary is a valentine from three rock musicians to the electric guitar. So crank it up to 11!

The Sarah Palin Effect in California Politics

Aug. 26
By Gloria Penner
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Sarah Palin's famously-dramatic and fashion-filled days on the media-rich campaign trail, running as the first-ever female Republican vice presidential candidate, opened a very important window for attractive, accomplished Republican women to try for other high offices.

Grier Says Critics Living in District's "Rear-View Mirror"

Aug. 26
San Diego Week

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier says the district needs to stop living in the past in order to help struggling students today and in the future. He says that's one reason why Houston’s job offer is more attractive than staying in San Diego.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Kennedys

Aug. 26
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On August 25, 2008, just two months after undergoing surgery for a malignant brain tumor, “The Lion of the Senate” and the Kennedy family’s lone male survivor — Edward M. Kennedy — surprised attendees with an unscheduled speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. “As I look ahead, I am strengthened by family and friendship. So many of you have been with me in the happiest days and the hardest days. Together we have known success and seen setbacks, victory and defeat,” Kennedy said. The Kennedy story is unlike any other: a saga of ambition, wealth, family loyalty and personal tragedy.

Teachers Outline Their Goals For Education Special Session

Aug. 26
San Diego Week

Cuts to schools in the state budget are prompting some lawmakers and a few teachers to outline their goals for an upcoming special session on education.

Area Temp. Could Break Triple-Digit Mark

Aug. 26
City News Service

Warm weather descended on San Diego County today, with inland highs expected to teeter on the brink of the triple-digit mark. By Thursday, inland temperatures could break 100 degrees.

Easyway Gourmet

Aug. 26
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In this episode: Panko, Japanese breadcrumbs, are a staple in Kris' kitchen. Her Panko Crusted Salmon is a light, easy way to serve up a salmon filet. First she spreads a dab of Dijon mustard over the top of the filets then she chops flat leaf parsley and some fresh dill to sprinkle on top. The panko is patted down over the fresh herbs and the salmon is baked on parchment paper in a 450 degree oven until it is moist and delicious. The asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower rolled in a mayonnaise-Dijon mixture then also rolled in panko breadcrumbs and baked in the same 450 degree oven until they are lightly browned and crisp. A light mixed green salad with Kris' honey-lime dressing and feta cheese is added for a touch of sweetness.

Seventh Annual alt.pictureshows

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando
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On Thursday, August 27, 2009 from 7 to 10pm, alt.pictureshows returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s downtown location (1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd.) where it debuted back in 2003. This year’s event will showcase more than twenty short films.

Film Club: Thirst

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando
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Today on the KPBS Film Club of the Air Scott Marks and I talked about Park Chan Wook's South Korean vampire tale, "Thirst" (engagement ends August 27 at Landmark's Ken Cinema. NOTE: "Thirst" has been held over at the Ken! ). Maybe our discussion will inspire you to catch this film before it leaves town.

Film Club: Inglourious Basterds

Aug. 26
By Beth Accomando
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It's not often that Scott Marks and I agree on a film but we both loved "Inglourious Basterds" (currently in San Diego area theaters). Listen to our discussion on the KPBS Film Club of the Air.

Undercover Investigation Brings Indictments, Drug Seizures

Aug. 26
By City News Service

Sixteen alleged associates of the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel were indicted and more than 550 pounds of drugs were seized as part of an eight-month undercover investigation that included surveillance operations in San Diego, Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today.

Dramatic Drop in LA Water, Power Consumption

Aug. 26
Associated Press
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There has been a dramatic drop in Los Angeles-area water consumption in response to calls for conservation.

Superintendent Grier Discusses His Pending Resignation

Aug. 26
These Days

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier discusses why he's planning to take a new job in Houston after only two years in San Diego.

Ethics in Journalism Today

Aug. 26
These Days

Ombudsman Alicia Shepard for National Public Radio talks about ethics in journalism today. If it looks like torture, sounds like torture and apparently feels like torture, should reporters call it torture? Is the term health care reform actually a partisan slap against our current form of health care? Shepard answers these and other questions.

Republicans Join Democrats In Mourning Kennedy

Aug. 26
Associated Press
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was a Democrat's Democrat, so much so that he became a rallying point for those in his party and an object of derision for Republican opponents.

Few Retailers in El Cajon Sell Cigarettes to Minors

Aug. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

The City of El Cajon has seen a major reduction in the percentage of retailers that sell cigarettes to minors. City officials credit a law that requires retailers to purchase a license to sell tobacco products.

Grier Prepares Principals For His Next Move

Aug. 26
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier told local school administrators yesterday that he'll take the superintendent job in Houston if the school board there comes through with a good contract.

Grier Explains Why He Likes Houston's Top Job

Aug. 26
By Ana Tintocalis

San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier says he likes Houston's superintendent job because he would be working in a district that's open to tough reforms.