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Stories for February 4, 2009

19th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Feb. 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Cities Affected by the Recession

Feb. 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As cities around the San Diego region struggle to make mid - year budget cuts, a new report shows cities around the nation are searching for ways to maintain services. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Workers Make Mammoth Discovery in Downtown San Diego

Feb. 4
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An 8-foot-long mammoth tusk and skull were uncovered today at the construction site for the new Thomas Jefferson School of Law in downtown San Diego's East Village.

Healthcare Providers Seek to Block Medi-Cal Cuts

Feb. 4
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A coalition of healthcare providers is suing the State of California to block a five percent Medi-Cal rate cut from taking effect next month. The cut was approved by state lawmakers last fall. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diegans Will Test a new Alzheimer's Drug

Feb. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new drug, that'll be tested in San Diego, could change the approach to treating Alzheimer's disease. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Different Ways to Look at Library Attendance

Feb. 4
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A news study shows the popularity of library branches in San Diego varies depending how attendance is measured. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Local Vets Discuss Importance of Pet Dentistry

Feb. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How often should you brush your dog or cat's teeth? Do pets also need to use floss and mouth wash? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Dr. Katy Allen, and Dr. Brook Niemiec about the importance of veterinary dentistry. We also take your questions and comments about general pet behaviors and veterinary care.

UCSD Brings Microwave Treatment to Liver Cancer

Feb. 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U-C-San Diego Medical Center has become the first hospital in the region to offer microwave technology as a way to attack liver cancer. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Political Satirist Christopher Buckley Talks about His Conservative Roots

Feb. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What makes author and political satirist Christopher Buckley tick? We'll talk with the son of famously conservative William F. Buckley about life without his father, and why he endorsed Barack Obama for president.

New KPBS GM Looks to the Future

Feb. 4
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Karlo was named KPBS general manager last week. He is the station's fifth general manager in its 49 year history. He has spent his entire career at KPBS, beginning over 30 years ago as a student intern. His most recent position was Associate General Manager of Administration and Finance. Tom was chosen after a nationwide search. He takes over at a time of financial decline and uncertainty for public broadcasting, but a time when audiences for KPBS Radio are at an all-time high. He talks about his specific vision for KPBS's place in the community and as a crucial part of the local media environment.

Study: Desalination Too Costly

Feb. 4
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report says ocean water desalination is not the answer for drought and water shortages. The report comes as a Connecticut-based company moves forward with plans to build a desal plant in Carlsbad. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

A Report from the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

Feb. 4
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

One was left wondering why such obviously studio-derived films as Gregor Jordan's screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis'