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Stories for January 30, 2009

Yonkers Joe

Jan. 30
By Beth Accomando
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In "Yonkers Joe" (opening January 30 at the Reading Gaslamp Stadium Cinemas), writer-director Robert Celestin seems to know his way around a small neighborhood cash-stakes game of craps or poker. Watching the title character (played by Chazz Palminteri) work his magic - of inserting new cards in a deck or swapping out regular dice for weighted ones - is mesmerizing. Any time a filmmaker can give you an insider's look at a secretive world, it's a tantalizing point of view. Too bad Celestin wasn't content to stick to that world.

Taken

Jan. 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Univited Doesn't Scare Teen Critic

Jan. 30
By Teen Critics and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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The Uninvited (Dreamworks)

The Uninvited Doesn't Scare Teen Critic

Jan. 30
Lily Canones
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The Uninvited (opening January 30 throughout San Diego), originating from the South Korean movie A Tale of Two Sisters, is about a young girl named Anna who goes through some odd experiences with her somewhat "mysterious and unsolved" past. The movie begins with Anna at a hospital and then she is released back home. She then finds out about her father's new girlfriend, Rachel. As Anna adjusts to her home, her sister Alex updates her about a few things regarding what's been going on, especially the relationship between Rachel and their father. Anna's memories of her late mother haunts her as she sees her mother's spirit back at the boathouse where she died. From the experiences that Anna goes though, Anna gathers the clues together and thinks that her mom has been trying to tell her something, a message pointing Rachel out as a "murderer." As the movie goes on, Anna finds out the truth of what truly caused the fire at the boathouse where Anna's mother passed away and what really is going on.

Marine Reserve Plan Gets Bridge Loan

Jan. 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A plan to create a statewide network of marine protected areas in California is relying on private funding because of the state's budget crisis. California froze funding to many projects because of the state's $40 billion deficit. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Group Conducts Annual Homeless Count

Jan. 30
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Volunteers were out early this morning counting the number of homeless people in San Diego County. The official report is due later this month. KBPS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Job Cuts, Food Stamps, Guantanamo Detainees

Jan. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tens of thousands of layoffs were announced this week by massive companies like Home Depot, Caterpillar, and Sprint Nextel. Plus, the board of supervisors agreed to examine and improve the way San Diego County administers the federal food stamp program. And, the debate over whether or not detainees from Guantanamo Bay should be shipped to Camp Pendleton is already under way.

California Water Supply Drying Up

Jan. 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's water supply isn't getting a boost from Mother Nature so far this year. And prospects don't look promising in the months to come, as KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

Meat Industry says California's Ban on Sick Livestock Goes Too Far

Jan. 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The meat industry is challenging a new California law that bans the use of sick or disabled livestock in the food supply. In their lawsuit, The National Meat Association says the new rule illegally preempts federal statutes. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.