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Stories for July 28, 2009

Lost: Comic-Con Panel

July 28
Aaron McFarland
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The "Lost" panel has always delivered. It hasn’t always delivered answers to burning questions, but it’s always entertaining. This year was no exception.

Steampunks Raise the Costume Bar at Comic-Con

July 28
By Angela Carone
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The steampunks have the best costumes at Comic-Con, so I made sure to attend their very popular (standing room only!) meetup to get a look at all the invention and finery.

Healthy Families Program Suffers Last Minute Cut

July 28
By Kenny Goldberg

Consumer advocates say state lawmakers made all the wrong choices in California's new budget. Advocates are especially upset over some health care cuts Governor Schwarzenegger made at the last minute.

Feds Say Teens Trying To Walk Drugs Across Border

July 28
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials say they're seeing a disturbing trend with U.S. teenagers strapping drugs to their bodies and trying to smuggle them through U.S. Mexico pedestrian border crossings.

Peter Jackson Sets the Record Straight on The Hobbit

July 28
By Beth Accomando
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Although he was at the Con to present "District 9," he took a moment to set the record straight on exactly where things were on "The Hobbit," the two-part prequel to "Lord of the Rings" that he is producing and Guillermo Del Toro is directing.

The Prisoner: Comic-Con Panel

July 28
Aaron McFarland
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This November, AMC will present a reinvention of the 1967 British television series, The Prisoner, a show that should be familiar to long-time PBS viewers. Watch video from the Comic-Con panel and an exclusive trailer.

How Entertainment Works on You

July 28
These Days

Why do we care about the lives of celebrities that we will never meet? Why do we spend so much time watching TV, playing video games, and reading People magazine? We speak to the author of "Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You."

Update: Schwarzenegger Signs Budget With More Welfare Cuts

July 28
Judy Lin, Associated Press
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a revised $85 billion budget Tuesday that he said contained "the good, the bad and the ugly," including additional cuts to child welfare programs, health care for the poor and AIDS prevention efforts.

Sports Update: Chargers Camp, Padres Losses, Aztecs Football

July 28
These Days

Chargers training camp is officially underway, and the team is hoping to be a Super Bowl contender again this year. On the other hand, the Padres have one of the worst records in baseball, and are looking for silver-linings to an already gloomy season. We speak to Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton about the top sports stories in San Diego.

Merce Cunningham, R.I.P.

July 28
By Angela Carone
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Influential modernist choreographer Merce Cunningham died over the weekend at the age of 90.

City Dwellers Versus Backcountry Residents

July 28
San Diego Week

San Diego City Council has taken a stand in support of SDG&E’s plan to turn off power in backcountry areas when there’s a high risk of wildfire. Downed power lines have caused several blazes that burned hundreds of homes.

Is Local Government Transparent Enough?

July 28
These Days

Two local news organizations, VoiceofSanDiego and the Union-Tribune, have had recent run-ins with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' office over freedom of information act requests. We talk about delays in getting information, what the law says and what recourse news organizations have when public information is not turned over.

San Diego Faces a Medical Marijuana Industry

July 28
San Diego Week

Using marijuana for medical reasons has been allowed in California for a dozen years. But court challenges to medical marijuana and federal prosecutions, have put a limit on groups that want to provide and sell it until now. KPBS Health Reporter Tom Fudge tells of this year's dramatic increase in activity around medical marijuana.

On the Press Line with Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick

July 28
By Beth Accomando
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The release of "Coraline" on DVD warranted a panel at this year's Comic-Con and brought author Neil Gaiman and director Henry Selick along with many of the voice actors for the film. I interviewed the two in the press line after the panel for the Comic-Con YouTube Channel. Check out what they had to say about the dark world of "Coraline" and the state of American animation.