Stories for March 12, 2009
Listen to our discussion of The Class on The KPBS Film Club of the Air
Local businesses offer a discount on select items in order to encourage folks to enjoy Hillcrest during the mid-week. Spring is here, get out on your bike or on foot and sample all Hillcrest has to offer, even if you're on a budget!
Real life French teacher François Bégaudeau plays an on-screen version of himself in "The Class/Entre les murs" (held over at Landmark's La Jolla Village Theaters), based on his book about his own classroom experiences. We discussed the film on last month's Film Club but I also wanted to highlight the film on my blog. Director Laurent Cantet (who also made "Time Out" and "Heading South") collaborated with Bégaudeau to bring his story to the screen. The ressult is a documentary style portrait of teaching in a contemporary French school. Cantet chose to shoot multiple improvised takes using real students and multiple cameras to chronicle what happens in a single classroom of middle school age students. The film was nominated this year for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and took home the Palm D'Or at Cannes. While there were definitely more worthy films to pick as the best of the year, the Cannes Award is telling because it reflects France's need and maybe desire to try and come to terms with its increasing multi-ethnice make-up, a fact that's been harder to ignore inlight of recent riots and protests.
The value of Pfizer stock shot up yesterday, following good news about a drug that was developed in La Jolla. The company says the next step is FDA approval. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.
David Plotz is a proud but not observant Jew, who decided to seriously read the Old Testament from cover to cover. He blogged about his experience at Slate.com and has just published a book called Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Leaned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible. Plotz joins us to talk about his book.
Two legal groups are asking the Vista Unified School District to change a controversial policy that requires teenagers to get parental consent to leave campus for confidential medical services. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Researchers say sea level rise could be even higher than official estimates two years ago. A UC-San Diego scientist says the previous estimates did not anticipate the pace of ice melt. KPBS Environnment Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
A federal agency's approval of the Sunrise Powerlink is being appealed. The appeal claims the Bureau of Land Management used incomplete fire data when it approved the San Diego Gas and Electric project. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.
A judge has tentatively ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can cut pay for an additional 15,000 state workers who don't directly report to him.
Teachers from around San Diego County will take part in a statewide "Pink Friday" demonstration after school Friday to protest budget cuts that could lead to tens of thousands of layoffs.
The San Diego Police Department has a new tool to help catch car thieves in the act. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
If you don't want to hassle with the crowds on opening night, there are plenty of great films to choose from during the next ten days. There's the stunningly shot but challenging film
Secrecy (Redacted Pictures)
Escondido firefighters used their boots this morning to collect donations from passing motorists for the family of missing teen Amber Dubois.
Doctors, nurses, union leaders and lawmakers crowded around Senator Mark Leno as he touted the latest attempt for universal health care. It's round three. Kelley Weiss reports.
Scheming, deception and greed. The U.S. banking industry? No, it's the San Diego REP's production of the classic musical "The Threepenny Opera." We'll talk with the director, Sam Woodhouse, and Mack the Knife actor Jeffrey Meek about the production.
The 16th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks of today. We'll get a preview of some of the 173 films featured at the festival.
Are you getting ready to work on your 2008 tax return? What are the most common questions the IRS is dealing with this year? What issues should you be aware of before filing your state tax return? Host Alison St. John speaks to IRS Spokesperson Raphael Tulino, and California Franchise Tax Board Spokesperson Brenda Voet about the most common tax-related questions that are floating around this filing season.
From agricultural losses to devastation wrought by wildfires, California's economy is expected to see significant costs resulting from global warming in the decades ahead. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us about a new report put together by the state's Climate Action Team.
Scripps Health is offering a home screening program to help people find out if they're at risk for colorectal cancer. The disease killed 50-thousand people in the U.S. last year. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.
Public transit systems throughout California were some of the biggest losers in the states financial crisis. In an effort to balance the 150 billion dollar budget lawmakers eliminated all state funding for public transit. Locally, that leaves San Diegos Metropolitan Transit System with a 14 million dollar gap. KPBS Metro reporter Katie Orr has the story as part of our ongoing series Rough Water: Navigating San Diegos economy.