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Stories for March 18, 2009

Incantesimo Napoletano/A Neopolitan Spell

March 18
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

Incantesimo Napoletano/A Neopolitan Spell plays for one night only and is sponsored by the San Diego Italian Film Festival.

Incantesimo Napoletano/A Neopolitan Spell

March 18
By Beth Accomando

Just a quick reminder that the San Diego Latino Film Festival is not the only festival in town screening films this week. The San Diego Italian Film Festival will screen Incantesimo Napoletano/A Neopolitan Spell on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. The tageline for the film asks: "In Naples, what could be worse than not being Neapolitan?" Written and directed by Paolo Genovese, "Incantesimo Napoletano" serves up a fanciful tale about the shock felt by a fifth-generation Neopolitan couple whose daughter's first words are in Milanese. Mama mia! This film features Chiara Papa, Gianni Aiello, Serena Improta and Clelia Bernacchi. Although it's nice to have choice it's too bad these festivals are up against each other.

Author Blames County for Low Participation in Food Stamp Program

March 18
By Katie Orr and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An author and advocate for the hungry is slamming San Diego County for making it difficult to sign up for the federal food stamp program. KPBS reporter Katie Orr went to the National City church where Joel Berg was speaking and has this story.

Births Are Driving California's Population Growth

March 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More people were born in the U.S. in 2007 than in any time in our history. And birth rates have become the driving force of California's population growth. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.

More Water But Mandatory Rationing Still Likely

March 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Department of Water Resources says it will increase the amount of water delivered from the state water project this year. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says local water agencies will take every extra drop of water they can get.

Study Says Boost in Construction Won't Ease California's Uninsured Problem

March 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's construction industry will get a major boost from the federal stimulus package. But a new study predicts new spending on construction will do little to reduce the high number of uninsured workers. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

San Diego Union-Tribune Being Sold to Equity Firm

March 18
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Union-Tribune is being sold to a Beverly Hills-based private equity firm, it was announced today.It wasn't disclosed how much Platinum Equity would pay The Copley Press for the newspaper, only that the transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter of the year, according to a joint statement.

Making Back Country Safer During Fire Season

March 18
By Katie Orr

Proposed rules changes that are meant to make the back country safer during fire season were well received at a public hearing yesterday. But there were some points of disagreement. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.

Kyoto Prize Winner Explains the Benefits of Living in a Diverse Society

March 18
These Days

What are the benefits of living in a multicultural society? Why is it important that different age, ethnic, and cultural groups are recognized and valued in their community? How do our community bonds affect our identity, and the decisions we make? Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to Kyoto Prize winner Dr. Charles Taylor about his research into the value of living in a diverse society.

The Politics of Healthcare Reform

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most people agree that the current health care system in America needs changing. But there is no consensus on how to do it. We'll talk about the politics behind healthcare reform with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Consumers Overwhelmed with Conflicting Medical Info

March 18
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine good for you or not? News reports highlighting the latest medical study findings, often with contrasting results, are everywhere. Add in the information available on the Internet, and consumers can feel downright overwhelmed about what to believe. We'll talk about ways people can navigate through the maze of medical information and make the best decisions for their health.

Gas Prices Could Stay Steady Through End of the Year

March 18
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The government reports gas prices helped push consumer prices up slightly last month, but a market analyst says they could stay steady through the rest of the year.

Fish Farm Planned in Waters Off Mission Beach

March 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Plans are being developed to create a fish farm in the ocean, five miles off of Mission Beach.Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute scientist Don Kent will lay out the details and goals of the plan at a San Diego Surfrider Foundation meeting tonight.

House Sharing Becomes More Common With Down Economy

March 18
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Faced with shrinking incomes and home values, more people are opening up their houses to strangers. Homeowners rent out bedrooms in order to keep making the mortgage payment as Marianne Russ reports.

Parents Upset Over SD Unified's Buget Details

March 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Parents in the San Diego Unified School District are upset over a plan that requires principals to juggle two elementary schools at one time. They’re also angry the district wants to cut school bus transportation to magnet schools. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.