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Stories for May 15, 2009

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Blueprint America: Road to the Future

May 15

Miles O’Brien, former aviation and science correspondent for CNN, hosts this documentary about innovative infrastructure projects being discussed and created in Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; and New York City.

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FRONTLINE: Inside the Meltdown

May 15

FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the worst economic crisis in 70 years and how the government responded. The film chronicles the inside stories of the Bear Stearns deal, the Lehman Brothers’ collapse, the propping up of insurance giant AIG and the $700 billion bailout. “Inside the Meltdown” examines what Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke didn’t see, couldn’t stop and haven’t been able to fix.

Hueso Gets Low Ranking On Coastal Votes

May 15
By Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

San Diego City Councilman Ben Hueso has received low marks for some of his votes as a state coastal commissioner in 2008. Several environmental groups compiled rankings based on 31 votes seen as having a major impact on the coast. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

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Art From the Cool Kids at Subtext Gallery

May 15
By Andy Trimlett

Culture Luster Andy Trimlett heads over to Subtext Gallery to check out the work of some emerging artists and see what the cool kids are up to.

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Governor's Proposed Budgets Make Painful Health Care Cuts

May 15
By Kenny Goldberg

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budgets would make deep cuts in state-funded health programs. Critics say many Californians would suffer as a result.

Mexican Environmental Agency Gives Tiger Woods Golf Resort Green Light

May 15
By Amy Isackson

Environmentalists plan to challenge a Mexican environmental permit issued earlier this week for a private golf resort in Ensenada. Mexico's federal environmental agency has given the project the go ahead.

Can Bicycles Fix Our Public Transportation Problems?

May 15
Doug Myrland, Hank Crook

Are bicycles a viable public transportation option for the future? Today is "Bike to Work Day," and the editors will discuss the current state of San Diego's bicycle infrastructure, and whether improvements should be made to our roadways to create more room for bicyclists.

Solving the Homeless Problem in Downtown San Diego

May 15
Doug Myrland, Hank Crook

What can be done to solve the homeless problems in Downtown San Diego's East Village? The City Council will soon consider proposals to build an intake center and a permanent housing facility for the chronically homeless in the East Village, but both ideas are facing strong opposition from residents in that community.

What's Happens if Ballot Propositions Fail?

May 15
Doug Myrland, Hank Crook

California ballot Propositions 1A-1F are struggling in the polls, with Proposition 1F being the only measure that appears headed for passage on Tuesday. What will happen to the state budget if most, if not all, the ballot propositions fail on Tuesday?

Psychologist Offers a New Way to Spot a Lie

May 15
By Tom Fudge

Spotting a lie is a crucial part of police work. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge says a psychologist at San Diego's National University may have found a new way to do it.

Sizzling Temperatures Forecast for SD This Weekend

May 15
City News Service

Temperatures could soar to the low 100s in parts of San Diego County this weekend, forecasters said. Strong high pressure will bring hot weather through this weekend, with maximum temperatures nearing record levels, according to the National Weather Service.

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Obama Revives Detainee Tribunals At Guantanamo

May 15
Jackie Northam, NPR

The White House announced Friday that it is reviving Bush-era military tribunals to prosecute about 13 of the roughly 240 detainees remaining at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Rudo y Cursi

May 15
By Beth Accomando

Rudo y Cursi (opening May 15 at Landmark's La Jolla Village Cinemas) was a sellout at the San Diego Latino Film Festival earlier this year. Some people might also characterize it as a sellout in terms of its artistic merits. But stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna could probably draw a crowd reading a phone book and maybe that would have been better.

Science Center Part of National Climate Study

May 15
By Alan Ray, Alison St John

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego is one of only 12 in the US participating in a nationwide study on climate change.