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Stories for May 21, 2009

Film Club: Summer Blockbusters

May 21
By Beth Accomando
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You can read my review of Terminator Salvation (opening May 21 throughout San Diego) and then listen to Scott Marks and I discuss some of the recent Hollywood blockbusters opening in theaters on the May edition of the KPBS Film Club of the Air. Terminator Salvation adds another origin tale to theaters and Angels and Demons builds on the success of The Da Vinci Code. But are they worth your time?

Closing Achievement Gap An Afterthought?

May 21
By Ana Tintocalis

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says severe state budget cuts will threaten the academic progress of students across California. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more says he made that statement as he released performance targets for next school year.

National Memorial Day Concert 2009

May 21
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During Memorial Day weekend, PBS will unite the nation with an evening that has become an American tradition. The multi-award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT honors the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The 2009 event commemorates 20 years on air as the nation’s memorial service, offering viewers a time to remember, heal and bring our country together.

Free Tickets to FilmOut

May 21
By Beth Accomando
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NOTE: All tickets are gone. If you have not received a confirmation email than you will not be receiving passes. Thanks for the great response. Sorry we didn't have more tickets to give out....The KPBS Film Club is happy to offer free passes to this year's FilmOut San Diego, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival. A dozen people will receive passes for two to Eugene, Fashion Victims and Best of LGBT Shorts. Read on for more details.

San Diego Week

May 21
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In the final episode of "San Diego Week" we take a look back at some of the stories we've covered over the past year. We'll introduce you to San Diegans doing fascinating research, educators at Lincoln High School going beyond the call of duty to get students to class, and a pest endangering San Diego's oak trees. Starting Monday, September 26th, "KPBS Evening Edition" will deliver local news and analysis to the San Diego community - weeknights at 6:30 p.m. on KPBS-TV. Hosted by Joanne Faryon and co-host Dwane Brown, the news program will break down the most important local news stories of the day, as well as offer detailed analysis of what’s going on - and why.

Search Called off for Navy Crash Survivors

May 21
By Katie Orr

The US Navy is searching for the wreckage of its downed Seahawk helicopter off the San Diego Coast. And KPBS reporter Katie Orr explains the Coast Guard has called off its search for the remaining two crew members.

Governor Supports Pay Cuts For Lawmakers And Other Elected Officials

May 21
Marianne Russ - California Capitol Network

State lawmakers and other elected officials are looking at a big pay cut in the future.

T4 A-OK

May 21
Janeane White, Teen Critic
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Terminator Salvation (opening May 21 throughout San Diego) serves up the fourth film in the Terminator franchise. Like Star Trek and Wolverine, it is something of an origin tale as it goes back to Judgment Day to see what Skynet and the human resistance are up to. Read what our teen critic has to say.

Mo'olelo Stages Play About School Shootings

May 21
These Days
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GOOD BOYS is the story of two men, one black and one white, who meet eight years after a school shooting in which both their sons died, one a victim, the other the shooter. As the fathers search for understanding and viciously cast blame, they confront difficult questions about vengeance and responsibility. We'll talk with Mo'olelo's Artistic Director, an actor from the play, and psychologist Dr. Ken Druck.

Navy Expands in San Diego

May 21
San Diego Week
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Forty percent of the U.S. Pacific Fleet is home ported in San Diego Bay, and San Diego is only going to become more important to the Navy in the future. Tomorrow, three ships from Ingleside Texas will sail into the San Diego, part of what will be a major expansion of the Navy’s presence here.

State Budget Crisis Could Endanger Beachgoers

May 21
By Ed Joyce
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Several environmental groups say California's budget crisis has crippled efforts to solve ocean pollution at beaches near the Mexican border. In its 2009 Beach Report Card, Heal the Bay says state cutbacks in beach water monitoring endangers public health.

Obama, Cheney Face Off On Torture

May 21
Liz Halloran, NPR
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The partisan divide over how to secure the nation's safety — and what was done in America's name after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — intensified Thursday with dramatic, back-to-back televised speeches by President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Future is Green

May 21
These Days

Is it easy being green? We'll explore how companies are adopting environmentally-friendly business practices, making green products and offering green services, and how consumers are responding to the greening trend.