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Stories for April 18, 2006

Today is the 100 year anneversary of the 1906 SF Quake

April 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Only a handful of survivors gathered in San Francisco on April 18th to remember the earthquake that almost leveled and the resulting fires that burned the rest in 1906. James Dalessandro spent seven years sifting through the ashen history of the quake and wrote a novel about it's called , 1906.

Illegal immigrants urged not to participate in May 1 boycott

April 18
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Many advocates for illegal immigrants are urging people not to participate in the worker and student boycott planned for May 1. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Listeners welcome Mozart's 250th birthday

April 18
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most people associate the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with the 1984 film Amadeus-but how close was the film to the facts about Mozart's life? Maureen Cavanaugh speaks with musician, writer, and lecturer Eric Bromberger about the continuing popularity of the composer and his work.

2006 Pulitzer Prize awarded to a local newspaper

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Dwane Brown talks to Copley News Service Reporter Marcus Stern about the announcement that the San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into illegal acts by former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

CA to change HIV tracking system

April 18
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California will soon change the way it tracks the spread of HIV. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a measure that switches the state to a confidential names-based reporting system. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

CA Board of Education approves new textbook guidelines

April 18
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Board of Education has approved new guidelines for textbooks. But a local educator who deals with English learners countywide isn't pleased with the board's decision. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Spoof of Broadway Musicals comes to San Diego

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Forbidden Broadway SVU is a musical revue that skewers the good and the bad of Broadway musicals. Writer and creator, Gerard Alessandrini, joins host Tom Fudge to talk his unique take on the Great White Way.

Kyoto Prize winners gather in San Diego

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

George Heilmeier is a 2005 Kyoto Prize laureate in Advanced Technology. Today he joins These Days guest host, Dwane Brown, to discuss his major contributions to the field of electronics, including inventing the first LCD screen.

Community volunteers prepare for local disasters

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If disaster strikes San Diego it might be volunteers who do a lot of the work to help get the city out of trouble. Dwane Brown speaks with two volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team to find out why they set out to help.

San Diego geologist reflects on 100-year anniversary of SF quake

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One hundred years ago this morning, shortly after five o'clock, a major earthquake shook San Francisco. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce spoke with Dr. Pat Abbott, Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, who describes what our region looked like at the time of the great quake.

City's pension troubles continue

April 18
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The legal costs of the city's pension problems are growing. The city council will decide next week whether to pay the legal bills of at least eight former elected officials, including two mayors, who want to defend their pension benefits against the city attorney's challenges. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Geologists, SDSU Professor reflects on 100-year anniversary of SF quake

April 18
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One hundred years ago this morning, shortly after five o'clock, a major earthquake shook San Francisco. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce spoke with Dr. Pat Abbott, Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University, who describes what our region looked like at the time of the great quake. (click the "listen" icon to hear the story)

Increase in gas prices expected this summer

April 18
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Dwane Brown speaks to Michael Shames with UCAN about the predictions that this summer's gas prices will be 25 cents higher than last year. Shames also talks about how the replacement of the gasoline additive MTBE with ethanol will affect gas prices in the near future.