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Stories for April 5, 2006

New book documents Padres' colorful history

April 5, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When was the Padres best season? Who was their greatest player? How many Pads' pitchers have thrown a no-hitter? We answer all those questions as host Tom Fudge speaks with longtime sportscaster Bob Chandler, and baseball historian Bill Swank about their new book, "Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres."

Fire Chief announces resignation

April 5, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Fire Chief Jeff Bowman says the city's financial crisis caused him to announce his resignation as fire chief.

Students, teachers participate on imigration reform panel

April 5, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Students at Challenger Middle School in Mira Mesa participated in a panel on immigration reform today. The principal promised the event to students last week in exchange for them not walking out of class. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Social class is elusive but alive in America

April 5, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Class consciousness has always been an uncomfortable reality in a country based on political equality. But it is expressed subtly through dress, geography, possessions and school choice. We'll open the phones to our listeners to find out how they think class divisions are expressed in San Diego.

TJ River Estuary considered a biological hotspot

April 5, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Tijuana River Estuary was designated by the United Nations as a "wetlands of international significance." But environmental activists say this binational ecological area is threatened by development. Two environmentalists talk about restoration efforts at the TJ River Estuary.

Counties will have a say in foster care spending

April 5, 2006
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California has entered into a historic agreement with the federal government. It will allow counties, not just the state, to spend money earmarked for foster youth. Children are placed in foster care to keep them safe from abusive or neglectful parents. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Schwarzenegger does not support changes to 3-strikes law

April 5, 2006
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Just a day after a controversial reform to the state's Three Strikes Law cleared a key committee, Governor Schwarzenegger says he does not support changes to the law.

Are we obligated to prevent global warming?

April 5, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do human beings have a moral responsibility to reduce global warming? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Professors Dale Jamieson and Darrel Moellendorf about the biggest producers of greenhouse gases, the long-term impact of those gases on our climate, and who should be responsible for preventing further global warming.

UCLA researchers say Prop 36 could be improved

April 5, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California taxpayers are saving money by sentencing non-violent drug offenders to treatment instead of jail. That's one of the conclusions of a new evaluation of Prop 36 prepared by UCLA researchers. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.