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Stories for August 1, 2006

Oil profits and the Mount Soledad Cross

Aug. 1
KPBS Commentaries

You could feel the outrage gathering last week as people anticipated the latest report on quarterly oil company profits. And when the news came out last week ($10.3 billion for Exxon alone) we heard the predictable angry comments and accusations of price gauging.

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 1
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Marston House

Aug. 1
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The George White and Anna Gunn Marston House was built over 100 years ago as a private home for San Diego businessman and visionary George W. Marston, whose civic leadership and philanthropy had a lasting impact on San Diego.

Meth addiction: San Diegans struggle through recovery

Aug. 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Each year, thousands of San Diegans go into treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Most of them are mandated to do so by the courts. Not everyone who enters treatment for meth successfully completes it. The drug is highly addictive, and sometimes the straight life just doesn't measure up. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Thousands expected to participate in National Night Out

Aug. 1
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In San Diego County, thousands of people are expected to get involved in National Night Out, a grass-roots effort aimed at getting people to know their neighbors while keeping an eye out for crime. The City of San Marcos has promoted Night Out for 20 years now. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown spoke with Veronica Martinez, a public services specialist with the City of San Marcos.

National City ordinance would eliminate polluting businesses

Aug. 1
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

National City will decide tonight on a measure that would allow the city to kick out polluting businesses from a residential neighborhood. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more

SDSU could be hit with off-campus construction costs

Aug. 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilman Jim Madaffer says he plans to meet with SDSU officials to discuss the future of school's master plan. A California Supreme Court ruling could mean the University will have to pay for roads, water pipes and sewer lines as the school expands.

Arrest made in hate crime attack

Aug. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego police have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder. It's in connection with an attack on five gay men over the weekend near the Pride festival in Balboa Park.

Passage of Senate bill could lead to drilling off CA coast

Aug. 1
By Terry Gildea and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Senate ended debate on an offshore drilling bill yesterday. The bill would open up a vast area of the Gulf of Mexico to new drilling leases. Democratic California Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein say passage of the bill could lead to drilling off the coast of California. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea reports.

CA State Park officials oppose Sunrise Powerlink

Aug. 1
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California State Parks department formally opposes the controversial Sunrise Powerlink. Park officials say the 120-mile line would trample the Anza Borrego Desert and threaten endangered species. The project is endorsed by California's power-grid operator but opposed by environmentalists.

City Council to decide on Regents Road bridge in University City

Aug. 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Leaders of opposing community groups await the City Council's decision on the controversial bridge project in University City.

Court ruling could jeopardize SDSU expansion

Aug. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A court ruling against the California State University system could jeopardize future growth at San Diego State. The state Supreme Court yesterday ruled the CSU system must pay for roads, sewers and water pipes when it expands its Monterey Bay campus.

Will an airport at Miramar meet San Diego's needs?

Aug. 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks with local authorities about the search for a new airport site and the likelihood of a new airport at Miramar.

Local Israelis react to conflict with Hezbollah

Aug. 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge gets a response from the United Jewish Federation about the hostility between Israel and Hezbollah.

Fate of Strawberry Fields to be decided tonight

Aug. 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Carlsbad city council votes tonight on a ballot measure to define the future of the strawberry fields that still line Interstate Five near Cannon Road. The initiative will compete on the November ballot with a citizens' measure to preserve the fields as agricultural land for ever. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Report: SD Police not keeping up with population growth

Aug. 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report says the number of police officers in San Diego County has failed to keep up with population growth over the last decade. The study by the San Diego Association of Governments shows public safety personnel has grown seven percent, but the population has jumped by 16 percent.