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Stories for August 15, 2006

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Aug. 15
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Commentaries

Work is an American ethos. The pace of work that we have set for ourselves is intense, active and direct. We work hard. We do a good job. We keep the proverbial food on the table and roof over our heads. Work defines who we are. It seems to link most of us together. Over 90 percent of us are working at some time or another; it's something we have in common.

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 15
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego students make small gains

Aug. 15
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego school district students made small gains on California's standardized tests this year. The findings were released in a state report Tuesday. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Pending bill would protect children from second-hand smoke

Aug. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A pending bill in the State Senate would make it a crime to smoke in a vehicle when young children are present. Critics call it intrusive, but supporters say the measure would protect kids from the dangers of secondhand smoke. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Housing sale slow-down in Southern CA

Aug. 15
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Southern California home sales continue to slow. A real estate tracking firm says last month's sales total was the lowest for a July in nearly 10-years. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Summerfest Encounters: Soprano Dina Kuznetsova and Pianist Joseph Kalichstein

Aug. 15
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Maureen Cavanaugh speaks with renowned soprano Dina Kuznetsova and pianist Joseph Kalichstein as part of Summerfest Encounters on KPBS.

Mexican presidential hopeful plans long-term resistance

Aug. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge speaks with the Mexico correspondent for the BBC's The World about what how Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refuses to concede defeat in the closest presidential vote in Mexico's history.

AFL-CIO wants to help immigrant day laborers

Aug. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Representatives of the AFL-CIO, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center talk about the importance of advancing workplace rights for day laborers.

Platoon mates share remembrances of fallen SEAL

Aug. 15
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Second-Class Petty Officer Marc Alan Lee is the first Navy SEAL to die in Iraq. He was killed when he stepped into heavy enemy fire in the southern city of Ramadi on August 2nd. SEALs are among the most elite forces in the U.S. military. Lee was based in Coronado. He was laid to rest this weekend at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has this remembrance.

Smugglers shift tactics at CA ports

Aug. 15
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Smugglers who sneak illegal immigrants into the United States through California's border crossings have changed their tactics. Federal immigration officials say smugglers have turned away from hiding migrants in vehicles in favor of other methods. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

What is the future of San Diego sewage treatment?

Aug. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The executive director of a local environmental group talks about the current state of wastewater in San Diego, the possible changes in the future, and how much these plans might cost the San Diego taxpayer.