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Stories for August 17, 2006

Beach, park smoking ban takes effect

Aug. 17
By Willie Tate and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The smoking ban at all San Diego beaches and parks goes into effect today. The law was passed in June by the City Council to cut down on litter and second-hand smoke. San Diego Lifeguard John Liddle says initially beachgoers will be told about the new law and asked to put out their cigarettes.

KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg looks at the truth behind television health reports

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most Americans don't get their health information from doctors or professional journals, they get it from watching television. Health stories are a frequent feature on many TV newscasts. But what kind of information do they provide? KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg takes a look.

Legendary surfer Mike Doyle shares his stories

Aug. 17
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge speaks to surfing legend Mike Doyle about his new book

Summerfest Encounters: Composer and Jazz Saxophonist Wayne Shorter

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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KPBS joins the La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest 20th Anniversary Celebration by broadcasting SummerFest Encounters, hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh. Real people, real stories, stimulating conversation and musical performances, the Encounters go behind the scenes with some of today's most celebrated artists.

Arellano Felix arrives in San Diego

Aug. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Accused drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix arrived on U.S. soil this morning in San Diego. He was immediately whisked away to a downtown federal detention center where he will be booked.

Declining percentage of doctors accepting Medicaid patients

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new report shows the percentage of doctors who will treat new Medicaid patients is declining nationwide. A recent survey shows the same thing is happening in San Diego. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Federal government negotiating price for Mt. Soledad

Aug. 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Federal government has offered to pay a price - yet to be negotiated - for the Mount Soledad War Memorial. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders says he has no idea what the memorial is worth, but the Mount Soledad Memorial Association has a specific sum in mind. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Weekend Preview on two art exhibits and Snakes on a Plane

Aug. 17
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge and David Coddon, assistant arts editor for the

Escondido votes to draw up immigrant ordinance

Aug. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Escondido City Council voted last night to draw up an ordinance that would punish people who provide jobs and housing to illegal immigrants.

New Miramar warplane would conflict with joint-use airport proposal

Aug. 17
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Marine Corps officials say a new warplane coming to the Miramar Air Station will mean civilian use of the airport won't be possible. The Joint Strike Fighter or F-35, would play a critical role in national defense. Miramar officials say the development comes as no surprise. But it could affect an advisory measure on the November ballot.