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Stories for August 2, 2006

Mother and son share their story of teenage alcoholism

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Toren Volkmann and his mother tell Toren's story of teenage binge drinking, his road to recovery, and what families can do to help emerging alcoholics.

Evidence reveals Pendleton Marines deliberately shot civilians

Aug. 2
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Pentagon official says evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that Camp Pendleton Marines deliberately shot the civilians.

Field Poll: Voters support sex offender proposition

Aug. 2
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A survey by the Field Poll shows that 76 percent of likely voters support Proposition 83. It would raise penalties for violent sex offenders barring them from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park.

CA homeowners defaulting on loans

Aug. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

More state homeowners are defaulting on their loans. A San Diego company that tracks foreclosure activity says falling home prices in California has caused an increase in default notices.

U.S. Senate votes to preserve cross on Mount Soledad

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Congressman Brian Bilbray and attorney James McElroy about the Mount Soledad Memorial Protection Act, which the Senate passed unanimously yesterday.

New cervical cancer vaccine approved by FDA

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The FDA approved vaccine is the first vaccine to prevent cancer, yet certain family groups are concerned about the message it sends to children about safe sex.

Trio to be arrainged on murder and hate crime charges

Aug. 2
By Kpbs San Diego and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two young men and a teen will be arraigned in a San Diego courtroom tomorrow on attempted murder and hate crime charges. The trio is accused of attacking six gay men with baseball bats after a gay pride event in Balboa Park. One man is still in a local hospital with head injuries.

Immigration hearings return to San Diego

Aug. 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The House Judiciary Committee held another hearing on immigration in San Diego today. The committee talked about the impact of illegal immigration on the American taxpayer, And as KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg explains, the tone of the hearing was set early.

Schwarzenegger and Tony Blair team up against global warming

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have agreed to collaborate to explore ways of reducing greenhouse emissions.

Senate approves cross transfer; battle continues

Aug. 2
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A fight to save the Mount Soledad cross in San Diego has taken a step forward but opponents say the battle is far from over. San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray supported the move and spoke on KPBS Radio's These Days.

City council approves University City bridge

Aug. 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council voted last night to go ahead with a new bridge on Regents' Road in Rose Canyon. It would link north and south University City. The bridge has been planned for almost 50 years and hundreds of people showed up at city hall to argue for and against the project. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Middle class exodus increases economic segregation in cities

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

As the middle class leaves urban areas, it leaves behind a polarized society of rich and poor. Where are middle class families going, what's causing this trend, and what does this mean for the health and social cohesion of cities?

Workplace expert on managing a mean boss

Aug. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

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Popular radio personality urges Latinos to vote

Aug. 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A national effort to register Latino voters rolled into San Diego today. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps was there

Senate votes in favor of acquiring Mt. Soledad cross

Aug. 2
By Kpbs and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The U.S. Senate has voted to acquire a concrete cross in San Diego and the Memorial park around it. It's an effort to protect the embattled monument from being taken down.

National City approves talks on stadium, Chargers

Aug. 2
By Kpbs San Diego and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chula Vista isn't the only South Bay city expressing interest in acquiring the Chargers. National City is now in the ring. Its City Council last night voted to authorize officials to begin talking with the Port about a possible stadium on 52 bay front acres.