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Stories for August 23, 2006

The Gift

Aug. 23
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I was given a gift this month. It was the best kind because it was unexpected and its impact continues to influence me as the days pass since I received it. The gift was a week of uninterrupted time to learn more about my kids and young people in general. And it was a gift I didn't even know I wanted.

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Aug. 23
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The popularity of mommy blogs continues to grow

Aug. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Guest host Alison St. John talks with mothers, and one father, who blog about raising their children. Guests include Heather B. Armstrong from Dooce, San Diego blogger Samantha Goldstein and Ben MacNeil from Trixie Update.

Sanders reacts to Kroll report

Aug. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders will give citizens a chance to weigh in on what the city should do to get out of its financial problems. He will hold a Town Hall meeting in the Balboa Park Club tomorrow night. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Universal healthcare bill faces do-or-die vote

Aug. 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A bill that would create a universal health care system in California faces a crucial test this week in the State Assembly. The measure has already passed the State Senate. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

How does California track student achievement?

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Maureen Cavanaugh speaks to representatives of San Diego City Schools and the Data Quality Campaign about implementing a longitudinal achievement data system in California.

Sacramento busily prepares for election in November

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The election season doesn't officially start until the fall, but leaders in Sacramento are already setting the stage for the race. Marianne Russ, bureau chief of Capital Public Radio, brings an update on California politics.

San Diego blogger embedded on Dixie Chicks tour

Aug. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Guest host Maureen Cavanaugh talks with Junichi Semitsu about being the official blogger for the controversial country band the Dixie Chicks.

2,500 Marine reservists called back

Aug. 23
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Marine Corp officials are calling back 2,500 reservists to meet the demands of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The involuntary return is just the latest sign that American forces are under strain, and the military is having trouble recruiting.

Oceanside to consider tree ban

Aug. 23
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Oceanside City Council will consider a petition to ban certain trees from the local landscape. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Race to Space: part two

Aug. 23
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Imagine if you will a hotel in space, and a map from NASA to get you there. An American entrepreneur who dreams of some day building a commercial space station has already launched a proto-type and NASA does have a superhighway map of space. In part two of our three-part series on the race to Space, KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown talks with longtime Space writer David Leonard about efforts by private companies to get consumers off the ground and into orbit.

Overweight at risk for dying early

Aug. 23
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A large government study says baby boomers that are a little overweight run a greater risk of dying early. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine involved more than a half million people.

Hurdles in CA's landmark global warming legislation

Aug. 23
By Tamara Keith and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Democrats and Governor Schwarzenegger are nearing a deal on landmark global warming legislation. It would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years. But as Tamara Keith reports, at least one major hurdle remains.