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Stories for December 6, 2006

Iraq Report Offers Grave Assessment

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The congressionally-commissioned Iraq Study Group released its report on Wednesday, admitting that the situation in Iraq is grave and increasingly violent. Host Gloria Penner talks with Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, about the report's findings.

Congressman Hunter Reacts to Iraq Report

Dec. 6
By Benjamin Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Iraqi Study Group briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about their suggestions Wednesday. San Diego Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter praised the bi-partisan nature of the report. Benjamin Shaw reports from Capitol Hill.

Researchers Concerned with Statewide Teaching Trends

Dec. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report finds there are fewer non-credentialed teachers in California today, but that's one of the few bright spots in statewide teaching trends. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Report Blames Construction Pollution for CA Deaths, Poor Health

Dec. 6
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pollution from construction equipment is taking a major toll on the health of Californians. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says construction-related diesel emissions caused at least 1,100 premature deaths statewide last year. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

S.D. Council to Have Power to Audit Mayor's Financial Management

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council held a special meeting today, and voted to give themselves the power to audit the mayor's financial management of the city. The mayor, meanwhile questions the city council members' ability to do the job. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Tony Award Winning Musical Comes to Civic Theater

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two of the performers from the Tony Award winning musical 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' share the story behind the play.

Author Explores E-mail Etiquette

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with Judith Kallos, creator of NetManners.com and author of 'Because Netiquette Matters' about the various ways to sign-off within emails.

Computer Artist Works with E-mail Spam Art

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Most people find e-mail spam irritating but for Alex Dragulescu, e-mail spam is the clay he uses to mold computer art into beautiful shapes. He talks about his fascinating method that combines art, math, computer programming and Internet commerce.

Doctors and Fitness Trainers Hope to Benefit from Collaboration

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

How might health and fitness improve if fitness trainers and medical doctors shared information about clients and worked together for their optimum benefit? An exercise specialist and a doctor explore the possibility.

Most California Students Don't Meet Fitness Requirements

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell reviews the latest results of the California physical fitness test which show that less than 30 percent of the state's students achieved fitness standards for all six areas of the test. And Dr. Ken Fujioka, with Scripps Clinic, talks about why our students are overweight and 'out of shape.'

Cities in Focus: Solana Beach Mayor

Dec. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Solana Beach is a quaint, coastal community that is experiencing growing pains. Host Gloria Penner talks with Solana Beach Mayor David Powell about issues facing San Diego County's second-smallest city.

Teachers Spending Personal Funds for Supplies

Dec. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new study finds more educators are taking out their wallets to pay for classroom supplies and materials for their students. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

S.D. County Cuts Retiree Health Benefits

Dec. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Supervisors set a painful precedent yesterday. They voted to eliminate health care benefits for their future retirees. Local governments nationwide face similar difficult decisions as new federal laws go into effect next year. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.