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Stories for February 15, 2006

Do-it-yourself funerals less expensive, more intimate

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The average funeral in the U.S. costs between six and ten-thousand dollars. But there is a movement to make funerals less expensive. Host Tom Fudge speaks with KPBS Reporter Beth Ford-Roth about this latest do-it-yourself trend.

Nancy Rubins boat sculpture goes up at La Jolla museum

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Nancy Rubins' scuplture got a poor welcome when it was considered and rejected ten years ago by the San Diego convention center. But now one of her flamboyant boat sculptures is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Host Tom Fudge talks with Museum Director Hugh Davies about the sculpture, called Pleasure Point, and the controversy of seven years ago.

Transportation planners present wish list of projects

Feb. 15
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Transportation planners from San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties presented a long wish list of projects at a State hearing in Chula Vista today. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Marcos bans medical marijuana dispensaries

Feb. 15
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Marcos has become the first city in San Diego County to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Local non-profit provides at-home funerals

Feb. 15
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Funerals are a $15-billion-a-year industry in the United States. The average one costs about $10,000. But there's a movement taking shape right here in San Diego County to make funerals less expensive, more environmentally friendly and something families can do themselves at home. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Panda reproduction strategies evolve

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 1,600 pandas live in the wild. To keep them from becoming extinct, researchers are taking part in intensive panda reproduction efforts. Host Tom Fudge speaks with Don Lindburg of the Giant Panda Conservation Division at the San Diego Zoo.

Former mayor Pete Wilson looks back

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Talk to many San Diegans about the political history of the city and they'll talk about the good old days when Pete Wilson was mayor. Tom Fudge speaks with KPBS TV reporter, Pat Finn, who has produced a two-part series on the life and legacy of Pete Wilson.

San Diego is haunted!

Feb. 15
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dr. Antone Minard is a lecturer at San Diego State University and he specializes in folklore and mythology. He's writing a book about San Diego folklore. He joins host Tom Fudge to share some of the best local ghost stories and legends.