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Stories for February 2, 2006

Photographs of the Middle East at the David Zapf Gallery

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Doris Bittar joins us to talk about her solo show called Kul Shay: Images from Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. This photography exhibit is currently on view at the David Zapf gallery in the Kettner Design District in downtown San Diego.

Weekend Preview: Feb 2, 2006

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

These Days host Tom Fudge talks with AnnaMaria Stephens who covers entertainment for signonsandiego.com and David Coddon, editor for Night and Day Magazine about the best bets for your weekend itinerary.

Economist predicts record gas prices, low housing increase

Feb. 2
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A University of San Diego economist says the San Diego region's diversified economy will buoy the area in the event of a downturn in the state or national economy this year. (read more)

Mayor announces two ballot initiatives to change labor laws

Feb. 2
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders wants to put two initiatives on the November ballot that would change the city's labor laws. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Julian honors African-American pioneers

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The town of Julian is celebrating its Black History Month with an event honoring its African-American settlers. Host Tom Fudge speaks with an expert on Julian's history, and a man who discovered the grave markers for some of Julian's most prominent black pioneers.

Californians face new rules about throwing out e-waste

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Electronic waste will be banned from California landfills next week, along with other categories of what's called "universal" waste, which includes heavy metals that pose environmental threats. Host Tom Fudge talks with some of the people who are trying to create systems to dispose of e-waste and educate homeowners about the things they can no longer throw in the trash.

Dedication Friday for local stem cell research center

Feb. 2
By Kpbs San Diego and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A dedication ceremony is set for Friday morning in San Diego for a stem cell research center. The Burnham Institute for Medical Research was recently selected by the National Institutes of Health as one of the nation's six Exploratory Stem Cell Research Centers in the country.

Sports betting expected to be high for Super Bowl XL

Feb. 2
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How much money will be wagered on Super Bowl XL? Last year, more than $90 million was wagered in the state of Nevada alone. Host Tom Fudge speaks with two experts on sports wagering to find out how people are betting on this year's biggest game.

The March for Migrants caravan begins nationwide tour

Feb. 2
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A migrants' rights caravan kicked off a nationwide tour from the border fence in San Diego Thursday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.