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Stories for February 22, 2006

Medicare

Feb. 22
KPBS Commentaries

Debra Grannick won her pharmacist's degree at USC and went on to manage the massive COSTCO pharmacy on Morena Boulevard. But no one at USC could have prepared her for the chaos that now envelops her, and tens of thousands other pharmacists across America.

Random student drug testing begins in North County

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Should students who participate in extra-curricular activities like the yearbook or theater have to consent to random drug testing in order to participate? Tom Fudge finds out about the mandatory random drug testing that's beginning in two North County schools.

Beatlemania on These Days!

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The music of the Beatles feels as relevant as ever. UCSD Music Professor and percussionist Steve Schick joins us to talk about the musical legacy of the Beatles. We'll also talk with curator Vincent Vigil about his show of Beatles memorabilia at the San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery.

CA Congressmen take sides on port security

Feb. 22
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's two republican congressmen take different positions on a controversial deal to give an Arab company control of some U.S. port operations. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Public works plan faces uphill battle

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The governor is promising to rebuild California's decaying, strained public works. But will a divided legislature block his $222 billion plan?

Low absentee voting among Mexicans living abroad

Feb. 22
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Strict requirements, insufficient information and lack of public interest handicapped Mexico's first attempt at absentee voting, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Black storytellers share tales

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Black oral heritage is alive and well in San Diego. Host Tom Fudge speaks to a couple storytellers from the local Black Storytellers Association about preserving and passing on the folklore, legends and fables of Africans and their descendants.

New book documents Padres' colorful history

Feb. 22
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When was the Padres best season? Who was their greatest player? How many Pads' pitchers have thrown a no-hitter? We answer all those questions as host Tom Fudge speaks with longtime sportscaster Bob Chandler, and baseball historian Bill Swank about their new book, Bob Chandler's Tales from the San Diego Padres.

Deputy drug czar visits San Diego

Feb. 22
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

President Bush's deputy drug Czar is in San Diego today to stump for mandatory random drug testing in public schools. Vista and Oceanside school districts have already implemented such policies. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.