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Stories for June 1, 2006

The Great Spreckels Organ

June 1
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The great outdoor Spreckels Organ and Pavilion in the heart of Balboa Park was a gift to the City of San Diego in 1915 from John D. and Adolph B. Spreckels, sons of the sugar millionaire Claus Spreckels. It was designed to be the centerpiece of the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition. It is still one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs, containing 4,518 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet.

HIV-positive people share their stories

June 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is it like to live with HIV or AIDS today? Does it still carry the stigma it used to? Tom Fudge speaks with HIV positive people to find out their stories.

Prop 81 to provide money for libraries

June 1
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Though voters will be deciding on the big bonds to shore up levees and roads in November, there is one bond on next week's ballot that would provide money for libraries. Sacramento reporter Marianne Russ tells us about Proposition 81.

Fiscal Wake-Up Tour comes to San Diego

June 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How will changing demographics, looming health care costs, the debt and deficit affect the next generation of Americans? Tom Fudge finds out why a group of federal economists are on a national tour to make more people aware of the country's financial situation.

San Diego gets high marks for recycling programs

June 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego lags nearly all the 50 largest cities in the country when it comes to air and water quality. But the new report says the city gets high marks for recycling programs and park space. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Ten percent of H.S. seniors have not passed exit exam

June 1
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell says another 4,500 seniors in the Class of 2006 have passed the controversial high school exit exam. That means they can graduate with their class. Still, nearly one in ten seniors still hasn't passed the basic math and English test requirement. O'Connell says many factors may be contributing to the failure rate.

10 arrested for cross-border drug trafficking

June 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal and local law enforcement officials arrested 10 people in San Diego County's South Bay region Thursday in connection with a cross-border drug trafficking ring. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Phil Angelides wants to be the next California Governor

June 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Who is Phil Angelides, and what makes him qualified to be the next Governor of California? Host Tom Fudge speaks to Angelides about his goals for the state, his work as the State Treasurer, and the challenge associated with dethroning Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Aguirre accuses legal opponents of using assault tactics

June 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's embattled city attorney Mike Aguirre accuses his legal opponents of using assault tactics to defeat his case that pension benefits were illegally granted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

CA ranks 8th worst for ER wait times

June 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report on emergency room wait times places the state in the bottom tier nationally. The report reveals on average it takes nearly four hours for ER patients in California to see a healthcare provider. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

HIV-transmission rates have peaked

June 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Recent evidence suggests that the rates of HIV infections have peaked in certain parts of the world. Host Tom Fudge talks with UCSD professor of medicine Dr. Davey Smith about the findings.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

June 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge looks at the best bets for your weekend itinerary with David Coddon, Assistant Arts Editor for the San Diego Union Tribune and Scott Marks, film critic for the Gay and Lesbian Times.