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Stories for June 20, 2006

A German World Cup

June 20
KPBS Commentaries

A few days ago I sat in front of the television as the United States team held on for a tie against Italy in the World Cup of soccer. The TV commentators lauded the effort of the American team, which played with a one-man disadvantage during nearly all of the second half. They also cursed the referee who gave red cards to two American players.

KPBS Commentaries

June 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Global warming pollutants rapidly growing in CA

June 20
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report by the non-profit group Environment California finds the pollution that causes global warming is a rapidly growing problem in the Golden State. The study was released in Chula Vista, where city officials say they've done their part to reduce pollution. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Aguirre releases incriminating audio tapes for pension case

June 20
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city attorney Mike Aguirre released audio tapes Monday of key city pension board meetings in 1996 and 2002 . He hopes to use the evidence in a court appearance next week, to argue that city pension benefit increases were illegally granted and should be rolled back. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Schwarzenegger blasts government for lack of border security

June 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted the federal government Wednesday for failing to secure the U.S. Mexico Border. Schwarzenegger made the comments after touring the San Diego Tijuana border and being briefed on the National Guard's deployment. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Traumatic brain injury called the signature injury of the War in Iraq

June 20
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

What is traumatic brain injury and why is it being called the signature injury of the War in Iraq? Dwane Brown speaks with the reporter of a new California Connected documentary to find out.

Phil Doran speaks about The Reluctant Tuscan

June 20
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Phil Doran joins These Days in studio to talk about comedy writing, television sitcoms, and how he learned to love Italy, reluctantly.

Can elephants survive in our nation's zoos?

June 20
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A national debate over elephants in zoos continues amid reports of another elephant death, this time at the Los Angeles zoo. Guest host Dwayne Brown talks with former Los Angeles zoo curator Les Schobert and with the executive director of the Oakland Zoo, Joel Parrot.

NPR reporter Deborah Amos shares stories about Iraq

June 20
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Dwane Brown talks to NPR News reporter, Deborah Amos, about her experiences covering Iraq.

Sharing name with infamous atheist is troublesome

June 20
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Phil Paulson might be San Diego's most infamous atheist. He is the man who filed the lawsuit against the city for allowing the Mount Soledad cross on public property. His unpopular position has earned him notoriety, even death threats.

Is Dick Cheney the most powerful vice president in the history of the United States?

June 20
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

After 9-11 the United States went to war and the vice president announced it would be fought "in the shadows" and "on the dark side." A new PBS Frontline documentary explores what that means. Dwane Brown speaks with its producer.

County officials to seek legal council for Chargers' contract

June 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors agreed today to seek legal counsel to advise the county in the event the San Diego Chargers seek assistance in finding a site for a new stadium. The unanimous vote authorizes county officials to begin interviewing qualified law firms. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Aguirre says he has the tape to prove wrongdoing by SDCERS Board

June 20
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS News Reporter Alison St. John talks about a series of audio recordings that allegedly show the City's retirement board acted improperly in granting an increase in pension benefits while at the same time agreeing to postpone payments to the retirement fund.

San Diego bans smoking in beaches and parks

June 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tobacco control advocates are celebrating San Diego's decision to ban smoking in all beaches and parks. It's the latest in a series of similar moves by other local cities. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diegans rewarded with a bash for cleaning up trash

June 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's the start of summer today and the warm weather has brought thousands of people to San Diego County beaches in the past week. Along with a lot of people, comes a lot of trash. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.