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Stories for June 29, 2006

Are your human rights being violated by common surveillance equipment?

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Are you being watched? How? And by whom? Tom Fudge speaks with Deborah Hurley, an international expert in privacy and surveillance, to find out what human rights might violated by close-circuit TVs, "blue eyes" and GPS.

Controversy over cross makes it's way to Supreme Court

June 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legal briefs are flying from San Diego to the U.S. Supreme Court this week, in a flurry of activity over the future of the Mount Soledad Cross. The cross will be taken down by August first unless a legal delay is granted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Pops conductor Matt Garbutt talks about the summer ahead

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Symphony will kick off its 2006 season this weekend with a 4th of July concert. KPBS Radio's Maureen Cavanaugh sits down with Pops conductor Matthew Garbutt to discuss the season's highlights, which will include performances by artists as diverse as Frankie Valli, Ricky Skaggs, and Peking acrobats.

Why is the Kroll report taking so long?

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to City Attorney Mike Aguirre about the delayed release of the Kroll report. Aguirre has given Kroll two weeks to release the report, or he will pursue a lawsuit against the firm. We also speak to Fred Sainz, Communications Director for Mayor Jerry Sanders, about the Kroll delays.

Superman returns to the big screen!

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks about the new Superman movie with Film Club of the Air regular Scott Marks and University of Minnesota physics professor Dr. James Kakalios, who authored the book The Physics of Superheroes.

Board of Education appoints new superintendent

June 29
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County Board of Education appointed a new school superintendent today. Veteran education Randolph Ward accepted the three-year position at the Office of Education. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Brazilian immigrants fanatical over World Cup

June 29
By Gil Griffin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

In World Cup soccer, perennial powerhouse Brazil plays France Saturday in the quarterfinals. Brazil's fans expect a sixth championship. Thousands of Brazilian immigrants in San Diego County will be watching - not only to see how the team scores, but that they look good doing it. Gil Griffin has the story.

Surfrider Foundation takes stand against pending toll road

June 29
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An Orange County agency wants to build a toll road that would cut through the San Onofre State Park. The park is in San Diego County. Environmental groups say the toll road could destroy a popular camping area. KPBS Reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

Navy Broadway Complex may take longer than expected

June 29
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest site plans for the Bay front Navy Broadway Complex contain a little more open space than previous versions, but still less than the original design. San Diego city's redevelopment agency reviewed the plans Wednesday, KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Wendell Cutting Remembered

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Civic activist and Republican aide, Wendell Cutting, died this week after a long battle with cancer. He was 59. Tom Fudge remembers him with his longtime friend and the founder of Rescue Task Force, Gary Becks.

Fourth of July fireworks light up our Weekend Preview

June 29
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with fireworks expert and pyrotechnician Chuck Tucker about his 30 years working in the business.

Opposition grows to Miramar as joint-use airport

June 29
By Beth Ford Roth and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The vote on a new airport site isn't until November, but opponents of using Miramar as a joint-use airport are gearing up for battle now. They're kicking off a fundraising campaign tonight to get the word out on what they say are the dangers of joint-use at Miramar. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.