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Stories for May 3, 2006

School superintendent visits SD, pushes for more "green schools"

May 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Superintendent Jack O'Connell visited an Escondido school Wednesday and urged the public to support state funding of so-called green schools in California. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Former pension board members charged with conflict of interest

May 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Superior Court Judge arraigned six former San Diego pension board members Wednesday and charged them with conflict of interest. The defendants are accused of voting to allow the city to under-funding the pension plan in 2002, while increasing pension benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Judge orders Mt. Soledad cross removed in 90 days

May 3
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge has ordered the city of San Diego to remove the Mount Soledad cross with in 90 days, because it violates the constitutional separation of church and state. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Officials begin sealing sophisticated cross-border tunnel

May 3
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Federal officials have started sealing up the most sophisticated cross border tunnel ever discovered along the U-S Mexico border. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Tijuana could become mecca for drug users

May 3
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego researcher says legalizing small amounts of drugs in Mexico could make Tijuana a mecca for drug users and increase rates of drug addiction and related crime in San Diego. University of San Diego's David Shirk studies the cross-border drug trade. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

San Diego's sewage holds interesting finds

May 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rob Davis is the public health reporter for VoiceofSanDiego.org. He joins Tom Fudge to discuss the region's sewage and Carlsbad's proposed desalination plant.

Part 1: Canadian migrant worker program

May 3
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It may be difficult to imagine what California's fruit and vegetable growers have in common with a small prairie town in Canada. Both are competing for migrant labor. This spring, about 12,000 men from Mexico will be hired to fill job shortages on Canadian farms. In this first of a two part series on temporary worker programs in the two countries, Joanne Faryon begins with one migrant's story in California.

Is it too soon for a film about September 11th?

May 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with KPBS film critic Beth Accomando and film and history professor Robert Brent Toplin about the new film United 93 and it's approach to recent history.

Small businesses are for sale

May 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Company sales and acquisitions often make the news, but only when they involved tens of millions or billions of dollars. What if you want to buy a corner coffee shop, not Time Warner? In San Diego, you might go to Ken Oppeltz, co-owner of VR Business Brokers. Host Tom Fudge talks with him about why people buy and sell small businesses. And we learn who today's small business owners are.

Does San Diego need a triple border fence?

May 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks to Professor David Shirk about a forum he is hosting called the "Triple Border Fence Initiative." Shirk discusses the reasons given for building the fence, as well as the environmental and financial concerns surrounding the project.

New pharmacy school opens at UCSD

May 3
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new pharmacy school officially opened its doors Tuesday on the campus of UC San Diego. Classes have been underway for several years, but until now students and teachers didn't have a facility to call their own. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New exhibition of pioneering female photojournalists opens

May 3
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge talks with MOPA curator Carol McCusker about "Breaking the Frame," an exhibit showcasing the images of six pioneering photojournalists.