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Stories for May 4, 2006

Akeelah and the Bee

May 4
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The documentary

Fee increase could sink water, wastewater budgets

May 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A possible ballot initiative to block future fee increases for San Diego city residents threatens to sink the water and wastewater departments' budget. A critic of city finances made the threat at today's city council budget hearings. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Day laborers receive cameras to document Minutemen

May 4
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Immigrants' rights activists are handing out cameras to day laborers in North County. Activists hope the workers will use the cameras to document the Minutemen. Minutemen have been taking video and photographs of day laborers for the past few months. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Lionel Van Deerlin honored for lifetime achievement

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Lionel Van Deerlin is a former congressman, newspaperman, broadcaster, and academic who is being awarded this weekend for his contribution to San Diego. He joins Tom Fudge in studio to talk about his life's achievements.

Author Ross King talks about the birth of Impressionism

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Author Ross King talks about the most radical change in the history of art since the Renaissance - the birth of Impressionism. After writing books on both Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, Ross focuses on Paris in "The Judgement of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism".

What impact will a growing number of twins have on society?

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tom Fudge speaks with author and academic Nancy Segal about twins. What happens when identical twins are separated at birth? What challenges to parents of twins face? And what impact will the growing number of twins have on our society?

Part 2: Canadian migrant worker program

May 4
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting

This time of year, thousands of men from Mexico will arrive on Canadian farms to work. They'll be paid a guaranteed wage, given free housing, receive health care benefits, and they'll go home when the season ends. Canada's guest worker program has been operating successfully for more than 30 years. The United States has a similar program, but few companies choose to use it. Reporter Joanne Faryon concludes our two-part series.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge looks at the best bets for one's weekend itinerary with David Coddon, Assistant Arts Editor for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Gas-powered lawnmowers pose pollution threat

May 4
By None and KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

We all know cars and power plants are big polluters, but there's another, less obvious source of southern California smog, and it may be right in your own backyard. Believe it or not, your gas-powered lawn mower is much more polluting than your car and even your s-u-v, and there are 52-million mowing lawns nationwide. As Rebecca Tolin reports, San Diego County is trying to get those old gas guzzlers off the green, at a time when the landscape industry is booming.

What do the Kurds want?

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Kurds may be the largest ethnic group in the world without a country of their own. Host Tom Fudge talks with journalist Kevin McKiernan who's spent years covering the Kurdish struggle against oppression. His new book is called "The Kurds: A people in search of their homeland."

Mexican farm workers in Canada are regulated and well paid

May 4
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How are farm workers from Mexico treated on Canadian farms? Tom Fudge speaks with freelance reporter Joanne Faryon about the guest worker program north of the border.

Local gas prices hit record territory

May 4
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's average price for a gallon of gasoline is in record territory today. A Utility Consumers' Action Network survey found the average price was $3.38. UCAN spokesman Charles Langley says this is the most outrageous example of gasoline price gouging in history.

Council request mayor to reconsider police budget

May 4
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Council members took an in depth look at the mayor's proposed budget for Public Safety today. They want to do more about the shortage of police officers. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.