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Stories for May 9, 2006

Truth and the Movies

May 9
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If you want to remember how you felt on September 11, 2001 there's a movie I can recommend. United 93 is the story of the hijacked plane that did not hit it's target that day. It crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers figured out the hijackers' plan and rose up against them. Watching the movie made me feel like I was on the plane. And it brought back all of the fear and anger that I and so many other Americans felt that day.

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May 9
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Centenarians are the fastest growing age group

May 9
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What is it like to be 100 years old? There are about 70,000 centenarians living in the United States - and California is home to most of the centenarians living in the country. Tom Fudge speaks with two specialists in gerontology and geriatrics about why people are living longer lives.

City superintendent says exit exam is needed

May 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego's City School Superintendent says California's high school exit exam should not be put off any longer. He made the comment after an Oakland judge issued a tentative court ruling yesterday that keeps the controversial test from taking effect this year. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Preschool for all is the goal of Prop. 82

May 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Does preschool prepare children for more productive lives? Will Proposition 82's state-run preschool program improve the prospects for California's children? Host Alison St. John speaks to Maryann O'Sullivan with Preschool California and Lance Izumi with the Pacific Research Institute to get their thoughts on the initiative.

Immigrants' rights groups seek help from Sacramento

May 9
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A coalition of immigrants' rights groups delivered 10,000 letters to California Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer today. The letters call on the lawmakers to support comprehensive immigration reform. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Biodiesel author explains benefits of alternative fuels

May 9
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge speaks with Author Josh Tickell about his new book "Biodiesel America." Tickell is one of the nation's leading experts on biodiesel fuel, and his first book "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank." was a bestseller.

Feinstein's bill aims to lower fuel prices

May 9
By Ben Shaw and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Congress mandated use of the gasoline additive Ethanol as part of last year's comprehensive energy bill. But demand has outstripped supply and added to rising fuel prices. Democratic California Senator Diane Feinstein says a federal tariff on ethanol imports should be lifted. Benjamin Shaw Reports from Capitol Hill.

Prop. 82 taxes rich to pay for preschool

May 9
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California Proposition 82 would create a preschool program by taxing wealthy individuals and couples. It's one of two statewide measures on next month's ballot. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more

Eric Roach shuts down Congressional District seat campaign

May 9
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Millionaire Republican Eric Roach says he is shutting down his campaign for the 50th congressional district seat. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Is America prepared for retirement?

May 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A culture of debt, evaporating pensions, and skyrocketing health costs are forcing many seniors to rethink their plans for retirement. These Days takes a look at how one can prepare to meet the third age.

SD Residents protest second runway at Lindbergh Field

May 9
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Residents and community leaders are protesting a plan to add a second runway to Lindbergh Field. The San Diego Airport Authority is considering the idea to help meet the region's future air travel needs. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

New exhibit on tattoos, piercing and body art opens at Museum of Man

May 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Guest host Alison St. John talks with Museum of Man curator Tori Hefflin about the museum's latest exhibit, "Body Ornamentation: Artistic Representations of Self."

Eric Roach steps out of the race for the 50th

May 9
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Millionaire Eric Roach has stepped out of the race for the 50th Congressional District. Guest host Alison St. John finds out what this means for the district and the upcoming elections.