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Stories for May 1, 2006

Footbridges of Bankers Hill

May 1
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Just north of downtown San Diego and west of Balboa Park are two historic footbridges spanning San Diego’s past and future.

Thousands expected to boycott

May 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thousands of people across the country are expected to skip school and work today to express their outrage over immigration reform proposals that criminalize illegal immigrants. Analysts say regardless of how many people participate, the protest will push the immigration debate forward. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Hotel offers employees overnight stay in lieu in boycotting

May 1
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The immigration rallies planned today had a minimal impact at San Diego's Lowes Coronado Hotel. General Manager Kathleen Cochran says nearly half of the hotel's staff is Hispanic and about a third of her staff lives in Tijuana. She says 30 employees took her up on an offer to stay at the hotel overnight. She says she's pleased an overwhelming majority of her staff came to work. Cochran says she's been working for about a month to prepare for today.

San Diego stores, businesses closing for boycott

May 1
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In San Diego County, some stores, restaurants and businesses are closed or closing as employees and customers stay home, many taking part in an economic boycott designed to show the impact immigrants -legal or illegal-have on the national economy.

Is the Bush Administration waging war on science?

May 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Host Tom Fudge talks with author Chris Mooney about his book The Republican War on Science.

How to cope with someone's death

May 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Grieving is something we rarely talk about, and most of us have little experience with it. So when we suffer loss we don't know how to handle it, and our friends are uncomfortable with our grieving. We'll talk with Ken Druck of the Jenna Druck Foundation, and understanding grief and becoming literate in the ways and the language of grieving.

Council approves mayor's Chargers proposal

May 1
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The San Diego City Council has approved the mayor's proposal to alter the Charger's lease. The football team can now shop around the County for another city willing to negotiate with them on a new stadium. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Thousands in San Diego boycott for immigrant rights

May 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What will be the effects of today's boycott for immigrant rights? Host Tom Fudge speaks to KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson, who is stationed at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. We also speak to columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. to get his thoughts on the boycott.

Thousands stage massive immigration rallies at border

May 1
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Thousands of people on both sides of the San Diego Tijuana border staged massive rallies calling for immigration reform today. Protestors in Tijuana blocked almost all vehicle traffic into the United States. In San Ysidro, about 3,000 people marched through the streets and many businesses were closed. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Lessons to learn from people preparing to die

May 1
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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John Fanestil is a local United Methodist pastor who joins Tom Fudge to discuss the lessons that can be learnt from people preparing to die.

Thousands rally in CA, boycotting jobs, businesses

May 1
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Backers of legal reforms benefiting illegal immigrants flocked by the thousands to California rallies today, boycotting jobs and businesses to demonstrate economic power. Throngs gathered at the state Capitol in Sacramento, marched on Oakland's International Boulevard and filled blocks of Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, creating a sea of red, white and blue as they waved American flags.

Immigrant rights activists rally in Escondido

May 1
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Dozens of people are holding a rally for immigrant rights in front of Escondido City Hall this morning. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.