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Stories for May 30, 2006

The End of the Innocence

May 30, 2006
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Commentaries

My baby's cry, sharp and angry, interrupted my sleep a couple of months ago. It was the eve of spring and although it wasn't yet 6 a.m. the sky was lightening in anticipation of the longer days. I sat up fast in bed as her cries escalated and she wailed on hard and loud letting me know this would not pass and sleep was over. The rest of the family was sleeping and I knew it would be hard to keep her quiet so I gave her a bottle, grabbed my sweatpants and tennis shoes and put her in the stroller bundled in a warm blanket.

KPBS Commentaries

May 30, 2006
KPBS Public Broadcasting

New community court called a win-win solution to petty crime

May 30, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new community court has opened to deal with petty crimes in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Bay. Host Tom Fudge finds out how it works and why many are calling this a win-win solution for criminals and victims.

AIDS: Part one looks at the pandemic

May 30, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The first diagnosed cases of HIV/AIDS were reported 25 years ago this week. Today host Tom Fudge begins his first of a series of interviews on HIV/AIDS. He begins by speaking with a journalist who has covered the pandemic since the 1980s.

Officials consider allowing cell towers on school campuses

May 30, 2006
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Parents and residents in the Sweetwater Union High School District will meet again today and discuss a plan to build cellular antennas on three campuses. It's the second of three meetings this week. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Health insurance deductible limits could be imposed

May 30, 2006
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Assembly will vote on a bill this week that would place limits on out-of-pocket costs for high deductible health insurance plans. Consumer groups say the measure is crucial but insurance companies are urging lawmakers to vote against it. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

What is at the center of the conflict between the Christian and Arab worlds?

May 30, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Milton Viorst is the author of Storm from the East. He speaks with host Tom Fudge about his forty years of covering the Middle East and his understanding of the cause of the many conflicts.

CA National Guard border duty could be delayed

May 30, 2006
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It is unlikely California National Guard troops will arrive at the border before the beginning of July, if at all. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Who will win the 50th Congressional District?

May 30, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Francine Busby and Brian Bilbray about the biggest issues in the 50th District, including the war in Iraq, illegal immigration reform, and congressional ethics.

Prop. F aims to issue $596 million bond for Tri-City Medical Center

May 30, 2006
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Host Tom Fudge speaks to Dr. Richard Burruss and Lawson Chadwick about Proposition F, the $596 million bond measure to repair and improve the Tri-City Medical Center in the North County.

All eyes on 50th District Congressional race

May 30, 2006
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The most watched race in the election - one week from today -- is the contest to replace convicted Congressman Randy Duke Cunningham in the 50th District. The national Democratic and Republican parties see it as a key race - evidenced by their heavy fundraising and advertising. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.