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Stories for November 30, 2006

Humane Society Condemns SeaWorld for Shamu Attack

Nov. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The killer whale at SeaWorld who bit her trainer is still performing at Shamu Stadium. But human handlers are staying out of the water while SeaWorld investigates the incident. Meanwhile the Humane Society of the United States is criticizing the park for keeping whales in captivity. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has details.

State Court Validates Mt. Soledad Cross Vote

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and City Attorney Mike Aguirre today praised a state appeals court ruling in the Mt. Soledad Cross case.

UCSD Holds Tribute in Honor of World AIDS Day

Nov. 30
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Friday is World AIDS day - an international day of activism against HIV and AIDS. About 40 million people around the world - and about 5,000 in San Diego County - are living with HIV or AIDS. Today, student activists at UCSD held a tribute to those who've lost their lives to the disease. Heather Hill has the story.

Local Military Families Receive Free Christmas Trees

Nov. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One thousand free Christmas trees were delivered to Camp Pendleton this morning. Thousands more are arriving at military bases around Southern California and the country – part of the second year of the Trees for Troops program. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Scott Peters Discusses Challenges Facing City Council

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters is beginning a second term as Council President. Host Gloria Penner talks to him about some of the challenges facing the city.

Scripps Institute, Pfizer Enter $100 Million Agreement to Study Uncured Diseases

Nov. 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego has entered into a $100 million agreement with Pfizer to study uncured diseases and ways to treat them.

Jet Fighter Crashes at Miramar

Nov. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military jet fighter crashed in Air Station Miramar today, just seconds after the pilot ejected from the aircraft. Officials say the pilot survived. KPBS Radio’s Andrew Phelps reports.

Weekend Preview: Music

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

A freelance writer and a pop culture critic review some of the more interesting acts coming to San Diego this weekend.

Irreverent Filmmaker John Waters Celebrates Christmas Album

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Waters, the filmmaker who brought us "Pink Flamingos" and "Hairspray," talks about his favorite Christmas music.

Filmmakers Chronicle the Music Industry's Negative Affect on Music

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

"Before the Music Dies" is a movie featuring interviews with a lot of music stars, old and new. And their message is very consistent. They say the structure of the radio and recording industries is stifling quality and creativity in popular music. Two filmmakers talk about their thoughts on the future of recorded music.

Meal Kitchen Adapts as AIDS Crisis Shifts

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Mama’s Kitchen has been providing hot meals to clients with AIDS for 16 years. The executive director of the organization discusses how it has evolved along with the AIDS epidemic.

Teens Taught How to Avoid HIV

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. And we mark it today by talking about an effort in San Diego to talk to teenagers about how to avoid becoming infected with HIV.

Solana Beach to Vote on Mansionization

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supporters of a housing ordinance that would limit the size of homes argue that the city’s character would be undermined by huge residences, while opponents claim that property rights are being infringed upon. A community activist who supports the ordinance debates a councilman who opposes it.

SD Explores Public-Private Partnership for Balboa Park

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The cash-strapped city of San Diego is exploring a public-private partnership to help cover the costs of maintaining its much-loved, but now neglected Balboa Park. Host Gloria Penner talks with a city councilmember and member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership about the future of San Diego's famous park.

First Phase of SD Pension Trial Nearing End

Nov. 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Attorneys are waiting on a Superior Court judge to decide the first phase of San Diego's pension trial. Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday. The judge's ruling will significantly shape the stakes of the case, which was brought by City Attorney Michael Aguirre. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps has more.

Brush Fire Burning in Santa Ysabel

Nov. 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A 100-acre brush fire in Santa Ysabel near Julian is burning near State Routes 78 and 79. San Diego County sheriff's deputies are evacuating the Witch Creek and Mesa Grande areas.

City Still Part of Mt. Soledad Cross Case

Nov. 30
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego federal judge has squashed the city of San Diego's hopes of extracting itself from the controversy over the Mount Soledad Cross. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Nov. 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

A nomadic family is the focus of a new film from Mongolia called

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Nov. 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting