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Stories for November 6, 2006

More Absentee Ballots, More Problems

Nov. 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County voters will go to the polls tomorrow. But this year, a record number have already voted by absentee ballot. KPBS Reporter Andrew Phelps says more mail-in ballots means the potential for more glitches.

Campaign Mailers: Tips for Separating Fact from Fiction

Nov. 6
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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You may have noticed some campaign ads don’t let facts get in the way of a convincing message. But can you trust what those glossy mailers say? Rebecca Tolin sat down with a political science professor from UCSD to sort through the maze of campaign propaganda.

San Diego's Airport Woes Have Long History

Nov. 6
By Pat Finn and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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In November, voters in San Diego County will be asked to decide on Prop. A, the ballot measure for a new airport. But San Diego has been grappling with the question of a new airport for decades. Producer Pat Finn explores the history of Lindbergh Field.

Escondido Activist Files Criminal Charges Against Minutemen

Nov. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An Escondido activist filed criminal charges Monday against a member of the Minutemen. Activist Danny Perez says he ended up in the hospital after a Minuteman spokesman punched him repeatedly at a rally outside Escondido City Hall. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Airport Initiative Ballot Language Analyzed

Nov. 6
By Lee Swanson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County will be asked whether a commercial airport should be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Producer Lee Swanson takes the ballot language apart to find out what it really means.

Airport Initiative Asks Voters to Look to the Future

Nov. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Of all the local issues voters will decide tomorrow, the one that affects most San Diegans is Prop A - the Airport Initiative. The measure specifically asks whether local officials should work to obtain a part of Marine Corp Air Station Miramar by the year 2020, for a commercial airport. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of this advisory vote is that it’s asking voters to think years into the future. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Local Man Walking to D.C. to Petition Congress

Nov. 6
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Lakeside man began a 2,000 mile trek on Saturday to end the war in Iraq, that could take him eight months to complete. Fifty-seven year old Bill Mc Dannell is a Vietnam-era veteran who sold his home to pay for a walk to Washington to petition Congress. He spoke with KPBS Morning News anchor Dwane Brown.

Vista Man Creates Neighborhood Rainforest

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego County seems an unlikely place to find a rainforest. Internationally acclaimed palm specialist and horticulturalist Dr. Mardy Darian talks about the primary rainforest he has spent 45 years cultivating around his home in Vista.

Journalists Discuss Changing Coverage of Iraq War

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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What happened to the embedded journalists? The number of journalists embedded in Iraq is at the lowest point since the beginning of the war. We’ll talk about the dwindling numbers of imbeds in Iraq, and what it says about the ongoing coverage of the war.

New Novel Details Cutthroat Publishing World

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego-based memoirist Debra Ginsberg recently published her first novel called "Blind Submission." She talks about the transition from writing memoirs to novels and details the perils of the publishing world.

Proposition 90: Change to Eminent Domain Regulations

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Proposition 90 would amend the California Constitution to “require government to pay property owners for substantial economic losses resulting from some new laws and rules, and limit government authority to take ownership of private property.” A political columnist outlines the arguments on both sides of the debate.

Capitol Hill News Report

Nov. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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People in San Diego, and across the country, go to the polls tomorrow. Today we’ll run down the biggest races across the country with Ben Shaw from Capitol News Connection during our regular monthly update from Washington.

Former City Manager Expected to Witness in Pension Trial

Nov. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is expected to call former city manager Jack McGrory to the witness stand, as the second week of the city’s pension trial begins. Aguirre hopes to reduce the city’s billion dollar pension debt by rolling back benefits. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.