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Stories for September 25, 2006

Proposition 84 aims to clean up beaches and water supplies

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Bond measure Proposition 84 will pay for a variety of programs related to water quality, flood control, and the protection of rivers and beaches. KPBS News Reporter Ed Joyce talks about the challenges associated with passing the bond measure during this election.

Pendleton Marines Face Courts-Martial

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Marine Corps says three troops from Camp Pendleton will face courts-martial on murder charges in the death of an Iraqi man in the town of Hamdania.

Prop. 83 Seeks Tougher Penalties for Sex Offenders

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Proposition 83 – or Jessica’s Law – would toughen penalties for sex offenders. Why is such a law needed? And does it violate the rights of offenders who have already serves their time? Host Gloria Penner speaks to advocates about the pros and cons of Jessica’s Law.

San Diego Muslims Observe Ramadan

Sept. 25
By Rebecca Tolin and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last weekend, hundreds of San Diego Muslims kicked off the holy month of Ramadan. Reporter Rebecca Tolin explores the holiday and the message behind its observance.

Gamblers bring Vegas to its knees

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Most of us don't come out on top after a few hours at the casino, but that sure isn't the case for Semyon Dukach - the subject of the new best-seller from author Ben Mezrich. He details how a group of MIT students legally beat the casinos at their own game in Sin City.

Reporter journeys into the heart of America's conservative revolution

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Broad political differences among Americans have widened dramatically in recent years. Reporter Brian Mann sees the Red-Blue political split in his own family. He chronicles his journey through America's heartland in his new book.

Understanding Americans' cultural quirks

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Every culture has its own idiosyncrasies and world view. The American way of life is often a stark contrast to much of the world. Foreigners may have difficulties assimilating American culture and customs. Author Diane Asitimbay explores inter-cultural miscommunication.

Risky investments cost the county millions

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hedge funds are typically favored by wealthy individuals and institutions looking for higher returns. These investment funds come with high risk. A local financial advisor explains how the county is investing public funds.

Three years after fires, rural communities not yet rebuilt

Sept. 25
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

One chapter of the deadly Cedar Fire ended Monday. A victim's assistance center in Scripps Ranch is closing after issuing the last of hundreds of building permits to those who lost their homes. But nearly three years after the blaze, many rural communities are not so far along in the reconstruction effort. KPBS Radio's Andrew Phelps reports.

Oceanside museum undergoing $4 million expansion

Sept. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Oceanside Museum of Art broke ground Sunday on a $4 million expansion. The new wing will allow the growing North County art museum to start a permanent collection. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

UCSD dorm rooms overflowing

Sept. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

UCSD begins its first full week of classes today. Campus officials say a record number of freshman students are cramming into dormitories and classes this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Prop. 84 addresses water quality

Sept. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Proposition 84 on the California ballot asks voters to allow the state to borrow money to fund a variety of water quality and conservation projects. The measure has been endorsed by state agencies and environmental organizations. But some anti-tax groups say the proposition is too expensive. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.