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Stories for April 17, 2007

War Semantics: Divide and Conquer

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

"War on Terror." "We will not cut and run.” “Islamo-Facism.” “If you're not with us, you’re against us.” Slogans like these are used repeatedly by President Bush. We look at how these emotion-laden phrases have been used by the president to justify and rally support for the Iraq war.

Governor Touts Universal Healthcare in San Diego

April 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pushed his universal healthcare plan in San Diego Tuesday. He toured one of the busiest ERs in the county. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps was there.

Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Immigrants Filed Taxes This Year

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More illegal aliens are filing income taxes this year with the goal of getting refunds, and the hope that it will make them better candidates for legal permanent residency.

IMAX Film Highlights Importance of Wetlands

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Hurricane Katrina was in the making long before it struck land in August of 2005. A new IMAX film tells the story of Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands and their role in buffering storms.

Governor Woos Returning Vets Use GI Benefits at California Schools

April 17
By Ellen Ciurczak and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring in a new public service announcement that state officials will release later this month to radio and TV stations, and even YouTube. He wants to persuade military personnel to come to college in California. From Sacramento, Ellen Ciurczak reports.

Senator Ashburn Wants Citizen District-Drawing Power on Ballot

April 17
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

If State Senator Roy Ashburn has his way, California voters will be deciding some key political reforms in February. The Republican is pushing a mega ballot measure that includes everything from changing the way political lines are drawn to when lawmakers can fundraise. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

New Supermarket Chain Moving to Southeast San Diego

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new supermarket in southeast San Diego is helping to keep traditions from old Mexico alive - through foods found only south of the border. North Gate Gonzalez Market recently opened its doors in Southcrest. Producer Elsa Sevilla brings us the flavors of Mexico in this photo essay.

State School Superintendent: More Students Passing Exit Exam

April 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State School Superintendent Jack O'Connell says so far more students are passing the California High School Exit Exam this school year compared to last.

San Diego Schools Encourage Students to Report Strange Activity

April 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Administrators at six San Diego schools are relying on their students to report suspicious or threatening activity on campus. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

City Council Refuses to Force New Contract on Firefighters

April 17
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego City Council refused to force a new contract on firefighters Monday night. Firefighters are at an impasse with the mayor over pay and benefits. The mayor says a raise is off the table. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has the story.

Supreme Court Battle May Affect San Diego's Drinking Water

April 17
By Evelyn Lombardo and KPBS Public Broadcasting

An environmental group and the construction industry battled it out before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning. The outcome could affect San Diego's drinking water. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Washington.

National City Council May Restrict Diesel Truck Use Near Schools

April 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The City Council of National City votes on an ordinance Tuesday night that would restrict the operation of diesel trucks. Residents want to keep the exhaust away from schools and homes. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

1968: The Year That Rocked the World

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

If you had to select a year of truly remarkable news, out of the past 50, it would be 1968. And that's exactly what author Mark Kurlansky has done. His book, "1968: The Year That Rocked the World," examines that year of protests, wars and assassinations. But if 1968 rocked America, what direction did this country take after that? An encore presentation of Tom Fudge's interview with Mark Kurlansky examines 1968 and its aftermath.

Family Psychologist, John Rosemond, Offers Parenting Advice

April 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

John Rosemond is one of the most popular family psychologists in the nation. He is the author of 12 parenting books and has a syndicated column, which appears in more than 200 newspapers nationwide. We open up the phone lines for the full hour and take all of your parenting questions.

Climate Change in Popular Culture

April 17
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Two documentaries, including one called Everything’s Cool, will deal with global warming this year. They join The Day After Tomorrow and An Inconvenient Truth as movies concerned with climate change. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando considers how popular entertainment affects us.

Global Warming Skeptics Cite Alarmism as Detractor From Science

April 17
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There’s broad agreement among scientists that man’s activities are causing global warming. Some scientists believe we have about a ten-year window to do something about it. But whether any broad steps are taken will depend on whether people at large believe in the phenomenon. And at this point, not everyone is convinced. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.