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Stories for April 23, 2007

Local E.R. Director: Gun Violence Should Be Public Health Issue

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The families of those killed by the bullets fired at Virginia Tech last week have begun their grieving. The rest of us are left with questions: could the massacre have been short-circuited? What might prevent more deaths caused by firearms?

Pulitzer-Winning Writer David Halberstam Killed in Car Crash

April 23
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chronicled the Washington press corps, the Vietnam War generation and baseball, was killed in a car crash early Monday, a coroner said. He was 73.

The Risks and Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Anthony Davis proves even all-star athletes are not immune to obesity. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2005, a few months before he underwent gastric bypass surgery for weight loss. We speak with Davis about his decision, and how it’s helped reverse weight-related conditions such as diabetes and sleep apnea.

Muslim Middle Schoolers Who Prayed at School Did So Lawfully

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

An investigation has found San Diego school district officials did not violate any laws by allowing a group of Muslim students to pray at school. Earlier this month, a substitute teacher alleged a school employee at Carver Middle School leads a group of Somali girls in a daily prayer during class.

To Conserve, Bill Would Phase-Out Regular Light Bulbs by 2012

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill that would remove the traditional light bulb from California store shelves is moving forward at the state Capitol. An Assembly committee has approved Democrat Lloyd Levine's bill to phase out the basic incandescent bulb by the year 2012.

Border Patrol Union Leaders Vote "No Confidence" in Chief Aguilar

April 23
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The leader of the National Border Patrol Union says his group has lost confidence in U.S. Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. And they say the Chief should resign. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Not Only Typical Greens at Balboa Park Earth Day Celebration

April 23
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A broad swath of San Diego celebrated Earth Day at Balboa Park Sunday. As KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps discovered, anyone can be an environmentalist.

Unified School District Expects About 140 Layoffs in June

April 23
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is expected to layoff close to 140 school workers this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Cowboy Junkies Perform on These Days

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Brother and sister Michael and Margo Timmons, lead members of the band Cowboy Junkies, perform for us and talk about their new album "At the End of Paths Taken."

Chef Bernard Guillas Makes French Cuisine Accessible

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

It is difficult to make the perfect crepe or master the art of flambé. Chef Bernard Guillas, executive chef at the Marine Room in La Jolla, has some ideas on how to accomplish these and other traditional French dishes.

Local Geophysicist Examines San Diego Earthquakes

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Earthquakes are part of life in California. Jose Otero, an instrumentation geophysicist from UCSD, describes the major fault lines in our region, the latest research on earthquakes, and how likely the "big one" will hit southern California.

Capitol Hill Update: Campus Safety, Iraq War Funding

April 23
KPBS Public Broadcasting

We speak with Eric Niiler of Capitol News Connection about the latest news out of Washington D.C. Niiler talks about the political response to the Virginia Tech massacre, and the House and Senate will start working towards a compromise on their differing Iraq War funding bills. Plus, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' job could be in jeopardy following his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Virginia Tech Tragedy Reignites Gun Control Debate

April 23
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Virginia Tech shootings have prompted an international debate on whether to change gun laws. And one California lawmaker is adding his proposal to crack down on the sale of bullets around the state. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

CA Universal Health Care Gains Momentum in State Senate

April 23
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A bill that would create a universal health care system in California has passed its first hurdle in the State Senate. But even if the measure is ultimately approved, it faces a likely veto from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor vetoed a similar bill last year. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.