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Stories for April 24, 2007

Recognizing Mental Illness -- And How to Take Action

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What warning signs were there before the Virginia Tech massacre? How can individuals recognize a troubled person -- at school, work, or even their own neighborhood? We talk with a UCSD psychologist about recognizing unstable behavior, and how to take action. We'll also look at mental health resources in San Diego County.

Weekend Preview: Kids Taking On Shakespeare

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 200 students from more than 20 schools will perform in the second annual Student Shakespeare Festival at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007, along El Prado in Balboa Park. The goal is to celebrate the universality of Shakepeare's plays, the power of language and the relevance of his ideas today. KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomondo talks about the festival.

Arrests Down But Border Patrol Union Heads Call Stats Malleable

April 24
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The number of people arrested along the San Diego-Mexico border is down -- and so are drug seizures. That's according to the Border Patrol. But some within the agency say the statistics aren’t accurate. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Conservation Urged as S.D. Approaches Possible Drought Cusp

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Despite recent rains, Southern California is critically low on water. Officials are encouraging residents to begin conservation now. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce explains the situation.

Democrats Reject Governor's 'Inflexible' Dam Plan

April 24
By Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Governor Schwarzenegger’s plans to build two new dams have been shot down in a Senate committee. But Republicans say they’ll keep trying. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Bilbray Joins Others in D.C. to Rally Against Illegal Immigration

April 24
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Two San Diego Congressmen are leading an anti-immigration drive this week in Washington. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Like Shots, California Kids Now Need Healthy Teeth Before School

April 24
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

For years, kids have been required to get their immunizations before they start school in California. But as of this year, they're also supposed to have their teeth checked. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ has more on the new state law.

Officials Hope Rebuilt Lincoln High School Will Boost Scores, Morale

April 24
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The new and improved Lincoln High School in South San Diego is enrolling students all this week. The rebuilt campus is expected to be one of the district's premier high schools. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Growers Group Sues to Ban Mexican Avocados in California

April 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Avocado Commission is suing to keep Mexican avocados out of the state. San Diego County grows more of the fruit than any other county in the United States. Local growers say Mexican avocados carry harmful pests that could destroy their crops. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Many to Experience Voluntary Homelessness this Weekend

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Do you know what it's like to live on the streets? Have you ever spent the night searching for a safe place to sleep in downtown San Diego? More than 10,000 men, women and children are homeless in San Diego every night. Today we learn about an event that offers people a chance to see what it's like to be homeless for a night.

California Innocence Project Frees Wrongfully-Accused Prisoner

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California Innocence Project is a group of legal scholars who defend incarcerated individuals who they think are innocent. We speak with the director of the project, a student who discovered evidence to free an innocent man, and a man who was jailed for 23 years for a crime he didn't commit.

Local Filmmaker Documents Real Sweatshops Farming Virtual Gold

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are at least 100 million players logging in to online games all around the world. Various industries have grown up around gaming, including sweatshops of young players who acquire gaming items that will eventually be sold for real-world money. A UCSD graduate student is making a documentary about a series of these sweatshops in China that practice gold farming.

"Second Life" Blurs the Line Between Life and Gaming

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Multi-player online video games have become big business. They offer players fantasy and escape from their real lives. "Second Life" is a new game that offers both of those things in a landscape that looks very similar to many cities in our country. We talk about the role "Second Life" is playing in the real world.

Investigative Journalist Chronicles Her Own Memory Loss

April 24
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Memory loss seems to go hand in hand with aging, but when should you be concerned about it? Do the signs of a waning memory warn of Alzheimer's? We speak with investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin about her experience of memory loss and her journey in search of an explanation for what's going on with her brain.

SoCal Drought has Officials Urging Water Conservation

April 24
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Lack of rain and below normal snowpack made last winter one of the driest on record. As a result some of the major sources for our region's water supply are dwindling. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.