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Stories for August 20, 2007

Tales of A Working Mother: Drill Sergeant in a Size 3-T

Aug. 20
By Deanna Mackey and KPBS Commentaries

It annoys me when people reference the Terrific 2s. Its not because I dont think 2-year-olds are terrific. They are. Its thrilling to watch the world unfold before their eyes. Everything is new to them and they want to experience it all by themselves, on their terms, independently, regardless of the fact that they still need a diaper change following their afternoon nap and make it snappy sister, because theyve got things to do.

KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Pundits Call to Review Diebold Over Lingering Ethical Questions

Aug. 20
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Few people in county government need the public trust more than those responsible for counting votes. Yet questions continue to swirl around two people hired this year to run elections in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Amita Sharma has more.

Illegal Immigrant Activist Deported to Tijuana

Aug. 20
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Elvira Arellano says she'll continue to push for immigration reform from her new base in Tijuana. Arellano, who became a symbol for immigration activists when she defied deportation orders a year ago, has been arrested and sent back to Mexico. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Statue of Former San Diego Mayor Sparks Controversy

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A group of San Diego businessmen are planning to erect a statue of former governor and San Diego mayor Pete Wilson. The statue is controversial, due mainly to Wilson's stand on illegal immigration. We hear from Wilson and from at least one of his critics.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Demystifying Angels and Demons

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Natural History Museum's exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls is the largest, longest, most comprehensive ever assembled in any country. Spanning two floors and 12,000 square feet, 27 Dead Sea Scrolls -- 10 exhibited for the first time ever -- will be on display over the course of the exhibition.

Effective Treatment of Depression Involves More Than Drugs

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One health advocacy group estimates about 19 million Americans suffer from depression. We speak with therapist and psychologist David Peters about diagnosing clinical depression and a wide range of treatments from light therapy to drugs to physical exercise.

State Legislatve Leaders Close to Vote on Budget Deal

Aug. 20
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

State legislative leaders say they are making progress on a budget deal. Senate Democratic Leader Don Perata says the two sides have reached agreement -- and there could be a vote as early as Monday night.

SD Schools Awarded 'A-' for Healthy Lunches

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Healthy food is making the grade in San Diego schools. That's according to a new report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine which gave the San Diego Unified School District an "A-" grade for its lunches. SDUSD was topped in the report only by Pinellas County Schools in Florida. San Diego schools were lauded for offering fresh, low-fat food and vegetarian entrees.

Project LEAD Trains Breast Cancer Survivors

Aug. 20
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The nation's largest breast cancer coalition is conducting a special six-day training program in San Diego this week. Dozens of breast cancer survivors and health care advocates will be taking part in what's called Project LEAD. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

ACLU Report: Growing Concern on Government Surveillance

Aug. 20
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Civil Liberties Union has a new report out that raises concerns about the government's ability to watch and record what citizens are doing.

Marine Charged With Murdering Captured Insurgent in Fallujah

Aug. 20
By Thomas Watkins and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Camp Pendleton Marine has been charged with murdering a captured Iraqi insurgent three years ago in Fallujah, the Marine Corps announced Monday.

Filner Summoned to Court Over Encounter With Airline Employee

Aug. 20
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, has been summoned to court on assault and battery charges after an incident at Dulles Airport on Sunday night where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines bag claim employee.

Conservationists Say Plankton Growth Threatened By Ocean Acidity

Aug. 20
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A conservation group says the Pacific and Atlantic oceans are absorbing too much carbon from excessive greenhouse gas emissions. The organization wants California and other west coast states to use the federal Clean Water Act to protect the waters off their coasts. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.