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Stories for August 28, 2007

Chula Vista Kidnap for Ransom Victim Describes Ordeal

Aug. 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A Mexican businessman who was kidnapped for ransom in Chula Vista in June testified in court yesterday in a second day of preliminary hearings. Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado was held for nine days before the FBI rescued him and arrested five of his alleged captors. Law enforcement officials believe the alleged kidnappers are part of a kidnap and murder ring with cross border ties. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

Late Summer Heat Wave Spurs Call to Conserve Electricity

Aug. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A late summer heat wave is expected to increase electricity demand in California the next two days. The agency that operates the state's power grid wants consumers to conserve energy. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

New Census Figures Show Widening Wealth Disparity, Analyst Says

Aug. 28
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The median household income in San Diego County is up just over 2 percent. But the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau released today, show the average wage earned by an individual, full-time worker has gone down. KPBS reporter Alison St John explains.

Chief Economist Says San Diego Housing Market Yet to Hit Bottom

Aug. 28
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California's housing market saw another double digit drop in home sales in June, and Realtors say things are expected to slow even further in July and August. The California Association of Realtors tracks the state's housing marketplace.

Maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread Shutting Down SoCal Division

Aug. 28
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Interstate Bakeries Corporation is quitting the Southern California bread market and laying off 1,300 workers. The maker of Wonder Bread and Hostess Twinkies says it will close four bakeries including one in San Diego. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

The Copper Age: How Metal Changed the World

Aug. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It is hard to image a world without metal.Journey to the Copper Age: Archaeology in the Holy Land is a new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man that tells the story of the profound changes that metallurgy brought to human society. These Days talks to the exhibit curator about his 1997 National Geographic expedition to the Holy Land to discover how early metal work changed the world.

Nationwide Housing Slump Could Foreshadow Economic Slowdown

Aug. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The median price of American homes nationwide is expected to fall this year for the first time since the feds began keeping statistics in 1950. This could foreshadow a national economic slowdown. San Diego continues to experience a housing slump, and some predict prices will drop as much as 20 percent before the slump is over.

Underage Drinking Debate: Why Both Sides Agree More Than Not

Aug. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The legal drinking age in the U.S. remains unchanged over the past two decades, but the debate is back. These Days speaks with advocates on both sides of the debate whom have different perspectives on how to keep young drinkers safe.

Chargers Anxiously Await Reports on Stadium Sites

Aug. 28
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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While the San Diego Chargers football team is busy preparing for the opening of the NFL's regular season, the team's front office is anxiously awaiting the release of a pair of consultants' reports on potential stadium sites in Chula Vista and Oceanside. Once the reports are released, the team could choose its preferred stadium site within six weeks. These Days has more.

Iraq Troop Withdrawal a Step Closer to California's February Ballot

Aug. 28
By Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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An advisory measure to ask voters whether the U.S. should withdraw immediately from Iraq is a step closer to February's ballot. After two hours of impassioned debate the State Assembly approved the legislation Monday. Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez presented the bill to the lower House.

Testimony Begins in Chula Vista Kidnap for Ransom Case

Aug. 28
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A man who was kidnapped and held for ransom in a Chula Vista home takes the stand again this morning to testify against his alleged captors. The victim, Eduardo Gonzalez Tostado, was chained and blindfolded for eight days in June while his kidnappers tried to extract a million dollars from his family. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

When Banking Goes Magical

Aug. 28
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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Check out this commercial from British banking conglomerate