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Stories for August 6, 2007

Bush Admin. Upholds Phone Ban in Qualcomm Patent Dispute

Aug. 6
By Elliot Spagat, AP Business Writer and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The Bush administration upheld an import ban Monday on cell phones that contain Qualcomm Inc. chips, further threatening the introduction of new handsets.

San Diego County to Use Paper Ballots in Presidential Primary

Aug. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Registrar of Voters is sorting out the changes she'll have to make to comply with the Secretary of State's new conditions for electronic voting machines. KPBS reporter Alison St John has details.

PAN Energized as Rhon Projected to Lose Baja Gubernatorial Race

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

With 90 percent of the vote counted, it appears an economist has beat out a gambling tycoon in the race for Governor of Baja California. PAN party candidate Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan's apparent victory is a feather in the cap for the PAN party. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Tech-Talk: Nissan Concept Car Safeguards Against Drunk-Driving

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Monday’s we talk technology with CNET.com editor-at-large Brian Cooley. Today, we’re talking about a Japanese car dealer looking to cut down on drunk-driving accidents, and a dot-com company known for selling books is getting into the grocery business.

Aguirre: Higher Taxes Will Fund Millions in 'Illegal' Pension Benefits

Aug. 6
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's city attorney is painting a bleak future for taxpayers if the city doesn't roll back hundreds of millions of dollars in pension benefits. A state judge disqualified Mike Aguirre's lawsuit last week, after ruling it was filed too late. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more details.

Court Blocks Navy Sonar Off California Coast

Aug. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal court is blocking the U.S. Navy's planned sonar testing off the Southern California Coast. A judge says the testing may harm the environment and marine mammals. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

San Diego School Board Expected to Divvy Key Items on Tuesday

Aug. 6
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego school board is expected to make some final decisions on three key budget items on Tuesday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

From Brazilian Pop to French Punk, Tony Vick Makes Some Music Recommendations

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

One of KPBS' favorite musical tastemakers returns to town for a visit and drops by the studio to make some recommendations. We’ll talk with the former manager and buyer at Lou's Records about his music picks.

Capitol Hill Update: Energy and Ethics Bills Passed Before Month-long Recess

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Washington D.C. was abuzz with a flurry of activity last week as lawmakers voted on a number of bills before going on a month-long recess. As part of our monthly Capitol Hill Update, we’ll discuss insurance for low-income children, an ethics bill, and energy legislation.

Apologies: Learn How to Do Them Meaningfully and How to Accept Them Gracefully

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Apologies are something we hear every day, from co-workers and family members to politicians and celebrities. Do people apologize because they are caught or because they mean it? We speak to an ethicist and a professor who share their insight about the significance and rarity of a true, sincere apology.

Secretary of State Restricts E-voting

Aug. 6
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Secretary of State Deborah Bowen issued a decision restricting use of voting machines in California elections, saying that citizens don't have complete faith in electronic voting systems. We speak with a KPBS reporter and an election integrity advocate about the implications for San Diego's election process.

Unofficial Results Show Tijuana's Former Mayor Loses Baja's Governor Election

Aug. 6
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It appears that Tijuana's former mayor, the flamboyant billionaire and gambling tycoon Jorge Hank Rhon has come to the end of his political career... at least for now. KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson covered the elections all night in Tijuana and talked about the surprise results with KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

'GoAwayChargers' Group Opposes Oceanside Stadium

Aug. 6
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A community group called “GoAwayChargers” has formed in Oceanside to oppose building a new NFL stadium. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New Plan Would Protect Water off La Jolla Shores

Aug. 6
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There are some unique creatures living in the waters off La Jolla Shores Beach. A new management plan would protect and improve those waters. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.