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Stories for August 8, 2007

Google Street View in San Diego

Aug. 8
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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has just added San Diego to its Street View feature, which collects street-level photos documenting a city's... well, streets, but also the businesses, residences, and even people on those streets.

Army Identifies San Diego Soldier Killed in Iraq

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Army has identified two artillerymen who were killed last week in Iraq, one of whom was a San Diego native.

San Diego Officials Introduce Five-Year Plan to Reduce Water Use

Aug. 8
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Record dry conditions in California have water officials calling for more conservation. San Diego officials have now rolled out a new five-year plan that focuses on ways to reduce outdoor watering at homes and businesses. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Thousands Complained to State Since Blue Cross California Merger

Aug. 8
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Blue Cross of California is defending itself against charges that it hasn't lived up to the promises it made when the company merged with an Indiana insurer in 2004. State regulators say they've received more than 4,000 complaints about Blue Cross since the merger. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Suspect Killed, San Diego Officer Wounded in Gun Battle

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Authorities say San Diego police shot and killed a man suspected of attempted murder after he wounded an officer in a gun battle.

San Diego a Step Closer to Mandatory Recycling

Aug. 8
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The city of San Diego took a step towards mandatory recycling Wednesday. Residents, businesses and apartment owners spoke at the first of two public hearings. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. Congresswoman Wants Military to Have Access to Supreme Court

Aug. 8
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis says court-martialed service members should have access to the U.S. Supreme Court in some cases. She has introduced such a measure in the House. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps has more.

Taxpayer Group: Bond-Funded Prison Beds Are Unconstitutional

Aug. 8
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A taxpayer group is suing to stop the state from building more prison beds to ease overcrowding. It's asking the court to stop the sale of bonds to fund the project. From Sacramento, Jenny O'Mara reports.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus in San Diego

Aug. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The county's oldest traveling circus began a five-day run in San Diego on Wednesday. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis visited the I-Pay-One Center and has this report.

African Elephants Use Their Feet to Communicate

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A research scientist from San Diego has written a book about “The Elephant's Secret Sense.” And it may explain why elephants seem to know where distant thunderstorms are taking place, and seem to be able to warn each other of danger. We speak to the scientist about her groundbreaking research and about what it's like to sit in the African bush at night surrounded by hyenas waiting for the elephants.

New San Marcos Skateboard Park Creates Opportunities for Area Youth

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Local skateboarders await the new skateboard park in San Marcos, which opens next summer. A recreation official with the City of San Marcos explains why the plans for this large open space include a skate park, while a local San Marcos resident explains how he works with the city in hopes of creating a skate team.

Rep. Susan Davis Pushes to Broaden Service Members' Rights

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Should U.S. service members have to give up their college tuition if they are deployed mid-semester? A local congresswoman says no way. We speak to her about the Veterans Education Tuition Support Act, and about her push to grant service members access to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Potrero Planning Group Members Face Recall Election

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Anger over the proposed Blackwater USA training facility in Potrero has led to the county's first recall election targeting planning group members. We speak with two members of the Potrero Community Planning Group, who are on opposite sides of the fence on the Blackwater issue, on the election eve. On Thursday, the small town's voters will decide whether to remove five Potrero Community Planning Group members who were in support of Blackwater's development plans.

Grant: The Train is Servicing the Station

Aug. 8
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Grant answers questions about the word “agio,” the expression “bleeding edge”, and whether the word “email” is singular or plural. Also: Martha and Grant talk with a caller peeved about the seemingly salacious wording of a public-service announcement he hears during his daily train commute.

After Heated Debate, S.D. School Board Leaves Seminar Class Sizes the Same

Aug. 8
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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There were some strained moments at the San Diego School Board meeting last night as board members argued over whether to increase the class size of a program for highly intelligent students. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Report: U.S. Immigration Bills Jumped by 240% Since Last Year

Aug. 8
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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While California has long dealt with immigration issues, other states are taking up legislation on the subject. A new report says an explosion of bills has come in the absence of federal reforms. Jenny O'Mara reports from Sacramento.

From the Weekend: Manufactured Landscapes and Hay Fever

Aug. 8
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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I had two very different experiences at local theaters this weekend - and it wasn't because one night involved a movie and the other a play, although that was part of it. What separated my Friday and Saturday nights was drastically different subjects and styles of storytelling.