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Stories for July 2, 2007

Women's Regrets Become Part of Abortion Debate

July 2
By Joanne Faryon

In this special series, Full Focus examines a subject that's not easy to talk about -- abortion. At current rates, one in three women will have had an abortion by the time she is 45 years old. But despite its far reach, it remains a subject stigmatized, secretive, and fraught with emotion. KPBS Reporter Joanne Faryon has more.

Local Journalist Makes History as Panelist for Presidential Forum

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last Thursday night, eight Democratic candidates for President showed up for the first All-American Presidential Forums on PBS. It was held at Howard University, a historically black college, was moderated by African-American Tavis Smiley, and featured three journalists of color -- including local columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

Starting Now, California Mandates Its Supermarkets Recycle

July 2
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Supermarkets have to recycle plastic bags, and you'll get more cash back if you recycle yourself. New state laws have taken effect in California. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps tell us about some of them.

Forest Firefighters Quash Three 'Suspicious' Blazes on Sunday

July 2
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California Forestry officials are putting the finishing touches on their efforts to put out the largest of three wildfires that ignited on Sunday. CAL FIRE's Roxanne Provaznik says the Banner fire scorched 110 acres. She says it is fully contained this afternoon and the fire should be fully controlled by tomorrow afternoon.

Homeland Security Department Issues Special Alert For Californians

July 2
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state office of Homeland Security is asking Californians to be on alert. The warning comes in the wake of the attempted car bombings in London and after a flaming car crashed into a Scottish airport terminal.

Weather Service Issues Heat Warning

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Forecasters in San Diego County say that today's warmer temperatures are a just a taste of what's to come this week. The National Weather System reports that a high pressure system is creating the conditions for a heat wave throughout Southern California.

Schwarzenegger Recommends You Light No Fireworks This July 4th

July 2
By Capital Public Radio, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The mercury is expected to top 100 degrees in some parts of the state this July 4th holiday. That has officials worried about the potential for more fires -- and the effect on people's health. As Marianne Russ reports, the governor is urging caution.

Critics Call Unified School District's Plan to Lure Students a Gimmick

July 2
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District plans to spend $2.2 million to transform three existing campuses into magnet schools. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Rising Rate of Meth-Related Deaths Prompts New County Campaign

July 2
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego County has seen 1,000 methamphetamine-related deaths over the past five years. And county officials say more older adults have fallen victim to the drug. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

San Diego's New Waterfront Park Wows Locals

July 2
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A multi-million-dollar waterfront park near San Diego International Airport and Point Loma officially opened today. The Naval Training Center Community Park was once military property. It was given to the City of San Diego in late 2001. KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare has more.

Local School Causes National Debate Over Muslim Prayers in School

July 2
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Carver Elementary School finds itself in the middle of a national debate over how American schools deal with Muslim students. KPBS reporter Alan Ray has the story.

Water Authority Challenges Residents to Save 20 Gallons Daily

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego County Water Authority asks residents to cut their water usage by 20 gallons per day. How can you do that? We speak to the County Water Authority about the "20-Gallon Challenge", a horticulturist for water-saving tips, and a local farmer about the impact a mandatory water supply reduction would have on the local agricultural industry.

Middle Eastern Countries Begin Adopting Western Educational Systems

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A San Diego professor heads to the Middle East to reform the educational system of Qatar, an oil-rich country that wants to learn about the Western style of education. We discover why influential leaders in the Middle East want to change their traditional ways of teaching for a more secular, social model.

NPR Commentator Frank Deford Authors Baseball Novel

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legendary sports writer Frank Deford's new novel examines the changing dynamics of baseball managers and the players they manage. NPR's "Morning Edition" commentator explains why he chose the culture of America's favorite past time to write a novel about indecision, entitlement and morality.

Ecological Study Upsets California Fishermen

July 2
KPBS Public Broadcasting

In the coming weeks, a team of scientists will investigate fish populations and marine ecosystems along the entire California coast. The goal? To determine how human activity impacts sea life. Although this landmark research will probably yield important results, not everyone is happy about it.

Tech-Talk: Apple's iPhone Rings in Profits for AT&T

July 2
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The price for Apple's iPhone, which went on sale on Friday, is steep, with models priced a $500 or $600. But it looks like AT&T could make as much money as Apple on the new "must have" device. KPBS reporter Alan Ray talked with C-NET.com Editor at Large Brian Cooley about how the price breaks down.

Anti-Abortion Activists Say Many Women Regret Their Abortion

July 2
By Joanne Faryon

Today, KPBS begins its series into a difficult subject. Abortion. In April, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on a second trimester abortion procedure called partial birth abortion. In its decision, the court also suggested some women may regret their abortion. Reporter Joanne Faryon introduces us to a long-time anti-abortion activist in part 1 of our series, Choice and Regret: A Look at the Current Abortion Debate.