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Stories for July 26, 2007

Controversial Development in San Marcos

July 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A $1 billion mixed-use development is raising community hackles in San Marcos. Known as Palomar Station, the controversial project would be built on what is now an industrial district across from Palomar College. Plans call for 333 condos above ground-level retail shops and restaurants, plus office buildings. Opponents say the project is immoral because residents could be subjected to cancer risks from toxins produced by nearby industrial businesses.

Comic-Con Thursday Scrapbook

July 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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On Thursday, Hall H attendees got a peek at

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Manu Chao vs. Paris Hilton

July 26
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone
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is still a relative unknown in this country, despite being considered a music revolutionary everywhere else in the world. Why are most Americans completely unaware of his music? Oh, that's right, we devote gazillions of media coverage to that other champion of the people and music revolutionary,

Survey: Climate Change and Pollution Will Be Major Election Issues

July 26
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that climate change and pollution will be major factors in next year's Presidential elections. KPBS reporter Alan Ray talked with Institute Research Director Mark Baldassare.

Reversing Substandard Care For California Veterans

July 26
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Some of California's injured veterans are getting substandard care. Wade Sanders, who was recently appointed to advise Lt. Governor John Garamendi on veterans and military affairs, will discuss what needs to be done to help the veterans.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 26
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Project Censored Highlights Under-Reported Stories of the Year

July 26
By Joanne Faryon and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Project Censored, a Sonoma State University initiative, looks at the stories mainstream media ignores: the news that doesn't make The News. The group says the media self-censors itself, and large-scale PR firms are the fountainhead of much of our news. Joanne Faryon has more.

Chargers' Tomlinson Promoting Healthy Living to Fight Diseases

July 26
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego area hospitals are enlisting star power to bring attention to local health issues. Chargers runningback LaDainian Tomlinson will be promoting healthy living and disease prevention for the next five years. The record-setting football player says for him, the fight against disease is personal.

California Officials Lean on EPA to Allow Stricter Emissions Laws

July 26
By Capital News Connection, Evelyn Lombardo and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California lawmakers are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state to enact its own stricter emissions standards. The head of the EPA gave an update today on the progress of California's waiver application. Evelyn Lombardo reports from Capitol Hill.

San Diego School District Officials Try to Clear-Up Praying Policy

July 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego school district officials are trying to clear up a controversy surrounding an Arabic language program at Carver Elementary School. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego Gas Prices Drop Again

July 26
By Erik Anderson and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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San Diego Gas Prices are down about four cents a gallon from last week. The Utility Consumer's Action Network tracks pump prices at hundreds of local gas stations. U-CAN's Charles Langley says the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.04. He says it is not clear why the retail price of gas continues to fall.

California Remaps Fire Hazard Zones

July 26
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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California has remapped fire hazard zones for the first time in 20 years. And the number of acres at the highest risk level in San Diego County has jumped 300 percent. The maps are intended as a guide to reduce the loss of lives and property from wildfire. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Comic-Con Wednesday Scrapbook

July 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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First off, let's start in my booth for Film School Confidential (4017), over in Exhibit Hall E by G4. Gee, I'm already looking a little bug-eyed.

Comic-Con Thursday Events Preview

July 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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10:30-11:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Comics in Educational Settings. There are actually a series of panels looking at comics and education and literacy. Room 30AB

Weekend Preview: Comic-Con, Genius of Soul and Jazzmatazz

July 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Comic-Con, an international comic book and pop culture event, takes over San Diego this weekend. We speak with a film and pop culture critic about what to expect at the convention. Also, we preview some of the hottest music this weekend and tell you where to go to hear it.

Governors From Calif. and Nev. Push to Reform Forest Management

July 26
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The Governors of California and Nevada are teaming up following the destructive fire in South Lake Tahoe last month. They're creating a commission to look into controversial forest management practices that have prompted criticism from residents. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Comic-Con Spotlight on Beowulf

July 26
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Gaiman pulled out a piece of paper and said that he was told to announce that this would be the "biggest 3-D release ever in the world." He apologized for only having one reel--and just the second one at that--to show but he said "that's all that exists."

Industry Growth Brings Newfound Respect for Comic Books

July 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Should comic books be considered literature? What's the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel? Is Superman more powerful than Batman? Are we now living in what will be known as the "Golden Age" of comics? We speak to a comic book critic about the hottest debates that are raging within the comic book fan community.

Michael Vick Investigation Exposes Grisly Culture of Dog Fighting

July 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been indicted on multiple charges related to alleged dog fighting on property he owned in Virginia. As the details of the charges against Vick continue to surface, the issue of dog fighting has become a hot topic of discussion in America. How pervasive is the culture of dog fighting in the U.S.? Is dog fighting a big problem in San Diego County? We speak with a guest from the County department of Animal Services about the grisly culture of dog fighting. We also talk to the editor of profootballtalk.com, about the latest details of the case against Vick.

City Attempts Erosion Control of Sunset Cliffs

July 26
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Erosion is a constant problem in coastal communities like San Diego. It is especially severe at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, a scenic stretch of coast at the southern end of Point Loma, where erosion is making it difficult to access the beach, jog, or enjoy the view. We speak with a civil engineer about his part in an ongoing study that focuses on preserving Sunset Cliffs.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 26
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Survey: Day Laborers are a Tiny Fraction of California Workforce

July 26
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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A new survey provides some important details about day laborers in California. The story from KPBS reporter Alan Ray.

New Lincoln H.S. to Feature Public Safety Training

July 26
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Hundreds of San Diego students will attend the county's first high school focusing on public safety professions in just a few months. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.