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Stories for July 30, 2007

Dogfighting in San Diego

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The arrest of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has brought to the surface the grisly underground culture of dogfighting. We'll talk with Lietenant Dan Desousa with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services about this vicious culture and if it is a problem in San Diego County.

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 30
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

It's a Sad Day at Culture Lust

July 30
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Cinematic genius and legend

Comic-Con Sunday Scrapbook

July 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

One of the nicest people you'll meet at the Comic-Con is Al Simmons of

Culture Lust by Angela Carone

July 30
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Entrepreneur Wants to Build Floating Airport Off San Diego Coast

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A local company has laid claim to 40,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Santa Barbara extending out 200 miles. The intent of Ocean Works Development is to build a floating international airport 10 miles off the coast of San Diego. We'll hear from entrepreneur Adam Englund about his dream to build an airport out in the ocean.

"Hiring Heroes" Program Matches Injured Vets With Jobs

July 30
By Heather Hill and KPBS Public Broadcasting

When wounded soldiers come home from Iraq and take off the uniform, it can be a difficult to resume their lives and find a job. That's why a Department of Defense program called “Hiring Heroes” is working to match injured vets with jobs. For the first time, the organization is bringing a career fair west of the Mississippi to San Diego. Full Focus reporter Heather Hill has the story.

Retinoic Acid Holds Promise to Treat Arthritis, Colitis, Psoriasis

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local researchers have found a potential role for retinoic acid, a substance derived when Vitamin A is broken down in the body, to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. We'll talk with the scientist who led the research team about the promise retinoic acid holds to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, and psoriasis.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Overdue Budget Forcing Workers to Take Loans in Lieu of Salary

July 30
By California Capitol Network, Marianne Russ and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The state budget is now nearly a month overdue, and the State Controller says that's starting to take its toll. Without a spending plan, the state can't pay its bills. From Sacramento, Marianne Russ reports.

Tech Talk: New DVD Formats -- and the $150 Laptop

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

On Monday's we talk technology and today we're talking about the latest in DVD formats and what some are calling the cheapest laptop in the world. KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown speaks with CNET.com Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley.

California Officials Defensive After Researchers Hack Voting Systems

July 30
By California Capitol Network, Jenny O'Mara and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Local elections officials and voting machine makers are criticizing a review that found their systems could be hacked. California's Secretary of State held a hearing on Monday on the subject in Sacramento. Jenny O'Mara reports.

Droves of Youth at Risk as Bush Wants to Cut State Health Program

July 30
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Congress and President Bush are gearing up for a fight this week over the fate of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Depending on the outcome, hundreds of thousands of California kids could lose their health coverage. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Carlsbad Power Plant Upgrade Could Affect Desalination Plans

July 30
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The owners of a coastal power plant in Carlsbad want to upgrade the facility. If the project is approved, changes to the Encina Power Station could affect a plan to use it for a proposed desalination plant. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Local Research Suggests Evidence of Water on Mars

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Is there water on Mars? A group of local scientists have found compelling evidence that liquid water exists on the planet. If water does exist on Mars, does it mean that life exists on the red planet?

Brazilian Martial Art Catches On in San Diego

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting
Tease photo

Capoeira is a centuries old martial art from Brazil. It is distinctive for its highly fluid, rhythmic movements and the music that accompanies the martial art. Although rodas, or circles of onlookers surrounding two capoeiristas engaging in the sport, are commonplace in Brazil, capoeira has only recently become well known in the U.S.

Hiring Heroes Links Wounded Veterans with Jobs

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Where can seriously wounded veterans find work after their service in the U.S. military? A recently-formed Department of Defense program, Hiring Heroes, seeks to match injured vets with jobs.

Rising Demand for Bottled Water Attributed to a Desire for Convenience

July 30
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What accounts for the popularity of bottled water? Health concerns? Convenience? Marketing? More and more people, especially Americans, seem to prefer bottled water to tap water. The product's relative ubiquity is a recent phenomenon discussed by an investigative journalist, a San Diego city water department representative, and a member of the International Bottled Water Association.

Fast-Pass Border Crossing Process Speeds Up

July 30
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The long wait to get an express border crossing Sentri pass has dropped dramatically during the last year. However, Customs and Border Protection officials may be using shortcuts. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Dreaming of American Fame in San Diego

July 30
By Andrew Phelps and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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The allure of fame is in the air. Auditions for the seventh season of "American Idol" are underway in San Diego. KPBS reporter Andrew Phelps was at Qualcomm Stadium early this morning, where thousands of singers got just a few seconds in front of the judges. Andrew met one woman who's leaving her comfort zone and giving pop stardom a shot.

Comic-Con Saturday Scrapbook

July 30
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Tease photo

The day began with a Fox Atomic breakfast for the press at the Omni Hotel. Fox did not have any panels at this year's Comic-Con. When I asked the publicist about that, she said that they really only had one movie and they just didn't feel that a panel was appropriate. Plus she said that Fox preferred offering the press a more "intimate and interactive" experience with the talent. But I didn't feel much of an interactive or intimate experience when I was asked to cut my already ridiculously short "five minute" interview to two-and-a-half minutes. The publicist asked "so you got everything you needed, right?" I wasn't sure she was serious since I had just had a three minute exchange in a hotel hallway with Kevin Bacon. I think I might have preferred the less intimate experience of hearing the filmmaker and actors speak at a panel where they have 30 to 45 minutes to talk.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 30
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting